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Report: Fostering a conversation on stronger carbon pricing in Alberta

The Pembina Institute has published their report "Fostering a conversation on stronger carbon pricing in Alberta":

British economist Lord Nicolas Stern has noted that “climate change presents a unique challenge for economics: it is the greatest example of market failure we have ever seen.” Putting an effective price on carbon pollution is one of the best ways to correct this failure while capitalizing on the flexibility and efficiencies afforded by the market. An increasing number of industry players, environmental organizations and economic institutions are also recognizing this fact.

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Publication—In Water we Trust: Engaging Albertans in Restoration and Maintenance of Environmental Flows

The Environmental Law Centre has made available for download their report "In Water we Trust: Engaging Albertans in Restoration and Maintenance of Environmental Flows":

Should Alberta adopt policies that allow for 3rd party participation in instream flow protection?  Are water trust organizations a part of the answer to instream flow needs in over-allocated basins?  The Environmental Law Centre’s report In Water we Trust:  Engaging Albertans in Restoration and Maintenance of Environmental Flows seeks to answer these questions.

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Wild Lands Advocate Vol. 23, No. 5

The latest issue of the Wildlands Advocate is now available from the Alberta Wilderness Association website.

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  • Thinking About Rivers
  • Close Alberta’s Borders! (to aquatic invasive species)
  • Little Smoky – Duvernay Pilot: How Close is Promised Cumulative Effects  Management?
  • Two Fish, One Fish, No Fish: Alberta’s Fish Crisis
  • At the Top of Grassy Mountain
  • Species At Risk: Westslope Cutthroat Trout
  • Conservation Corner: The Leopard Frog and the Fungus
  • In Memoriam - Chris Havard
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ELC publishes Model for Harmonized Provincial Environmental and Sustainability Assessment

The Environmental Law Centre has published its Model for Harmonized Provincial Environmental and Sustainability Assessment:

In recent years, federal environmental assessment law has undergone radical changes resulting in a reduced number and scope of federal environmental assessment.  Consequently, the provinces are positioned to take a greater role in environmental assessment as the federal government takes a step back. In light of a reduced federal role, the province to province cooperation and coordination can play a greater role. This may include expansion of regional environmental assessment and strategic environmental assessment within and across provinces.

This report builds upon the ELC's publication A Model Environmental and Sustainability Assessment Law by establishing the criteria necessary for successful province to province cooperation and coordination.  As well, this report explores the means by which a province can implement regional environmental assessment and strategic environmental assessment within their own borders and cooperatively with other provinces.  Recognizing that ecological regions and policy decisions may not respect political boundaries, moving beyond traditional project based environmental assessment and creating broader frameworks for decision-making requires province to province cooperation and coordination.

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Pembina Institute submission to Alberta's Climate Change Panel

The Pembina Institute has posted its submission to Alberta's Climate Change Advisory Panel:

This set of recommendations for Alberta’s Climate Leadership process would enable a peak in Alberta’s overall emissions by 2020, enable Alberta to contribute its fair share towards Canada’s international 2030 target and put Alberta on track to achieve an 80 per cent emissions reduction below 1990 levels by 2050.

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New report highlights major commercial development threat to Canada’s national parks

From the CPAWS Northern Alberta Chapter website:

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A new report released today by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) finds that Canada’s national parks are under serious threat from growing commercial development pressures, particularly in Banff and Jasper.

The report describes a list of recent developments that, together, threaten the natural values national parks are intended to protect. These include the recent rushed approval of a massive expansion of the Lake Louise Ski Resort in Banff, construction of the Glacier Skywalk and a proposed Maligne Lake resort development in Jasper, and a proposal to build a giant seven story statue in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, among others.

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Wild Lands Advocate Vol. 23, No. 1

2015-02-00 Vol. 23 No. 1 Wild Lands Advocate

The latest issue of the Wildlands Advocate is now available from the Alberta Wilderness Association website.

Features

  • Giving up the Ghost?
  • Managing Recreation on Public Land: How does Alberta Compare?
  • Hummingbird to Hope: Trail Monitoring, Management and a Wildland Park in the Bighorn
  • An Impossible Dream?: Biodiversity in Alberta’s Largest Urban Centres
  • A Conservation Easement Goes to Court
  • Flying a Chequered Flag at OHV Races in the Livingstone-Porcupine
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Energy East pipeline poses climate challenge for premiers

New report shows how success of multi-province energy strategy depends on addressing oilsands expansion plans, including west-to-east pipeline

QUEBEC CITY — As Canada’s premiers meet in Quebec City to discuss climate change, a new report from the Pembina Institute outlines key considerations and challenges for provincial discussions of a Canadian Energy Strategy.

The oilsands sector is Canada’s fastest-growing source of carbon emissions. That means infrastructure proposals such as the Energy East pipeline have a significant impact on the federation’s ability to meet climate change objectives. for a multi-province strategy to be credible and effective, it must take the full emissions footprint of fossil fuel projects into account.

Crafting an Effective Canadian Energy Strategy reviews the progress some provinces have made to date with carbon pricing policies. The report provides recommendations for making the Canadian Energy Strategy effective, and for how the provinces can fill the leadership vacuum left by the federal government on climate change — including by reviving the work of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. Read more about Energy East pipeline poses climate challenge for premiers

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Capital Region Fine Particulate Response

Alberta Environment & Sustainable Resource Development has finalized and released the Capital Region Fine Particulate Matter Reponse—a plan to reduce and maintain ambient concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) at all stations in the Capital Region below numerical Canada-wide Standard. In addition to the full report, an overview of the response is available for download at the Capital Region Cumulative Effects Management page on the AESRD website. Read more about Capital Region Fine Particulate Response

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2014 AEN Fall Meetings Summary

The 2014 AEN Fall Meetings were held on November 22, 2014 in Calgary. This gathering included a presentation from the Alberta Energy Regulator; updates from the Synergy Alberta Conference; updates from AEN representatives to the Joint Oil Sands Monitoring Advisory Committees; and face-to-face meetings of the Water and Clean Air & Energy Caucuses. Read more about 2014 AEN Fall Meetings Summary

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