A deal to finalize the protection of the largest coastal temperate rainforest left on Earth is imminent. Covering a massive swath of Canada’s Pacific coast, the Great Bear Rainforest agreement will be one of the world’s most complex environmental victories and stands to be a global model for overcoming viciously intractable conflicts.
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says “more needs to be done” to curb greenhouse gas emissions, as new data show Canada is drifting further away from its climate targets while the oilsands’ share of national greenhouse emissions is projected to double by 2030.
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MONTREAL Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged on Tuesday to require that environmental reviews of oil pipelines and LNG export projects consider greenhouse gas effects, and said it was not his role to be a cheerleader for such projects.
An energy company has halted hydraulic fracturing at a site in northwest Alberta after the area’s largest earthquake in more than a year. Repsol Oil & Gas Canada, a subsidiary of Spanish energy company Repsol S.A., was fracking at its location near Fox Creek when the seismic activity occurred.
CALGARY, Alberta, Jan 19- All of Canada’s 2.3 million barrels per day of oil sands output is being produced at a steep loss at current crude prices, despite the weak Canadian dollar and a sharp squeeze lower in operating costs, analysts at TD Securities said on Tuesday.
One earthquake is recorded on average each day in a western Canadian region where companies extract oil by fracking, according to statistics published by the Canadian province’s energy regulatory agency. The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) said Friday that in the last year alone, there were 363 tremors in and around Fox Creek, a small town of 2,000 inhabitants located 260 kilometers (160 miles) northwest of Edmonton.
Jessica Ernst’s long fight to challenge legislation putting energy regulator above the law reaches top court. After years of legal wrangling, Jessica Ernst and Alberta’s powerful energy regulator finally squared off in the Supreme Court of Canada yesterday.
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British Columbia has put its foot down on Kinder Morgan’s controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. In a final written submission to the National Energy Board (NEB) on Monday, the provincial government announced it would not support the hotly-debated proposal based on Kinder Morgan’s failure to prove it would meet stringent “world leading” oil spill safety requirements.
The air in China’s major cities, as has been well documented, is atrocious. Last month, the smog choking parts of the country was so thick that the situation got widely described as having reached ” doomsday” levels.
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This massive retrogressive thaw slump in the foothills of the Richardson Mountains near Fort McPherson, NT will soon catastrophically drain this lake