Toronto Area Waterways Getting Saltier.

The indiscriminate use of road salt  and salt-laced brine can push some Toronto area waterways to saline levels exceeding even that of the oceans, recent research indicates.

U.S. studies, too, around  large cities where winter weather is dealt with by putting salt on roadways, are indicating similar findings, and serious long-term implications, as fish and amphibian species are seriously impacted and declining.

If we need to drive cars in the winter on winter roads, we need to find alternative ways of dealing with these seasonal conditions…

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Center for Biological Diversity New Release State, Conservation Groups Win Lawsuit Against Trump Administration LOS ANGELES— A federal court today ordered the Trump administration to stop issuing permits for offshore fracking in federal waters off the California coast. U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez concluded that the federal government violated the Endangered Species Act and […]

via Court Orders Moratorium on Offshore Fracking Off California — Natural History Wanderings

$260 Billion Estimated Cost to Clean Up The Alberta Tar Sands

A regulatory document from the Alberta, Canada, energy authorities reveals a study estimating a cost of $260 billion to clean up the tar sands. One might wonder what the total revenue to the oil companies has been since the tar sands have been actively in production.

A flawed system of industrial oversight seems responsible, many warned of problems over the past number of years.

Extensive tailing ponds, and inactive oil and gas exploration wells, are all siting, waiting to be cleaned up, occupying a huge area in northern Alberta.

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Impressive Wetland Restoration in U.K.

This video from England says about itself: Starting in 2008, aided by an innovative partnership with Crossrail to reuse soil excavated from beneath London, the RSPB has been working to restore nearly 670 hectares of arable farmland to the wildlife-rich coastal wetland it once was. Now ten years on in 2018 the remaining 269 hectares […]

via Wallasea Island Wild Coast in England — Dear Kitty. Some blog

Toxins Sprayed on National Wildlife Refuges!

PR by The Center for Biological Diversity Pesticide Use on Crops Grown in Refuges Spikes in California, Oregon, Arkansas, Tennessee, Maryland WASHINGTON— America’s national wildlife refuges are being doused with hundreds of thousands of pounds of dangerous agricultural pesticides every year, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis by the Center for Biological Diversity. The Center report, […]

via Analysis: 490,000 Pounds of Toxic Pesticides Sprayed on National Wildlife Refuges — Straight from the Horse’s Heart