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Coverage of environmental policy since March 17, 2023.

Greenpeace alleges lobbying push for

"...Carbon offset projects help avoid or absorb atmospheric carbon through tree planting programs. By selling credits in a program, companies that pollute can offset their emissions. Biodiversity offsets offer a similar scheme but instead of buying and selling credits for carbon, companies can set aside or improve tracts of nature, such as wildlife habitat..."

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Blog: Parliament Rejects Private Members Bill That Would Have Expanded Federal Environmental Rights

"...In addition to recognizing a right to a healthy environment in most federal environmental laws, Bill C-219 would have enhanced the ability to enforce the right. This reform alone made the bill a distinct improvement over the existing remedy provisions of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) that have not been used once over the last two decades due to a variety of procedural obstacles in the legislation. Ironically, CEPA was excluded from the ambit of Bill C-219 because of concurrent government amendments to CEPA that became law in June 2023 but failed to reform that laws enforcement provisions..."

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Canada's Limits on Sea Lice in Salmon Farms Don't Measure Up Hakai Magazine

"...Research comparing salmon farming regulations in four countries finds that Canadas rules fall short when it comes to protecting wild fish populations from one of the key threats posed by aquaculture: sea lice infestations..."

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‘Not a crisis': B.C. Conservatives promise to scrap climate taxes, programs

"...A Conservative government would also reduce British Columbia’s reliance on imports of food and refined fuel by “dramatically” increasing domestic food production and developing domestic refining capacities. Rustad also promised to have a conversation with British Columbians about using nuclear power..."

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

"...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..."

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The Social-Ecological Nature of Wildfire

"...The 2023 wildfire season has been marked by blazes of unusual scale in unprecedented locations, ranging from Nova Scotia and Yukon Territory to the usually paradisiacal islands of Greece and Hawaii. The consequences have been noticeable at a global level, with weeks of dangerously poor air quality across North America canceling events and filling news and social media feeds with ominously opaque skylines. And, though the final toll of the Maui fires may take years to fully comprehend, initial reports indicate it to be the deadliest United States wildfire in more than a century..."

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DeBriefed 18 August 2023: Landmark US youth climate case; Himalayan landslides; Ecuador votes on Amazons future

"...HISTORIC: A group of 16 Montanans aged five to 22 have won what is considered the USs first successful constitutional and youth-led climate lawsuit against the state government for violating their right to a clean and healthful environment by promoting fossil fuel policies, the Washington Post reported. The outlet said that a provision in the Montana Environmental Policy Act had blocked considerations of the climate impact of energy projects. But, thanks to the ruling, that is now unconstitutional..."

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Review of Kuhlberg, Killing Bugs for Business and Beauty: Canada's Aerial War Against Forest Pests, 1913-1930

"...Kuhlberg also argues that pilot success in the air and scientist success in the lab meant that poisonous killings would become a mainstay in Canadas forest management regardless of intent or consequence. Both industrialists as well as environmental preservationists and recreationists manipulated nature out of self-interest, but their arguments for embracing poisons as a technology of protection often came from conflicting ambitions: The cottagers and nature lovers often endeavour[ed] to enshroud their ambitions in terms that profess[ed] a profound affection for the non-human environment in an attempt to strengthen their case by depicting it as a moral issue instead of a financial one (78). To harvester and preserver alike, saving wilderness meant embracing the risks of poison to prevent the greater risks of infestation..."

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Ontarians should take action to address the Greenbelt scandal

"...Despite the clear fact there is no way to defend the process by which land was selected to be taken out of the Greenbelt, the premier has now also vowed to press ahead to allow destruction of these areas anyway. Obviously, this cannot be allowed to stand and Ontarians have to think about what we should do next. What people are reading Concerns surround secrecy of Ford government’s plans for Ontario Place By Abdul Matin Sarfraz | News | August 16th 2023 To begin, the relationship between the government and developers who benefited from having lands removed from the Greenbelt needs to be explored by an investigating agency with criminal investigative powers in its quiver..."

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Guest post: What credible climate pledges mean for future global warming

"...Dr Joeri Rogelj, director of research at the Grantham Institute Climate Change and the Environment and professor in climate science and policy at the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College London..."

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Here's how Brazil plans to end Amazon deforestation by 2030

"...It also looks to develop a green economy to sustain theAmazonregion without deforestation that will include the certification of forest products, technical assistance for producers, provision for infrastructure, energy and internet connection, and the encouragement of ecotourism. Lula also said the government intends to announce a new set of measures to combat crimes such as illegal logging, illegal mining, hunting and fishing in indigenous territories, environmental protection areas, and in theAmazonas a whole. (Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassu; Writing by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Mark Porter and Aurora Ellis)..."

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Jobs in environmental policy

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Climate Change Specialist - Municipality of North Cowichan (Duncan, BC)

"...Ability to use tact, discretion, persuasion, diplomacy, respect and courtesy to gain the cooperation and commitment of others; facilitate groups; and to establish and maintain effective working relationships and rapport with departments, officials, the media, representatives of other groups, agencies, entities or businesses, and diverse members of the public.  ..."

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Senior Manager, Climate Action & Environment - District of West Vancouver (West Vancouver, BC)

"...Reporting to the CAO and an internal steering committee, they will establish milestones for District programs and report against them, including corporate environmental responsibility and District-wide initiatives such as carbon reduction targets, protection measures for natural assets, integration of sustainability into District processes and projects..."

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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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Solid Waste Services Coordinator - Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine (Terrace, BC)

"...Maintain Controlled and Non-Controlled Waste records database, including filing and submission of Hazardous Waste Manifests related to asbestos landfilling..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention environmental policy.

Generalized environmental trade policies could open a Pandora's box of issues for cattle industry

Duration: 8:53

"...Doing right by the environment is a good thing, but what happens when environmental policy and trade start to mingle? Theres concern that when environmental issues are generalized and applied globally through trade agreements it creates larger problems by forcing producers to fit standards that do not necessarily apply to their region, possibly discounting conservation. ..."

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Ensuring farmers' voices are heard in developing environmental policy a priority for new KAP president

Duration: 15:28

"...The new president of Manitobas general farm organization says advocating for farmers when it comes to policies around sustainability and the environment is at the top of her to-do list as she steps into the role..."

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RealAg Radio, Jan 27: A weather forecast, returning tariff money, and environmental policy as a trade barrier

Duration: 55:10

"...Thanks for tuning in to this Friday edition of RealAg Radio! On todays show, host Shaun Haney is joined by Lyndsey Smith of RealAgriculture and Meagan Murdoch of H&K Strategies for the RealAg Issues Panel..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about environmental policy.

Art and Climate: On the Water Front

"...Join interdisciplinary visual performance artist Sarah Cameron Sunde as she takes us on a visual journey to communities around the world that have experienced what it feels like to be engulfed by the ocean, and why the inclusion of artists in dialogues about environmental policy is so important..."

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10. Safe Drinking Water: Science and Law

"...Aging water infrastructure, pesticide and herbicide application, and surface water runoff all pose challenges in maintaining a clean drinking water supply..."

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6. Marine Food-Chains: Mercury

"...The reclamation of these sites involves many environmental statutes, including the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)..."

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Alan Emery in conversation with Jonathon Gatehouse (Nov. 30, 2019)

"...Alan Emery is a marine biologist who has published on the subjects of ecology, evolution, and taxonomy as well as the origins and natural history of coral reefs..."

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Academic Research

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

Posts Supporting Anti-Environmental Policy in Brazil are Shared More on Social Media

"...These materials include international reports produced by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)..."

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Cultural ecosystem services in European grasslands: A systematic review of threats

"...CES play a crucial role in reconnecting people with nature, and their consequent acknowledgement and incorporation into future ecosystem service frameworks and agri-environmental policy developments are key elements in supporting future sustainable grassland management..."

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Rational Use of Hydrocarbon Resources in the Context of Environmental Sustainability of the Country

"...The environmental protection system in force in the country is ineffective: deductions to the state budget of payments and fines for environmental pollution are insufficient to restore the natural environment..."

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Green innovation and carbon emissions: the role of carbon pricing and environmental policies in attaining sustainable developme

"...Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are enforced by a set of instruments, among which environmental regulations, green innovation, and carbon taxes play a central part..."

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Integrated Approach for Assessment and Monitoring of Forests Conditions in the Drylands of Sudan

"...Reliable and timely information on their status is pivotal to address their socioeconomic and environmental benefits in the national environmental policy..."

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Market-Based Environmental Policies in the Power Sector

"...Consequently, engineering-economic models for analysing the sustainable-energy transition have proliferated..."

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Does the environmental protection tax reduce environmental pollution? Evidence from a quasi-natural experiment in China

"...The mechanism analysis reveals that the EPT has the tax enforcement effect and energy efficiency effect, that is, the EPT reduces pollution emissions through increasing actual tax burden and improving the efficiency of energy utilization..."

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Parameters of Sustainability in the Context of Decarbonization and Circular Construction Sector

"...The contribution provides an overview and thus comparisons of selected European countries in the field of parameters supporting sustainable development, such as green, energy taxes and revenues from their collection, waste management and waste recycling rate in the construction sector..."

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Development of Probe for Arsenic and Fluoride Detection in Drinking Water

"...Water plays a unique and crucial function on the globe but due to population growth, industrialization, the effects of climate change, the populace lacks access to adequate drinking water..."

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Reconciling East-African Wetland Conservation with Human Needs: Managing Uncertainties in Environmental Policy Design

"...Reconciling wetland conservation with human needs for food and energy is therefore becoming an increasing contentious issue..."

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Introducing a temporal DPSIR (tDPSIR) framework and its application to marine pollution by PET bottles

"...Environmental governance is highly sensitive to temporal dynamics, due to the ever-accelerating rate of technological changes, the cumulative nature of environmental impacts and the complexity of multi-level environmental policy processes..."

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Sustainable planning: the case study of the Strait of Messina ports

"...Starting from the socio-economic and environmental analysis of the territorial context managed by AdSP, the DEASP analyses all the activities carried out inside port areas and reports the energy consumptions of the concessionaries, in the way to calculate the carbon footprint and develop an environmental sustainable strategy to reduce pollutant emissions..."

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