Canada Biodiversity

Why Your Company Should Buy Carbon Offsets

David Fogarty | Posted 09.03.2014 | Canada Impact
David Fogarty

Most of us want to do something good for the environment. An easy way is to spend a few dollars buying carbon offsets, perhaps to make us feel less guilty about that long-haul flight we're planning. Turns out those offsets could be more valuable than we thought.

Important Lessons From the Bacterial Equivalent of Human Society

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.05.2014 | Canada
Jason Tetro

In terms of statistics, 12 per cent grew antibiotic resistance and became marginalized from others. Twenty-eight per cent of the population chose a wealthy style, happily living in their gated biofilms. Half of all the bacteria decided to take a middle-class lifestyle, choosing an easy nutrient source and never engaging in any extreme activity.

1 of Every 3 Bites of Food Depends on Bees -- Let's Save Them

David Suzuki | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Bees may be small, but they play a big role in human health and survival. Some experts say one of every three bites of food we eat depends on them. The insects pollinate everything from apples and zucchini to blueberries and almonds. If bees and other pollinators are at risk, entire terrestrial ecosystems are at risk, and so are we.

Making Biodiversity Personal

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 08.06.2014 | Canada
Tamara Griffiths

Every one knows about the importance of biodiversity, but how many of us have a one-to-one personal experience with a rare species? For myself, like ...

How One Little Mussel Changed the Great Lakes Forever

Dan Kraus | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

The rainbow was once widely distributed and common in many rivers and creeks in southern Ontario. Today it is extremely rare. While we did our part in obliterating the rainbow by polluting its river home, today, the number one threat to this species is invasive, non-native zebra mussels.

I'm Tired of Being a Closet Environmentalist

Kinnie Starr | Posted 05.24.2014 | Canada Impact
Kinnie Starr

I'm tired of being ashamed of being an environmentalist. Why is the conversation of global warming, and water rights, so "boring"? Personally, I'd rather be perceived as a so-called "boring" environmentalist and communicate about the importance of water.

Biodiversity: It's Not Just for Scientists Anymore!

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 05.13.2014 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Biodiversity conservation is no longer a topic reserved for scientists. It's an issue that affects all Canadians. But how do we move people beyond just knowing this fact to caring, and beyond that, to acting?

Celebrate Canada's Oceans at Your Local Fish Counter

David R. Miller | Posted 05.11.2014 | Canada Politics
David R. Miller

Improving the way we fish and grow seafood is critical to the survival of some of our planet's most threatened marine and freshwater species and environments. But a national sustainable seafood day is also a critical reminder that even through our everyday choices in what food we buy, we can have a profound impact on the future of life on our planet. And nowhere is that more true than at our fish counters.

Where Have All the Monarchs Gone?

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

When I was a young girl, seeing monarchs flit around was as common as hearing the songs of the meadowlarks and the chipping of ground squirrels. I was...

Does it Matter if a Non-Descript Plant Goes Extinct? The Jenga theory of biodiversity

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Recently, I was interviewed about the discovery of a little flowering plant -- one of the rarest in my home province and a federally listed species at...

Why Canada Needs To Stop Embracing Corporatocracy

Mark Taliano | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Business
Mark Taliano

Corporate globalization entrenches parasitical monopoly capitalism. In agriculture, for example, large agribusiness monopolies, often funded by international banking institutions, push out smallholders -- thereby reducing economic diversity -- so that they can grow monoculture cash crops for export.

Getting Dirty May Be Good for You

David Suzuki | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

For much of human history we lived close to the natural world. As civilization evolved we became increasingly urbanized, and most of us now live in cities. As we've moved away from nature, we've seen a decline in other forms of life. Biodiversity is disappearing.

When the Population Explodes, Wildlife Suffers

Sangita Iyer | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada
Sangita Iyer

Population explosion is already having detrimental consequences on many environmental and social aspects, but for the purposes of this article, I'll focus on the loss of biodiversity, specifically the tragic loss of wildlife fueled by demand for their body parts in Asia, especially in China.

Biohackers Are Kickstarting Some Unregulated Experiments

L. Jim Thomas | Posted 07.10.2013 | Canada Business
L. Jim Thomas

Three biohackers from California have hijacked the Kickstarter machinery -- they have made Kickstarter the conduit for a nationwide release of untested, unregulated and unmonitored bioengineered organisms.

Bill C-38: The Law That Will Break Nature's Back?

David Suzuki | Posted 08.12.2012 | Canada Politics
David Suzuki

Canada's environmental laws are under attack by both the federal and Ontario governments. In Ottawa, the government introduced Bill C-38 to implement far-reaching measures announced in its budget. The 420-page Bill C-38 will gut a raft of federal laws passed over the years to ensure that our air, water, and most vulnerable wildlife populations are protected.

The Ministry of Environment Can't Save Earth, Only You Can

David Suzuki | Posted 07.02.2012 | Canada
David Suzuki

This emphasis of economy over environment, and indeed, the separation of the two, comes as humanity is undergoing dramatic changes.So we create departments of forests, fisheries and oceans, and environment whose ministers are less concerned with the health, and well-being of forests, fish, oceans than with resources, and the economies that depend on them.

Tories Put Pipeline Ahead of Phytoplankton

David Suzuki | Posted 04.11.2012 | Canada
David Suzuki

Half the world's oxygen is produced in the oceans yet the federal government recently rejected millions of dollars in funding for a collaborative effort to establish a marine spatial plan and network of protected areas in Canada's Pacific North Coast waters. Why? Because it might restrict oil tanker traffic.

Ottawa's Failure To Protect Environment A Risk To Economy, 'Secret' Report Says

Calgary Herald | Posted 09.20.2011 | Canada Business

Biodiversity is deteriorating at an "unprecedented rate" due to urban and industrial development that's putting Canada's economic and ecological healt...

Small Farms May Be Better for Food Security and Biodiversity

David Suzuki | Posted 08.16.2011 | Canada
David Suzuki

Small-scale farming, especially using "organic" methods, is much better in terms of environmental and biodiversity impact. But is it a practical way to feed seven billion people?