Drought

There Will Be No Peace if the Site C Dam Is Approved

David Suzuki | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

At an estimated $7.9 billion and growing, the proposed Site C Dam on the beautiful Peace River in northeastern B.C. has been criticized. If built, Site C would violate First Nations' rights under Treaty 8, rendering them irrelevant to the point of mockery. How long will Treaty 8 First Nations be able to sustain a vibrant, living culture when the dam devastates their land and communities?

You Might Be Allergic to Global Warming

David Suzuki | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

We've upset the Earth's carbon cycle by burning fossil fuels and destroying forests and wetlands. Plants help rebalance it by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. And rising atmospheric CO2 actually increases pollen production.

Fighting Climate Change is Now Less Gloomy, More Optimistic... Even Fun!

David Fogarty | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada
David Fogarty

Depending on where you are, it's been getting hotter, colder, drier, wetter, stormier. Indeed, the changes, particularly the intensity of heatwaves and droughts, have been occurring faster than many scientists predicted. And that's made it a bit easier to feel there is something real about climate change.

Stop Trading Precious Water For Fossil Fuels

David Suzuki | Posted 04.21.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Drought and fracking have already caused some small communities in Texas to run out of water altogether, and parts of California are headed for the same fate. As we continue to extract and burn ever greater amounts of oil, gas and coal, climate change is getting worse, which will likely lead to more droughts in some areas and flooding in others.

Sneaking Out of the Desertification Convention Sends the Wrong Message

David Suzuki | Posted 06.03.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

By abandoning the UN Desertification Convention, as well as other important international agreements such as the Kyoto Protocol, Canada is sending the wrong message to the world community. We're saying that exporting resources like oil and timber matter more to us than contributing to dialogue and partnership on global issues.

Harper Defends Pulling Out Of UN 'Talkfest'

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.28.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government was accused Thursday of trying to avoid a reckoning on the science of climate change by pulling Canada out of a United ...

Leaving 'Em High And Dry

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.27.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government is pulling out of a United Nations convention that fights droughts in Africa and elsewhere, which would make Canada the...

Bone-Dry B.C. Is Hard-Up For Water

CBC | Posted 12.06.2012 | Canada British Columbia

Southwestern B.C.'s long spell of dry weather is having serious effects on water supplies from the Sunshine Coast, to the Gulf Islands and beyond. ...

Behind the Headlines: More Than Just a Bacon Shortage

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 12.03.2012 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

The alleged pork "fiasco" that broke recently about a bacon shortage was not for want of real news: there is a serious conversation to be had. Not just about the perfect storm brewing in the rise of corn, wheat and fuel prices that's poised to increase food costs for the consumer. But also, what's really behind all of this, and where we're headed.

Green Hunger, Mothers' Hopes, and a Child's Cry for Peace in Burkina Faso

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 11.16.2012 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

Just a few days ago I joined Canada's newly appointed Minister of International Cooperation, Julian Fantino on a trip to Burkina Faso in West Africa. Throughout this visit I was struck by many sights and sounds that will stay with me for a long time -- evidence of how the crisis is affecting lives, how people are coping, and what more needs to be done to avert a crisis from becoming an all-out catastrophe.

Sahel Food Crisis Is Not Just Another African Tragedy

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 10.19.2012 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

Given the number of African famines and droughts I've seen as an aid worker over the last three decades, I can see how people could become apathetic over time, but I don't think it's fair, nor accurate, to dismiss this latest crisis in a "here we go again" kind of way.

We Want To Believe

CP | Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.15.2012 | Canada

REGINA - Only two per cent of Canadians who responded to a new opinion poll believe climate change is not occurring.The findings are in a survey condu...

How Much Will The Drought Raise Food Prices?

CP | Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.06.2012 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Food prices may grow by as much as four per cent next year, economists predict, as drought conditions in the U.S. are expected to inflate th...

Your Grocery Bill Is About To Get Scary Says NDP

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.23.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Stand far enough away and the fields of Debra Pretty-Straathof's family farm appear green and lush.But a closer look reveals parched earth li...

Is Oil Ever Ethical?

David Suzuki | Posted 12.06.2011 | Canada
David Suzuki

Ezra Levant acknowledges that exploiting and using fossil fuels has environmental impacts. Does that mean there is a hierarchy of ethical practices or that one ethical practice cancels out other unethical activities?

A Line in the Oil Sands

Rick J. Smith | Posted 11.29.2011 | Canada
Rick J. Smith

If you stroll by Parliament Hill today, or turn on the news, you're likely to see a large group of people protesting the tar sands. Some of these peop...

Dadaab Refugee's Dreams Lead Her to Canada

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.27.2011 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Fatumo's childhood was contained in the world's largest refugee camp; a place we worry carries a stigma for harbouring victims who await handouts. She fought against a bleak fate that seems sealed by outside media: images of desperate people who refuse to help themselves. Instead she chased a dream to study abroad.

Dadaab: What Will Happen Now?

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.14.2011 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Journalists predicted that the rains would come in October, implying that this would end the crisis. But by then, the planting season will have passed. The rains, if they come, will likely bring flooding and disease. The famine may peak in early December, as we are preparing to celebrate our winter holidays.

Yasmin Warsame and The African Future

Septembre Anderson | Posted 11.13.2011 | Canada Living
Septembre Anderson

The East African famine is a crisis that hits close to home for Warsame -- she was born in Mogadishu, Somalia and has family living there. "It could just have easily been me or my son starving over there," she said.

Feed the Body and the Soul in Dadaab

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.08.2011 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Beyond the urgency of filling empty stomachs is the legacy of torture and trauma that so many of these refugees have endured. The soul can become just as empty.

Education Helps the Garden Grow When Rains Don't Fall

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.20.2011 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

David Arap Kilel nearly stumbles up the hill of his slanted farm in pinstripe pants tucked into knee-high gum boots, wet despite the neighbouring dry fields. "I'm the first home in my community with irrigation!" he shouts breathlessly, waving calloused hands.

The Yangtze Runs Dry

Patricia Adams | Posted 10.18.2011 | Canada
Patricia Adams

The unchecked development of hydropower resources is like "draining the pond to catch the fish" experts warn, resulting in a water crisis in rivers and valleys on the one hand and a large waste of financial resources through the construction of crippled water projects on the other.

East Africa Famine: Time for a Co-ordinated Appeal in Canada

Glen Pearson | Posted 10.17.2011 | Canada
Glen Pearson

Since appeals first went out for donations to the east African famine, relief agencies have reported that approximately $16 million has come in from Canada. The figure for Britain, however, stands at £45 million in public donations. Why? It is our lack of organizational ability to combine our efforts that fails.

Africa Needs Our Help to Overcome its Latest Famine

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 08.02.2011 | Canada
Rosemary McCarney

Those in the Horn of Africa who are in the midst of a famine are facing hunger and malnutrition on a scale few of us can comprehend. Even so, I've been dismayed by web-chatter to the effect of, "How long can we be expected to keep feeding these Africans who don't seem to be able to fend for themselves?"

K'naan, Iman and the Famine in Somalia: The Long Game Matters, Too

Edward Jackson | Posted 09.26.2011 | Canada
Edward Jackson

The celebrities' call to action on the famine in Somalia is welcome, but the bottom line is that these countries need sustained economic growth. Such strategies are not without risks, however. Businesses must not be permitted to abuse human rights. Foreign investment must not undermine sovereignty.