Canada Environment

What It's Like to Be a 14-Year-Old Activist

Rachel Parent | Posted 12.25.2013 | Canada Impact
Rachel Parent

Hi, my name is Rachel Parent. I'm 14 years old and just started high school in Toronto. People ask me all the time, "What's it like to be a child activist?" Well, it definitely keeps you busy. Insanely busy! But I love it! It's so much fun and you feel so good because you're doing good for the world.

Conservatives Hitting the Snooze Button on Climate Change Is a Snore

Megan Leslie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Megan Leslie

Once again, Canada's Conservatives are bound and determined to roll right over, close their eyes and sleep through the alarm bells on climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) most recent assessment is a reminder of the urgency of addressing global warming, and the dangers of ignoring rising sea levels and increasing temperatures. In contrast, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in response that the newest report released by the IPCC is a wake-up call, and "those who deny the science or choose excuses over action are playing with fire." Our largest trading partner gets it. So where's Canada's government on this critical environmental and economic issue?

Mother Nature Is Unimpressed by PM's Speech from the Throne

John McKay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
John McKay

Mother Nature seems to be a little out of sorts these days. In excruciating detail, the IPCC documents her unhappiness with anthropogenic (a.k.a. man-made) activity. She is even giving some early warnings directly to the PM and his Minister of the Environment. Mother Nature is not impressed and neither are Canadians.

Harper, Stop Putting Oil Industry Profits Before Rail Safety

Mike Hudema | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Mike Hudema

For over a decade the Federal government has ignored warnings from transportation safety boards on both sides of the border about the unsafe nature of the rail cars Canada is using to transport dangerous goods. The warnings come because these cars are "spill prone" and tend to discharge their load on impact.

Harper's 5 Stages of Grief Over Climate Change

John McKay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
John McKay

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross wrote a book about the five stages of grief. Denial of inconvenient facts is the first stage. It is followed by anger. Clearly the Conservatives have a deep well from which to draw. Bargaining is the third stage after denial and anger. The problem however is that Mother Nature is indifferent to Prime Ministers. Mother Nature doesn't do Bargaining.

How to Travel Savvy

Michael Bociurkiw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Travel
Michael Bociurkiw

While its easy to finger regimes with questionable human rights records it is somewhat challenging at times tallying up the environmental record of sun destinations. This topic weighed heavily on my mind this year during four months spent in one of the most desirable destinations on the planet -- the Maldives.

The Science We Can Trust on Climate Change

Brett Favaro | Posted 12.03.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Brett Favaro

The summary of the fifth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report has been released, and it confirms that climate change is real, dangerous, and caused by us. More than 97% of science papers that take a position on climate change support this conclusion.This unprecedented level of scientific certainty has not stopped legions of pundits from rejecting evidence, questioning scientists' motives and qualifications, and proposing ever-sillier ideas that scientists themselves are part of a vast international green conspiracy. If only that were true.

No Fracking Way: How Companies Sue Canada to Get More Resources

Ilana Solomon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Ilana Solomon

It's time that governments stop signing trade and investment pacts that put the rights of corporations above the rights of communities and the environment. My right to clean water, clean air, and a healthy planet for my family and community has to come before Lone Pine's right to mine and profit... doesn't it?

Dry Clean Your Fall Wardrobe the Green Way

Jen Mayville | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Style
Jen Mayville

Most traditional dry cleaning methods use perchloroethylene, a chemical linked to bladder, esophageal, and cervical cancer, eye, nose, throat and skin irritation, and reduced fertility, and other health problems. Here are some tips to keep your dry-clean-only clothes smelling clean and fresh, while protecting your health and the environment at the same time.

Totem Pole for Hope and Healing On Its Way to Vancouver

DeSmog Canada | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

Lummi territory just south of the Canadian border is under threat of a proposed coal export terminal at Cherry Point, Washington. Known to its original inhabitants as Xwe'chi'eXen, the spot is located 17 miles south of the Canadian border. The proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal would be the largest of its kind on the American west coast, transporting such dry bulk commodities as grain, potash and coal to Asian markets. The Tsleil-Waututh nation of North Vancouver is embroiled in a battle to keep Enbridge and Kinder Morgan out of its traditional territory. Both are fighting destructive resource development on their lands. Both are water nations, and their collective well-being depends upon the health of the Salish sea.

Protecting the Thames River

Irene Mathyssen, MP | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Politics
Irene Mathyssen, MP

Last month the World Wildlife Foundation released a study which gave the Thames River a "Poor" grade. It is crucial that we protect our lakes and rivers. The Thames is central to the community in London and all of the other communities through which it flows. We need to work together to protect our river, not only for us but for future generations.

Global Warming and You (CARTOON)

Grooch | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Alberta
Grooch

What if someone - or something - else did something about climate change?

CNRL Will Drain Oil Spill Lake, But Questions Keep Rising

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

Within a few weeks the lake will be gone. CNRL has been ordered to return it in 2014 but I think we all know that lakes can't simply be filled like a swimming pool. Lakes are an integral part of ecosystems. Animals, insects, birds and plants depend on them and those interconnected relationships take decades or even centuries to develop.

1.5M Litres and Counting: Volume of CNRL Spills Growing

Carol Linnitt | Posted 11.19.2013 | Canada Alberta
Carol Linnitt

According to new figures released by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) the total amount of bitumen emulsion - a mixture of tar sands heavy crude and water - released on Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.'s (CNRL) Cold Lake Site is now more than 1.5 million litres, or the equivalent to more than 9600 barrels of oil.

How Germs Make Electricity From Human Waste

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.22.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgWith an increase in population and the continuing threat of the end of the fossil fuel era, researchers have looked in other directions to help keep the lights on. In particular, one incredibly abundant resource on the planet, dead organic material collectively known as biomass has been identified as the future or renewable energy.

Canada's Politics Have Become Worse Than America's

Kevin Grandia | Posted 11.21.2013 | Canada Politics
Kevin Grandia

It wasn't too long ago when Canadians were shouting at the top of their lungs about George Bush, the Iraq War, Guantanamo Bay, Gay Rights and a myriad of other "American" issues. But the tides have turned quickly. Canada is now what the U.S. was in the George W. Bush days. I can't point to exact moment, but all I can say it happened really fast.

Report: Cold Lake Bitumen Leak Mishandled by Energy Regulator

Carol Linnitt | Posted 11.19.2013 | Canada Alberta
Carol Linnitt

A draft version of a new investigative report released this week by Global Forest Watch and Treeline Ecological Research argues the series of underground leaks currently releasing a mixture of tar sands bitumen and water into a surrounding wetland and forest on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range is related to a similar set of spills caused by Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL) in-situ operations in 2009. The cause of the 2009 seepage was never determined and details of an investigation by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), then called the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB), weren't made public until last year, four years after the initial incident.

Tar Sands Spills - up to 1,528,996.71 Litres and Still Spilling!!

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.19.2013 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

Right now in Alberta, tar sands bitumen is spilling into the environment at four different sites, one directly underneath a lake. All four spills have been spilling for months and the Alberta and Canadian governments know all about it, they are just powerless to stop them.

Alberta: A Spill Filled Summer

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

It's been another spill-filled summer in the spill-prone province of Alberta. With Alberta averaging over two oil spills a day over the past 37 years, there are many spills that we don't know about. However we do know about some and what we know is alarming. Here is a recap of just five of the spills to hit Alberta this summer.

Biking to Save the Arctic With Greenpeace

Farrah Khan | Posted 11.13.2013 | Canada Impact
Farrah Khan

This time last year, the world watched as the Arctic melt hit a record low and more ice disappeared than ever before. On September 15 Greenpeace has called for an international day of action to bring together the millions of people who have spoken up to protect the Arctic. Large-scale, family friendly bike rides -- we call them Ice Rides -- are being organized across the globe.

Why B.C. Is Green No More

Cameron Fenton | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Cameron Fenton

British Columbia currently faces a perfect storm of fossil fuel extraction and export projects colliding with the realities of a changing climate and rising inequality. Recent years have also been a time that has seen the emergence of mass social movements that are re-defining societies and challenging some of the most entrenched powers on our planet. From the Arab Spring to Idle No More, we are witnessing the rebirth of people power. Here in B.C., whispers of change have grown into a steady hum of organizing and mobilization as communities have come together to stop the Northern Gateway pipeline, but now we are in need of growing this movement like never before. Here's why.

Exposing The Gold Diggers Of B.C.

Torrance Coste | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Torrance Coste

Gold mining is one of the most destructive things we do, and the reasons to worry about it are endless. Acid mine drainage -- a process through which non-usable materials found in gold deposits are exposed, acidified, and leached into the surrounding environment -- threatens water quality and is a common occurrence at gold mines worldwide. Other toxins like mercury are released through mining, further impacting local water systems. In a rainforest like Clayoquot Sound, water is the central element, and by jeopardizing it we jeopardize everything from salmon rehabilitation to cultural practices to recreational opportunities.

Why Hasn't the Free Market Solved Climate Change?

DeSmog Canada | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada
DeSmog Canada

One of the great mysteries of contemporary capitalism is the fact that as a system it appears absolutely incapable of responding to the crisis of climate change. Why can't a system that made the automobile into an accessible mass consumer good provide us with clean and efficient mass transit, or at the very least electric cars? On this matter, the forces of the market are curiously silent.

Has Your Child Seen This Propaganda Film in School?

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 10.16.2013 | Canada Living
Kenneth P. Green

Recently, a concerned parent pointed me to a film being shown to his child's sixth grade class, called The Story of Stuff. The movie, created in 2007, depicts a world in which big corporations, in cahoots with big government, pretty much destroy the entire planet and maliciously poison the environment for their own filthy ends. This is merely one example of how The Story of Stuff misleads.

Welcome To Canada

CP | Wendy Cox, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.14.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A British Columbia group has told an international panel reviewing the environmental effects of NAFTA that the worst fears about the histo...