This cool idea could save the planet

OLSO, Norway (Reuters) — Scientists are sucking carbon dioxide from the air with giant fans and preparing to release chemicals from a balloon to dim the sun’s rays as part of a climate engineering push to cool the planet. Backers say the risky, often expensive projects are needed to find ways of meeting the goals […] Read more

Boyd charged with environmental/wildlife violations

Former Saskatchewan cabinet minister Bill Boyd will appear in court later this fall on environmental charges. He faces three counts under The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2010 and one count under The Wildlife Habitat Protection Act. Boyd allegedly altered the shoreline and habitat on farmland near Eston, Sask. If he is found guilty, he […] Read more

Watershed cleanup could take decades

Farmers are taking steps to reduce the amount of nitrogen flowing off agricultural land, but Canadians may need to wait years to see the benefits. In some cases the wait may be decades. “What this study tells us is that it can take a very long time to see the effects of pollution-reduction efforts,” said […] Read more

Albertans urged to report illegal garbage dumping

Is the August long weekend an ideal time to dump trash in Alberta’s camping regions? The provincial government says no. Definitely not. It reminded Albertans Aug. 3 to call the Report a Poacher hotline if they see any abuse of public land while they are out and about this weekend or at any time. In […] Read more

You shake my breath and rattle my health

Come the fall, the field will be harvested, your grain will be in the bin, and if you’re lucky, everything will quickly be hauled off. All that will be left on your field is the straw, and if it’s a flax field, that straw becomes a real pain next seeding season. It wraps around the […] Read more

Alberta plans loans to speed well reclamation

A loan to Alberta’s Orphan Well Association is being proposed by the Alberta government to assist in reclaiming about 152,000 abandoned or inactive oil and gas sites. The government proposes to borrow $235 million for the loan and provide it to the OWA at a more favourable interest rate than it could access on its […] Read more

Research finds most Alberta rivers healthy

A three-year project monitoring riparian sites in the Bow River and Oldman River basins show more than half are healthy ecosystems. “We found that over 50 percent of the sites within the Bow and the Oldman were in really good shape,” said Michael Wagner, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. The department worked with fRI Research, formerly […] Read more

Nuclear accident still affecting Japanese agriculture

Strict protocols are in place to routinely test and monitor all agricultural products to ensure food safety

FUKUSHIMA PREFECTURE, Japan — Yoshiyuki Shigihara, manager of one of the Seven and I convenience store chain’s outlets in his native city of Iitate, dreamed of starting a greenhouse asparagus farm. Iitake has a similar environment as Kitakata, another city in Fukushima Prefecture famous for its asparagus. Asparagus sold in Japan in the winter comes […] Read more

Nature conservancy grows in Saskatchewan

Nature Conservancy Canada has added to its Saskatchewan holdings with the acquisition of the Wideview Complex near Grasslands National Park. The 3,000-acre parcel lies between the west and east blocks of the park and was bought from a landowner in the Milk River Basin with funding from the federal and provincial governments. That brings the […] Read more

The world’s most endangered ecosystem

Ask any Canadian kid to name the world’s most endangered ecosystem and chances are you’ll hear one of the following answers: rainforests or coral reefs. There is no question that both of these are endangered. These ecosystems are the focus of international campaigns to protect hot spots of species diversity. They are the focus of […] Read more