Environment and Human Rights
The University of Ottawa continues to take a leadership role on matters of climate change. I was delighted to discover that their Human Rights Research and Education Centre is running a series of thought provoking lectures on human rights and environmental disruptions. Some of the lectures …View the post titled Environment and Human Rights
Endangered species: Ecojustice killer whale win
Congratulations to Ecojustice for its killer whale win. They successfully sued the federal government for its failure to protect the habitat of endangered species, killer whales in British Columbia. The 126 page judgment concludes that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has utterly faile…View the post titled Endangered species: Ecojustice killer whale win
Cancun and Wikileaks?
The Cancun negotiators declared victory and went home without accomplishing much. I agree with Thomas Friedman: US dependence on Middle Eastern oil is fundamental to its loss of power around the world. It is also a key factor in US’ unwillingness to lead on climate change. And if the w…View the post titled Cancun and Wikileaks?
Kent Breeze wind appeal update
Several appeals have now been launched to the Environmental Review Tribunal by opponents of the Kent Breeze wind farm, which recently received a renewable energy approval from the Ministry of the Environment. Last week, we wrote about the relatively modest appeal launched by Mr. Wachsmuth…View the post titled Kent Breeze wind appeal update
Who owns the clouds?
Who owns the water in the clouds? Climate change is expected to intensify competition for water resources of all kinds, including precipitation that can be created by cloud seeding. Colorado has regulated weather modification since 1963, declaring that water in the clouds above the status p…View the post titled Who owns the clouds?
Social media, pollution and enforcement
I think it is fascinating how environmental groups are using electronic media to name and shame polluters that governments have chosen not to rein in.View the post titled Social media, pollution and enforcement
The Rise And Fall Of Chadha v Bayer
Introduction Although numerous price-fixing conspiracy class actions have been commenced in Canada, only a relatively small number have proceeded to a contested certification motion. For those that have proceeded to a contested certification, one of the main challenges for plaintiffs has be…View the post titled The Rise And Fall Of Chadha v Bayer
Climate change and wilful ignorance
Israel is burning, in record heat and drought. The Hudson Bay polar bears are in trouble, and may lose all of this year’s cubs. 2010 is “almost certain” to be the third warmest year on record since 1850, according to the World Meteorological Organization. The Arctic ice is …View the post titled Climate change and wilful ignorance
Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act passed
Bill 72 received Royal Assent this week. The new Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act is designed to: Promote better water technologies and practices; Create clean technology jobs Encourage conservation of Ontario water resources But not to promote privatization of water utilities.…View the post titled Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act passed
Wind Appeal launched
As predicted, the first major renewable (wind) energy approval has been appealed to the Environmental Review Tribunal. Notice of the appeal was posted on the EBR Registry. I was glad to see, though, that this applicant doesn’t allege human health impacts. Because of the relatively narr…View the post titled Wind Appeal launched
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