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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 Two in-range licences covering 24 km2, which had been posted for the August 19 rights auction, have since been withdrawn by Alberta Energy.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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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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Pembina reacts to Canada setting greenhouse gas emission targets

CALGARY — Amin Asadollahi, oilsands director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Government of Canada’s announcement it intends to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. Read more about Pembina reacts to Canada setting greenhouse gas emission targets

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CPAWS Supports Government Announcement on Increased Enforcement on Public Lands

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) – Southern Alberta chapter applauds today’s Government of Alberta announcement of increased enforcement on the eastern slopes.

CPAWS Southern Alberta believes that the province is big enough for a diversity of recreational opportunities. However, when the rule is “anything goes,” there will soon be nothing left. The wrong kinds of activities in the wrong places lead to displacement of wildlife, degraded waterways, damaged habitat and conflicts between people. Read more about CPAWS Supports Government Announcement on Increased Enforcement on Public Lands

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Environmental Enforcement Positions Good News for Headwaters

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is greatly encouraged by today's announcement by the Alberta government that 23 new environmental enforcement positions are being established to patrol Alberta's Eastern Slopes and other backcountry areas. The hirings follow several years of sparse presence on the ground by officers and widespread damage to streams and river beds in Alberta's headwaters. Read more about Environmental Enforcement Positions Good News for Headwaters

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CPAWS Alberta chapters welcome newly elected government

The southern and northern Alberta chapters of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) congratulate premier-elect Rachel Notley on her party’s recent election victory in Alberta. The chapters look forward to the opportunity to work with the new government on conservation and environmental protection in the province.

We support the commitments to expand Alberta’s network of parks and protected areas, protect habitat for species like caribou and grizzlies and establish the Castle Special Place as a protected Wildland Park. Read more about CPAWS Alberta chapters welcome newly elected government

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