Rowers, Turtles, And An Accidentally Fixed River

(c) Scott Gillingwater/ OntarioNature

Life at the Thames River in London (the Thames River in London, Ontario, not the River Thames in London, England… cause people are ridiculous) has never been better.  A section of the river, near the Springbank Dam, has seen its natural ecosystem flourish over the past decade thanks to the dam itself being broken.  With the river allowed to naturally flow once more, spiny softshell turtles (an endangered species in Canada), fish, and snakes have been able to set up large population sizes, and turn the area back into an important wildlife hotspot.  This might all change however. Continue reading

Tensions Mounting For America’s Tallest Dam

The ancient Egyptians built the first dams around 2950-2750 BC, and ever since we have used that technology to hold and redirect water. On Friday,  authorities said a spillway from the U.S.’s tallest dam, the Oroville dam, was ready to give way. The main spillway of the dam, which feeds into the Feather River in Northern California, was seen to be eroding last week, so water was diverted to the emergency spillway for the first time since it was made. Officials have been working all Monday to remove 50 feet of water from the dam and stabilize the spillways, but experts are still uncertain of the outcome.  Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: July 31- August 6

It’s that time of week again- it’s time for the Weekly Round Up!  Summer’s just hurtling by as we have our first August Round Up (it seriously still feels like summer’s just started).  We’ve got a bunch of news coming your way, so settle in with your cup of Joe, or tea, or oj, or whatever it is you enjoy to drink on a Saturday, no judgement here.  We’ve got happy volcanoes, snow in New Zealand, and superhero whales.  So let’s dive in! Continue reading

The Brazilian Environmental Disaster: Has Anything Changed?

By Senado Federal – Bento Rodrigues, Mariana, Minas Gerais

On November 5, 2015 an iron-ore tailing dam, located in Brazil, suffered a major failure and caused catastrophic flooding in the surrounding area. The event caused 17 deaths and a handful of other injuries. Massive mud flows flooded through the Doce River and reached the Atlantic Ocean within 17 days of the dam collapse. It has been reported that about 60 million cubic meters of mining waste was released during this event. The tailings (otherwise known as mining waste) were deemed toxic by the UN. The flood has been deemed as Brazil’s worst environmental disaster. 

This disaster went relatively unmentioned in mainstream news, and has therefore been more prevalent on blogs and other news outlets. The limited knowledge on the topic is disheartening and so we are going to catch you up on how this story has developed over the past few months. Continue reading