National Newswatch

‘Making this up:’ Study says oilsands assessments marred by weak science

Feb 19 2019 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Dozens of oilsands environmental impact studies are marred by inconsistent science that's rarely subjected to independent checks, says a university study.   "It doesn't make any sense," says University of British Columbia biology professor Adam Ford, who published his findings in the journal Environmental Reviews. "You would have to go out of your way to make […]

Homeowners falling behind growing threat of climate-related catastrophes: study

Jan 17 2019 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — Canadians aren't keeping up with the need to protect their homes against catastrophic events made more common by climate change, says a coast-to-coast study from the University of Waterloo. "Homeowners can do a lot themselves to reduce risk of flooding," said Natalia Moudrak, study co-author and researcher at the university's climate adaptation centre. Climatologists have long warned […]

UN committee warns Canada in letter that B.C.’s Site C dam may break deals

Jan 14 2019 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — A United Nations committee has warned Canada that continued construction of the Site C hydro dam in northeastern British Columbia may violate international agreements. The UN's Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination says Canada may have already violated an agreement it signed 50 years ago. That agreement commits Canada to prevent development on Indigenous land without […]