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Stay off the ice: Return of warm weather has people gathering near Bow River

PUBLISHED: 24 March 2022

CTV News

Sections of ice along Calgary’s rivers remains in place, for now, but those who venture out atop the frozen water are potentially putting themselves, and others, at risk. CTV News spotted dozens of people walking on the ice or sitting on the edge of a cracked ice shelf on the Bow River between the Louise Bridge and Peace Bridge Wednesday evening, while Calgary Fire Department members were on scene for a dog rescue. Click here to continue reading

Why does Edmonton’s water smell a bit funky?

PUBLISHED: 23 March 2022

Global News

Have you noticed the tap water in Edmonton has smelled a little off lately? Worry not, it’s still safe to drink. The odor and slightly different taste to Edmonton’s water in recent days is a yearly occurrence, due to spring runoff. Every spring, as the snow melts and flows into the North Saskatchewan River, it brings with it large amounts of sediments, vegetation, and other organic material that is washed off the land. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Morrison’s green light for Queensland’s Hells Gates Dam threatens Great Barrier Reef, experts warn

PUBLISHED: 23 March 2022

The Guardian

The federal government’s announcement of $5.4bn to build the Hells Gates Dam in north Queensland commits money to a project with no final business case, no environmental approvals, and which experts say could further threaten the long-term health of the Great Barrier Reef. The prime minister announced Wednesday that his government would build the 2,100 gigalitre dam – about four times the size of Sydney Harbour – that could potentially support 60,000ha of new land for irrigated agriculture. Click here to continue reading

Town of Ponoka advises caution around Battle River due to ice, snow melt

PUBLISHED: 22 March 2022

Ponoka News

With the arrival of warmer temperatures, The Town of Ponoka is reminding residents to be cautious around the Battle River as the snow and ice are melting away. The town asks people to keep children and pets off of the river at all times, and keep dogs on a leash. The town advises the same is also true for the fishing pond at Lions Centennial Park, which is a storm water pond with water flowing through an inlet and outlet pipe throughout the year. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Flood-affected Lismore residents with nowhere to go return to homes deemed uninhabitable

PUBLISHED: 22 March 2022

The Guardian

Residents in Lismore have been left with no choice but to move back into their houses that have been deemed uninhabitable, with some sleeping on swags in moldy rooms without electricity, as they are unable to find safe accommodation three weeks after floods devastated the town. The State Emergency Service had deemed more than 3,600 homes across the New South Wales northern rivers region as uninhabitable. Click here to continue reading

Surf town in Canada town bans plastic forks and knives

PUBLISHED: 22 March 2022

Canada’s National Observer

The ban on plastic knives and forks at take-out establishments is Tofino’s latest stab at reducing waste after the district council passed a bylaw in 2020 banning single-use plastic bags, straws and polystyrene foam containers. Tofino council amended its bylaw last month to include a ban on single-use plastic cutlery and local businesses have until August to comply. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: NSW announces inquiry into flood crisis after criticism of state’s response

PUBLISHED: 22 March 2022

The Guardian

There has been widespread criticism of the handling of the crisis after people were left stranded on roofs in Lismore in the state’s northeast after it was inundated with a record 14.37-meter flood on 28 February. Many people had to be rescued by fellow residents on private watercraft, nine people died, thousands lost their homes and many were uninsured because of the high cost of premiums. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Conservationists call for ban on explosives to scare seals at salmon farm in federal waters off Tasmania

PUBLISHED: 22 March 2022

The Guardian

Environment groups have called on the federal government to rule out the use of explosives and guns loaded with “bean bag” rounds to scare seals at a proposed salmon farming trial in Commonwealth waters off the northwest coast of Tasmania. Under Tasmanian laws, the companies are allowed to use underwater explosives, known as “seal crackers”, to deter predators at farms in state waters. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Microplastics found deep underground in UK waters

PUBLISHED: 22 March 2022

The Guardian

Invisible microplastics have been found almost 400ft (120 metres) underground in UK water streams, according to the results of a citizen science project conducted by wild swimmers. More than 100 outdoor swimmers in the UK became “waterloggers”, collecting water samples from their favourite place for a dip using empty glass wine bottles. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Great Barrier Reef is not supposed to be white

PUBLISHED: 22 March 2022

Canada’s National Observer

One of the world’s leading coral scientists claims a sixth mass bleaching event is unfolding across the Great Barrier Reef, with official monitoring flights now underway all along the Queensland coastline. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) has confirmed monitoring flights are being conducted “along the length and breadth” of the 2,300-kilometre world heritage reef. Click here to continue reading

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