25 cattle dead after water pump destroyed in southern Alberta

CTV News

A water pump was rammed into by a boat some time between Wednesday and Sunday just south of Raymond, resulting in the death of 25 cows. The cows were left without water for up to 48 hours before the destruction of the pump was discovered. It’s not known exactly what day the boat rammed into the pump. The rest of the surviving cows were quickly transported to a nearby reservoir to get them water they desperately needed. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: America’s summer of floods: climate crisis fueling barrage, scientists say

The Guardian

An entire building and roads washed away by raging waters in Yellowstone. People desperately swimming from their homes in St Louis. Dozens dead after torrential downpours in Kentucky. The summer of 2022 has been one of extreme floods in the US, with scientists warning the climate crisis is worsening the devastation. The deadliest of the recent barrage of floods, in Kentucky, was described as “heartbreaking” by Joe Biden as he surveyed ruined houses and inundated cars on Monday. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: UK weather: drought expected to be declared in parts of England on Friday

The Guardian

An official drought could be declared for parts of England on Friday as rising temperatures and tinderbox conditions prompted the Met Office to issue its highest warning under its fire severity index. The National Drought Group – made up of civil servants, the Environment Agency, water companies and other groups including the National Farmers’ Union – is due to meet on Friday to discuss the longest dry spell since 1976. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: ‘The new normal’: Why Europe is being hit by a climate-driven drought crisis

Canada’s National Observer

Europe’s most severe drought in decades is hitting homes, factories, farmers and freight across the continent, as experts warn drier winters and searing summers fuelled by global heating mean water shortages will become “the new normal.” The EU European Drought Observatory has calculated that 45 per cent of the bloc’s territory was under drought warning by mid-July, with 15 per cent already on red alert, prompting the European Commission to warn of a “critical” situation in multiple regions. Click here to continue reading

Nova Scotia wants public to weigh in on fish farming as industry aims to expand in East Coast waters

Canada’s National Observer

As the aquaculture industry pushes for more salmon farming on the East Coast, public comment has opened for Nova Scotians to weigh in. The province hopes its review, which is already underway, will “identify ways to improve the regulations so they support the low-impact, sustainable growth of the aquaculture industry.” Changes will be implemented in 2023 or 2024. The public has until Sept. 6 to provide feedback, answering questions such as, “What factors are important to you in how aquaculture is regulated in Nova Scotia?” Click here to continue reading

Ontario nature organizations call on province, feds to protect Great Lakes

Canada’s National Observer

Over 60 nature organizations in Ontario have signed a letter calling on both the federal and provincial governments to officially protect the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes are a key resource in Canada. They hold 84 per cent of North America’s freshwater, are home to thousands of species and support millions of people. It has been a long-standing Parks Canada goal to protect them, but only the Georgian Bay in Lake Huron and Lake Superior have been conserved thus far. Click here to continue reading

Metro Vancouver gets funding for heat recovery project

Water Canada

Metro Vancouver has been granted funding for a heat recovery project at the Lulu Island Wastewater Treatment Plant. The project will recover heat from treated sewage for use in plant operations, while increasing renewable natural gas production. The project is receiving funding from the federal and provincial governments through the second intake of the CleanBC Communities Fund under the green infrastructure stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. Click here to continue reading

Saskatoon exploring second water treatment plant to serve future population

Water Canada

Since it was established in 1906, Saskatoon’s Water Treatment Plant has been expanded to a treatment capacity of 250 million litres per day (MLD). The plant, along with reservoirs and pump stations, serve the city and several surrounding municipal and rural customers. The Water Treatment Long Term Capital Strategy will go before the City’s Standing Policy Committee on Environment, Utilities and Corporate Services. The report highlights the current and future steps needed to increase treatment capacity. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Swiss mountain pass will lose all glacier ice ‘in a few weeks’ for first time in centuries

The Guardian

The thick layer of ice that has covered a Swiss mountain pass for centuries will have melted away completely within a few weeks, according to a local ski resort. After a dry winter, the summer heatwaves hitting Europe have been catastrophic for the Alpine glaciers, which have been melting at an accelerated rate. The pass between Scex Rouge and Tsanfleuron has been iced over since at least the Roman era. Click here to continue reading

No environmental review for Alta. irrigation project

The Western Producer

The federal government is rejecting calls from several Alberta-based naturalist groups that seek an environmental assessment of reservoirs connected to the province’s nearly $1 billion irrigation modernization project. Part of that project would see work on four reservoirs connected to the massive upgrade — Chin and Snake Lake expansions as well as a new Deadhorse Coulee reservoir and a fourth, yet-to-be identified, project. Click here to continue reading