Peat-mining loophole irks wilderness group

Winnipeg Free Press | July 21, 2012


An environmental group is decrying the rush to mine peat in the Riverton area near Lake Winnipeg.

The Wilderness Committee said new peat-extraction proposals are continuing to pop up in the area despite a 2010 provincial ban on new quarry leases. That’s because peat-mining companies already held numerous leases before the NDP government’s Save Lake Winnipeg Act was proclaimed.

Sunterra Horticulture (Canada) Inc., recently applied for an Environment Act licence to expand its operations to the Bullhead, Little Deer Lake and Ramsay Point bogs about 40 to 80 kilometres north of Riverton. The company said it needs the new mines because its nearby Beaver Point bog is nearing the end of its productive life.

“Without the proposed development, Sunterra will either have to drastically reduce its workforce and investments within Manitoba and/or seek out resources in other provinces,” the company said in a submission to the government in December.

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The Living Waters Rally

This fall, in timing with World Rivers Day, WWF and our partner, the Canadian Freshwater Alliance, will host the inaugural Living Waters Rally. This three-day event, held in Ottawa on September 21-24 2012, will draw together a diverse, nationally representative group of up to 100 of Canada’s freshwater leaders.

With a focus on building a stronger network, increased capacity, and heightened collaboration within the community, the Rally will include workshops on communications, water governance, fundraising, and key conservation issues. It will reinforce shared learnings and experiences through relationship building. It will catalyze groups to coordinate regional and national activities. The final day of the Rally will present participants with the opportunity to meet with their MPs to discuss and share water experiences and lessons.

Rising acidity of oceans a major threat to coral reefs

CBC News | July 8, 2012

Oceans’ rising acid levels have emerged as one of the biggest threats to coral reefs, acting as the “osteoporosis of the sea” and threatening everything from food security to tourism to livelihoods, the head of a U.S. scientific agency said Monday. The speed by which the oceans’ acid levels has risen caught scientists off guard, with the problem now considered to be climate change’s “equally evil twin,” National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration chief Jane Lubchenco told The Associated Press. Read more