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Global News

A summer of unprecedented heat has not been kind to the iconic ice in the Canadian Rockies. According to researchers, glaciers are melting at a rate never seen before. A growing lake now sits at the toe of Peyto Glacier — formed over the past decade. The ice has collapsed in many places and is slushy and speckled with cryoconite — a combination of soot, bacteria and dust. Click here to continue reading

Global News

Drought has shriveled Canada’s wheat crop to its smallest in 14 years, and its canola harvest to a nine-year low, a government report showed on Monday. Parched soils and record-hot temperatures in Canada’s western crop belt sharply reduced farm yields of one of the world’s biggest wheat-exporting countries and largest canola-growing nation. The drought has forced millers and bakers to pay more for spring wheat, and drove canola prices to record highs. Click here to continue reading

CTV News

Louisiana communities beginning the huge task of clearing debris and repairing the damage inflicted by Hurricane Ida are facing the dispiriting prospect of weeks without electricity in the oppressive, late-summer heat. Ida ravaged the region's power grid, leaving all of New Orleans and hundreds of thousands of other Louisiana residents in the dark with no clear timeline on when the electricity would come back on. Click here to continue reading

Global News

“If I didn’t actually have any wetlands on my property, the cattle would have been completely out of pasture,” Alberta farmer Dan Liddle explainsThe hot and dry conditions this year have been brutal, but Liddle is part of a program called ALUS (Alternative Land Use Services), which pays farmers to set aside wetlands, helping with conservation efforts. Click here to continue reading

Government of Alberta

Alberta’s Recovery Plan is creating immediate jobs and building communities for bigger and brighter futures. The upgrades to wastewater treatment plants in Vermilion and St. Paul created 208 jobs in the communities. Upgrades totalling $35 million to two wastewater treatment plants were completed with financial support from the Government of Alberta’s Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership. Click here to continue reading

The Western Producer

In Manitoba, 24 mosquitoes with West Nile virus, known as the Culex tarsalis mosquito, were collected from various parts of the province between Aug. 8-14. It brings the total to 86 found this year. Mosquitoes with WNV were found in Saskatchewan the same week, located in moist mixed-grass and prairie aspen parkland, known as zone three of the province. With the recent rain, the region is considered a moderate risk. Click here to continue reading

CTV News

A flood that covered Fort McMurray and northeastern Alberta roughly 12,000 years ago could offer researchers insights into what drives rapid climate change. The epic flooding is one of the largest of its kind in the planet's history. Sophie Norris, who led the team as a U of A Faculty of Science PhD student, says the flood from melting glaciers could have altered the circulation of the world's oceans, causing temperatures to drop and ushering in an ice age. Click here to continue reading

Edmonton Journal

A summer of heat waves and little rainfall has Alberta farmers struggling to make it through the season. Crops aren’t making enough feed for some cattle farms and Shelby Blosky, owner of Double S Ranch Cattle Co., said farmers like herself are having to buy extra hay bales at steeper prices due to limited supply. Click here to continue reading

The Guardian

In the stormy waters of the North Sea, 15 miles off the coast of Aberdeenshire, in Scotland, five floating offshore wind turbines stretch 574 feet (175 metres) above the water. The world’s first floating windfarm, a 30 megawatt facility run by the Norwegian company Equinor, has only been in operation since 2017 but has already broken UK records for energy output. Click here to continue reading

CTV News

Residents in a small community in southern Alberta are being advised to take precautions with their drinking water until further notice. Alberta Health Services (AHS) issued a boil water advisory for the village of Foremost as a precautionary measure. Click here to continue reading

The Western Producer

Two Canadian senators learned the importance of southern Alberta’s irrigation system Aug. 12 when they toured a portion of it in the company of various municipal officials. Doug Black from Alberta and Rob Black from Ontario flew in that day over fields greened by irrigation and fields browned by ongoing drought conditions where irrigation is not available. Click here to continue reading