Jim Bronskill

May 3, 2018

The federal government has lost a court bid to overturn a NAFTA ruling involving a Nova Scotia quarry and marine terminal project, sparking renewed concerns about the trade deal’s effects on Canada’s environmental regime.

The U.S. firm that backed the proposed project welcomed the Federal Court of Canada decision, while environmental groups said it highlights how the North American Free Trade Agreement hamstrings Canada’s ability to protect its ecology.

Thomas Sisk
The Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain facility in Edmonton on April 6, 2017. JONATHAN HAYWARD / THE CANADIAN PRESS

April 13, 2018

Until now, I have hesitated to criticize the environmental policies of the Trudeau government because of its public commitment to improving transparency, re-establishing the role of science in policymaking, and advancing a pan-Canadian climate plan. But the showdown over Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline has exposed the fact that science has become a casualty of the policymaking process, making resolution of this dispute – and protection of the environment – less likely.

Posted by Matti K
Featured image: Indonesia oil spill, April 2018.

Indonesian port city of Balikpapan, on the island of Borneo, declared a state of emergency after pipeline fracture caused devastating oil spill along the coast, killing five fishermen and bringing health problems to hundreds of locals after it ignited.

The oil spill, which occurred over the weekend (March 31 - April 1), has now covered an area of around 18 km2 (7 mi2), contaminating the sea and polluting the air with thick black smoke. One protected dugong has already washed up dead on the shore.

Peter Ewart
a wetland with abundant green grasses, broad leaf plants and young tree

March 31, 2018

The images are alarming.  In photo #1 — a wetland with abundant green grasses, broad leaf plants and young trees, an ideal habitat for insects, amphibians, birds, and mammals.  In photo #2 — the same wetland gripped by a grey death after being sprayed from helicopters with the herbicide glyphosate.  Most of the vegetation (except for a few coniferous trees) is now dead and the insects and other animals gone.

The Real News
March 31, 2018

In the last 12 years, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, who manage one of the largest petroleum pipeline networks in the U.S., has had 61 incidents, 12 of which have been in Indiana, including recent spill of 42,000 gallons of diesel. In the same week they had to pay fine of $300 thousand for spill last year but Sierra Club's Jodi Perras says that's 'a drop in the bucket' for the company which made a profit of $330 million last year.

Ashifa Kassam
pipeline engineer arrested

24 Mar 2018

Two federal MPs among more than 100 people arrested challenging 1,000km line

One of Romilly Cavanaugh’s first jobs was an environmental engineering position at the Trans Mountain Pipeline, which carries crude and refined oil across western Canada.

Emily Chung
Even though Metro Vancouver is rainy in the winter and surrounded by water, population growth and climate change are expected to put a strain on its water supplies in the future. (Andy Clark/Reuters)
Vancouver's water to get scarcer, pricier as climate changes

How Vancouver’s water system is preparing for changing climate, population growth

Mar 16, 2018

This story is part of our series Water at Risk, which looks at Cape Town's drought and some potential risks to the water supply facing parts of Canada and the Middle East. Read more stories in the series and look for further coverage the rest of this week.

Martyn Brown
Environment and Climate Change Strategy Minister George Heyman and Premier John Horgan haven't launched a substantial public-information campaign to carry forward the fight for B.C.’s environment.

 March 1st, 2018 

“Notley okays latest B.C. move but warns of pipeline disorder” blared the headline in the Calgary Herald.

Zaid Jilani
Dennis Kucinich

 February 19 2018

THE MAN WHO saved Cleveland — and paid the ultimate political price for it — now wants to do the same for Ohio.

Dennis Kucinich, the boy mayor of Cleveland who went on to serve nearly two decades in Congress, is running for governor on a platform of radical change to how the energy industry operates in the state.

Emma Foehringer Merchant
Bolivia lithium brine  Photo Credit: Dimitry B./Flickr
September 20, 2017

Gigafactories intended to scale the production of electric-vehicle batteries can exact a human toll.

In his first Tesla Motors master plan, Elon Musk wrote, “The overarching purpose of Tesla Motors (and the reason I am funding the company) is to help expedite the move from a mine-and-burn hydrocarbon economy towards a solar electric economy, which I believe to be the primary, but not exclusive, sustainable solution.”


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