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Manitoba Province Commits To New Boreal Peatlands Stewardship Strategy: Selinger

December 9, 2009

Kaskatamagan and Kaskatamagan Sipi Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) Added to Protected Areas

On the eve of the Copenhagen climate-change summit, Manitoba is announcing two new protected areas with significant carbon stores and committing to a new boreal peatlands stewardship strategy, Premier Greg Selinger announced today.

by NationTalk on December 9, 2009722 Views

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International Research Initiative on Adaptation to Climate Change

OTTAWA, Dec. 8 – Four Canadian organizations have launched a research initiative to explore how people in Canada and in developing countries can deal with the impacts of climate change. The International Research Initiative on Adaptation to Climate Change is a $12.5-million collaboration between the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

by NationTalk on December 9, 2009621 Views

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CPAWS Yukon strongly supports large-scale protection recommended in Peel Watershed Land Use Plan

December 8, 2009

Whitehorse – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Yukon Chapter (CPAWS Yukon) congratulates the Peel Watershed Planning Commission for recommending large-scale protection for the Peel Watershed in their Recommend Plan released last week.

by NationTalk on December 8, 2009654 Views

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National Inuit Leader demands consideration for Arctic in climate change talks

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

December 7, 2009, Ottawa ON – The political agreement that emerges from climate change negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark, next week must address both mitigation and adaptation in the Arctic regions – and acknowledge the accelerated effects of global warming, said National Inuit Leader Mary Simon, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.

by NationTalk on December 8, 2009578 Views

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Improvements To Churchill’s Polar Bear Compound To Ensure Safety Of Bears And Humans: Minister

December 7, 2009

Close to 60 Polar Bears Can be Held in Compound

The final round of structural upgrades to Churchill’s holding compound for persistent polar bears that wander into the northern coastal town is getting underway with $105,000 in provincial funding, Conservation Minister Bill Blaikie announced today.

by NationTalk on December 7, 2009625 Views

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CWF Encourages Education at Critical Climate Convention

December 7, 2009

The Canadian Wildlife Federation will emphasize education as a key component of its work at COP15, the International Climate Convention in Copenhagen this December.

by NationTalk on December 7, 2009600 Views

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Fisher Bay Park Would Provide Huge Economic Benefits: Economic Impact Study

December 3, 2009

Creating a new provincial park in Fisher Bay, Manitoba could provide a net gain of $38 million, says a new economic study released today at a press conference by CPAWS and Fisher River Cree Nation (FRCN). The Manitoba government has committed to establishing the park by October, 2010, but its boundaries have not yet been determined.

by NationTalk on December 7, 2009591 Views

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Nova Scotia – More Funding to Fight Climate Change

Environment
December 7, 2009

Innovative companies and organizations in Nova Scotia have seven weeks left to apply for funding for environmental technologies that will help them be more green by reducing energy use, harmful air emissions and costs.

by NationTalk on December 7, 2009548 Views

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Live webcast from the COP15 opening ceremony

Monday, 07 December 2009

Currently there is a live webcast from the opening ceremony of COP15.This feed can be found here.

by NationTalk on December 7, 2009587 Views

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Province Supports Communities In Fight Against Beetle

For Immediate Release
December 4, 2009
Ministry of Community and Rural Development

KAMLOOPS – The Province is providing the Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition with $450,000 to begin implementation of its strategy to meet the challenges posed by the mountain pine beetle epidemic, announced Donna Barnett, Parliamentary Secretary for Pine Beetle Community Recovery to the Minister of Community and Rural Development.

by NationTalk on December 7, 2009584 Views

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Enbridge Review Panel Already An Infringement of Aboriginal Rights

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Environment Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor

FORT FRASER, BC, Press Release – Dec. 4, 2009 – Today’s announcement of the finalization of the Joint Review Panel Agreement for the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline is a step in the wrong direction and will not deliver the certainty sought by Enbridge and the federal government with respect to Aboriginal rights and title.

by NationTalk on December 7, 2009635 Views

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2009 Manitoba Excellence In Sustainability Award Winners, Sustainable Development Scholarship Winners Announced

December 4, 2009

Sustainable Actions Recognized Across the Province: Blaikie

The recipients of the 2009 Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Awards and Sustainable Development Scholarships were announced today by Conservation Minister Bill Blaikie.

by NationTalk on December 4, 20091214 Views

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Northern Gateway Pipeline Project Joint Review Panel Agreement Issued

OTTAWA, Dec. 4 The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) and the National Energy Board (NEB) issued today the Joint Review Panel Agreement (the Agreement), including the Terms of Reference, for the environmental and regulatory review of the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline Project.

by NationTalk on December 4, 2009867 Views

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Northern Gateway Pipeline Project Availability of Funding to Participate in Environmental Review Deadline for Applications

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is making available $600,000 under its Participant Funding Program to assist groups and individuals to participate in the environmental review of the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline Project.

by NationTalk on December 4, 2009670 Views

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Northern Gateway CEAA review process…

November 30, 2009
The Daily News (Prince Rupert)

To the Editor,

I would like to encourage the City of Prince Rupert and the Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District to take the time to fully understand what’s involved in the extensive review process led by the National Energy Board (NEB) and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA).

by NationTalk on December 4, 2009728 Views

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Rescue Centre And Exhibit To Be Centrepieces Of Polar Bears International World Headquarters: Selinger

December 3, 2009

A new polar bear rescue shelter and a new polar bear exhibit will be the centrepieces of a $31‑million investment that will see the next steps toward establishing the world headquarters of Polar Bears International in Winnipeg, Premier Greg Selinger and Hartley Richardson, board chair of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy, announced today.

by NationTalk on December 3, 20091059 Views

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Ministers Responsible For Housing To Discuss Opportunities And Challenges In Affordable Housing

December 2, 2009

Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation Donna Harpauer and other federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for housing are meeting in Gatineau, Quebec on December 3 and 4 to discuss current and future investments in housing and homelessness.

by NationTalk on December 3, 2009570 Views

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Manitoba Honoured By Presentation Of 2009 Boreal Award: Robinson

December 2, 2009

Award Recognizes Dedication of Province To Protecting, Sustaining Boreal Forest

Manitoba is extremely honoured to receive a 2009 Boreal Award in recognition of the province’s efforts, in co-operation with First Nations, to protect and sustain Canada’s boreal forest, Deputy Premier Eric Robinson, minister of Aboriginal and northern affairs, said today.

by NationTalk on December 2, 2009719 Views

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Sustainable Development Innovations Fund Grants Announced

December 2, 2009

36 Projects Receive over $567,000 in Funding Support Including Conference on Caribou, Protection of Traditional Lands, Research on Bats and Skinks

Conservation Minister Bill Blaikie today announced provincial funding support of $567,702 for 36 projects around Manitoba through the Sustainable Development Innovations Fund (SDIF).

by NationTalk on December 2, 2009724 Views

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Indigenous Performance Initiatives (IPI) and the Department of Indigenous Studies Present Cipiyak Kanimihitotow

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Cree Choreographer Geraldine Manossa Brings Work to Trent University December 4 and 5

Tuesday, December 1, 2009, Peterborough

The Indigenous Performance Initiatives (IPI) collective welcomes Cree choreographer Geraldine Manossa back to Nozhem First Peoples Performance Space at Trent University with her new collection of dance works, Cipiyak Kanimihitotow, on Friday, December 4 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 5 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

by NationTalk on December 2, 20091040 Views

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NWT to Provide Northern Voice to Canada’s COP15 Delegation

YELLOWKNIFE (December 1, 2009) — The Northwest Territories will work with Canada to advance the strongest position possible on Climate Change at the United Nations’ 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) in Copenhagen, Denmark this month.

by NationTalk on December 2, 2009615 Views

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Arctic Venue at Cop 15

25 November, 2009

By Jesper Hansen

A unique opportunity to learn more about the Arctic climate

The upcoming COP 15 in Copenhagen in December is a unique opportunity to present the dramatic changes in the Arctic climate to the rest of the world.

by NationTalk on December 2, 2009694 Views

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Canada’s Environment Minister Announces Decision On The Environmental Assessment Of The Proposed Mount Milligan Gold-Copper Mine Project

OTTAWA, Dec. 1 – Canada’s Environment Minister, Jim Prentice, announced today that the proposed Mount Milligan Gold-Copper Project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. The Minister has referred the project back to the responsible authorities, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Natural Resources Canada, for appropriate action.

by NationTalk on December 1, 2009573 Views

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Government Of Saskatchewan Enhances Environmental Protection

November 30, 2009

Environment Minister Nancy Heppner today introduced a new act and amendments to two others that will significantly boost environmental protection in Saskatchewan, while also encouraging responsible economic development in the province.

by NationTalk on December 1, 2009648 Views

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Government of Canada Funds Forest Projects to Make NWT Communities Safer

YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES – Nov. 30, 2009 – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), today announced funding in the Northwest Territories to help fourteen communities reduce their exposure to high intensity wildfires.

by NationTalk on December 1, 2009564 Views

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Oil Sands: More Questions Than Answers For Investors

Performance and disclosure need to improve, corporate engagement by investors required

VANCOUVER, Nov. 30 – Oil and gas companies operating in Alberta’s oil sands are doing a poor job disclosing to investors on material environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues that could threaten the companies’ long-term value.

by NationTalk on December 1, 2009544 Views

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More Species Closer to Extinction

So concluded COSEWIC (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada), which met in Ottawa from November 23 to 27, 2009, to assess the risk of extinction for Canadian wildlife species. Of the 28 wildlife species assessed, many plants and animals are habitat specialists requiring specific and increasingly rare conditions to survive – all of these wildlife species suffer from habitat loss and fragmentation.

by NationTalk on December 1, 2009575 Views

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Committee On The Status Of Endangered Wildlife In Canada

More Species Closer to Extinction

OTTAWA, Nov. 30 – So concluded COSEWIC (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada), which met in Ottawa from November 23 to 27, 2009, to assess the risk of extinction for Canadian wildlife species. Of the 28 wildlife species assessed, many plants and animals are habitat specialists requiring specific and increasingly rare conditions to survive – all of these wildlife species suffer from habitat loss and fragmentation.

by NationTalk on November 30, 2009971 Views

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Media Advisory: In-Depth Briefing on Copenhagen Climate Summit from Leading Organizations and Scientists

OTTAWA, Nov. 30

Contact: Hannah McKinnon, Climate Action Network Canada, 613-241-4413 or 613-276-7791 (cell)

When: 10:00 AM Tuesday December 1st, 2009

Where: MacDonald Room, Lord Elgin Hotel, 100 Elgin Street, Ottawa K1P 5K8

by NationTalk on November 30, 2009603 Views

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CUPE-Governments Must Act to Protect Water: Blue Summit

Ottawa, Ontario – Nov. 29, 2009 – A national water policy and a clear commitment from all three levels of government are needed to protect Canadians’ right to water, says a declaration released today from this weekend’s Blue Summit, a national conference on water issues hosted by the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

by NationTalk on November 29, 2009712 Views

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Northern Infrastructure Not Ready for Climate Change, Concludes NRTEE

Report Recommends Updating Construction Codes, Better Climate and Weather Data and Northern Inclusion in Adaptation Solutions

Ottawa, Ontario – Nov. 26, 2009 – Infrastructure and communities in Canada’s North are unprepared to cope effectively with the looming threat that climate change poses to roads, buildings, industrial waste sites, energy and other critical infrastructure, according to a new report from the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy.

by NationTalk on November 26, 2009734 Views

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New Global Report Undescores Urgent Need For Climate Action

November 24, 2009

Canada must commit to a stringent and binding agreement on climate change at the upcoming Copenhagen conference on climate change, says University of Victoria climatologist Dr. Andrew Weaver.

by NationTalk on November 25, 2009542 Views

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Reference: media release from the Government of Quebec: With a target reduction of 20% by 2020, Québec remains a leader in the fight against climate change

The Boreal forest: Quebec’s best asset in Copenhagen

November 23, 2009 – MONTREAL, Quebec –Today in Montreal Premier Jean Charest announced his government’s plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Quebec. Today’s announcement, combined with earlier pledges to protect half of the land covered by the Plan Nord, positions Quebec as a potential international leader in addressing the effects of climate change.

by NationTalk on November 24, 2009685 Views

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The Boreal forest: Quebec’s best asset in Copenhagen

MONTREAL, Nov. 23 – Today in Montreal Premier Jean Charest announced his government’s plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Quebec. Today’s announcement, combined with earlier pledges to protect half of the land covered by the Plan Nord, positions Quebec as a potential international leader in addressing the effects of climate change.

by NationTalk on November 24, 2009639 Views

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Federal Government Failing to Protect Fresh Water for Tens of Thousands of Canadians in Alberta and Northwest Territories

Media Release
Nov 23, 2009

Canada Not Implementing Numerous Legal Obligations That Protect Fresh Water in Oil Sands

The federal government is failing to enforce and implement numerous laws that are in place to protect the water — in many cases the drinking water — for tens of thousands of Canadians who live near oil sands operations. According to a new report released today, this failure affects people who live in Fort Chipewyan, Fort Smith, Fort MacKay and also in Yellowknife.

by NationTalk on November 23, 2009631 Views

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Impact of Climate Change on Yukon Forests Studied

FOR RELEASE #09-270
November 23, 2009

WHITEHORSE – The Government of Yukon is studying the impacts of climate change on Yukon forests with a comprehensive three-year research initiative that started this year.

by NationTalk on November 23, 2009590 Views

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Media Release: Support Bill 32 to close Site 41, says Council of Canadians

Toronto / November 18, 2009 — Bill 32 – the Waste Disposal Site 41 in the Township of Tiny Act, 2008 – WILL be voted on in the Ontario Legislature THIS Thursday. The Council of Canadians is supporting this private members bill, which has garnered over 54,000 emails to MPPs calling on them to vote for Bill 32.

by NationTalk on November 19, 2009680 Views

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Listen to the Earth, Say Indigenous Peoples

MÉRIDA, Mexico, Nov 19 – The idea of wilderness is “an interesting concept; it is a Western concept. Our people have always lived and interacted in the environment,” said Illion Merculieff, an environmental activist from the Aleut community in the north-western U.S. state of Alaska.

The Aleuts have inhabited the islands and coastal areas of the Bering Sea, in the northern Pacific, for more than 10,000 years, having adapted to the extreme climate.

by NationTalk on November 19, 2009725 Views

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Saving caribou will curb climate change: new report

November 18, 2009
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Today, the Manitoba chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) released its new report entitled Caribou and You report. The report tells the story of the woodland caribou’s decline and how saving the threatened species from extinction will help slow the affects of climate change.

by NationTalk on November 19, 2009719 Views

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Tar Sands on Trial: The Beaver Lake Cree v. The Crown

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

COMING TO CALGARY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH!

Award-winning author Andrew Nikiforuk, photographer Garth Lenz and lawyer Jack Woodward explain why the Beaver Lake Cree legal action is the way to stop the tar sands expansion – and save the planet.

by NationTalk on November 19, 2009728 Views

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Public Invited to Comment on Additional Information for Environmental Review of Proposed Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project

OTTAWA – November 18, 2009 –The Joint Panel reviewing the proposed Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project invites the public to comment on the additional information provided by the proponent, Nalcor Energy. Considering the information received, the Joint Panel has decided to conduct a 30-day comment period on the supplemental information, as permitted within its terms of reference.

by NationTalk on November 18, 2009537 Views

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Canada and Yukon Researching Climate Change Adaptation

WHITEHORSE, YUKON – Nov. 18, 2009 – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians today announced funding to the Government of Yukon to help the territory adapt to the impacts of climate change.

by NationTalk on November 18, 2009697 Views

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Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project Joint Review Panel

Public Invited to Comment on Additional Information for Environmental Review of Proposed Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project

OTTAWA – November 18, 2009 –The Joint Panel reviewing the proposed Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project invites the public to comment on the additional information provided by the proponent, Nalcor Energy. Considering the information received, the Joint Panel has decided to conduct a 30-day comment period on the supplemental information, as permitted within its terms of reference.

by NationTalk on November 18, 2009750 Views

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Vancouver urged to fulfill bright green promise of environmental rights

Nov 17, 2009

Ecojustice report gives city tools to create right to a healthy environment

VANCOUVER – A new report by Ecojustice is calling on mayors across BC to lead at a local level and recognize residents’ rights to a healthy environment.

by NationTalk on November 18, 2009549 Views

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CFP: 2nd International Polar Tourism Research Network Conference, Abisko, Sweden, 13-16 June 2010

Conference Theme: Tourism, People, and Protected Areas in Polar Wilderness. Polar areas have recently raised enormous interest from various directions. Geopolitical struggle over resources and growing concern regarding the impacts of climate change on polar environments are only two reasons for the increasing awareness directed towards polar areas, often focusing on the region’s ecological vulnerability. These changes are intertwined with issues related to human mobility. Here, the role of tourism can be highlighted. The remoteness of the polar areas promises tourists extreme climatic conditions, undisturbed wilderness, authentic heritage, and exoticism. These factors have been successfully used to lure an increasing number of tourists into the Polar Regions.

by NationTalk on November 17, 2009681 Views

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Minister Strahl Announces Reappointment Of Danny Bayha as Member for the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board

OTTAWA, Ontario (November 13, 2009) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced the reappointment of Mr. Danny Bayha as a member of the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board for a three-year term.

by NationTalk on November 16, 2009625 Views

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Inuit Call to Global Leaders: Act Now on Climate Change in the Arctic

— November 13, 2009 —

The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) is an indigenous peoples’ organization, founded in 1977 to promote and celebrate the unity of 160,000 Inuit from Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and Russia. As the international voice of Inuit, ICC is calling upon global leaders at the December UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (CoP 15) to listen to this Inuit voice. ICC works to promote Inuit rights, safeguard the Arctic environment, and protect and promote the Inuit way of life.

by NationTalk on November 13, 2009977 Views

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Circumpolar Inuit Call on Global Leaders to Act on Arctic Climate Change at COP15 in Copenhagen

For Immediate Release

13 November, 2009 – Copenhagen, Denmark — Inuit leaders, through the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC), today released a document calling on global leaders to adopt a meaningful agreement at December’s UN Climate Change Convention (UNCCC) Conference in Copenhagen – one that will safeguard the future of the Arctic. The Inuit homeland in the Arctic has been identified by scientists as climate change region of concern, and ICC’s Call on Global Leaders notes the Arctic’s important role in moderating the global climate and controlling world-wide ocean currents.

by NationTalk on November 13, 2009897 Views

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Government of Canada Launches “Water For Life” Project For Fundy National Park

ALMA, NEW BRUNSWICK, November 10, 2009–On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Rob Moore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, today announced a $1.35 million investment to improve the health of the aquatic ecosystems in Fundy National Park of Canada. This investment is another demonstration of Canada’s international leadership in the area of ecological management and restoration.

by NationTalk on November 11, 2009714 Views

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Aboriginal issues on agenda for Ontario Sustainable Energy Association’s Community Power Conference 2009

Media Advisory

Attn: Community, Energy, Environment Reporters and Editors

The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) will host its first annual Community Power Conference (CP2009) this November 15-16.

by NationTalk on November 10, 2009674 Views

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