Skip to main content

Syndicate contentAcid Deposition

Poll confirms Albertans understand benefits of early coal phase-out

Phase-out will result in new investment, improved well-being and significant savings for health care system

13 Jan 2016

CALGARY — Ben Thibault, electricity policy director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to poll results showing a majority of Albertans agree there is a need for an early coa Read more »

Posted January 13, 2016 by AEN

Phasing out coal is a win for all Albertans

Alberta plan protects health and saves money

23 Nov 2015

CALGARY — Chris Severson-Baker, Alberta Director at the Pembina Institute, adds his comments to the growing support for Alberta’s coal phase-out plan.

“The decision to phase out coal by 2030 makes it clear the government of Alberta is intent on improving Albertans' air quality and tackling one of our highest-emitting fuel sources. Given the international attention on coal as an unnecessary source of pollution, the government of Alberta's decision to phase out coal stands it in good stead to bring a better message and approach to Paris.

“The province's approach will mean significant savings for our health care system. Coal plants are a major source of air contaminants, including mercury, nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide, and particulate matter. This pollution contributes to over 4,000 asthma episodes, over 700 emergency visits for respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses, and around 80 hospital admissions, with chronic exposures resulting in nearly 100 premature deaths every year in Alberta. The cost to the health care system is close to $300-million dollars annually.

 “Alberta is now a leader in the transition away from coal and can proudly stake its territory among the world’s most proactive jurisdictions.”

Read more »

Posted November 23, 2015 by AEN

Call for Aboriginal and NGO Nominations for Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards Development and Review Working Group

Initiative: 
CAAQS Development and Review Working Group
Position: 
Aboriginal & NGO Members (5)
Application Deadline: 
4 Nov 2014 - 11:00

The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) is the primary minister-led intergovernmental forum for collective action on environmental issues of national and international concern. In 2012 ministers agreed to take further action to protect the health of Canadians and the environment with measures to improve air quality in Canada through the implementation of the Air Quality Management System (AQMS). CCME’s Air Management Committee (AMC) is supporting jurisdictions’ implementation of AQMS. Read more »

Posted October 22, 2014 by AEN

Coalition calls on panel to reject Shell Jackpine oilsands mine expansion

29 Oct 2012

CALGARY — With public hearings into a proposed oilsands mine expansion set to begin today, a coalition of environmental groups is calling on the joint federal-provincial review panel to reject the project.

Shell’s proposal to expand its Jackpine oilsands mine would increase production at the existing facility by 100,000 barrels per day. The company’s environmental assessment shows that expanding the Jackpine oilsands mine along with other planned developments will harm fish and wildlife, damage wetlands and old growth forests, exceed legally binding air quality limits and cause acid rain. It will leave a legacy of toxic waste buried in lakes, damage two significant rivers, and produce greenhouse gas pollution that will put Canada’s and Alberta’s climate targets further out of reach. Read more »

Posted October 29, 2012 by AEN

CASA Coordination Workshop

Description:
Calling all CASA stakeholders! CASA’s 250 stakeholders and 100 organizations are working on major air quality issues, including the granddaddy of them all – a Clean Air Strategy for Alberta. Find out who is working on what and how it all fits together at the CASA Coordination Workshop. Explore opportunities to work more efficiently and effectively for clean air in Alberta at this interactive one-day workshop. Learn about trends and initiatives that may impact environmental planning in Alberta. Discover what’s new at CASA and in the air quality monitoring network in Alberta. And the speed-dating for project teams event promises to be the "must attend" event of the year. Read more »

Tar Sands as a Weapon of Mass Destruction

Location:
Edmonton

Description:
Timms Centre Lobby, U of A, EdmontonRicardo Acuna and Diana Gibson, Parkland Institute Read more »

Get Updates

Get the latest news and updates by Email, Twitter, or RSS.

RSS Feed Twitter RSS Feed

Upcoming Events

Submit your environmental events to events [at] aenweb [dot] ca.

No events listed.

User login

Premium Drupal Themes by Adaptivethemes