Atmosphere & Energy

Arctic sea ice levels hit record low

The amount of sea ice in the Arctic is at an all-time low, suggesting that climate change is leading to a dramatic shift in the north, according to a new report.

In an analysis released this week, the U.S.-based National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) said that Arctic sea ice cover has melted to a record low, breaking the previous record set in 2007.

Satellite data from August 26 showed that sea ice extent fell to 4.10 million square kilometers, the lowest amount ever seen since observations of the polar cap began three decades ago.

On September 18, 2007, the date of the previous record low, sea ice extent was measured at 4.17 million square kilometres.
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Federal government cancels 3,000 environmental reviews on pipelines, other projects

OTTAWA — The federal government’s budget legislation has forced the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency to cancel nearly 3,000 screenings into potential environmental damage caused by proposed development projects across Canada, including hundreds involving a pipeline or fossil fuel energy, according to published records.

Out of 2,970 project reviews that were stopped by the legislation that rewrote Canada’s environmental laws and weakened federal oversight on industrial development, 678 involved fossil fuel energy and 248 involved a pipeline, including proposals from Alberta-based energy companies, Enbridge and TransCanada.

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Northern Gateway review hobbled by budget cuts, critics say

Critics of Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline from the Alberta oilsands to tankers on the British Columbia coast say there is no time for the science to be completed before a federal deadline for the environmental assessment currently underway.

Documents filed with the National Energy Board show the environmental review panel studying the Northern Gateway project asked Fisheries and Oceans Canada for risk assessments for the bodies of water the proposed pipeline will cross. The pipeline is to traverse nearly 1,000 streams and rivers in the upper Fraser, Skeena and Kitimat watersheds.

The department didn't have them.

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Donkin Coal Mine Community Forum

Come Share Your Concerns, Tell Us Your Values, and Give Recommendations

As part of the environmental assessment for the Donkin Coal Mine, Sierra Club Atlantic invites community members to join us in gathering information about local community values, features in the region that could be impacted by the project, and their recommendations regarding the project.

This information will be used as part of our submission to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency regarding the project, and will be used by regulators to reduce or eliminate environmental impacts of the project.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 29th, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm,

WHERE: Port Morien Fire Hall, Port Morien, Nova Scotia

WHY: To gather local information about concerns & possible impacts as a part of the environmental assessment of the Donkin Coal Mine.... Read more »

Watching New York: fracking moratorium may be replaced with regs

Keep your eye on New York. According to Huffington Post and CBS, the state is about to drop its moratorium on fracking and create regulations allowing the practice.

Read the entire article on Huff Post (Aug 20, 2012) 

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