CLIMATE CHANGE ROUND UP FOR THE WEEK ENDING Sept 5, 2020

QUOTABLES:

The government cannot be rewarding the destruction of the Amazon. It cannot be opening the market to precisely the products that are driving the devastating Amazon fires and ongoing deforestation and destruction that we see, and claim to be responsible about climate change.

Greenpeace Canada campaign manager Reykia Fick
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THE LEAD:

World Wildlife Fund says Canada not doing enough to protect endangered species

The World Wildlife Fund says Canada isn’t doing enough to protect its most endangered species. 

In a new study, the Living Planet Report Canada 2020, the WWF says Canadian populations of species of global conservation concern at risk of extinction–that include mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles–have declined by an average of 42 per cent in the last 50 years due to pollution, habitat loss and climate change.

The report also found that populations of Canadian species assessed as a risk nationally by the Committee of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) declined by 59 per cent, on average, from 1970-2016. 

“A different approach to conservation is needed: one that can more effectively address multiple threats to biodiversity and Canada’s ecosystems, including the accelerating climate crisis.” the report says.

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ALBERTA LEAD:

Alberta Tailings Ponds II Factual Record regarding Submission SEM-17-001

On 26 June 2017, Environmental Defence Canada and the Natural Resources Defense Council (based in the United States), along with Canadian resident Daniel T’seleie (the “Submitters”), filed SEM-17-001 (Alberta Tailings Ponds II) (hereinafter the “Submission”) with the Secretariat.

The Submitters assert that the Government of Canada (“Canada”) is failing to enforce the pollution prevention provisions of the federal Fisheries Act with respect to alleged leaking of deleterious substances, and specifically oil sands processed water (OSPW), from tailings ponds of oil sands operations in northeastern Alberta. On 20 August 2018 in Council Resolution 18-01, the CEC Council unanimously instructed the Secretariat to develop a factual record for submission SEM-17-001

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