Current Events

Colorado lodgepole pine forest destroyed by mountain pine beetle.
The groundbreaking act will address gaps in existing legislation and finally provide the tools – and authority – needed to address growing threats.
Toronto transit platform A\J AlternativesJournal.ca
A great deal of expert knowledge and resources have gone into Metrolinx’s proposal, but implementation has its challenges. What’s the hold up – and what can be done?
Juvenile silver carp, an invasive species in North American waterways.
The US Army Corps of Engineers is weighing the options for keeping the invasive species out of Lake Michigan.
Woodland caribou
Federal and provincial ministries have been ignoring deadlines for recovery strategies outlined in the Species At Risk and Endangered Species acts – and worse.
Illegal logging during Sochi Olympics road construction.
Russia has not lived up to the environmental promises made for the 2014 Winter Olympics, and is cracking down on environmentalists for pointing this out.
A shale gas well in Pennsylvania
Fracking’s ROI is actually negative: it costs more to extract fracked gas and oil than it's even worth.
People from the University of Victoria promoting a divestment campaign
Divestment activist Cameron Fenton gives students an update and advice about fossil fuel divestment campaigns at the “Just Education?” conference at the University of Waterloo.
Pipeline oil spill.
If upstream and downstream economic benefits get counted, then so should environmental impacts, the Pembina Institute argues in a new report.
Crimes against ecology A\J AlternativesJournal.ca
The latest casualties of the government’s attacks on science, irreplaceable collections have been either destroyed or given away like the spoils of war.
blanding's turtle Benimoto A\J AlternativesJournal.ca
In the battle over threatened species and renewable energy, who will win?
coal smokestacks A\J AlternativesJournal.ca
As Ontario winds down its coal-burning power stations, Eastern Europe is looking to lignite to lower its energy prices.
ice hockey at risk due to climate change A\J AlternativesJournal.ca
With outdoor hockey at stake, can the NHL rebound towards sustainability?
Bees on honeycomb. Alternatives Journal. A\J.
A\J interviews award-winning bee ecologist Dave Goulson on the current neonicotinoid controversy and the decline of pollinators.
Tom Rand says Buy Your Green Bonds in A\J AlternativesJournal.ca
Province looking to attract institutional investors for environmental projects.
Scientists gathered on Parliament Hill for the Stand Up for Science! rally
To save the environment, we need to save evidence-based decision making.
Airplane emissions
Ongoing negotiations between the UN and EU have yet to curb emissions significantly.
falcon chick endangered species act A\J AlternativesJournal.ca
New report from environmental commissioner calls for public participation in permitting.
freiburg germany solar A\J AlternativesJournal.ca
Ontario is slowly following in the footsteps of this energy-conscious European country.
Asian Carp A\J AlternativesJournal.ca
US committed to stopping spread of invasive fish species, while Canada is criticized for lack of action.
bicycle in Toronto cycling strategy A\J AlternativesJournal.ca
Bicyclists may see the infrastructure they want by 2033, but shouldn’t get their hopes up until province commits financially.