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Environment

Increasing ocean acidification ushering in an era of uncertainty for Arctic, says report

Eye on the Arctic brings you stories and newsmakers from around the North.  If left unchecked, acidification levels in the Arctic Ocean will have significant consequences for northern communities as well as the rest of the globe says a report released» 

Economy, Environment, Health

Canadian Plant Health Council launched

The federal government announced Friday that it is launching a multi-partner council to protect Canada’s forests, agriculture and other plants from pests, diseases and other risks. The Canadian Plant Health Council is a collaborative project between 11 members from national» 

Environment, Society

Prime Alberta ranchland donated for research and conservation.

Two announcements this week have major implications for conservation and animal research. The first was the donation of an entire working cattle ranch to the University of Calgary. The WA Ranches, a large working beef cattle operation worth an estimated $44» 

Environment, Indigenous

Ottawa and Dehcho First Nations create Canada’s newest Indigenous protected area

The federal government and Dehcho First Nations in the Northwest Territories have agreed to a landmark deal that will protect a “breadbasket” wilderness area from resource development for generations to come. The agreement signed by Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and» 

Environment, International, Society

Disaster costs increasing worldwide: UN

A United Nations report found that between 1998 and 2017, disasters cost affected countries $2.245 billion US and 77 per cent of that was climate-related. Overall reported losses from extreme weather events rose by 151 per cent between that period» 

Environment, Society

Songbirds in trouble over climate change, habitat loss

A new report suggest North America’s boreal songbirds face a serious threat of decline and even extirpation in some areas. The report says climate change is driving species further and further north,  and “refugia” corridors of natural forest are needed» 

Economy, Environment, International, Society

Inundated by plastic waste: companies named

Plastic garbage is everywhere. You probably heard of the giant “Pacific gyre” a massive accumulation of plastic waste in the ocean. Microplastic waste with its still as yet not fully understood negative implications can be found in every water body» 

Economy, Environment, Health, International, Politics, Society

Irving Oil explosion the fourth emergency in Saint John

Irving Oil and the Saint John Fire Department emergency crews managed to contain and extinguish the fire yesterday at the refinery, following the explosion that people felt as well as heard, up to 20 kilometres away. On the Thanksgiving holiday» 

Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

New theory about Martian moons

The Martian moons are two pock-marked, cratered and slightly odd-shaped structures. It was long thought they were asteroids that long ago became captive of Martian gravity and pulled into orbit around the red planet. A new theory however suggests differently,» 

Economy, Environment, International, Society

Irving Oil refinery explosion now contained

Irving Oil was the scene of a “bed-shaking” explosion this holiday Monday morning, in Saint John, New Brunswick. The largest oil refinery in Canada, was in shutdown mode, but that meant some 2,500 contract employees were on site for major»