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Canada’s southern and western landscapes heavily fragmented

(2014-01-09) “We produced this mapping and analysis using a range of datasets, including satellite images, to map the extent of Canada’s  accessed and fragmented landscapes. The results show an overall steady increase in accessed and fragmented landscapes from the turn of the 21st century, especially in southern and western Canada.”

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Human Access of Canada’s Landscapes

 (2014-01-09)  Industrial and other human activity is fracturing Canada’s southern and western landscapes, according to this new bulletin (and accompanying dataset) by Global Forest Watch Canada. Summary information is provided for the amount of human access in each of Canada’s 13 jurisdictions and 15 ecozones.

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Canada Access 2010

(2014-01-09) Access is human-caused alteration of habitat and landscapes resulting in spatial separation of habitat and landscape units from a previous state of greater continuity. Major human access results in habitat fragmentation which is often a cause of species becoming threatened or endangered. This dataset provides an overall picture of the extent of human access in Canada.

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Alberta Environmental Management System Incidents, 1996-2012

(2013-07-23) The dataset of incidents that were studied in the report, Environmental Incidents in Northeastern Alberta’s Bitumen Sands Region, 1996-2012 (see link under "Related stories").

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New Study Demonstrates Alberta Failing to Enforce Environmental Legislation

(2013-07-23) “The Alberta government’s disclosure process fails to deliver timely, accurate, error-free, and complete information. Procedures used to store and retrieve information from their database are dysfunctional. Because of the incomplete and error-filled data disclosed by government, the calculated incident rates should be viewed as minima of the true rates.” 
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Environmental Incidents in Northeastern Alberta’s Bitumen Sands Region, 1996-2012

(2013-07-23) This new study, authored by Dr. Kevin Timoney and Peter Lee, found that environmental violations in Alberta's bitumen sands region are frequent, enforcement is rare, record keeping is dysfunctional, and there is a chronic failure to disclose important environmental incident information to the public. 

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Atlas of land cover, industrial land uses and industrial-caused land change in the Peace Region of British Columbia

(2012-12-13) Oil and gas development, logging, mines, large dams and other industrial infrastructure are having an alarming impact on natural areas and wildlife habitat in the booming Peace Region of northeastern British Columbia; a new science study released today shows. Global Forest Watch Canada's new report also maps industrial changes over the last 38 years from satellite imagery.

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Environmental Impacts of Hydropower in Canada Underreported

(2012-01-18) Global Forest Watch Canada publishes a new instalment in a series on the environmental impacts of Canada’s major energy sectors and calls for a Canada energy strategy that includes good environmental information

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Hydropower Developments in Canada

(2012-01-18) These 2 reports focus on the distribution and environmental impacts of hydropower developments, especially their greenhouse gas emission impacts.

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Industrial developments threatening Canada's woodland caribou

Caribou(2012-01-10) Global Forest Watch Canada publishes new study confirming Environment Canada's “secret” concerns regarding threatened species in Alberta's oil sands region.

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