Charting a Course: Sustainable Water Use by Canada’s Natural Resource Sectors. Water has both environmental and economic value.
It is essential to sustaining ecosystems and growing our economy. Ensuring our natural resources sectors – the biggest water users in Canada – both have enough water to grow, and use that water more efficiently and sustainably, is what the NRT’s new water report is all about. Read the Executive Summary The natural resource sectors use and consume more water than any other sectors in the nation, accounting for approximately 86% of Canada’s water use in 2005.
According to economic forecasts, the sectors are expected to experience significant growth, ranging from 23% to 58%, by 2030. Urban population boom threatens Lake Titicaca. Aymara women cross a bridge of rocks on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
The lake's water is increasingly contaminated by rivers that pass through the industrial city of El Alto. Photograph: Noah Friedman-Rudovsky South America's most famous lake is being polluted by increasing levels of waste from fast-growing cities, according to locals, environmentalists and politicians. Lake Titicaca, which sits on the border of Bolivia and Peru, has sustained agricultural societies on the dry, high-altitude Andean plains for thousands of years, but is now threatened by a population boom from nearby cities and towns. El Alto has grown at 4% a year for two decades as rural peasants seek a better life, and is now the country's second largest city and the largest urban centre in the Titicaca watershed. TreeHugger. GEOENGINEERING WATCH! GEO-ENGINEERING CHEMTRAILS DAVID KEITH KEN CALDEIRA AEROSOL SPRAYING.
Breathingearth - CO2, birth & death rates by country, simulated real-time. Rare earth metals abundant in deep-sea mud. UK 'extraordinarily naive' over Canada's tar sands lobbying. The UK government has been accused of being "extraordinarily naive" over tar sands information given to it by Canadian diplomats as part of a lobbying campaign, but which has since been contradicted.
Chris Davies, the MEP who is the Liberal Democrat environment spokesman in the European parliament, told me: "It is extraordinarily naive for ministers and officials to take the special pleading by Canada as though it were gospel truth, rather than what it is - an attempt to protect narrow financial interests. " Davies is savage about the UK government's position, for which fellow LibDem Norman Baker is the responsible minister: "The whole isssue of tar sands is becoming a huge source of embarrassment to every Liberal Democrat who wants and expects a government of which we are part to be leading on environment issues and in the fight against climate change. " Pollution and Waste - Pollution and Waste.
The world’s population is experiencing unprecedented growth and, for many, living standards are increasing too.
The demands being placed on our environment are relentless – accelerated use of natural resources, increased production, spreading urbanization – and the result is more waste and pollution. Environment Canada works with businesses, industry, other levels of government, non-governmental organizations and citizens to manage and reduce pollution and waste. The department is committed to ensuring our air, water and land are protected for generations to come. Water Pollution - Canada Takes Crap for Flushing Raw Sewage into the Ocean. Canada flushes some 200 billion liters of raw sewage directly into natural waterways every year, from the St.
Lawrence River to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Pacific Ocean. That’s only a fraction of the three trillion liters of sewage Canadians produce annually—about 6 percent, in fact—but it’s still enough to fill more than 40,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools. PollutionWatch homepage. Toxic tailings ponds, such as this one at Syncrude's Mildred Lake mine site, are an environmental challenge left behind after extraction of bitumen from the oilsands. Durban COP17: Connie Hedegaard puts pressure on China, US and India. With only a few hours of negotiations left at the marathon United Nations climate change talks in Durban, the European Union's climate chief made an impassioned call to the remaining large economies holding out on a deal to join its plan.
China, the US and India are the three remaining major economies that have yet to make clear signals on the EU proposal, which is a roadmap to begin negotiations on a new legally binding treaty on global warming that would kick in from 2020. Connie Hedegaard, the EU climate change commissioner, told the conference: "We need to get them on board today – we don't have many hours left. The world is waiting for them. " At least 120 countries are backing the roadmap, that would see countries set a deadline of 2015 to sign a new global legally binding treaty – the first since the 1997 Kyoto protocol – with emissions targets that would apply from 2020. Canadian Oil Sands. One day in 1963, when Jim Boucher was seven, he was out working the trapline with his grandfather a few miles south of the Fort McKay First Nation reserve on the Athabasca River in northern Alberta.
The country there is wet, rolling fen, dotted with lakes, dissected by streams, and draped in a cover of skinny, stunted trees—it's part of the boreal forest that sweeps right across Canada, covering more than a third of the country. In 1963 that forest was still mostly untouched. The government had not yet built a gravel road into Fort McKay; you got there by boat or in the winter by dogsled. The Chipewyan and Cree Indians there—Boucher is a Chipewyan—were largely cut off from the outside world. National Geographic Slams Tar Sands – Canadian Politicians Pissed. Before and after?
: a forest in northern Alberta staked out by tar sands prospectors and the Suncor Millennium tar sands site, Alberta in the March 2009 issue of National Geographic (Photo: Peter Essick) Some are calling it a "smear job", while others are applauding the National Geographic's rather sobering 20-page publication on the Alberta tar sands, titled "Scraping Bottom. " Either way, the timing is brilliant. Dubbed by some as the "most destructive project on Earth" - scarring it visibly from space - there's no doubt that the tar sands extraction industry has a huge environmental footprint, which even President Obama could not help but acknowledge during his visit to Ottawa last week, to the chagrin of some Canadian officials.
Shell: Clean-up goes on for Niger Delta – and oil company's reputation. Despite today's soaring profit figures, Shell remains a company under siege for its lucrative activities in Africa.
At a parliamentary hearing in the Netherlands last week, Amnesty International, Friends of the Earth, Nigerian and British activists, Dutch MPs and others accused the company of breaches of safety, human rights abuses, destroying lives and the environment, hiding information, gas flaring and blaming locals for oil pollution in Nigeria. Shell Holland's president, Peter de Wit, denied all the charges and insisted that the company applied "global standards" to its operations around the world. He argued that Shell had provided thousands of well-paid jobs, brought know-how, education and technology and had launched numerous community projects in the west African nation. "We consider that Shell is doing a good job often under difficult circumstances," he said.
Citizens Against CO2 Sequestration. Tar Sands Oil Extraction - The Dirty Truth. What does Canada's withdrawal from Kyoto protocol mean? Canada's environment minister, Peter Kent, announces that Canada will withdraw from the Kyoto accord, outside the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario.
Photograph: Fred Chartrand/AP It's been four years in the offing, but Canada on Monday finally and formally withdrew from the world's only existing legal treaty to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the Kyoto protocol. NGOs, Shell lock horns over Nigerian oil spills. Environmental groups accused Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell on Wednesday of destroying lives and the environment in the Niger Delta, and urged Dutch MPs to intervene as the company defended its record.
"When will you stop treating people in Nigeria differently than you treat people in the Netherlands? When will you stop applying double standards? " Geert Ritsema of the NGO Milieudefensie asked Shell at a parliamentary committee hearing in The Hague into oil spills in Nigeria. Chevron chiefs face shareholders after huge $18bn Ecuador fine. Chevron bosses are facing shareholders for the first time since the company was fined a total of $18bn (£11.1bn) by a court in Ecuador over contamination from oil extraction in the Amazon. California's largest oil company is coming under increasing pressure from institutional investors and long-term shareholders who are gathering at the annual general meeting at Chevron's HQ in San Ramon, near San Francisco. A judge ruled in February this year that the company was liable to pay $8.6bn in damages, mostly to decontaminate polluted soil. The judge also awarded $860,000 to plaintiffs and a further $8.6bn in punitive damages.
Chevron has appealed the decision, which amounts to the largest award in corporate history, exceeded only by BP's $20bn compensation fund after the Gulf oil spill. Chevron's earnings were $6.2bn in the first quarter of 2011, up from $4.6bn last year. The community that believes in the power of stories and adventure to drive social and environmental change. Adventure Ecology. Water.org. Kermode Bear - Photo Gallery. Obama To Expand Drilling Off Alaska, In Gulf. WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Tuesday announced its five-year offshore drilling plan, which includes an emphasis on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska, continuing the administration's policy of expanding domestic production of energy. Less than two years after the BP oil disaster, the Proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program will make more than 75 percent of oil and gas resources that are undiscovered and technically recoverable now available for exploration and development.
Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar praised the program as an important step toward economic recovery. "Expanding safe and responsible oil and gas production from the program is a key component of our comprehensive energy strategy to grow America's energy economy, and will help us continue to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and create jobs here at home," he said in a statement. Nuclear Industry Cover Up of Massive Radiation from Fukushima. Japanese Government Insiders Reveal Fukushima Secrets. Japan Contamination Maps: Radiation is Spreading.... Seven months after a triple meltdown at the coastal nuclear plant, as Japan is still trying to get a sense of the radioactive fallout, regulators, operators, and investors in the nuclear industry face the toughest daily battle in 30 years.
Numerous hot spots well outside the 20 km exclusion zone keep popping up.Elevated levels of radioactive cesium have been recently found more than 240 kilometers from the plant. Concerned residents who doubt the accuracy of the government’s monitoring now perform their own tests. Japans Citizen/Patriots Show Contamination Problems Accumulating. China crisis over Yangtze river drought forces drastic dam measures. The dried up Yangtze river in southwest China's Chongqing municipality. The severe drought has forced a massive release of water from China's Three Gorges reservoir for irrigation and drinking water. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty. 10 Koch plants that put the most Americans at risk. European Union: European Ambitions Hit a Wall of Carbon - Global Climate Change Lobby. The Mountain Institute. China's love affair with the car shuns green vehicles. WikiLeaks reveals China's failure to measure dangerous pollution. Firing laser beams into the sky could make it rain, say scientists.
Popularity threatens to turn a once romantic destination into a sewer. Underground river 'Rio Hamza' discovered 4km beneath the Amazon. Nature Publishing Group : science journals, jobs, and information. They Know But Won't Admit: How Oil and Gas Companies are Adapting to Climate Change - Environment. Humanity’s energy dilemma in three easy charts. Carbon President: Why does Obama keep OK’ing big fossil-fuel projects? BP expects to resume Gulf drilling this year. Sara Wheeler: Why is Russia's Arctic closed to visitors? Who is hiding what? - Commentators, Opinion. Future of flight: Fuel for thought - Science, News. Earth First! Worldwide. Your cable box uses more power than your refrigerator. 350.org. Environmental Defence. Tunnel Vision. Return of the Rainbow Warrior. Usage per person statistics - countries compared - Nation Master. Living Planet Report. Climate Change Projections. Shell oil spills in the Niger delta - in pictures. Welcome to Michael C. Ruppert's Collapse Network - holding a lantern at the crossroads.
Cars produced in the world. Ecuador: Four months to save one of the world's last great wildernesses. Yasuni Rainforest Campaign - Leading Scientists Letter. Journal home : Nature. Kyoto Protocol & Canada. Amend. Inside the Bottle: Homepage. Watered Down: Overcoming Federal Inaction on the Impact of Oil Sands Development to Water Resources. A Threat to the New Energy Economy. EPA Raises "Major Red Flag" for $7 Billion Tar Sands Pipeline. US Landowners Fighting Back Against Pipeline That Would Run From Alberta to the Gulf Coast. Rhino poaching crisis in South Africa as 200 killed in six months.
Biofuels land grab in Kenya's Tana Delta fuels talk of war. TransCanada Pipeline Spills 21,000 Gallons of Oil in North Dakota. Yellowstone river suffers oil spill. Pacific marine life invades Atlantic across newly ice-free Northwest Passage. Earth's Endangered Creatures - Worldwide Endangered Species List - Animals. Canada's National Climate Archive. Canada tries to hide Alberta tar sands carbon emissions. A steward for our oceans. Experts puzzled by big decline in honeybees over winter. Protect Our Pacific Coast from Oil Spills. Fukushima report shows nuclear power can never be safe and cheap. The timebomb of ageing US nuclear reactors revealed. City of Nanaimo Habitat Atlas - Home - Welcome. British Columbia Environmental Network — Issues/Campaigns.
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