Environment

Public Consultation and Alberta Politics: What’s Going On?

The fate of liberal democratic governments hinges importantly on building and sustaining political support for their agenda. Public consultation is one tool governments may use to secure this support.

Coal Dust, Wind and Human Health: What are the Risks of Open-Pit Coal Mining in Southwest Alberta?

Everyone living in Southern Alberta are familiar with our winds. Those residing in “Chinook Country” have heard Environment Canada’s frequent wind warnings, particularly between November to April.

Why we need insects and spiders, which of them are declining, and which moving in.

Insects and spiders matter to us because of their enormous contributions to ecosystems, including in food webs, for pollination, enjoyment, and pest control.

Sustainable Farming: What role can Biogas Production Play in Reducing CO2 Emissions?

Biogas production is essentially an industrial stomach which converts organic waste into usable fuel. Biogas is 60% methane and is used to fuel powerful engines that drives generators producing 24/7 100% renewable electricity.

Coal Mining in the Oldman River Watershed: What is happening and what are the long-term impacts?

There is significant interest in establishing metallurgical coal mining operations throughout the eastern slopes of Alberta. The areas residing within the Oldman watershed are no exception.

Setting a Broad Table of Energy and the Environment: How there has to be a merger of the two in order to be successful

With the November 3, 2020 US election resulting in Joe Biden being elected President and the Democrats gaining control of both houses of Congress, what are the likely implications for Alberta’s Energy Sector?

More Coal, Fewer Parks: The Future of Alberta's Rocky Mountains?

When you think of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, including the Oldman Watershed in Southern Alberta, you probably think of scenic mountaintops, rolling foothills and clear blue streams.

For the Love of Headwaters: What Can We Do?

Our drinking water comes from the Oldman River, but where does this river start? The tributaries that feed a river are collectively called headwaters, the source or ‘birthplace’ of our river.

Waste Less Food: How wasted food costs us time, money and resources – and what we can do about it

The average Canadian households wastes $1,760 every year in squishy cucumbers, spoiled yogurt and moldy bread. Not only does food waste have a negative impact on our pocketbooks, it’s bad for the environment as resources are wasted producing food that is never eaten.

How much does Lethbridge Recycle and where does it all end up?

The majority of residents in Lethbridge believe in the importance of recycling and keeping waste out of the landfill. The City’s Waste Diversion Policy has led to specific targets for reducing waste in both households and businesses with the goal of cutting the overall community waste in half by 2030.

Are Environmentally Sensitive Areas of southwestern Alberta being Sacrificed for Wind Power?

Southern Alberta, including the MD of Pincher Creek, is one of Canada’s windiest regions and the area’s rich wind resources are extremely attractive to developers.

Nature Talks: Why Grasslands Matter

Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Alberta Region in Lethbridge to celebrate the iconic species of the grasslands and the important role habitat conservation plays in their survival.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada – Protecting our Grasslands

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is Canada’s leading national land conservation organization. A private, non-profit organization, partnering with individuals, corporations, other non-profit organizations and governments at all levels to protect our most important natural treasures — the natural areas that sustain Canada’s plants and wildlife.

Why are only a few People Building Energy Efficient "Net-Zero" Houses?

For many people, a net-zero home conjures up visions of houses beyond their reach. But supplying energy for your own home is no longer confined to the future.

What is Holding-Back the Adoption of Electric Cars and What Can Be Done About It?

“If, instead of building the automobile, had I asked folks what they wanted, the answer would have been… [just] a faster horse.

Ecological Grief is not new, but on the Rise – How can we Deal with It?

Grieving the loss or change of a cherished natural space has not always been recognized as a true form of grieving.

Hurricane Devastation in Dominica: The New Normal? Responsibilities?

With 260 km/h maximum sustained wind speeds, Category 5 Hurricane Maria tore through Dominica on September 18, 2017, causing mass destruction and directly affecting some 73,000 people (the entire population).

Oil's Deep State: Does the Petroleum Industry Undermine Democracy?

For all the wealth they potentially possess, Alberta’s vast petroleum reserves have arguably been badly mismanaged since the early 1990s both in terms of collecting proper royalties and environmental sustainability.

Can Private Land Conservation Maintain Biodiversity?and Healthy Watersheds in Alberta's Foothills?

Maintaining healthy landscapes has benefits that extend well beyond the boundaries of a given property. These ecological services include things like water filtration and storage, healthy wildlife populations, and aesthetic values which support tourism and the preservation of our heritage.

Is Geothermal a Practical Renewable Energy Option?

Leading-edge researchers forecast wind, solar and water power will become our primary energy sources. CanGEA, the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association, suggests geothermal energy can be a mainstay in our future energy grid.

Will Coal Mining Once Again Impact the Crowsnest Pass Economy?

Benga Mining Ltd has applied to the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) and Canada Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) for approval to develop a 4 million tonne per year metallurgical coal mine at Grassy Mountain, 8 km north of Blairmore, Alberta.

Turning the Ship of Government Around?

Since the dramatic election results of May 5th swept the NDP into power after the 44-year long reign of the Progressive Conservative Party, there have been a multitude of changes in the government and in Alberta.

Land Use and Shrinking Rivers: What's at Stake?

For more than a century the foothills and Front Range Mountains of western Alberta have been recognized as being vital to the water supply for western Canada.

Contaminated Water from Fracking: Who are Responsible When Things Go Wrong?

The fossil fuel industry tout hydraulic fracturing, “fracking”, as a win-win, with slick promises of energy independence, greenhouse gas reduction, and benefits to local communities.

What are the Barriers to Curbside Organics Recycling?

Lethbridge residents could send a lot less garbage to the landfill if a city-wide curbside organics recycling program were to be implemented.

End Game on Easter Island: A Sign of Things to Come?

Rapa Nui (Easter Island) is one of the most remote places of human habitation in the world. It is famed for its iconic statuary and as a tragic example of ecological collapse.

From Source to Tap: What are the Solutions to Big Challenges in Our Headwaters?

Though only 30km wide and 24% of the area of the Oldman watershed, the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains provides 90% of the water - they are our headwaters - the source of water that feeds our streams, lakes and groundwater.

Does a Northern Gateway Pipeline Make Sense?

The Federal Government and Alberta’s Provincial Government are advocating that a new pipeline to the Pacific Ocean is essential to growth of the petroleum industry in Alberta.

How do we save the earth?

This is a regular session but with a Christmas twist. Please come early and listen to Christmas music & song

Climate Change and its Impacts on Food Security: What Can We Do?

Climate change may be the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced. If the present trend continues, the world will likely experience a severe average increase in temperature by the end of this century, endangering our civilization, as we know it.

World Population at 7 Billion: What are the Challenges and Opportunities?

World population at 7 billion has evoked concern, but also opens doors to new thinking about the environment, sustainability, consumption, distribution and taking stock of ourselves.

Climate Calamity Fact or Fantasy?

James Lovelock, scientist and originator of the Gaia hypothesis, said in 2007 that; “Before this century is over, billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic.

World Water Day: Why are the Themes of Water and Food Security Relevant to Alberta?

This year’s theme for World Water Day (March 22) is water and food security. In Alberta we do not often feel food insecure, so how does the theme of World Water Day have an impact in our world?

Climate Reality: The Science, the Denial Industry, the Way Forward

The scientific consensus is in: man-made global warming is real and the major cause of various extreme weather events around the world.

Climate Reality: The Science, the Denial Industry, the Way Forward

The Galt Museum & Archives is committed to sustainability within its own organization. 2012 marks the third year it is participating in Earth Hour [March 31, 8:30-9:30 pm] and it will be host to the exhibit “Earth’s Climate in the Balance” from January 21 – April 22, 2012.

With Alberta's Economy Fuelled by Hydrocarbons, is Water Playing Second Fiddle?

Alberta’s government has made some major organizational changes related to research and development. Five new organizations have been formed which encompass the activities of many predecessors in the research and innovation community.

Water Under Threat: CETA, Fracking and Water Markets

Water Under Threat: CETA, Fracking and Water Markets Featuring Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians National Chairperson Wednesday, June 1 7:00 - 9:00 pm Yates Memorial Centre (1002 4 Ave S, Lethbridge)

Choking our Lakes and Waterways

NEW: The link to the video Jim Byrne screened is here: http://scientiaproductions.com/clw/introduction Run-off and waste streams from farms, factories and cities is choking our lakes and waterways.

Meltdown: The Scoop on Glaciers

Glaciers and ice sheets play an important role in the global environment. They are storage systems of most of the world’s fresh water, dramatically alter the landscape and sea level, affect ecosystems and provide us with unique records of climate and atmospheric conditions that go back hundreds of thousands of years.

The Cancun Climate Change Conference Deal: What Does it Mean?

Delegate’s from all 194 countries except one agreed to cut carbon emissions and assist developing countries tackle climate change as part of a “historic” deal in Cancun to help stop global warming.

Public Land for the Taking: A Disturbing Prairie Tale

Less than five percent of Alberta is comprised of native prairie on public lands. The 7000-year-old remnants of native prairie are of immeasurable value in preserving biodiversity, maintaining healthy watersheds, sequestering carbon, sustaining livestock production and providing outdoor recreation opportunities for a rapidly growing human population in southern Alberta.

Is Protecting the Castle Special Place Long Overdue?

The Pincher Creek Fish and Game Association and Alberta Wilderness Association urged in 1968 – the same year SACPA was formed – that the Castle area of Southern Alberta be protected.

Why is federal action on the environment critical to a healthy local economy?

“Think globally, act locally” is a catch-phrase commonly used by those striving to achieve economic sustainability and healthy community based on ecological sustainability.

Energy, Environment and the Economy - Discovering Alberta''s Future

Shrinking reserves of oil and gas, shifts in the geopolitical landscape, and mounting environmental concerns all test our ability to meet the growing demand for energy.

The Global Nuclear System and Canada's Deadly Secret

Saskatchewan’s uranium mining is at the front end of the global nuclear system. Dr. Jim Harding, author of Canada’s Deadly Secret, Saskatchewan Uranium and the Global Nuclear System, will reveal the negative impacts of nuclear mining on Aboriginal rights, human health and environment.

Oil Wealth and Genuine Progress - Finding the Balance

Oil Wealth and Genuine Progress - Finding the Balance Will the bounty of oilsands in northern Alberta prove to be a blessing or a curse to future generations?

Oil Wealth and Genuine Progress - Finding the Balance

Oil Wealth and Genuine Progress - Finding the Balance Will the bounty of oilsands in northern Alberta prove to be a blessing or a curse to future generations?

How Experience Changes Brain Development and Behaviour

Brain and behavioural development is a prolonged process that can be influenced by events occurring both before and after birth. Early-life events can have direct effects, including a range of neurological conditions such as mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, or fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

How Experience Changes Brain Development and Behaviour

Brain and behavioural development is a prolonged process that can be influenced by events occurring both before and after birth. Early-life events can have direct effects, including a range of neurological conditions such as mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, or fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.