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Pembina Institute submission to Alberta's Climate Change Panel

The Pembina Institute has posted its submission to Alberta's Climate Change Advisory Panel:

This set of recommendations for Alberta’s Climate Leadership process would enable a peak in Alberta’s overall emissions by 2020, enable Alberta to contribute its fair share towards Canada’s international 2030 target and put Alberta on track to achieve an 80 per cent emissions reduction below 1990 levels by 2050.

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Posted October 9, 2015 by AEN

AWA Submission on Castle Provincial Park and Wildland Provincial Park Management Planning

In response to the Government of Alberta's announcement of enhanced protection for the Castle area, and Alberta Parks' subsequent call for comments , the Alberta Wilderness Association has posted their submssion:

We know that truly protecting the Castle as a keystone piece of Alberta’s biodiversity mosaic requires comprehensive management plans and regulatory enforcement. AWA is seriously concerned that with the initial information we have from Alberta Environment and Parks, the designation exemplifies when a park is not a park.The protection outlined in early September is more symbolic than substantive.

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Posted September 24, 2015 by AEN

New report highlights major commercial development threat to Canada’s national parks

From the CPAWS Northern Alberta Chapter website:

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A new report released today by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) finds that Canada’s national parks are under serious threat from growing commercial development pressures, particularly in Banff and Jasper.

The report describes a list of recent developments that, together, threaten the natural values national parks are intended to protect. These include the recent rushed approval of a massive expansion of the Lake Louise Ski Resort in Banff, construction of the Glacier Skywalk and a proposed Maligne Lake resort development in Jasper, and a proposal to build a giant seven story statue in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, among others.

Posted September 14, 2015 by AEN

Three new Alberta Wildlife Status Reports online

From the Alberta Conservation Association:

Three new Alberta Wildlife Status Reports are now available online: Status of the Canada Warbler in Alberta, Status of the Chestnut-collared Longspur in Alberta, and Status of the Brassy Minnow in Alberta.  You can view and download these reports from Alberta Conservation Association’s website, or Alberta Environment and Parks’ species at risk website.

Alberta Wildlife Status Reports are published and distributed by Alberta Conservation Association and Alberta Environment and Parks (until recently Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development). Status reports provide detailed and current information that is useful for managing wildlife populations and their habitats in Alberta.  As well, these reports are used by Alberta’s Endangered Species Conservation Committee for identifying species that may be formally designated as Endangered or Threatened under Alberta’s Wildlife Act.

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Posted June 4, 2015 by AEN

ELC launches Our North Saskatchewan regional plan website

The Environmental Law Centre has launched a new website focusing on environmental planning in the North Saskatchewan Region. The ELC's Jason Unger posted that the site's purpose is to:

"foster dissemination of environmental information that is central to this planning"

and that the site will provide:

  • Links to environmental information (regarding water, air, land, biodiversity, and cumulative effects),
  • Background information on regional plans, and
  • Starts the discussion around risks and opportunities in the regional planning context
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Posted May 13, 2015 by AEN

Wild Lands Advocate Vol. 23, No. 1

2015-02-00 Vol. 23 No. 1 Wild Lands Advocate

The latest issue of the Wildlands Advocate is now available from the Alberta Wilderness Association website.

Features

  • Giving up the Ghost?
  • Managing Recreation on Public Land: How does Alberta Compare?
  • Hummingbird to Hope: Trail Monitoring, Management and a Wildland Park in the Bighorn
  • An Impossible Dream?: Biodiversity in Alberta’s Largest Urban Centres
  • A Conservation Easement Goes to Court
  • Flying a Chequered Flag at OHV Races in the Livingstone-Porcupine
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Posted May 12, 2015 by AEN

Protect the Pollinators Tour

The Sierra Club's "Protect the Pollinator" Tour rolls into Alberta, hitting Calgary on March 23, and Edmonton on March 24.

Posted March 23, 2015 by AEN

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