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Energy and Climate Change
VANCOUVER – Ecojustice, Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Living Oceans Society— conservation groups who fought the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline project in a historic hearing last October — are calling today’s Federal Court of Appeal ruling “a critical win” for endangered killer whales, communities, the climate and the coast.
In a decision announced this morning, the court unanimously ruled that the federal government’s approval of the project violated its legal obligations to protect endangered orcas under the Species at Risk Act.
Climate change is impacting our communities at a faster rate each year with costlier environmental, social and economical consequences. Population growth, destructive industrial processes and pressure on declining natural resources impair the planet’s ability to function efficiently leading to an increase in greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere (GHG’s). Generally speaking, greenhouse gases are compounds that are able to trap heat in the atmosphere, warming the air temperature.
Vancouver: Reports are surfacing today of an oil spill that apparently occurred early Wednesday morning near Port Mellon in Howe Sound, near the site of the Howe Sound Pulp and Paper Mill when a derelict barge sank. It is presently unclear how much oil was aboard; early estimates place the visible spill at 200 litres.