Highlights / ecology

Atlantic bluefin tuna are corralled by fishing nets off the coast of Barbate, Cadiz province, southern Spain. Two studies by environmental groups say overfishing of the Atlantic continues, in part because quotas are too high. (Emilio Morenatti/Associated Press)

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International

We’ve already used up the Earth’s supply of resources for this year

You probably never noticed, but last week we used up all the resources that can be renewed annually by the Earth. That means we’re now spending more than we earn environmentally, so to speak. Last Saturday was Earth Overshoot Day, »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life

Alberta’s native ecosystems: status report- ecosystems losing ground

A new report says the western prairie province of Alberta has lost a significant amount of its native ecosystems between 1999 and 2015. The report says  during that time human activity converted some 23,000 square kilometres of native ecosystems into either »

Environment & Animal Life, Society

Wolves: tough times in resort country

(Public comments open on all RCI stories- scroll to very bottom to read or post comments) Wolves are top predators and their place in an ecosystem is important to keep things in balance. The animals however have had a troubled »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics

Concerns over changes to Canada’s offshore drilling policy

Several environmental agencies have expressed concerns over relatively quiet changes being proposed for offshore drilling. They say notice for public consultation has been barely advertised, that affected first nations tribes have not been consulted at all, and that most input »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Massive penned fish escape into ocean

It is exactly what environmentalists campaign against; a massive escape of farmed salmon into the wild. Of greater concern, these are Atlantic salmon which were being raised in pens in the Pacific and as a non-native species might constitute the »

Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics

Environmental rights as a human right: new proposals for Canada’s environmental laws

In a comprehensive evaluation, a government committee has made many recommendations to update Canada’s Environmental Protection Act (CEPA). Environmental groups are generally pleased with the recommendations and urge government to move quickly to adopt them. Kaitlyn Mitchell is a staff »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology

A Global water map: new resource for scientific studies

It’s hard to make something when you’re missing the proper tool. In science as well, it’s hard to make accurate judgements and models if you’re missing some information. Water is a critical component for scientists studying global climate and any »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics, Society

International conference on fate of tuna, and others

There has been much concern about the fate of the world’s fish stocks in recent years. The 20th Special Meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna begins today and continues for a week. It involves 50 »

Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics

Biomass power generation: is it really “green”?

A new study puts into question the idea that burning trees (biomass) to generate electricity, is “carbon neutral”. It particularly looks at the process to feed the two biomass generators in the east-coast province of Nova Scotia. The 42-page study »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Politics, Society

History: Sept 15, 1971, the Canadian origins of Greenpeace

The Greenpeace environmental movement is known worldwide now, with offices in over 40 countries, and almost 3 million supporters. It is generally agreed that this date, September 15, 1971, marks the beginning of the international movement that began in Canada. »