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Coverage of environmental impact since October 24, 2023.

Alberta Energy Regulator won't reconsider approval for Suncor expansion into wetland

"...The McClelland Lake complex, about 90 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, Alta. , was excluded from development in 1996 because of its environmental value. That exclusion was lifted in 2002 for the part of the wetland within an oilsands lease then owned by True North Energy..."


InBC investing $29M in venture funds, two West Coast companies

"...With $500 million in funds, InBC invests in companies that show potential for financial returns, strong connections to B. C. and have social and environmental impacts..."


Vancouver miner NexGen's $1.3B uranium project wins Saskatchewan OK

"...“The achievement of this major milestone of provincial environmental assessment approval for Rook I is key in meeting the surging global demand for ethically sourced uranium,” NexGen CEO Leigh Curyer said. “NexGen has submitted all responses to the Federal technical review of the Rook I project environmental impact statement. ”..."


B.C. eyes green hydrogen economy with cross-country partnership

"...Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey and B. C. Premier David Eby held a joint news conference Tuesday prior to signing a statement of cooperation around clean energy generally and the hydrogen economy specifically..."


Uzelman: Is the Liberals’ signature climate change agenda collapsing?

"...The carbon tax is only one component of the Liberal’s climate change agenda that is under significant stress. The Impact Assessment Act, seeks to govern the environmental impact of projects that are under federal jurisdiction. The Supreme Court has ruled that those sections that deal with projects not on federal lands or federally financed – “designated projects” – are not aimed at the impact of the project, but are aimed at regulating the project even when under provincial jurisdiction..."


Ship traffic ramps up through the Northwest Passage as Arctic ice retreats

"...Melting ice raises hopes for trade but fears for environmental impacts The Canadian PressNov. 5, 2023 8:55 a. m..."


Ag producers in Saskatchewan call for barn heating exemption to be implemented

"...Wells said they are trying to have the amendment within the report overturned at the report stage, voting down the report and having the Bill come to the third reading unamended. Global News reached out to Minister of Agriculture David Marit but did not receive a response by deadline. Global News received a statement from the federal government:“The Government of Canada understands the unique challenges faced by the agriculture sector and has designed the carbon pricing system to reflect these challenges..."


Eby talks transport, drug crisis and short-term rentals at Island economic summit

"...Eby acknowledged the devastating economic impacts to the Port Alberni region and tourism hot spots of Tofino and Ucluelet after damage from a wildfire in June blocked or restricted traffic for most of the summer along Highway 4 — the key transportation route to western Vancouver Island..."


Province asks court to prevent feds from intervening on Highway 413, Ontario Place

"...The Supreme Court of Canada found earlier this month that the law dealing with environmental impacts of major developments is unconstitutional because it regulates activities that fall under provincial purview..."


Is There a Sustainable Solution to the Lithium-Battery Shortage?

"...Wilkinson says EV makers should consider other types of batteries. Hydrogen fuel cells, for example, have a higher energy-to-weight ratio, which gives them a greater range, but they are expensive to produce. “Heavy-duty trucks could use hydrogen fuel cells, and that would free up lithium batteries to be primarily used for passenger vehicles,” he says..."


Biodiversity, Mining, and Offsets in Madagascar

"...Among the main threats to Madagascar's rich biodiversity and, therefore, to the traditions and well-being of the Malagasy population, closely linked to the resources of this biodiversity, are deforestation, climate change, and extractive activities..."


Solar energy is booming. What happens when the panels die?

"...About 12 years ago, a woman named Annick Anctil was working at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. She was researching the environmental impact of solar, and she became interested in making this renewable energy more sustainable..."


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Environmental Protection Technician - City of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)

"...Cover letters should express interest and highlight additional information relevant to the position and resumes should include a tailored summary of skills and experience related to the position..."

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Environmental Conservation Specialist - Capital Regional District (Victoria, BC)

"...Prepares and coordinates the preparation of ecological management and restoration plans and oversees implementation of these plans in accordance with CRD strategic goals and objectives..."

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Environmental Protection Officer - District of West Vancouver (West Vancouver, BC)

"...The preferred candidate will possess considerable knowledge regarding: coastal, freshwater, and environmental issues facing local government; the environmental methods, procedures, equipment, and instruments used; knowledge of the relevant Federal, Provincial, and Municipal legislation, regulations, and bylaws related to the work; the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of internal and external contacts..."

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Technical Training Specialist – Battery, UPS and Alternative Energy - CSA Group - Toronto, ON

"...Supports technical excellence, competency, consistency, leadership, and integrity, to support the strategic direction and objectives of CSA Group globally..."

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Recent episodes that mention environmental impact.

An Upfront Talk About Carbon With Lloyd Alter

Duration: 29:00

"...For some time now, ecologists and environmentalists have been promoting life-cycle analyses – calculations of the environmental impact of a product, from the sourcing of materials all the way through to its disposal..."


The Burgeoning Seaweed Industry on Vancouver Island

Duration: 34:27

"...We learn about the up and coming industry of seaweed..."


Episode 67: Factory 45 with Shannon Lohr

Duration: 40:50

"...Learn how to make smart choices for new clothing with minimal environmental impact, decipher which materials are eco friendly, and learn tips for creating a capsule wardrobe. ..."


Funding the Future of Social Entrepreneurship with Wayne Miranda – March 24th 2020

Duration: 30:32

"...Want to build a business that’s about more than a bottom line? Wayne Miranda, Social Finance Investment Readiness Lead at the McConnell Foundation wants to help you do it! Wayne’s passion is to grow ventures that generate a social and environmental impact..."


Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about environmental impact.

The Powerful Possibilities of Recycling the World's Batteries | Emma Nehrenheim | TED

"...The problem is storing that energy and getting it where we need it, when we need it, says battery recycling pioneer Emma Nehrenheim..."


Sven Mutke - Non-wood Provisioning Services from Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems

"...Pine nuts, mushrooms, and woodland pastures are just a few examples of the nontimber forest products that are increasingly part of the bioeconomy—an economic model that embraces forests as a source of food while prioritizing biodiversity and sustainability..."


We gotta talk about cheese... (sorry)

"...Our new channel Planet A explores the shift towards an eco-friendly world — and challenges our ideas about what dealing with climate change means..."


Why we should put solar panels EVERYWHERE

"...On our way to an emissions-neutral future the use of solar energy is crucial..."


Academic Research

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

Link Between Renewable and Non-renewable Energy Consumption and Co2 Emissions: A Monte-Carlo Simulation Study

"...However, excessive use of energy sources, particularly nonrenewable energy, leads to the depletion of natural resources and significant environmental impacts..."


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..."


Okra tree crop agroforestry model: economic and environmental impact

"...lebbeck agroforestry practice would significantly increase production, touching financial benefit and ensuring sound environmental quality using the vacant woodlot space..."


"...Energy Harvesting from diverse renewable energy sources has experienced rapid growth due to the adverse environmental impacts of using fossil fuels..."


Environmental Assessment of Admixtures and Stone Powder in Cement Concrete

"...The environmental impact of concrete mixtures was evaluated in terms of embodied energy, carbon footprint, and cost analysis of different concrete mixes and compared with the plain mix..."


Environmental Impacts and Sustainability Practices of Airports

"...Sample airports to be evaluated were selected from international airports, and they were examined under the titles of greenhouse gas emissions, water management, waste management, energy management, and noise..."


Regional management options for floating marine litter in coastal waters from a life cycle assessment perspective

"...Method A study of the North Sea German Bight identified existing technologies suitable for the collection and treatment of floating marine debris including, recycling of plastics, mechanical biological treatment (MBT), and landfilling..."


Challenges for the Adoption of Industry 4.0 in the Sustainable Manufacturing Supply Chain

"...It provides insights and recommendations for mitigating these challenges, including prioritizing sustainability considerations during technology selection and implementation, emphasizing energy efficiency and environmental impact assessments in technology design and deployment, incorporating ethical frameworks and guidelines for data usage, privacy, and fairness in AI and IoT systems, encouraging collaboration among stakeholders to develop industry standards and best practices for sustainable technology adoption, among a few others..."


Recent advances in methanol production from methanotrophs

"...There are conventional chemical routes for methanol production such as, steam reforming of natural gas to form syngas, followed by catalytic conversion into methanol; direct catalytic oxidation of methane, or hydrogenation of carbon dioxide..."


Smart and Sustainable Food Production Technologies

"...The chapter provides an overview of various smart and sustainable food production technologies, including precision agriculture, vertical farming, aquaponics, and blockchain-based traceability systems..."


Quantifying the Trends and Impacts of Solid Waste Generation in Chennai City: A Study of Current Management Practices and Futur

"...Additionally, the study suggests that the city should implement waste reduction and recycling programs, as well as encourage the development of waste-to-energy facilities to minimize the environmental impact of solid waste..."