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Coverage of environmental assessment since September 16, 2021.

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Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford, B.C. likely to remain underwater for weeks, mayor says

"...All of Sumas Prairie is under a "do not use water" notice because of water main breaches that may allow contaminated floodwater into the drinking water system in the area..."

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Commentary: Let's give Yukon's wetlands better care

"...Where do Yukoners go to hunt moose, to see the widest variety of birds, to collect herbs and medicines, to experience joy in nature’s gifts? What provides a steady flow of water to the streams that are nature’s fish hatcheries, to the sources of our community drinking water, and for the irrigation of our local farms? The answer is wetlands. That’s why Yukon Government’s current opportunity to comment on its draft wetland policy, by December 3, is so important..."

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Abbotsford, B.C. issues

"...The eastern side of Sumas Prairie is still under seven or more feet of water, Mayor Henry Braun said Wednesday, meaning city crews are unable to assess or repair its “uncontrollable” water main breaches. “Running water in Sumas Prairie can only be used for flushing toilets,” he said in a news conference. “We know there are hazardous and potentially toxic materials in these flood waters, which is why we need to complete an environmental assessment of the area..."

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Committee recommends keeping Blackfriars Bridge closed to motor vehicles pending further traffic review

"...An online push to keep cars off Blackfriars Bridge is gaining traction. On Tuesday, a petition with over 600 signatures was presented to city hall’s Civic Works Committee (CWC) calling for the historic bridge to remain only accessible by cyclists and pedestrians. “I would like to bring forward concerns of people in the community who use active transportation and enjoy this network,” explained Councillor Elizabeth Peloza as she presented the petition..."

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Petition calls for Blackfriars Bridge to remain closed to vehicular traffic

"...“That makes me, and other people as well, question how important is it as a motor vehicle connector between Blackfriars and downtown if it's been largely closed for eight years and people have been finding their way across the river via Oxford or Riverside,” DeGroot said. City officials say the return of vehicle traffic comes in response to a decline in COVID-19 cases, high vaccination rates, looser pandemic restrictions, and a return to more normal activity on the city’s active transportation network. “Early in the pandemic, we did see a lot of folks out using the parks and the trail network in that area..."

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The COP26 climate summit is set to begin. Will it actually do anything?

"...COP26 officials say this year's summit will prioritize reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, helping countries affected by climate change protect and restore their ecosystems, pushing countries to deliver on previous promises to contribute at least $100 billion in funding per year and finalizing the rules needed to implement the Paris Agreement, according to a recent report. Leaders say “there will be a lot of work being done” this year. Speaking at a joint press conference Friday with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that he is “still positive” because “there is no way not to do this..."

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Infrastructure—not a quick fix for inflation: op-ed

"...As more and more people worry about rising prices, more and more economists are offering misleading analyses about infrastructure as a response. This is particularly true south of the border as Democrats and Republicans struggle to craft and pass spending bills that include large infrastructure spending. Simply put, approving physical infrastructure spending today does nothing to alleviate inflationary pressures either today or in the near term, and could make things worse..."

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Bonanza Ledge mine near Wells to expand

"...In a Oct. 27 news release, the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation announced it had amended permits to expand the existing Bonanza Ledge II underground mine while the Cariboo Gold Project undergoes environmental assessment through the province’s Environmental Assessment Act..."

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Modelling threats to caribou in Ontario’s Ring of Fire

"...Now add in the human element: logging activities also often lead to younger forests favoured by moose as new forest grows in, which drives this same cycle of wolf increase and caribou declines. Factor in roads for forestry and resource development, where wolves' access to prey becomes easier, and you start to understand the importance of looking at cumulative effects and not treating each impact in isolation..."

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Conservation specialists concerned over irrigation expansion in southern Alberta

"...On Oct. 13, the Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) released a statement of concern regarding the potential environmental impacts of a massive southern Alberta irrigation investment..."

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Testing shows high concentrations of fuel in tank at Iqaluit's water treatment plant

"...In addition, the city is doing an environmental assessment around the water treatment plant to look for possible contaminants in the soil..."

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Mount Polley Mining Corporation loses administrative penalty appeal

"...The non-compliance penalty is under the Environmental Management Act Monica Lamb-YorskiSep. 16, 2021 1:01 p. m..."

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Jobs in environmental assessment

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Senior Project Engineer (Environmental Policy Engineer) - Metro Vancouver (Burnaby, BC)

"...Inter-departmental communication and coordination will be required, therefore, strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain respectful working relationships with internal and external contacts under circumstances that are considered complex and time-sensitive is essential..."

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Sustainable Development Compliance Officer - Katzie (Pitt Meadows, BC)

"...The SDCO investigates and processes alleged KFN law violations and takes remedial action as required to obtain compliance, recommends legal action as required, gathers evidence and prepares information for prosecution..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about environmental assessment.

Environmental Assessment Decisions Have No Shelf Life

"...The 2011 environmental assessment decision for the Darlington New Nuclear Project (DNNP) is still valid..."

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Academic Research

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

An Energy-Related Products Compliant Eco-Design Method with Durability-Embedded Economic and Environmental Assessments

"...This method provides analytical capabilities including: (1) a functional assessment to derive the durability of the product to be embedded for practical measurement in the following assessments, (2) a compliance check to ensure that energy-related products fulfill the ErP directive enacted by the European Union, (3) an economic assessment to calculate the total cost during the product lifecycle by using the life cycle cost concept, and (4) an environmental assessment to quantify the environmental loads of the product by using a simplified life cycle assessment..."

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Towards resource circular biodiesel production through glycerol upcycling

"...However, the subsequent increase in energy consumption necessary for thermochemical conversion inadvertently causes burden-shifting to other impact categories- consolidating higher environmental impacts specifically for human health and resource depletion; increasing penalties associated with environmental quality..."

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Techno-economic analysis of decentralized biomass energy system and CO 2 reduction in the Himalayan region

"...In the present study techno-economic and environmental assessment of off-grid dispersed biomass energy system has been carried out to quench the electricity demand of an educational building load currently run by the state grid..."

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Environmental assessment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) as a post-treatment technology in waste incineration

"...The effects of amending municipal solid waste incineration (MSWI) with carbon capture and storage (CCS) via MEA (Monoethanolamine) technology differ according to the air pollution control technologies and energy recovery systems..."

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Pathways and Environmental Assessment for the Introduction of Renewable Hydrogen into the Aviation Sector

"...The environmental performance of biofuel pathways can immediately be improved by the use of hydrogen from renewable energy..."

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Strategic Environmental Assessment and the precautionary principle in the spatial planning of wind farms – European experi

"...The results of the paper indicate the importance of applying SEA in the earliest stage of wind farm planning, so as to formally apply the precautionary principle and avoid problems, which in the later stages of the project, when EIA is usually used, can be disadvantageous both economically and in terms of environmental impact..."

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Environmental Assessment of Composite Recycling for Machining Processes and Industries

"...The results also revealed that the global warming impact of a recycling process can be successfully reduced if the recyclate is used to replace high embodied energy virgin material..."

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Spatial and territorial developments for life cycle assessment applied to urban mobility?case study on Lyon area in France

"...These refinements allow a spatial environmental impacts assessment of urban mobility, expressed per inhabitant per day, at different residential locations and open opportunities to develop precise assessment methods for local air pollutants with detailed description on both population and pollution concentrations..."

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Holistic model for the assessment of restoration projects of heritage housing. Case studies in Lisbon

"...Furthermore, a reduction of over 50 % in annual CO2 emissions and 80 % in energy consumption for heating and cooling are also verified..."

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Resource and environmental assessment of pyrolysis-based high-value utilization of waste passenger tires

"...Reducing the consumption of electricity and natural gas in the high-value utilization process has a significant effect on the decline of the main environmental impacts..."

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A review on environmental assessment of conversion of agriculture waste to bio-energy via different thermochemical routes: Curre

"...The investigation of the environmental impacts of different biomass valorization processes has become a “hot topic” among the academic and industrial practitioners; starting since bio-energy is opted as a clean renewable energy to mitigate the anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions..."

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