UNB the Andrews initiative on Water. Presentation by David McLaughlin October 11, 2012. Tonight’s Presentation. The issue Climate change & water Resource extraction trends Industrial use of water in Canada Policy answers.
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Presentation by David McLaughlin
October 11, 2012
“The Cowichan River could run bone dry before the end of the month if rain doesn’t start falling by the bucketful, raising concerns for environmentalists, municipal officials and representatives of the nearby paper mill.”
Globe and Mail, October 7, 2012
Arctic sea ice losses during 2011 were the second-greatest in the satellite record dating back to 1979, according to an official NSIDC report…. However, ice loss in recent years has been proceeding faster than the models predicted. EarthSky 2011
Arctic Sea Ice
Headline: 2011 already costliest year for natural disasters. Expert: 'We are rewriting the financial and economic history of disasters on a global scale‘ MSNBC, July 2011
Despite an increase in conservation efforts, the state of biodiversity continues to decline, according to most indicators, largely because the pressures on biodiversity continue to increase.
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (2010)
Report II // NOV 2011
Information & advice to ensure the sustainable use of water by Canada’s natural resource sectors
Report I // JUNE 2010
Current state of water use by Canada’s natural resource sectors & key issues
Water – energy nexus
Climate change impacts
Public licence to operate
Governance & management
National increased water intake for the sectors – 3% overall by 2030 – may not be significant, but this masks regional issues.
Unconventional oil and gas and agriculture biggest forecasted users.
Natural resource sectors have steadily decoupled economic growth from their water intake & use.
Large efficiency and conservation gains may be achieved with modest increases in the price of water intake.
Overall economic impacts of water pricing are modest, but may be more pronounced on a sector or firm basis.
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting/
Agriculture, foresterie pêche et chasse
2004 ’05 ’06 ’07 ‘08
795.0 788.2 796.5 644.2 655.5
Mining and Oil and Gas Extraction /
Extraction minière et extraction de pétrole et de gaz
2004 ’05 ’06 ’07 ‘08
318.4 354.1 864.4 905.5 884.5
Water problem in shale is drawing a flood of capital (Houston Chronicle, Sept 19th)
New shale gas licences at risk without common standards –study (London, Reuters, Sept 25th)
New Brunswick researchers raise concerns about shale-gas fracking(Fredericton, Globe and Mail, Apr. 23rd)
FRACTURED FUTURE: Scientific fact vs. public fears on water issues ( op-ed by Donald Siegal, CBC NB website, Nov 29, 2011)