Nearly $1M Committed to Further Lake Winnipeg Clean-Up

By Marcelo Kawanami

Manitoba’s Lake Winnipeg has been given the dubious distinction of “Threatened Lake of the Year” by an international environmental organization.

According to the Germany-based Global Nature Fund, the health of Canada’s third largest freshwater lake and the world’s tenth largest lake was in jeopardy due to increasing pollution from agricultural run-off and sewage discharges.Lake Winnipeg

The wake-up call worked and clean-up initiatives started to take place. The federal government is funding 16 new projects to clean-up Lake Winnipeg. The nearly $1 million in funding announced Friday comes from the Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund, part of the Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative.

These funds and projects are in addition to more than $5 million in funding for 59 previously announced community stewardship projects that are helping to restore the health of the lake.

For further information about The Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund, please check the following link: http://www.ec.gc.ca/eau-water/default.asp?lang=En&n=D7134110-1

Global Insights: Panama and its open-ocean fish farm

By Marcelo Kawanami

Most known for its canal, Panama is also the base for the largest open-ocean fish farm in the world. By using innovative, open ocean aquaculture technology, Open Blue has moved fish farming into the deep sea. The farms are carefully located, far from shore and sensitive ecosystems.

Two weeks ago, National Geographic posted a very interesting video about this open-ocean fish farm that you can check right here.

Environmental sustainability and social impact are top priorities to Brian O’Hanlon, President of Open Blue. “A big reason why we’re going so far offshore is to get out into an environment that is essentially like the desert of the sea away from highly senstitve ecosystems, away from corral reefs, away from mangroves and seagrass beds”, says O’Hanlon.

He also adds “One of the first reasons to move out offshore was environmental, but along with that came social impact. We’re using parts of the ocean that no one uses, so we don’t have that issue with fisherman, we don’t have navigational issues, we don’t have recreational conflict.”

Geoengineering: is this the right solution for climate change?

By Marcelo Kawanami

David Keith

Hello everyone! I know we have been absent from the blog lately, but things are quite busyat Gamiing Nature Centre with our workshops and programs. This Sunday (May 18th) we will host our famous Frog Call Identification Workshop! This is a great workshop for the entire family to enjoy the spring in our Centre and learn more about the native frogs and toads.

 

Today I would like to share with you a great interview sent by Mieke Schipper with David Keith regarding a controversial topic called geoengineering. Geoengineering is the deliberate and large-scale intervention in the Earth’s climatic system with the aim of reducing global warming.

GeoengineeringClimate engineering has two categories of technologies- carbon dioxide removal and solar radiation management (SRM). Just as an example, SRM techniques aim to reflect a small proportion of the Sun’s energy back into space, counteracting the temperature rise caused by increased levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which absorb energy and raise temperatures.

This is a very polemic topic once the interference of engineering techniques in order to revert global warming can also negatively impact the environment. Below I selected some links for you guys to know more about this topic. Share your thoughts with us regarding geo-engineering!!! Do you think geoengineering is a possible solution to climate change?

Interview with David Keith: http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/04/13/david_keith_makes_the_case_for_geoengineering.html

Oxford GeoEngineering Programme: http://www.geoengineering.ox.ac.uk/what-is-geoengineering/what-is-geoengineering/

GeoengineeringWatch.org: http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/