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New report examines impacts of coal-fired power in Canada

Pembina Institute study outlines pollution from coal-fired power in run up to Environment Canada’s pending coal regulations
14 Jun 2012

EDMONTON — Canada’s “cheap” coal power carries considerable hidden costs in terms of harmful pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, says a new report released by the Pembina Institute.

Coal use is concentrated in a few provinces in Canada, but pollution from coal-fired electricity generation is a problem of national concern. Recent proposals to weaken impending federal coal regulations could, if accepted, further compromise efforts to reduce Canada’s most polluting, most carbon-intensive electricity source. Read more »

Posted June 15, 2012 by AEN

ENGO Directory Update and Capacity Survey are Underway

Don't miss your chance to be seen, heard and win!

The Alberta Environmental Network's Directory Update and Alberta Ecotrust's Nonprofit Capacity Survey are both underway.  Over the month of May, we invite all environmental nonprofits in Alberta to invest 15 minutes of your time to register for the directory and complete the capacity survey.  By participating, you will ensure your organization is well connected and its voice is heard in the development of future services for nonprofits. Read more »

Posted May 17, 2012 by AEN

Environmental groups launch major campaign to defend nature and democracy

Black Out Speak Out groups will darken websites nationwide in protest against efforts to silence Canadians
7 May 2012

TORONTO – The federal government’s attack on nature and democracy means “silence is not an option” for Canadians according to a national campaign, being launched Monday, May 7, by the country’s leading environmental organizations.

“These changes — hidden in a budget bill in the hopes that Canadians wouldn’t notice — are threatening the core values all Canadians hold dear: nature and democracy,” said Sidney Ribaux, executive director of Equiterre. “We are compelled to speak out and we’re inviting Canadians from all walks of life to join us.” Read more »

Posted May 7, 2012 by AEN

Oil and Democracy Speaker Series

It certainly is an interesting time for democracy in Alberta…

Community Service-Learning's (CSL) Spring Immersion Course 'Oil and Democracy' and the Parkland Institute are pleased to announce the 'Oil and Democracy Speaker Series'. Every Thursday for five weeks, speakers from a variety of different perspectives will share their experience within the oil and democracy relationship. This event is open to all members of the public and we welcome all to a healthy discussion on benefits and challenges of Alberta's natural resource wealth.

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Date Every Thursday from May 10th - June 7th, 2012
Time 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Room University of Alberta NRE 1 001
For directions, see http://www.campusmap.ualberta.ca

Posted May 3, 2012 by AEN

Sage-Grouse Reintroduction: More Habitat Protection Needed

3 May 2012

Reports in yesterday’s news media reveal details on a program to import sage-grouse from Montana to Alberta. While this reintroduction shows overdue recognition by the Alberta government of the dire situation of one of Canada’s most endangered species, and is likely necessary, Alberta Wilderness Association is concerned.

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Posted May 3, 2012 by AEN

Pembina reacts to announcement that Pioneer Carbon Capture and Storage project will not proceed

26 Apr 2012

CALGARY, AB — Chris Severson-Baker, spokesperson for the Pembina Institute, made the following comments in response to TransAlta’s announcement that the Pioneer Carbon Capture and Storage project will not proceed: Read more »

Posted April 27, 2012 by AEN

Alberta Earth Day Events

Earth Day is this weekend. Visit the Earth Day Canada website to find a list of Earth Day events around the province.

Posted April 19, 2012 by AEN

Slow Down Oil Sands to Save Wetlands, Scientist Says

19 Apr 2012

As development continues to destroy wetlands crucial to Alberta’s water security and climate regulation, a new research paper by a University of Alberta ecologist, Dr. Lee Foote, concludes that the government should negotiate mineable oil sands development limits. The paper cites doubtful reclamation success for the extensive peat wetlands central to that landscape. The Alberta Wilderness Association and Water Matters call on Alberta’s political party leaders to commit to meaningful wetland conservation measures including protection of boreal wetlands. Read more »

Posted April 19, 2012 by AEN

Group Sues Government over Castle Logging

18 Apr 2012

Arguing that there was a reasonable expectation that the Castle Special Place would be protected, and that no proper consultation was carried out when the Alberta government decided to allow logging in that sensitive watershed, the Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition and a group of local citizens announced today that they are initiating a judicial review of the government’s decision to allow clear cut logging. “In 1993, the Natural Resources Conservation Board recommended that the Castle be protected,” said Gord Petersen, speaking on behalf of the applicants. Read more »

Posted April 18, 2012 by AEN

Pembina reacts to federal government plans to weaken environmental assessment

17 Apr 2012

CALGARY — Simon Dyer, policy director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver’s announcement that the federal government will weaken environmental oversight of resource development projects: Read more »

Posted April 17, 2012 by AEN

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