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Coverage of environmental effects since June 23, 2023.

First Nations call on feds to oppose nuclear waste disposal site near Ottawa River

"...OTTAWA First Nations leaders are calling on the federal government to oppose a nuclear waste disposal site near the Ottawa River that they say threatens drinking water and their rights..."

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Nuclear Natures: A Concept Explored in Six Briefs

"...The relationship between nuclear power and nature is saturated with ambiguities and contradictions emerging from the different technological, scientific, and socio-cultural understandings of the two terms. Stemming from Nuclear Natures, an ongoing research project at Linkping University in Sweden, this article provides six takesor briefs, as we call themon nuclear natures in the form of analyses of environmentalist anti-nuclear campaigning, uses of natures surrounding operational nuclear power plants, nuclear waste management, and afterlives of denuclearised environments. This set of briefs supports the view that a type of situated environmental writing is called for in attempts to understand the disparate histories and futures of nuclear natures..."

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Court ruling should lead to narrower B.C. environmental assessments: analyst

"...A leading B. C. expert in environmental law says future federal assessments of major projects will be more narrow following a Supreme Court of Canada advisory ruling against federal legislation governing the environmental effects of such projects..."

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A look at some reaction to the Supreme Court's ruling on feds' environmental review law Globalnews.ca

"...Five out of seven judges found most of the law unconstitutional, because it seeks to regulate activities within provincial jurisdiction. Here is some of the reaction to the decision:“The Government of Canada developed the Impact Assessment Act to create a better set of rules that respect the environment, Indigenous rights and ensure projects get assessed in a timely way. We remain committed to these principles..."

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Supreme court says feds went overboard on climate change law

"...The Supreme Court of Canada is seen on Friday, June 16, 2023 in Ottawa. Canadas top court is expected to rule today on the validity of the federal governments environmental assessment legislation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld..."

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NewsAlert: Supreme Court majority rules against federal impact assessment law

"...Alberta Premier Danielle Smith, whose province challenged the legislation, called it a massive win for provincial rights. She said it gives exclusive provincial jurisdiction to matters such as building new greenhouse gas-emitting natural gas power plants..."

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Green growth or degrowth? That is the question

"...Much of the debate centres around the concept ofdecoupling whether the economy can grow without corresponding increases in environmental degradation or greenhouse gas emissions. Essentially, it signifies a separation of the historical linkage between GDP growth and its adverse environmental effects. Importantly,absolutedecoupling rather thanrelativedecoupling is necessary for green growth to succeed..."

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Blog: Last Day of Chalk River Nuclear Landfill Hearing

"...In 2016, the privately-owned Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) proposed a Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF) for their Chalk River site. The NSDF is required to undergo a federal environmental assessment (EA) under the legislation that was in place at the time, specifically the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA, 2012). The CNSC must issue a decision statement under section 54 of the CEAA, 2012 as to whether the designated project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects..."

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Sept. 2 deadline for comment on Semiahmoo First Nation biofuel project

"...Officials say in addition to creating multiple jobs, the facility will divert some 70,000 tons of organic food waste from area landfills and incinerators annually, eliminate around 55,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually, generate 3. 5 million gigajoules of RNG and help avoid the use of some 22,000 tons of chemical fertilizers every year..."

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This turtle is one step away from being run over. It doesnt have to be this way

"...Canada's current lack of a national mandatory road ecology strategy takes a distressing toll on the wildlife population. Thousands of animals and millions of birds die each year from road collisions. In the province of Ontario alone, approximately 12,000 deer and other wildlife are killed in crashes annually, with 400 people injured..."

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Climate change strains the health-care system. How we treat patients is part of the problem

"...A new guide aims to educate doctors on how to reduce environmental impacts of the care they provide. In recent years, Canadians have experienced the health impacts of extreme heat, poor air quality from wildfires and harmful algae blooms caused by excess nutrients and pollution, all of which are exacerbated by climate change. Though the climate crisis strains the Canadian health-care system, the sector itself also contributes to the problem, accounting for five per cent of Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions..."

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Senior Environmental Coordinator -- Environmental Review (#93/20)

"...Environmental ReviewThe Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is responsible for the stewardship of Canada's largest port, and our vision is to the world's most sustainable..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention environmental effects.

Andrea Copping: The Latest on Marine Energy Projects

Duration: 29:00

"...Source: Sea Change Radio..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about environmental effects.

Giving the Greatest Gift of All (w/ Paul Sitnam)

"...Impact investing is an investment strategy that aims to generate specific beneficial social or environmental effects in addition to financial gains, according to Investopedia..."

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Does the GTA Need New Highways? | The Agenda

"...Premier Ford says everyone is asking for the new highway, but who is everyone? Is it what the province needs now? And what are the concerns around environmental effects to Ontario's Greenbelt..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about environmental effects relevant to the latest news.

Selected Aspects of the Environmental Analysis of HDPE Film Using the LCA Method

"...Based on a life cycle assessment, the environmental effects associated with the HDEP film production technology were estimated, and the impact of the production technology on greenhouse gas emissions was determined..."

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The role of green finance in mitigating climate change risks: a quantitative analysis of sustainable investments

"...Econometric methods like the Driscoll-Kraay standard error and other robustness test models are used to look into the links between political risk, green finance, the ecological footprint, and the economic complexity index..."

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Impact Analysis of Internalizing Environmental Costs on Technical, Economic, and Environmental Performances for Power Plants

"...From 2017 to 2050, fossil fuel consumption is expected to decline by about 124 billion m3 of natural gas equivalent, along with 136 MTCO2E reduction in pollutant and GHGs emission..."

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Environmental impact assessment and efficiency of cotton: the case of Northeast Iran

"..., respiratory effects resulting from winter smog caused by emissions of dust, sulfur, and nitrogen oxides to air) posed the greatest environmental burden in cotton production, followed by non-renewable energy, carcinogens, and global warming..."

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Glyphosate spraying exacerbates nitrogen and phosphorus loss in karst slope farmland

"...Therefore, in the prevention and control of agricultural non-point source pollution, the threat of glyphosate to the surrounding aquatic ecosystem cannot be ignored, especially in karst areas with frequent rainstorms and serious water erosion, long-term monitoring and risk assessment of glyphosate are needed..."

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Investigating Financial Development and Its Direct and Indirect Environmental Effects in South Africa: Fresh Policy Insights

"...The results of the indirect channels demonstrate that financial development also lessens the negative impacts of income, energy usage, trade openness, and foreign direct investment (FDI) on pollution emissions..."

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Energy cycle assessment of bioethanol production from sugarcane bagasse by life cycle approach using the fermentation conversio

"...Moreover, by replacing fossil fuels with clean energies, more energy efficiency and less environmental consequences can be achieved because fossil fuels cause air pollution leading to acid rain, eutrophication, damage to forests, and harm to wildlife..."

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Understanding material and energy use in the processes of decoupling CO2 emissions from economic growth

"...In this study, to address this shortcoming, we investigate the role of materials on the decoupling of carbon-dioxide emissions (CO2) from economic growth and compare it with the role of energy use in the world's top-19 emitting countries for the 1990?2019 period..."

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Soil quality assessment based on MCDA?GIS hybrid approach for sustainable hazelnut farming under humid ecosystem environment

"...Agricultural soil quality has recently become an interesting topic for research with increased awareness in agricultural sustainability reduced agricultural lands due to urbanization and rapid population growth, and negative environmental effects..."

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