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Economy, Environment

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, 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, International, Internet, Science and 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, International, Internet, Science and 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, Internet, Science and 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, International, Internet, Science and 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, International, Internet, Science and 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, Internet, Science and 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, 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.» 

Environment, Internet, Science and Technology

Like a medical doctor, ecology prof explores earth’s health via video clips

Dr  Catherine Potvin is an ecology professor at Canada’s McGill University who’s taking her climate-change lessons out of the classroom and onto publicly accessible videos. As director of McGill’s Neotropical Ecology Laboratory she has been studying the forests of Panama»