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Melfort, Saskatchewan under precautionary boil water advisory due to Oil Spill
People living in the city of Melfort, along with the nearby communities of Beatty, Kinistino, Weldon and Star City, as well as rural customers, are being asked to stop non-essential water use.

The Melfort, Sask., region is the latest area to take precautions with its drinking water following last week’s oil pipeline break near Maidstone.

People living in the city of Melfort, along with the nearby communities of Beatty, Kinistino, Weldon and Star City, as well as rural customers, are being asked to stop non-essential water use.

A precautionary drinking water advisory was activated Tuesday, and will continue until further notice.

Contaminated water may reach Codette Lake, where the area’s water intake is. Leading up to the boil water advisory, officials had been preparing to shut off the intake early Tuesday morning.

Sask Water said it would begin drawing water from a source unaffected by the oil spill until the North Saskatchewan River is once again safe to treat.

However, water from that secondary source will be under a boil-water order. Any water to be consumed, used for washing dishes or food, or brushing teeth needs to be brought to a rolling boil for one minute to ensure it is safe.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders took the stage at the DNC on Monday night and made it clear: “a president’s job is to worry about future generations, not the short-term profits of the fossil fuel industry.”

I found this podcast on Spotify called Outside/In. “Outside/In is a show about the natural world and how we use it. Sam Evans-Brown combines solid reporting and long-form narrative storytelling to bring the outdoors to you wherever you are. You don’t have to be a whitewater kayaker, an obsessive composter, or a conservation biologist to love Outside/In. It’s a show for anyone who has ever been outdoors. In short, it’s a show for *almost* everyone.”

I’ve only on episode two, and I’ve already learned so much! This is amazing.

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Haunting Ambrotypes of Endangered Species Encased in Ice

When photographer Erik Hijweege realized that there were over 22,000 species on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, he was shocked… and inspired. Inspired to create a hauntingly beautiful series of glass ambrotypes depicting some of these endangered species encased in ice.

The resulting series and photo book are both called Endangered, a series of wet plate collodion images that draws on the fragility of both the animals depicted in each photo, and the glass the images are captured on.

“Fascinated by the beauty of the imperfections inherent in the [19th century wet plate collodion process], I started on endangered,” writes Hijweege in his artist statement. “The fragility of the glass and the authentic nature of the process seemed to me to fit well with the animals’ vulnerable status.”

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Husky Energy pipeline may have been leaking for as long as 14 hours
On a conference call with media Tuesday he repeatedly said Husky Energy is conducting a “comprehensive investigation” into the leak and more information will be available when that’s done.
By ,Andrea Hill, Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Oil may have been leaking into the North Saskatchewan River for 14 hours before the supply was shut off.

A report submitted to the provincial ministry of economy by Husky Energy indicates a “pipeline release” was discovered on the south shore of the river on Wed. July 20 at roughly 8 p.m. Husky Energy crews were not on site to shut down that pipeline until Thu. July 21 around 10 a.m.

“It was Wednesday evening when pressure variances were noticed and then more information was available Thursday morning,” said Laurie Pushor, deputy minister of ministry of the economy.

Husky Energy spokesperson Al Pate, who is heading up the response to the spill, said it’s too early to tell if the leak began Wednesday night when those pressure variances were detected.

On a conference call with media Tuesday he repeatedly said Husky Energy is conducting a “comprehensive investigation” into the leak and more information will be available when that’s done.

The failed pipe — which is believed to have released roughly 200,000 litres of oil into the river near Maidstone — was last inspected in early 2015, but was subject to monthly checks and tests since then.

Pate was not able to shed insight on what caused the pipe to fail.

Cleanup of the spill is continuing, with Husky Energy pledging to cover all costs of remediation.

The cities of North Battleford and Prince Albert, which pull in water from the North Saskatchewan River, have switched off water intake to water treatment plants, switched to alternate water reserves and implemented mandatory water conservation measures. Rural areas served by these centres are without water.

The bodies of four birds, three fish and a frog have been recovered from the spill site, with two other oil-soaked birds being treated in Maidstone. A wildlife expert helping with those efforts said bodies of drowned animals could be found downriver in the coming weeks.

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Lessons Learned from the Climate Impact Decision Support Tool (CIMPACT-DST)

My voice is terrible in this video, but here’s a peek at some of the work I do. I was Technical Coordinator (among other things) for a wonky, small USAID-funded climate adaptation project in Vietnam for about 3 years. Basically, we helped municipal planners understand climate risks, and provided them with tools to adapt to changes. Good fun. By far Vietnam is my most favorite country to work in! Some pics if you’re interested. Can you spot me?

This webinar shares lessons learned from a successful urban planning and climate adaptation pilot activity called the Climate Impact Decision Support Tool (CIMPACT-DST). In Vietnam, CIMPACT-DST supports integration of climate change considerations into planning activities in several cities and provinces.

First piloted in the coastal city of Hue, the tool was quickly picked up by dozens of communities and provinces across Vietnam. The success of the pilot is due in large part to incorporating long-term sustainability techniques in the design and implementation phases. Lessons learned from implementation are covered in the webinar.

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Puerto Ricans Protest Toxic Fumigation

Puerto Ricans are taking to streets to protest the spraying of an anti-Zika pesticide that could have negative impact on island’s ecosystems.