Tag: "water governance"

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Biodiversity crisis: we still need to take action!

Biodiversity crisis: we still need to take action!

It’s been almost two decades since biodiversity loss due to human behaviour and a changing climate was internationally recognized as a crisis. From the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 to last month’s Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Japan, governments have had ample time to take action and curb rapid species extinction, habitat loss, and […]

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Sewage Named #1 Urban Centre Contaminant by Canadian Press

Sewage Named #1 Urban Centre Contaminant by Canadian Press

Analysis by The Canadian Press has shown that far more sewage has been spilled in Canadian urban centres over the last six years than any other harmful contaminant. CP obtained the newly released figures after a two-year battle and a complaint to the information commissioner to pry the data from Environment Canada under the Access […]

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Canada Tightens Tap on Water Legislation

New legislation could mean tougher measures to protect Canada’s massive stores of fresh water, particularly for prohibitions on bulk water removal on rivers that cross into the United States. If passed, the law would create new powers of inspection and introduce fines of up to $6 million CDN for companies that try to export and […]

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ACT Water Session Policy Author Bob Sandford in RBC Blue Water Project Report Reveals Conservation Priorities of Canadians

Majority of Canadians consider water to be Canada’s most important natural resource – a new study reveals more people concerned about quality and availability of freshwater than oil, fisheries, or forests – yet use 329 liters per day. The survey, in its second year, was commissioned by Unilever and RBC, and is endorsed by the […]

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The Real Cost of Water We Use

What is the real cost of water we use? That’s the question being asked by the Stanford Graduate School of Business California, USA. Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute, noted the world is depleting some important water resources necessary for growing food and sustaining fisheries, during his address to Stanford students during the 2010 […]

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Happy New Year! What ACT has in store for 2010…

Happy New Year everybody! The team at ACT is looking forward an exciting year of events and activities. We kicked off our Energy session in November with a clean energy seminar held in partnership with the Swiss Consulate General and The GLOBE Foundation, and are looking forward to hosting two more workshops coming up in […]

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Canada – the “Colossal Fossil”

Oh, Canada. What’s going on? We’ve been bestowed with the ‘honour’ of environmental groups’ most dubious award – the “Colossal Fossil” at Copenhagen 2009. The groups say Canada’s target for reducing its greenhouse gases is “among the worst in the industrialized world” and its plan to reach its goal is “so weak that it would […]

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Interactive map launched by UK Government shows consequences of global climate warming

A new map illustrating the global consequences of failing to keep climate change to under 2 degrees Celsius was launched today by the UK Government. With just 45 days to go before international climate change talks begin in Copenhagen, British ministers are pressing for the most ambitious deal possible in order to avoid these dangerous […]

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