Bob Weber

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New research shows Arctic could see ice-free summers by 2030

A paper published Tuesday in the journal Nature has concluded that northern waters could be open for months at a time as early as 2030, even if humanity manages to drastically scale back its greenhouse gas emissions.

Alberta's political polarization fuelled by identity, not ideology, survey suggests

Last week's Alberta election, in which the United Conservatives swept rural seats but lost heavily in the big cities, has raised fears of growing polarization. But an extensive survey conducted through the University of Alberta suggests the divide is more about identity than ideas.

How satellites are being used in the battle against wildfires

Eyes in the sky are becoming an increasingly important tool for boots on the ground when it comes to fighting wildfires, experts say, as data from a growing number of satellites give firefighters new tools to predict fire behaviour and analyze its consequences.

Alberta Energy Regulator warns Imperial Oil about more wastewater problems at Kearl oilsands mine

The regulator has issued a notice of non-compliance to the company after chemicals associated with oilsands tailings were found at an off-site well at levels that exceed provincial guidelines.

Cuts to Alberta elite aerial firefighting team came despite pleas to keep them in service

Alberta's decision to cancel funding for an elite wildfire-fighting crew in 2019 came despite pleas to keep the Rapattack program from at least three municipalities, including one that has since been evacuated during this spring's blazes.

Firefighters criticize cuts to Alberta's aerial attack teams as wildfire battle continues

Former members of an elite Alberta wildfire-fighting crew say government budget cuts have left the province battling its current blazes short-handed.

Musician Corb Lund calls for strong stance against coal mines during Alberta election

As Albertans begin what could be a bitter and divisive provincial election campaign, one of the province's most popular musicians wants to remind them of an issue that brought everyone together a couple years ago.

Utilities commission increases refund ATCO owes for attempt to recoup contract costs

An Alberta regulator has added millions of dollars to the refund a prominent provincial utility must pay consumers after attempting to overcharge them for costs it shouldn't have incurred — and then trying to cover up the wrongdoing.

Australian coal company withdraws plan for mine in Alberta foothills

An Australian coal company is withdrawing its plan for a mine in the Crowsnest Pass region of the eastern slopes of Alberta's Rocky Mountains.

Oilsands emissions 65% higher than tallied by current measuring methods, study suggests

New federal research suggests greenhouse gas emissions from the Alberta oilsands may be significantly underestimated, adding to a growing pile of studies that say our understanding of what is going into the atmosphere is incomplete.