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Four Big Ideas on Climate Change

The UN climate convention conference that just wrapped up in Lima was meant to deliver a draft for a new universal climate agreement to be inked in Paris, France next year and to come into effect in 2020. Before the meeting, hopes were officially high: All eyes will now be on Lima where the key litmus [...]

Pollution Probe Honours Dokis First Nation Power Project

Jennifer attended the 2014 Pollution Probe Gala to witness Chief Denise Restoule of the Dokis First Nation accept Pollution Probe’s 2014 Sustainability Award in connection with the Okikendawt Project—a 10 MW hydroelectric facility being developed by the Dokis First Nation with Hydromega Services Inc. New water power projects are not always green, and are meeting stiff environmental, [...]

B.C. Court: No Abuse of Water Approvals for Fracking

Because fracking consumes a huge amount of water, Western Canada Wilderness Committee (WCWC) and the Sierra Club of B.C. recently challenged how the B.C. government grants water use approvals to oil and gas companies. The government gives a series of short term approvals for fracking, frequently renewed, without regulating the cumulative water taking of an entire project. Does this violate [...]

U.N. Climate Report: Irreversible Change Near Certain

Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, and sea level has risen.

Municipal Anti-Wind By-Laws Inoperative

Another Ontario municipality's attempts to block wind energy development have been thrown out by the courts. Municipalities cannot use anti-wind by-laws to frustrate Renewable Energy Approvals (REA), under the Green Energy Act, S.O. 2009, c. 12 (“Green Energy Act”). East Durham Wind Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy Canada ULC, (“East Durham”) holds a provincial REA, [...]

Wind opponents lose health challenges around the world

A recent report  by the Energy and Policy Institute documents the rejection of anti-wind health claims by 48 courts and tribunals in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the US. In one anomalous US case,  two turbines which had had a known problem were ordered to be shut down 12 hours a day, four hours [...]