Canada Environment

Is Being Environmentally Friendly a Waste of Time?

Nikki Fotheringham | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Living
Nikki Fotheringham

The news is filled with Eco-Armageddon as each new study reveals that the polar ice is melting even faster, polar bears are starving, there are garbage gyres in the ocean, and sunblock is destroying coral reef. Is green living a worthwhile pursuit or are we really just wasting our time?

Important Lessons From the Bacterial Equivalent of Human Society

Jason Tetro | Posted 07.06.2014 | 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.

A Fungus May Soon Save You From The Poison Ivy Itch

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada
Jason Tetro

Poison Ivy grows freely in Canada -- with the exception of Newfoundland. Because of the presence of urushiol, there are no known predators. Our only defenses have been through the act of prevention. The first is best described by the rhyme, "Leaves of three leave it be," which essentially advises people to simply know the look of the plant and then avoid touching it.

Alberta's Inaction On Climate Change Comes In Threes

Greg Clark | Posted 06.18.2014 | Canada Alberta
Greg Clark

Whether we like it or not, the world is using Alberta's development of our oilsands as a proxy in the fight against climate change, in large part because our transparent regulatory reporting system requires Alberta producers to report the impacts of their operations.

Harper's Out of Step With the Rest of the World on Climate Change

Kevin Grandia | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Kevin Grandia

Stephen Harper recently announced that dealing with climate change will not come at the expense of crippling the economy, and said that he encourages other countries to do the same. He claimed he was just being honest and that no leader really wants to take action on climate change, but based on recent actions by China, United Kingdom and the United States, this doesn't seem to be the truth.

How Harper Should Speak About Climate Change

David McLaughlin | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Politics
David McLaughlin

If frankness is the new ingredient for climate policy action, then governments and opposition leaders should state as much up front. Then, they could frame the economic and environmental choices before us as a country in deciding to meet, or not, stated climate goals.

The Harper Government™ Is Just Canada's Ministry of Magic

John McKay | Posted 06.14.2014 | Canada Politics
John McKay

Astute readers of the Harry Potter series and keen political observers may see parallels to the current Harper Government™ as it seems to operate in a parallel universe clinging to its fantasies, denying obvious facts, and not helping Canadians adapt to the profound changes climate disruption will inevitably bring. Minister Aglukkaq is entitled to her fantasies; however she is not entitled to the facts.

A Liberal Climate Change Plan Is Pure Fiction

Leona Aglukkaq | Posted 06.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Leona Aglukkaq

The suggestion that the Liberals have any climate change plan is completely fictitious. So far the only plan the Liberals have put forward is a carbon tax that will do nothing but punish hard working Canadian families by raising the cost of everything. Our government understands that you need to do more than just watch children's movies .It is actually quite rich that Mr. McKay would even raise this issue as he was part of a government that took no action to address climate change.

Can't Swim at the Beach? Blame it on the Rain

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Jason Tetro

The link between swimming and infection has been known since the 1950s although the practice of testing recreational waters was only recommended some 40 years ago. The presence of potential pathogens in our waters has been known for quite some time.

'You Do Know What You Should Do' About Pipeline

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Alberta

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu says he has come to northern Alberta not as an expert on climate change, but hoping to br...

Who Thinks Metro Vancouver's Incinerator Is Still A Good Idea?

Kevin Grandia | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Kevin Grandia

Metro Vancouver's plan to control the flow of recycling in the Lower Mainland and construct a $520 million garbage incinerator is taking hits from all angles and really begs the question: "Who actually thinks this is still a good idea?"

The Real Problem With Public Perception of Climate Change

Peter McCaffrey | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada
Peter McCaffrey

The real problem is that the public doesn't actually get climate science information from scientists. We get it from government departments and international governmental panels. We get it from a sensationalist media and from politicians. While the IPCC tells us there will be 17 inches of sea rise by 2100, Al Gore scares voters by claiming it will be 20 feet.

Jim Prentice's Second Chance to Make A First Impression

David McLaughlin | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada Alberta
David McLaughlin

The past few years show clearly that there is no more 'business as usual' when it comes to oil sands and climate change. They are linked, like it or not. An early and decisive move by new Premier Jim Prentice would fundamentally alter the Canada-US climate policy dynamic plaguing oil sands development and pipelines construction. It could recharge moribund national climate efforts also.

Saving the World's Coral, One Reef at a Time

Robert Osborne | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Travel
Robert Osborne

As a diver, I've been a witness to one of the most important environmental battles that's taking place on this planet. Sadly, it's a battle that most people will never see and many may never hear about. That's because the battlefront is often 20 metres under the water.

We Don't Just Need More Jobs, We Need Humane Jobs

Kendra Coulter | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Living
Kendra Coulter

Some people may be able to find "a job" but is the pay enough to even cover basic expenses? Are the hours sufficient? Are they consistent? Or is it not only impossible to schedule the essentials of life, but to pay for them? Above and beyond these important, tangible dimensions, do people enjoy their jobs?

Are You One With Nature? Check Your Hands

Jason Tetro | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Last week an American team of researchers published a paper in which they looked at the microbial content of human hands. They not only found distinct differences in the bacteria between the two groups, but they were also able to identify quite possibly a new way to test for a truly natural being or a Westernized wannabe.

We're Living in the Age of the "Terrarist"

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Impact
Capt. Trevor Greene

Journalist Tom Englehart identifies the CEOs of energy giants such as Exxon, BP and Shell as "terrarists." He notes, there isn't a word for the ruin of the Earth and suggests "terracide" from the Latin word for earth.

We Need to Preserve Our Great Lakes

David Sweetnam | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada Impact
David Sweetnam

Georgian Bay Forever is all about protecting your water -- but not simply because water is a precious part of our natural environment. Indeed, water is critical to our $5.1-trillion regional economy and the 40 million people who call the Great Lakes-St Lawrence River region their home. Whether through tourism or shipping, water matters to the economy.

Fisheries' Changes Give Ministers Power To Allow Pollution

Andrew Gage | Posted 06.28.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Andrew Gage

In our view, these regulations allow the ministers to authorize a broad range of pollution with few limits or checks and balances. It is natural to fear that the federal government is preparing to abdicate its responsibilities to protect fish from pollution.

Metro Vancouver Wants You To Pay For Burning Recycling

Kevin Grandia | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Kevin Grandia

The Metro Vancouver regional authority wants to build a massive garbage incinerator at a yet-to-be-determined location that will purposefully pump more smog into the air and burn recycled goods like paper and plastic. And get this, taxpayers are going to have to foot the $470-million bill to breathe it all it all in.

Caring About the Earth Only One Day a Year Doesn't Work

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada
Carl Duivenvoorden

I'm no lawyer, but with the approach of Earth Day, I wish to plead the case that the ideals we pause to reflect upon each April 22 must become part our thinking and actions the rest of the year too. Now, anyone who dares plead for Earth Day ideals all year round will find no shortage of sceptics and naysayers. The first counterargument typically comes from those who don't believe that mere humans could affect something as immense as a planet, therefore we don't need to change how we live.

Otters Aren't Just Adorable, They Matter to Human Health

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.21.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Otters have a link to humans. They can help us identify public health problems related to pollution and infections. Though they live a different lifestyle than us, their mammalian nature allows the opportunity to study what could happen to us as our world changes.

More Ice Doesn't Mean Water Levels Have Stopped Declining

David Sweetnam | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada
David Sweetnam

Low water levels will persist into the foreseeable future and this will mean significant environmental and economic costs for the region. Seasonal variations are natural and healthy. But when the starting point has moved to an all-time low, a one-time increase is not cause for celebration, especially when forecasts still leave the lakes well below average in Michigan-Huron.

Great Bear Rainforest Will Win With Extra Time

Jens Wieting | Posted 06.14.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jens Wieting

There is another reason why we cannot afford to take much longer to increase conservation and tighten the rules. One major logging company operating in the region is not a member of the Joint Solutions Project. Instead, TimberWest has a long history of opposing increases in conservation and undertaking extremely profit-driven logging operations in the southern-most portion of the Great Bear Rainforest with very little remaining old-growth.

Is Canada Really Tarring Itself?

Tim Moen | Posted 06.08.2014 | Canada Alberta
Tim Moen

In case you missed it the New York Times recently ran an op-ed by Jacques Leslie entitled "Is Canada Tarring Itself?" As a "tar sands" (I grew up usin...