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The Western Producer

A good portion of the plant nutrients applied last spring still sits in prairie soils. Some agronomists have even found granular pellets of fertilizer still intact when taking soil tests this fall. In most areas, there was enough moisture to dissolve fertilizer applied in the spring. However, drought conditions prevented crops from using these inputs across wide swaths of the Prairies last summer. Click here to continue reading

The Western Producer 

Atmospheric rivers of the kind that drenched California and flooded British Columbia in recent weeks will become larger, and possibly more destructive, because of climate change, scientists said. Columns in the atmosphere hundreds of kilometres long carry water vapour over oceans from the tropics to more temperate regions in amounts more than double the flow of the Amazon River, according to the American Meteorological Society. Click here to continue reading


After 51 days, patience is beginning to run out all over Nunavut’s capital. As of Wednesday, the city’s pool and gym are closed, both hockey rinks are closed from 9 to 5, the recreation staff have been distributing the bottled water and they’re burning out. The city says it will take $180 million to fix the problem long term. But another frustration for the mayor is the list of requirements the Government of Nunavut Health Department has before they will remove the do not consume order. Click here to continue reading

The Wetaskiwin Times

Wetaskiwin City staff are investigating to determine what caused equipment to malfunction at the Wetaskiwin water treatment plant, forcing the City of limit water usage over the weekend. On Friday, Stage 4 restrictions were put in place, allowing for only essential water use and residents were asked to forgo laundry, minimize showers and bathing and only use water for drinking, food preparation and medical purposes. Click here to continue reading

Canada's National Observer 

When the X-Press Pearl container ship caught fire and sank in the Indian Ocean in May, Sri Lanka was terrified that the vessel’s 350 tonnes of heavy fuel oil would spill into the ocean, causing an environmental disaster for the country’s pristine coral reefs and fishing industry.Classified by the UN as Sri Lanka’s “worst maritime disaster,” the biggest impact was not caused by the heavy fuel oil. Nor was it the hazardous chemicals on board, which included nitric acid, caustic soda and methanol. Click here to continue reading

CBC News 

British Columbia is set to begin rebuilding from extensive flooding and mudslides after the last of three major storms eased off on Wednesday evening, but flood warnings remain in place for large parts of the province. Communities battered by floods, including many in the Fraser Valley and the Nicola Valley east of Vancouver, remain under flood warning because of high river levels and elevated temperatures causing snowmelt. Click here to continue reading

The Guardian

Water agencies in drought-stricken California that serve 27 million residents and 750,000 acres of farmland won’t get any of the water they have requested from the state heading into 2022 other than what’s needed for critical health and safety, state officials announced on Wednesday. It’s the earliest date the department of water resources has issued a 0% water allocation, a milestone that reflects the dire conditions in California as drought continues to grip the nation’s most populous state and reservoirs have dropped to historically low levels. Click here to continue reading

The Guardian 

n September 2017, a giant, floating fish farm capable of raising 1.5 million salmon was installed in central Norway. Besides its vast size – the circular structure is roughly the equivalent of two baseball fields – what set SalMar’s Ocean Farm 1 apart was its location three miles off the coast. It was hailed as the world’s first offshore salmon farm. Four years later, there have been two production cycles with better growth and survival of salmon compared with inshore farms, according to the company, hence less food waste and a lower carbon footprint. Click here to continue reading

Canada's National Observer 

When an unprecedented atmospheric river sent floodwaters rushing across Travis Forstbauer's fields earlier this month, the Chilliwack, B.C., farmer was worried he'd lose the precious fertile soil his livelihood depends on. He was pleasantly surprised when the water receded to see that his land had suffered minimal damage. They were saved by his cover crops — crops like alfalfa or rye grown in fields over winter — that kept the soil rooted in place. Click here to continue reading

Canada's National Observer 

A Nobel prize-winning economic theory used by investors is showing early signs of helping save threatened coral reefs, scientists say. Researchers at Australia’s University of Queensland used modern portfolio theory (MPT), a mathematical framework developed by the economist Harry Markowitz in the 1950s to help risk-averse investors maximize returns, to identify the 50 reefs or coral sanctuaries around the world that are most likely to survive the climate crisis and be able to repopulate other reefs, if other threats are absent. Click here to continue reading

Ponoka News 

British Columbia is bracing for more rain after mudslides and flooding caused devastation in parts of the province. Environment Canada says up to 200 millimetres of rain could drench the central coast of B.C. and parts of Vancouver Island through Wednesday, possibly causing water to pool on roads and flooding in low-lying areas. Click here to continue reading