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The most comprehensive study to date found the microplastics in 96 of 97 sea water samples taken from across the polar region. More than 92% of the microplastics were fibres, and 73% of these were made of polyester and were the same width and colours as those used in clothes.  Click here to continue reading

CBC News

The forecast is "not quite" record breaking but is unusual, said David Phillips, a senior climatologist with Environment Canada. Average temperatures in Edmonton this time of year are generally around -12 C. This is just the latest warm spell in what has proven to be a "softer" winter than average, he said. Click here to continue reading

Global News

The Greater Victoria area no longer uses surrounding ocean waters to flush away raw effluent now that a $775 million sewage plant has started treating the equivalent of 43 Olympic-sized pools of waste daily. The opening of the system was recently celebrated online by political and environmental leaders after decades of effort to get a sewage treatment plant. Click here to continue reading

Water Canada

The Agency invites the public and Indigenous groups to comment on the draft Environmental Assessment Report. The draft report includes the Agency’s conclusions and recommendations regarding the potential environmental effects of the project and their significance. It also includes the proposed key mitigation measures and follow-up programs. Click here to continue reading

Red Deer Advocate

A pitch to preserve central Alberta’s world-famous trout stream by restricting below-groundwater development was made to Clearwater County by the Alberta Fish and Game Association. The association is asking for a zoning change for 33 quarter-sections of agricultural land at the headwaters of the “ecologically unique,” spring-fed Raven River. Click here to continue reading

CBC News

Councillors Jeff Davison and Ward Sutherland are calling for changes in the city's response to "significant winter storm events" after a snowstorm buried Calgary's roads and sidewalks in up to 40 centimetres of snow on Dec. 21 and 22. A second snowfall dusted the city in about five more centimetres on Dec. 26, before the city could complete its seven-day snow removal plan, which lengthened the snow-clearing process, officials told CBC News. Click here to continue reading

Western Producer

The ranchers fear it will not only harm their cattle operations near the headwaters of the Oldman River but also risk polluting water used downstream by farmers and communities, such as Lethbridge and as far east as Saskatchewan. Click here to continue reading

CTV News

“We're kind of at the mercy of the elements,” said Asp, a retired member of the Kingman Recreation Association board. “In the springtime because of the (rink's) white boards and the sun, it starts melting back from the boards pretty quickly. You'd be really lucky if you got four months out of it.” Click here to continue reading

CBC News

Almost as far as the eye can see, trash spreads out over Serbia's Potpecko Lake, lapping against the dam that crosses it. Built up over many years against a backdrop of rolling rural hills, the ocean of plastic now threatens to clog up the dam's hydroelectric plant, a local activist says, and Serbian authorities have ordered an immediate clean-up. Click here to continue reading

Global News

Despite appearances, stay off storm ponds. That’s the message from the Calgary Fire Department (CFD). According to the CFD, water levels in the ponds can change throughout the winter, and the thickness of the ice is difficult to assess. The depth of the storm ponds can vary as well. Click here to continue reading

CBC News

A research project is analyzing how many microplastics, some invisible to the eye, are accumulating in the North Saskatchewan River. A research team from NAIT is identifying and monitoring the microplastics found in the water and sediment of the river which winds through Edmonton. Click here to continue reading