Sierra in the News

2013-04-05 14:39   |   Ecosystems, General - No issue selected, Safe Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Oceans, Renewable Energy, Trade and Environment, Government, Nuclear-Free Canada, Indigenous Sovereignty, Atmosphere & Energy, Health & Environment, Protecting Biodiversity, Transition to Sustainable Economy
Montré du droit par le gouvernement Harper l'an dernier au moment des réformes des lois environnementales, le processus d'évaluation de l'ancienne Loi sur les pêches était en fait très efficace.C'est ce que conclut une étude, la première du genre, réalisée par une équipe de l'Université de Toronto et publiée par NRC Research Press, une entité indépendante du Conseil...
2013-04-05 14:35   |   Ecosystems, Water, Oceans, Toxics, Trade and Environment, Government, Atmosphere & Energy, Health & Environment, Protecting Biodiversity, Transition to Sustainable Economy
Research is questioning the logic behind the federal government's move to streamline environmental assessments.After tracking thousands of assessments over a decade, the peer-reviewed findings of Derrick de Kerckhove suggest a great majority of Fisheries Act environmental reviews over the last decade were completed well within recommended timelines.Nor was there a bottleneck of projects being held up by a clogged review process, he said."We didn't find any. Even when the input was...
2013-03-27 12:22   |   Government, Transition to Sustainable Economy
Environment Canada, not Sustainable Prosperity, to take over research dataThe people who are winding down the controversial National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy say Environment Minister Peter Kent has nixed their plan to keep all their research public.The government pulled funding from the roundtable a year ago, giving the advisory body until this Friday to shut down.Acting chairman Robert Slater says the group had planned to hand over 25 years of research and analysis to...
2013-03-19 23:31   |   Ecosystems, National, Water, Water Quality, Water Conservation, Government, National Water Strategy
A Thunder Bay city councillor wants environmental groups to take over the Experimental Lakes Area — but one of the groups he's named is throwing cold water on the idea.Federal government support for the Experimental Lakes Area in northwestern Ontario is set to expire by the end of the month and there's been no announcement of any deal for another operator to take over the project.Thunder Bay councillor Larry Hebert said it's time for groups such as Greenpeace or the Sierra...
2013-03-19 23:24   |   National, Renewable Energy, Government, Health & Environment
Sickness being attributed to wind turbines is more likely to have been caused by people getting alarmed at the health warnings circulated by activists, an Australian study has found.Complaints of illness were far more prevalent in communities targeted by anti-windfarm groups, said the report's author, Simon Chapman, professor of public health at Sydney University. His report concludes that illnesses being blamed on windfarms are more than likely caused by the psychological effect of...
2012-12-04 20:51   |   Nuclear Phaseout, Nuclear Subsidies, Government, Radioactive Waste, Nuclear-Free Canada, Atmosphere & Energy
Nuclear planners are not considering the possibility of a Fukushima-scale accident at Ontario’s Darlington nuclear station, critics told a regulatory hearing Monday. The comments came as the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission opened hearings about the mid-life overhaul of the Darlington station, which provides 20 per cent of the province’s power. “We would like to see them plan for an accident as severe as happened at Fukushima or Chernobyl,” said Theresa...
2012-12-04 20:51   |   Nuclear Phaseout, Nuclear Subsidies, Government, Radioactive Waste, Nuclear-Free Canada, Atmosphere & Energy
Nuclear planners are not considering the possibility of a Fukushima-scale accident at Ontario’s Darlington nuclear station, critics told a regulatory hearing Monday. The comments came as the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission opened hearings about the mid-life overhaul of the Darlington station, which provides 20 per cent of the province’s power. “We would like to see them plan for an accident as severe as happened at Fukushima or Chernobyl,” said Theresa...
2012-11-28 23:09   |   Climate Change, Climate Summits, CAFE Canada, Government, Atmosphere & Energy
OTTAWA - Canada announced on Tuesday its latest set of regulations on cars and light trucks to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as the UN climate talks entered its second day in Doha, Qatar. The proposed regulations - expected to be finalized in 2013 - would require cars with model years 2017 to 2025 to cut on-road emissions by an average of 5 percent every year. Light trucks, with model years 2017 to 2021, will be required to achieve an average of 3.5 percent reduction in annual GHG...
2012-11-28 18:09   |   Climate Change, Climate Summits, CAFE Canada, Government, Atmosphere & Energy
New rules aimed at protecting the environment will drive up the price of new cars and trucks by thousands of dollars but save motorists money at the pump. The federal government has hitched its wagon to U.S. President Barack Obama’s aggressive new vehicle fuel standards, which would slash greenhouse gas emissions from tailpipes after 2020 but elevate the cost of vehicles. Environment Minister Peter Kent said Tuesday that Ottawa will match a proposal from the U.S. Environmental...
2012-11-20 14:33   |   Challenging Unsustainable Aquaculture, Ecosystems, Sustainable Fisheries, Oceans, Government, Protecting Biodiversity
Canada's multimillion dollar proposal to cull grey seals will not bring back the ravaged stocks of Atlantic cod it is intended to help, scientists have said. In October, the Canadian Senate approved a controversial plan to kill 70,000 grey seals in the Gulf of St Lawrence under a bounty system next year, ostensibly to revive the cod stocks that the seals were eating. But a group of marine scientists at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, have said in a recent open letter:...

 
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