Canada Environment

Why Capitalism Won't Leave the West

John McKay | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Politics
John McKay

Some might describe it as the genius of capitalism; the ability to adapt on the fly according to the circumstances. Hence the drive to technological fixes in alternative energy generation, storage, and distribution. While the existential threat to the species is a clear and present danger, capitalism's ability to adjust is subject only to the limitations of the human mind.

How Small Businesses Affect the Future of Sustainable Sourcing

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 10.18.2014 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

With more and more attention focused on global environment and climate change, stakeholders (citizenry at large) are hungry for actionable solutions and real commitments. As companies start to more and more define their supply chains with sustainability as a core value, transparency and accountability in these efforts will be increasingly critical.

No Province Should Ignore the Benefits of Fracking

Mark Milke | Posted 10.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Politicians are free to ignore the science, safety and history of hydraulic fracturing. But if the incoming New Brunswick government sticks with its election promise, it will outlaw (temporarily, at least) one of the more innovative ways to extract oil and gas in the 21st century. The science and risk-reward ratio are both on the side of hydraulic fracturing. The potential for a more dynamic economy is staring New Brunswick politicians in the face.

How Oxygen Can Be Used to Clear the Air

Jason Tetro | Posted 10.05.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Based on studies dating back almost 40 years pathogens can become airborne in almost every environment. Once there, they can spread to unsuspecting victims leaving them vulnerable to illness.

We Need a New, Citizens-Led Movement To Fight Climate Change

Nick Fillmore | Posted 10.14.2014 | Canada
Nick Fillmore

While it will be a huge task, people in different countries must form some sort of power base that can challenge corporate power and also influence the signing of a world climate agreement. For our part in North America, it's unfortunate that the NGO environmental sector is so seriously split that it can't be called a movement.

Would Canadians Rather Make a Quick Buck or Have Clean Water?

Small Change Fund | Posted 09.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Small Change Fund

This is a wake up call for Canadians to realize that our water supply is not infinite, that there are people right here in Canada who lack access to it, and that what little we do have is going towards digging holes in the ground or exporting meat to France. It's a wake up call for Canadians to ask ourselves are we willing to give up one of the basic necessities of life to make a quick buck?

It's Time For Cross-Border Climate Action Along The Salish Sea

Eoin Madden | Posted 09.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Eoin Madden

So long as all of that good work in the U.S. can be undone by backward Canadian decision-making, we'll never make true progress. That's exactly why it is so critical for Americans, Canadians, First Nations and Tribes to come together to stop fossil fuel exports from the west coast of North America -- particularly through the waters of Puget Sound, the Strait of Georgia and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, collectively known as the Salish Sea.

Why I'm Crowdfunding To Write A Book About Alternatives To Tar Sands Pipelines

Ben West | Posted 09.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ben West

Frankly I think it's at least partially our fault as an environmental movement that this framing has stuck. We haven't focused enough on specific solutions over the years. We have opposed bad ideas like pipelines with vague notions of carbon taxes or non-specific alternative energy projects. We have rarely proposed or even broadly supported specific alternative projects.

The UN Climate Summit Will Benefit Corporations

Nick Fillmore | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Nick Fillmore

The expensive, one-day summit -- corporations are picking up a lot of the cost -- will be a self-serving exercise for both the UN and the corporations. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will issue meaningless platitudes. The invited government representatives will denounce global warming in general ways. And as usual, the culprits -- the air-choking corporations -- will not be named.

Why These Beekeepers Filed a Class-Action Lawsuit

Dianne Saxe | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Dianne Saxe

Last week, Canadian beekeepers filed a class action lawsuit in Ontario Superior Court (Windsor) against two massive chemical companies, Bayer AG and Syngenta AG, for over $400 million in losses allegedly caused by neonicotinoid pesticides to Ontario bees. This is the first Canadian class action lawsuit filed for harm to bees caused by these widely used pesticides.

Four Green Goals for New Brunswick's Next Government

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 09.04.2014 | Canada Politics
Carl Duivenvoorden

On September 22nd, New Brunswickers will elect a new government. Regardless of who wins, here are four policies that could help our province use less energy, reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and benefit from the coming green economy.

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.

Politicians: Clean Water, Air and Soil Should Be Your Priority

David Suzuki | Posted 10.20.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

We are, above all else, biological beings, with an absolute need for clean air from the moment of birth to the last death rattle. We are about 60 per cent water by weight, so we need clean water to be healthy. We eat plants and animals for our nourishment, so whatever they're exposed to ends up in our bodies. We need clean soil to give us clean food. These are basic, biological facts and should be the prism through which any decision is made at individual, corporate or government levels. Protection of air, water, soil and the web of life should be the highest social, political and economic priority.

Beware Hasty, Unwise Policy Decisions After Mount Polley

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Kenneth P. Green

It's one thing to seek to learn from a disaster and it's another thing to incite emotional responses to promote hasty, unwise public policy actions. Despite the fact that virtually nothing was known about the cause of the Mount Polley leak, only two days after the spill, the David Suzuki Foundation had set up an automatic petition portal on their website calling on the province to institute a moratorium on new mine approvals, a suggestion that would imperil a substantial part of B.C.'s economy.

New Coal Mine Construction Is a Giant Step Back For Australia

David Fogarty | Posted 09.28.2014 | Canada
David Fogarty

For Australia, coal remains king. The nation, one of the world's top coal exporters, approved construction of the country's largest coal mine Monday. Environmentalists say the decision is a major setback for efforts to fight climate change and further tarnishes the government's global image.

Is Being Environmentally Friendly a Waste of Time?

Nikki Fotheringham | Posted 09.06.2014 | 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 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.

A Fungus May Soon Save You From The Poison Ivy Itch

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.23.2014 | 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 08.18.2014 | 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 08.17.2014 | 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 08.16.2014 | 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 08.15.2014 | 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 08.10.2014 | 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 08.08.2014 | 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...