Canada Drought

These NASA Satellite Images Paint A Grim Picture For Las Vegas

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Impact

Think of the largest body of fresh water you know. Now imagine it if it dropped the equivalent of an 11-story building.

Technological Solutions for a Thirsty World

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.31.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Access to water is one of the biggest challenges facing the planet today. We have to address the underlying causes, like climate change, overconsumption, waste and pollution. However, that alone won't overcome the problem -- not in time for millions of people in need of fresh water. Fortunately there's some incredible technology emerging to recycle or create new sources of water--dowsing rods for the 21st Century. eventy-one per cent of the world's surface is covered by water. But the vast majority of that is ocean--salt water we can neither drink nor use to irrigate our crops.

14 Signs You're a Farmer in a Drought

Sarah Schultz | Posted 07.17.2015 | Canada Alberta
Sarah Schultz

As a farming family, it's really depressing to see a year's worth of planning just baking away in the fields, losing your profit and losing your yields every day. So, trying not to worry about our crops more than we are, a little humour to lighten the mood...

Alberta County Declares Agricultural Disaster Over Drought

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Alberta

Crops are devastated across the region.

Humans Are Using Water Faster Than Earth Can Replenish It

The Huffington Post | Evan Pang | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Impact

Almost one third of the planet’s largest groundwater basins are being rapidly depleted, according to a report from NASA this week. The studies ci...

Water Is Life and We Can't Afford to Waste It

David Suzuki | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

How long can you go without water? You could probably survive a few weeks without water for cooking. If you stopped washing, the threat to your life might only come from people who can't stand the smell. But most people won't live for more than three days without water to drink. It makes sense: our bodies are about 65 per cent water. According to the United Nations, about 750 million people lack access to safe water -- that's one in nine!

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

David Suzuki | Posted 12.01.2014 | 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.