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Poll: Most Albertans want stronger climate change policies

Survey shows public support for climate action and a stronger price on carbon

EDMONTON — New public opinion research shows that 53 per cent of Albertans want the province to adopt stronger policies to cut carbon emissions. This result comes from a survey of more than 1,800 Albertans conducted by EKOS Research Associates and commissioned by the Pembina Institute. Read more about Poll: Most Albertans want stronger climate change policies

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Broad-based group of Canadians demands a stop to commercialization of Canada's national parks

BANFF, AB —Today a diverse group of Canadians with a deep concern for the well-being of our national parks gathered in Banff to call for an end to inappropriate commercialization of Canada’s national parks.

Recent commercial projects in Banff and Jasper National Parks have privatized public spaces and threatened the very framework that controls development in our parks. Read more about Broad-based group of Canadians demands a stop to commercialization of Canada's national parks

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New Alberta air quality report shows need for province-wide pollution reduction

Report points to serious air quality problems that require new management plans from government

EDMONTON — Chris Severson-Baker, Alberta regional director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to today's air quality reporting announcement by the Alberta government:

“This new report adds to the mounting evidence that Alberta needs to reduce air pollution across the province. Measures that will produce more rapid results are also needed in the numerous regional hot spots identified by the report.

“Near-term action is crucial to keep our air from getting worse. Alberta has been too slow to take action on existing pollution sources, and new ones have been added without regard for the cumulative impacts.

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New Protected Area to Protect Water, Create Jobs

Blairmore, Alberta. Albertans today are celebrating the long-awaited creation of two new protected areas in Alberta. After more than 40 years of pressure from local business, advocates and community members, the remainder of the Castle Special Place has been protected as a Provincial Park and Wildland Provincial Park, completing the protection of ~1000 km2 region. Read more about New Protected Area to Protect Water, Create Jobs

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Climate change panel and consultation plan signal a shift in Alberta

Panel's expertise and broad consultation will help inform Alberta's efforts to take meaningful climate action

CALGARY — Ed Whittingham, executive director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to today’s announcement detailing members of the province’s climate change advisory panel and its consultation approach:

“The provincial government and panel chair, Andrew Leach, have put together a well-balanced line up of experts who bring a mix of perspectives and experience to guide its climate change consultation process.

“A broad and transparent consultation process will provide valuable input as the province seeks to develop a credible climate strategy that reflects the priorities and concerns of Albertans.

“Addressing climate change with timely, science-based and effective action is a critical foundation for Alberta’s future health and prosperity. The Pembina Institute welcomes the broad scope of the consultation plan and the clear framing of the challenge outlined by the Minister. There are many solutions available to help Alberta cut carbon pollution and adopt cleaner energy options. We look forward to working with the panel and participating in the consultation sessions.”

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End in Sight for Energy Leasing in Alberta Caribou Ranges?

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) has found that no new energy rights within Alberta caribou ranges are scheduled for future sales. Two in-range licences covering 24 km2, which had been posted for the August 19 rights auction, have since been withdrawn by Alberta Energy. AWA recognizes the importance of these lease sale withdrawals and urges the Alberta government to defer all new energy leasing within caribou ranges, until strong habitat-recovery range plans are in place to ensure survival of Alberta’s endangered caribou. Read more about End in Sight for Energy Leasing in Alberta Caribou Ranges?

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Govenlock PFRA Pasture a Significant Step towards Prairie Conservation

David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills-Grasslands, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, announced on July 29, 2015 that the Govenlock Community Pasture will be transferred from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to Environment Canada, conserving this grassland ecosystem and habitat for species at risk. Read more about Govenlock PFRA Pasture a Significant Step towards Prairie Conservation

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Canada lacks comprehensive strategy to support its growing clean energy sector: report

Without coordinated effort federally and provincially, Canada could lose a significant share of the global market for its clean energy technology

VANCOUVER — A new report examining policies and programs that support growth and development of companies in the clean technology (cleantech) sector has uncovered significant shortcomings in Canada’s approach, and a lack of a clear policy framework federally and provincially.

The policy “report card” — authored by the Pembina Institute and commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) — examined three types of policy categories: those that support domestic deployment opportunities, those that encourage business growth and those that help companies access export opportunities. Read more about Canada lacks comprehensive strategy to support its growing clean energy sector: report

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Three new Alberta Wildlife Status Reports online

From the Alberta Conservation Association:

Three new Alberta Wildlife Status Reports are now available online: Status of the Canada Warbler in Alberta, Status of the Chestnut-collared Longspur in Alberta, and Status of the Brassy Minnow in Alberta.  You can view and download these reports from Alberta Conservation Association’s website, or Alberta Environment and Parks’ species at risk website.

Alberta Wildlife Status Reports are published and distributed by Alberta Conservation Association and Alberta Environment and Parks (until recently Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development). Status reports provide detailed and current information that is useful for managing wildlife populations and their habitats in Alberta.  As well, these reports are used by Alberta’s Endangered Species Conservation Committee for identifying species that may be formally designated as Endangered or Threatened under Alberta’s Wildlife Act.

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Endangered Sage-grouse numbers on the rise in Alberta and Saskatchewan

Federal emergency order helping endangered prairie bird populations recover

CALGARY — Canada’s endangered Greater Sage-grouse populations are on the rebound and conservation groups are cautiously optimistic about the increased numbers. Credited with the increase are climatic factors and, as an outcome of the federal emergency protection order, increased attention to remedying this majestic bird's plight.

In 2014, there were thought to be only 14 males remaining in Alberta, with the total provincial population estimated at approximately 30 birds. Only six males were counted at active breeding grounds or ‘leks’ in Saskatchewan.

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