Environment

L’efficacité énergétique rapporte gros
Publish Date: 19-NOV-2014 03:01 PM
Le Canada ajouterait jusqu’à 580 milliards à son PIB en 28 ans s’il empruntait cette voie 
 
Oléoduc Énergie Est: pas de sécurité, pas de passage, dit Labeaume
Publish Date: 19-NOV-2014 02:56 PM
Même s'il est partisan du projet d'oléoduc Énergie Est de TransCanada Pipeline, le maire de Québec juge qu'il demeure trop de questions sans réponses. «Je ne laisserai pas cette compagnie-là traverser le fleuve si on ne se sent pas en sécurité.» 
 
Fracking review panel : independent of what, exactly ?
Publish Date: 19-NOV-2014 02:21 PM
A little over a month ago, the provincial government announced the composition of its “independent” panel to review fracking in the province. As many of us are aware, the panel was announced in August as follow-up to the temporary moratorium on fracking which resulted from massive public opposition to a proposal to introduce the controversial method of oil and gas extraction on the west coast of the island. And although the panel hasn’t yet met, it’s already drawing fire from many quarters. I’ll leave it to others to critique the backgrounds and expertise of those who are on the panel. My own critique would centre on who is not on the panel. There are some serious gaps, and these offer the most telling condemnation of the process. 
 
Keystone XL: le Sénat dit non... pour l'instant
Publish Date: 18-NOV-2014 02:50 PM
Tout compte fait, Barack Obama n'aura pas à utiliser son veto pour bloquer le projet Keystone XL. Du moins, pas tout de suite. 
 
Compressions : les chercheurs privés de données essentielles sur le climat
Publish Date: 16-NOV-2014 02:12 PM
La réduction des investissements fédéraux dans la recherche sur les changements climatiques prive les chercheurs qui y oeuvrent toujours de données essentielles. Interrogé sur les effets des compressions du gouvernement conservateur dans le domaine de la science climatique, le directeur général du consortium Ouranos, Alain Bourque, a noté que les chercheurs peinent désormais à trouver les données requises pour analyser l'évolution des changements climatiques. 
 
Friends Of Science Tackle Tax Status Of The Alberta Wilderness Association
Publish Date: 13-NOV-2014 01:37 PM
A group that doesn't believe carbon dioxide emissions cause global warming has taken aim at a prominent Alberta environmental group's charitable status. The Calgary-based Friends of Science has asked its supporters to write the Canada Revenue Agency about the activities of the Alberta Wilderness Association. "We think there are some questions that should be asked of the CRA," Friends spokeswoman Michelle Stirling said Thursday. The Friends object to the association's refusal to print a rebuttal to an article critical of the group in the Alberta Wilderness newsletter. The article referred to a billboard the Friends rented in Calgary that said the sun is the cause of climate change, not rising greenhouse gas emissions. 
 
Oléoduc Énergie Est : 175 pétroliers par année à Cacouna (French)
Publish Date: 31-OCT-2014 09:12 AM
Quelque 175 pétroliers traverseront chaque année une zone de reproduction des bélugas pour accoster au port de Cacouna, révèlent des documents rendus publics hier par le promoteur du pipeline Énergie Est, TransCanada. Dans une conférence de presse pour marquer le dépôt du projet de 12 milliards devant l'Office national de l'énergie, hier, le président d'Oléoduc Énergie Est, François Poirier, n'a pas voulu s'avancer sur le nombre de navires qui transiteront par le port. 
 
Ottawa’s silencing of scientists should end
Publish Date: 26-OCT-2014 08:46 AM
The Conservative government only undermines itself by restricting the ability of federally employed scientists to communicate freely with the public and the media. It feeds suspicion, suggesting that Canada has something to hide, for example, on such controversial matters as the oil sands – wrongly or rightly. Last week, the Union of Concerned Scientists, an American organization, and the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada sent Prime Minister Stephen Harper an open letter strongly recommending that Canada no longer insist that government scientists get the permission of a media relations officer before they speak to journalists. Fifteen thousand or so researchers are said to be affected by such rules. There were 800 signatories – Canadian government researchers themselves did not sign it. 
 
Budget Bill: Government refocuses public health czar’s job
Publish Date: 23-OCT-2014 08:40 AM
The Conservatives plan to create a new public health czar to focus solely on advising the government on public health issues.The move is part of the sweeping changes introduced in the Conservatives’ latest budget implementation bill, which was tabled in Parliament Thursday… But Daviau wasn’t as optimistic about the Conservatives’ plans for a Canadian High Arctic Research Station in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, which she said was an inadequate attempt to replace Canada’s northernmost research lab, the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) in Eureka, Nunavut. 
 
Les maires du monde entier invités à la conférence sur le climat de Paris
Publish Date: 16-OCT-2014 02:46 PM
 
Un pétrolier non conforme stoppé sur le Saint-Laurent
Publish Date: 15-OCT-2014 03:03 PM
Le deuxième pétrolier à remonter le Saint-Laurent pour venir charger du pétrole des sables bitumineux à Sorel-Tracy a dû stopper sa route aux Escoumins, après avoir été jugé non conforme à la réglementation canadienne. 
 
Half of All Summers Will Soon Be Boiling Hot for Hundreds of Millions of People
Publish Date: 12-OCT-2014 09:47 AM
A new study finds climate change has caused a 60-fold increase in the likelihood of extreme temperatures in eastern China since the early 1950s. 
 
Editorial: Climate change is no less urgent a threat than Islamic State
Publish Date: 10-OCT-2014 09:51 AM
The government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper needs to tackle climate change with the same urgency and sense of duty as it did Canada’s contribution to the U.S.-led coalition striking the Islamic State. 
 
Climate damages litigation could cost Canadian oil & gas companies billions: study
Publish Date: 09-OCT-2014 12:32 PM
Canadian oil and gas companies could be liable for billions of dollars of damages for their contribution to climate change, according a study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) and West Coast Environmental Law (West Coast) that analyzes scenarios in which the legal landscape concerning climate damages litigation could suddenly and dramatically change.  
 
Climat : le Canada et le Québec déçoivent (French)
Publish Date: 06-OCT-2014 11:59 AM
Au moment où il entame une visite au Canada, Nicolas Hulot, ambassadeur des questions climatiques du président français François Hollande, critique sévèrement les partisans des énergies fossiles, qui ne font selon lui qu’aggraver des bouleversements climatiques déjà bien réels. 
 
Leona Aglukkaq is silent on altered evidence in frog memo
Publish Date: 04-OCT-2014 11:32 AM
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government is offering no explanation for a mysterious memo sent from a senior bureaucrat to the environment minister that incorrectly summarized scientific evidence from a secret report. The memo, released through a court challenge, contradicted the warnings from an Environment Canada scientist about “imminent” danger from a major residential real estate project near Montreal that is threatening the survival of a critical population of western chorus frogs, protected under federal endangered species legislation. 
 
Les morses, prochaines victimes des changements climatiques? (French)
Publish Date: 02-OCT-2014 11:40 AM
Pas moins de 35 000 morses ont été forcés de venir s’échouer sur une plage du nord-ouest de l’Alaska, en raison de l’absence de glace. Un phénomène directement lié aux bouleversements climatiques qui frappe l’Arctique. 
 
Oil and gas emissions can create ‘extreme’ ozone pollution, study finds
Publish Date: 01-OCT-2014 11:12 AM
Emissions wafting out of oil and gas operations can trigger “extreme” ozone pollution events that rival those seen in congested cities like Los Angeles, according to an international study. Extraordinary levels of ozone, which can exacerbate asthma and other respiratory problems, have been seen in rural areas of Utah and Wyoming where oil extraction and fracking have taken off. 
 
Le quart de l’électricité mondiale pourrait provenir de l’énergie solaire (French)
Publish Date: 30-SEP-2014 10:35 AM
D’ici 2050, le soleil pourrait être une ressource plus importante que les énergies fossiles, le nucléaire et l’hydroélectricité 
 
Relations Canada-États-Unis: un poison nommé Keystone (French)
Publish Date: 29-SEP-2014 08:40 AM
Le président des États-Unis, Barack Obama, n'a pas jugé opportun de téléphoner au premier ministre Stephen Harper plus tôt cette semaine afin de solliciter une contribution militaire plus importante du Canada dans la lutte contre le groupe armé État islamique (EI) en Ira