Canada Pollution

Doctors Are Proving Climate Change Is A Health Risk

Courtney Howard | Posted 11.04.2016 | Canada Impact
Courtney Howard

Climate change is no longer a suspected diagnosis. It's a health emergency that is already causing systemic damage to the health and well-being of many around the world. Consequences reach beyond borders: climate-related drought and crop failure has been implicated as an exacerbating factor in the conflict in Syria. So what does it mean for Canada?

We Need To Find Solutions To The Growing Crisis Of Food Insecurity

David Suzuki | Posted 10.19.2016 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

About four million Canadians -- including more than a million children -- lack food security, defined as reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Sadly, it's not just humans who are affected by mismanagement of food systems and the ecosystems of which they are a part. Wildlife feel the impacts as well.

Wild Pacific Salmon Face An Upstream Battle For Survival

David Suzuki | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Climate change is amplifying a long list of stressors salmon already face. Sockeye salmon are sensitive to temperature changes, so higher ocean and river temperatures can have serious impacts. Even small degrees of warming can kill them. Low river flows from unusually small snowpacks linked to climate change make a tough journey even harder.

Airline Emissions Are Flying Too High

David Suzuki | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada
David Suzuki

As promising as solar and electric planes may be, these technologies still have a way to go and won't likely usher in a new era of airline travel soon. That's unfortunate, because aircraft are major sources of pollution and climate-altering greenhouse gases, contributing the same amount of emissions as Germany, about two per cent of the global total. As air transport becomes increasingly popular, experts project aircraft emissions could triple by 2050.

Industrial Damage Threatens Blueberry River's Way Of Life

David Suzuki | Posted 07.20.2016 | Canada British Columbia
David Suzuki

Industrial activity has profoundly affected the Blueberry River First Nations in northern B.C. In much of the territory, which once supported healthy moose and caribou populations, it's difficult if not impossible to walk half a kilometre before hitting a road, seismic line or other industrial infrastructure.

Your Fave Makeup Could Be Harming The Environment

Emily Lyons | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Style
Emily Lyons

As a teenager, I felt all giddy whenever I got new makeup -- I couldn't wait to try the newest cosmetic brands and make my friends a tad envious. Of course, I didn't know it then, but every time I washed the makeup off my face, I was participating in a vast system of global environmental pollution.

Ontario's Bait And Switch Approach To Benzene Will Put People's Health At Risk

Ecojustice | Posted 06.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Ecojustice

Ontario's health-based air quality standard for benzene is set to become law on July 1, 2016. Yet Ontario's Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change is working to accommodate a request from two of the province's largest industrial benzene emitters -- the petroleum refining and petrochemical manufacturing industries.

Oceans Of Reasons To Protect What We Love

David Suzuki | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

June 8 marks World Oceans Day, but what if we celebrated oceans every day? Covering more than 70 per cent of Earth's surface, oceans, more than anything, define our small blue planet. We should celebrate their complex and vibrant ecosystems, life-sustaining services, calming effects and unimaginable diversity, much of which we have not yet even discovered.

If You Live In A City, You're Probably Breathing Bad Air

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Living

It's even worse in developing regions.

A Healthy Biosphere Means Healthier Humans

David Suzuki | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Living
David Suzuki

The human body evolved over millions of years, long before cars, escalators, laptops and remote controls. It's built to expend effort. Gas-powered vehicles enabled us to move over long distances or get somewhere quickly, but they're bad medicine when they're used to go two or three blocks. Our lives are easier but not necessarily healthier. It's time we put more thought into keeping our bodies active and well, minimizing sickness.

Report Gives Canada 'D' For Environmental Performance

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada

Canada's greenhouse gas emissions are among the highest of the peer countries.

Environmental Rights Are Human Rights

David Suzuki | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

When I was a boy, we drank water from lakes and streams without a thought. I never imagined that one day we would buy water in bottles for more than we pay for gasoline. Canada has more fresh water per capita than any nation, but many indigenous communities don't have access to clean drinking water. Surely, in a nation with so much natural wealth, we should expect better appreciation, treatment and protection of the air, water, soil and rich biological diversity that our health, prosperity and happiness depend on. The right to live in a healthy environment is recognized by more than 110 nations -- but not Canada.

Nearly 200 Countries Reach Climate Agreement In Paris

CP | Karl Ritter, Seth Borenstein, Angela Charlton, The Associated Press | Posted 12.13.2015 | Canada

The world will have to stop emitting greenhouse gases altogether in the next 50 years.

Don't Mistake China For The West's Partner On Climate Change

Patricia Adams | Posted 12.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Patricia Adams

Curbing fossil fuel use, China's leaders understand, would dampen its already faltering growth and provide an existential threat to their rule. While they may talk a good game at the UN's Paris talks, they will make no binding commitments to reduce C02.

Fossil Fuel Companies Threaten To Undermine Paris Climate Talks

Nick Fillmore | Posted 11.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Nick Fillmore

Fossil fuel companies have not managed to get a much coveted seat at the actual negotiating table during COP decision-making. But they are lobbying so hard that they hope politicians will come up with pro-industry solutions. A growing number of public interest groups want the fossil fuel lobby barred from the UN process.

Alberta Can Learn From Washington State's Coal Phase Out

David Dodge | Posted 11.24.2016 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

Asking companies to shut down plants isn't easy but as Alberta wades into this challenge it behooves us to examine successful case studies where coal power producers, workers, governments and environmental groups worked together to shut down a coal plant in a smart, humane and economically responsible way.

Local Isn't Better When It Comes To How Your Food Is Grown

Blair King | Posted 11.23.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Blair King

Modern agricultural practices are the only reason the earth can feed more than seven billion souls while still leaving any room for nature. By returning to our pastoral roots we risk setting back environmental progress while negatively affecting human and ecological health.

Save The Environment, Chop Down A Real Christmas Tree

Michael Rosen | Posted 11.19.2016 | Canada Living
Michael Rosen

As the president of Tree Canada, an organization that's helped plant more than 80 million trees over the past 20 years, you might expect an argument against cutting down a "live tree," but make no mistake -- you are helping both the environment and the community you live in when you choose a real tree.

True Climate Leadership Means Stepping Away From LNG

Eoin Madden | Posted 11.11.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Eoin Madden

90 per cent of all new wells drilled in B.C. that would supply the province's proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry will be fracked. Fracking demands massive amounts of freshwater, industrializes large areas of northeast B.C. and has major impacts on the climate. So, how is the B.C. government getting away with touting this industry as a "clean" energy resource?

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup Goes Coast-to-Coast

WWF-Canada | Posted 09.18.2016 | Canada Impact
WWF-Canada

On Saturday, September 19, more than 35,000 Canadians will be out in full force to clean up a shoreline in their community for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup -- It's part of the International Coastal Cleanup Day, making it one of the biggest cleanup events in the world.

B.C. Must Heed Mount Polley Disaster's Lessons

David Suzuki | Posted 08.12.2016 | Canada British Columbia
David Suzuki

Besides destroying a nine-kilometre creek and endangering salmon and the neighbouring community of Likely, the catastrophe damaged the mining industry's reputation. One year later, the Mount Polley mine is operating again, this time with a conditional permit and no long-term plan to deal with excess tailings.

Canada Must Put a Price on Carbon Emissions

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 07.24.2016 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

Whenever I meet a Hummer, tension rises in my chest, unkind thoughts develop in my head and my hands tighten and tremble, as if they want to signal something. I've long wondered why that happens, and I think I've finally figured it out. It has something to do with a song, economics and the courteous way to walk your dog.

Now Is the Time to Eliminate Fossil Fuel Energy

David Suzuki | Posted 07.02.2016 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

If nothing else, the G7 countries' recent agreement to end fossil fuel use for energy by 2100 signals a shift in the way we talk and think about global warming. Previous agreements were about reducing carbon emissions from burning coal, oil and gas. This takes matters a step further by envisioning a fossil fuel-free future. Moving toward zero carbon emissions -- in a much shorter timeline than agreed upon by Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States -- is absolutely necessary, and not just for the climate.

Are the Great Lakes Really Full of Toxic Soup?

Robert Osborne | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Robert Osborne

You wouldn't believe the looks of disbelief that we get. When my dive buddy Chris and I decide to spend a morning in Humber Bay, people are apt to ask whether we're serious about swimming in that part of Lake Ontario. One person questioned our sanity.

Your Values Affect the Environment

David Suzuki | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Across cultures and regardless of age and gender, people whose values centre on social position and accumulation of money and possessions actually face a greater risk of unhappiness, including anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. People who are materialistic also tend to be less interested in ecological issues, have negative attitudes toward the environment and demonstrate fewer instances of sustainable behaviour. That's a tragedy for humanity and the rest of life on Earth.