David Suzuki: On World Oceans Day let’s learn to treat the seas better

For Canada, it’s a time to celebrate the rich marine life in three great oceans off the longest coastline of any nation.

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Equinox Summit: Energy 2030

From June 5 to 9, 2011, the inaugural Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 will bring together leading international scientists, as well as exceptional young leaders in politics, policy making, civil society and business, to work together to tackle today’s energy challenges.

The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics

The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics
Roger A. Pielke, Jr.
New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2007, 188 pages.

A stranger approaches you and asks for a referral to a restaurant in your town. How would you respond?

With this engaging question, Roger Pielke, an environmental studies professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, opens his book concerning four idealized ways that science and environmental policy interact.

It would probably surprise the stranger if you handed him… [Click here to read more!]

An Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy in Canada and Defending the Environment: Civil Society Strategies to Enforce International Environmental Law

An Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy in Canada
Paul Muldoon, Alastair Lucas, Robert B. Gibson and Peter Pickfield
Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications Limited
2009, 285 pages.

Defending the Environment: Civil Society Strategies to Enforce International Environmental Law
Linda A. Malone and Scott Pasternack
Washington, DC: Island Press
2006, 359 pages.

An Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy in Canada is the perfect book for university or even high-school students who want to understand the basic language of environmental debate. From an outline of environmental protection regimes to endangered species issues and environmental assessment, this text covers a diverse range of themes, and is marked by clear writing and effective explanations.

Quite literally, this text has something for everyone: Aboriginal jurisdiction, the making of laws, international law, and law enforcement in particular problem areas such as nuclear energy, mining, fisheries and watershed… [Click here to read more!]

Coastlands: The Maritimes Policy Review

September will see the launch of the Maritimes’ only regional magazine devoted to sustainable development, independent journalism and critical reflection on social, cultural and environmental issues.

Climate change czar aims to paint province green

Premier Dalton McGuinty has appointed a climate change czar to lead Ontario’s fight against global warming. Hugh MacLeod’s job will be to make sure the government’s numerous environmental plans – from banning conventional light bulbs to phasing out coal-fired power plants – are actually carried out. Read the full article…

Ignatieff hopes to help drivers go green

Michael Ignatieff’s environmental plan, to be released Monday, calls for a ?polluter pays? system that would include lower taxes at the pumps for consumers who use greener fuel.

Bag tax on city agenda

Charlottetown’s environmental issues committee wants to ask the province to impose a tax on plastic shopping bags.

Hearings end with questions about Kyoto, oil sands

The first series of public hearings on the proposed Mackenzie Gas Project wrapped up in Inuvik on Thursday with questions about the Kyoto protocols and lingering concerns about the Alberta oil sands. – CBC