Death of three grizzly bears stirs up outrage. We speak with activist KL Kivi about it and with Gillian Sanders from Grizzlybearsolutions.com about how it can be prevented. Thanks to Moe Lyons and The Valley Voice newspaper for drawing attention to the killings. Erin Thompson from the West Kootenay EcoSociety talks about the ALL IN movie being screened this month in Nelson (Nov. 28) and Rossland (Nov. 15). Listen to the show here: https://cjlypodcast.net/ecocentric/ecocentric_november_13_2018.mp3
Environment News Nov. 13, 2018
Health Canada says in light of “troubling allegations,” its scientists are reviewing hundreds of studies used during the approval process for glyphosate, the active ingredient in Canada’s most popular herbicide, Roundup.
The decision comes after a coalition of environmental groups claimed Health Canada relied on studies that were secretly influenced by agrochemical giant Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, when it re-approved use of glyphosate in 2015 and confirmed that decision in 2017.
The coalition, which includes Equiterre, Ecojustice, Canadian Physicians for the Environment and others, says academic papers looking at whether the herbicide causes cancer were presented to Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency as independent, when in fact Monsanto had a hand in writing them.
An estimated 50,000 people marched in Montreal to show their support for climate action on Saturday, as part of a wider campaign with sister marches happening in cities throughout Quebec.
The march was organized by a group called The Planet Goes to Parliament.
Spokesperson Nathalie Roy said that the movement was born out of increasing frustration from citizens during the recent provincial election campaign.
“It started because we needed to channel the indignation we felt about the fact that, during the campaign, there was very little said about environmental issues — where we feel a true sense of urgency.”
The group has held five protests this fall, and the crowds keep getting bigger.
A federal judge in Montana has ordered an immediate construction halt on the Keystone XL pipeline, after concluding the Trump administration failed to justify its executive order to restart the intensely controversial project.
“It was a major defeat for [Donald] Trump, who attacked the Obama administration for stopping the project in the face of protests and an environmental impact study,” the Washington Post reports.
But late last week, “environmental advocates, landowners along the pipeline’s route, and Indigenous rights groups hailed the ruling,” InsideClimate reports. “They called it a major setback—if not a permanent defeat—for the long-contested crude oil pipeline. The Obama administration had determined that the pipeline was not in the national interest, and President Barack Obama had cited its potential climate impact in rejecting it.”
Citizens Climate Lobby in BC and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment say BC is giving over $1 billion in annual subsidies to the fossil fuel industry in tax and royalty breaks as well as tax exemptions and rebates.
This $1 billion does not include the recent announcement of $5.3 billion in subsidies reported by The Narwhal for LNG Canada’s new Kitimat megaproject.
They also say it does not include higher health-care costs that result from the impact that fossil fuels are inflicting on the water we drink, the air we breathe and the disastrous effects on our climate in general.
CAPE board members Drs. Warren Bell and Larry Barzelai travelled across northern BC this fall to learn about the region’s energy industry and dialogue with local residents about the health effects of fracking. Doctors in the northeast report increased incidences of chronic lung disease and cancer in their patients.
Watershed Sentinel is asking people demand a full environment assessment for the 750-hectare onshore and offshore Kwispaa Liquified Natural Gas Project near Bamfield on Vancouver Island.
Steelhead LNG and the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, minority equity owners, have entered a co-management agreement to develop the Sarita Bay LNG project, newly named Kwispaa LNG.
It’s an $18 billion project that will use as much energy as Site C is supposed to provide, and that would industrialize Barkley Sound and become BC’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions.
1000 km pipeline will supply the project with gas from fracking operations in northeastern BC, running from Chetwynd to Powell River, under the Salish Sea to (possibly) Comox and over the mountains to Port Alberni and Bamfield.
Watershed Sentinel is asking people to write to the Canadian Environment Assessment Agency before November 18th and ask for a full assessment of the project.
You can Reference Kwispaa LNG Project
and Email: CEAA.Kwispaa.ACEE@canada.ca
The five companies that dominate the oilsands industry have remained “incredibly profitable” despite low oil prices and delays in building new pipelines, according to a report from the Parkland Institute.
“Despite the 2014 oil price crash and the ongoing hand-wringing over pipelines and the price differential, the reality is that the big five oilsands producers have remained incredibly profitable corporations,” said Ian Hussey, lead author of a report released Thursday by Parkland Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Last year alone, the companies banked or paid out to shareholders a total of $13.5 billion, he said.
“Extinction Rebellion are now looking to take their movement global, appealing for activists worldwide to set up their own chapters. They have also organised a series of trainings and protests across the UK, culminating in ‘Rebellion Day’ on November 17th. The group plan to bring large sections of London to a standstill, shutting down bridges and Parliament Square, and hundreds have declared themselves willing to face arrest in the process.”
For the last three years, thousands of protesters from across the world have converged on coal mines across Germany, climbing onto machinery and forcing the closure of the mines for days at a time. Since 2012, permanent camps have remained in ancient forests threatened by mine expansion, with activists living in self-built treehouses to prevent felling.
These annual protests are organised by the ‘Ende Gelände’ movement – German for ‘here and no further’. The protests have been described as “the largest ever global civil disobedience against fossil fuels”, and while arrests have been made, mass non-cooperation with police has hampered bureaucracy to the extent that activists are generally released without charge.