Canada Environment

5 Ways to Feed Your Inner Locavore This Summer

The Otesha Project | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Living
The Otesha Project

People are more aware of their environmental impact and conscientious about their meals. The question "what's for dinner?" no longer suffices. Local foodies also want to know where that dinner came from, how it was grown and who did the growing. Here are a few reasons why buying local matters.

We're Finally Taking Steps to Improve Lake Erie's Water Quality

WWF-Canada | Posted 06.25.2015 | Canada Impact
WWF-Canada

Ontario and the states of Ohio and Michigan have reached an agreement to reduce the amount of phosphorous entering the western basin of Lake Erie by 40 per cent. Phosphorous is a key nutrient in water, but when present at high concentrations can lead to harmful algal blooms which can impact water quality, ecosystem health, fisheries, tourism and property values.

Can the Pope's Letter Create a "Tipping Point" on Climate Change?

Joe Gunn | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Impact
Joe Gunn

When climate scientists refer to "tipping points" it is usually bad news -- a moment beyond which elevated levels of greenhouse gas emissions will result in extreme weather and catastrophic damage to life upon this planet. Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment may be seen as another "tipping point" -- towards ensuring that communities of faith take up the moral challenge to preserve and protect creation.

We Must Protect Our Beloved Beluga Whales

David R. Miller | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

The beluga is primarily known as an Arctic species, where it spends most of its time among the sea ice. As with many Arctic sea ice dependent species, beluga whales are affected by the loss of sea ice caused by climate change. They are being forced to adapt to the changing ecological system.

On World Oceans Day Let's Learn to Treat the Seas Better

David Suzuki | Posted 06.03.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

June 8 is World Oceans Day. In Canada, it's a time to celebrate the rich marine life in three great oceans off the longest coastline of any nation -- trillions of plankton, billions of fish, millions of seabirds, thousands of whales and myriad other creatures great and small. Yet, we have little to celebrate when it comes to looking after this natural legacy

We're Leaving Our Natural Security Undefended

Chris Wood | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Chris Wood

So when we discuss our "security" over the next few months, let's not forget that it really doesn't matter how much the RCMP can find out about me at the push of a button, or how mad our foreign policy makes a regional band of over-armed zealots, if the natural security underwriting all of our health and wealth is left unguarded.

Microbes, Biodiversity and the Benefits of Getting Dirty

David Suzuki | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Just as human activity is harming the diversity of visible life, it's also diminishing microbial diversity. As researchers learn more about the profound ways good microbes keep people healthy, they're also seeing how our urbanized, indoor lifestyles have transformed our microbiomes, increasing the risk of disease.

How to Cut Back on Chemical Detergents

Blake Connoy | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Living
Blake Connoy

The lifecycle of chemical cleaning products returns back to our surface water, posing environmental and ecological risks. On World Environment Day (June 5), instead of pouring harsh chemicals down our drains, alternative resources might be a solution

Why I Wouldn't Recommend Baby Food Pouches

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr Dina Kulik

Every few years there's a revolution in children's food and the way it's presented. The most current trend is pouched food and from what I can tell, its popularity is only increasing. They are convenient and clean with no spoon necessarily required. But are they necessarily the best choice for your family?

You Are What You Eat When it Comes From Mountains

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Living
Tamara Griffiths

In Montefortino, a gloriously beautiful mountain village in Central Italy, Alice Alessandrini started a mountain food label in 2012. Her pasta making business Regina dei Sibillini produces wheat in the foothills and also at 1000 meters altitude in the Monti Sibillini National Park.

What You Need to Know Before Foraging for Leeks

Theresa Albert | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Living
Theresa Albert

One of the first greens to pop up in the spring are wild leeks. Leeks have a milder, sweeter taste than onion and a much prettier presentation. Foraging for food is a hipster renewal of ancient skills and I like the reinforcement of the idea that food comes from the earth, not the grocer.

Hot Spring Trends From Vancouver's ECO Fashion Week

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

Last week, I attended ECO Fashion Week in Vancouver and noticed how so many designers are thriving and creating beautiful clothes. I was lucky enough to speak with Amrita Sondhi, owner of Movementglobal. Amrita has been at the forefront of ECO fashion for a number of years.

The Conservative Budget Is 500 Pages of Climate Change Denial

John McKay | Posted 06.28.2015 | Canada Politics
John McKay

On Tuesday April 21st, Joe Oliver presented his first budget as Finance Minister. Its 518 pages have been universally described in less than flattering terms. It is really the Conservative platform dressed up as a budget -- long on promises, short on funding. It's been obvious for years that climate change is not a priority for this government, but to produce a 518 page document that is the basis for the Conservatives' next election platform and not mention the existential threat of the century is truly appalling.

Greenpeace Sparked a Revolution. It's Time For Another

Emily Hunter | Posted 06.27.2015 | Canada
Emily Hunter

My father, Robert Hunter, had coined the term "mind bomb" as an expression that our greatest tool for revolution was our own consciousness. He believed that mass media (early broadcast media at the time) could help spark that consciousness shift and a societal shift by changing the story of our times. The reality is the tides are turning. Despite the stories of impossibility in the fight against climate change, there are some new stories being written of possibility. It will still take many more of us -- millions and billions of us -- to continue to share these news stories and to create the "mind bomb" moments.

Earth Day Should Be 364 Days a Year

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

Earth Day is an important date on the calendar that puts the spotlight back on the planet. However, as we all grow more interconnected around the world with a greater ability to have an impact -- both positive and negative -- it's equally important to recognize that the principles of Earth Day can't be ignored the other 364 days of the year.

WATCH: Sign The Earth Day Flag, Change The World

Posted 04.24.2015 | Canada

What's one thing you can do to help change the world for the better. Well on Earth Day, it might be something as simple as joining friends to carpool,...

It's Time to End Our Dependence on Oil

Bessma Momani | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Business
Bessma Momani

Periods of instability that punctuate oil price history, highlight the importance of energy sector reform, which can be made all the more effective if paired with climate change considerations. To avoid climate change pitfalls created by falling oil prices it is necessary to approach environmental reform in new and innovative ways.

China's Disastrous Pollution Problem Is a Lesson for Canada

David Suzuki | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

The global atmosphere is being loaded with the sum of all nations' activities. And while Canada's air quality is better than many places, half of us live in areas where we are exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution. We can and should do more to curb pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

Liberals Are Leading the Debate on Climate Change and the Economy

John McKay | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Politics
John McKay

As the provinces' experience with carbon pricing proves, we don't need to choose between our environment and our economy. In fact, they go together. Indeed, Canada must be able to take advantage of the billions of dollars in investment that will be made in green technologies. Justin Trudeau is already doing the important work that needs to be done.

Ontario Is Overpenalizing Owners of Contaminated Sites

Dianne Saxe | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Business
Dianne Saxe

The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change is throwing the net wider and wider in its ever-growing attempts to assure that someone pays for contaminated sites, whether innocent or not. And it is having considerable success.

Let's Plant The Seeds For Spring Renewal In B.C. Politics

Lizanne Foster | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

Just as a gardener may imagine what will emerge in the summer after the planting of new seeds in the spring, I too imagine what could emerge in our province in the future.

Site C Panel Chair Claims 'Dereliction Of Duty' By B.C. Government

Kevin Grandia | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Kevin Grandia

Panel chair Harry Swain says that the province went ahead and approved the construction of the Site C dam in haste at a time when, "there's a whole bunch of unanswered questions, some of which would be markedly advanced by waiting three or four years."

Oil-Train Derailments in Canada Expose Folly of Anti-Pipeline Movement

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Business
Kenneth P. Green

Four recent oil-train derailments--two in the United States and two in Canada accompanied by yet another drive-by rhetorical smear of the Keystone XL pipeline by U.S. President Barack Obama--have re-invigorated the debate over how Canadians and Americans transport oil.

Why Connection Is a Key Piece of the Sustainability Puzzle

The Otesha Project | Posted 05.02.2015 | Canada Impact
The Otesha Project

I'll never forget the day I biked down Scenic Caves Road near Collingwood, Ont. Flying down the escarpment at breakneck speeds, I was all too aware...

How to Have a Green Valentine's Day

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 04.16.2015 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Have roses, boxed sweets and fancy dinners not been doing much for your latest attempts to woo your love? With glaring reminders of Cupid's day at every retailer in sight, it is easy to lose sight of Valentine's true meaning and "buy" your way through whole ordeal. But if you (or your loved one) beg to differ from the usual fare, try adding some creativity to your celebrations. Here are three non-clichéd ideas to celebrate your Valentine's Day.