Canada Ecology

The Road to Lima Passes Through the PMO

Joe Gunn | Posted 12.05.2014 | Canada
Joe Gunn

This week the eyes of the world are turned towards Lima, Peru, and the UN climate talks known formally as the 20th gathering of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20). The road to progress in Lima is full of pot holes and is poorly illuminated. For Canadians, progress on the road to Lima passes right through Langevin Block, home to the Prime Minister's Office. To date this road has been blocked.

Why Kids Today Need Nature Literacy

Dan Kraus | Posted 11.22.2014 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

I worry a lot about how we don't understand nature anymore. Now I'm not talking about the value of nature or the importance of conservation. That worries me too, but what I'm talking about is the basic understanding of the plants and animals that co-exist with us. I'll call this nature literacy.

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.

Is the Paleo Diet Actually Good For Your Gut?

Jason Tetro | Posted 07.25.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Like clockwork, when a new diet appears in the public, there is a mix of praise and scrutiny. Despite the information gathered on the benefits of the Paleo diet on the body, there has been far less focus on the effect of the nutritional guidelines on the gut microbiota, which is a driver of human health.

The Real Truffle - Your Nose Knows Not

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada
Tamara Griffiths

The stunningly scenic mountain village of Montefortino in the Sibillini Mountains Central Italy, held its 16th annual Festival of Real Truffles, 'Fest...

One Man's Poo Is Another Man's Prescription

Jason Tetro | Posted 10.17.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgFecal therapy is here to stay. With the number of options to treat acute and chronic gastrointestinal disorders shrinking, a means to not only treat but also cure cannot be disregarded. People may never get used to the smell of fecal microbiota therapy, but I know they'll definitely get used to the benefits. Let's rePOOPulate.

Winterize Your Skin and Get a Holiday Glow

Candice Batista | Posted 02.18.2013 | Canada Style
Candice Batista

The holidays are upon us and in most cases all of us will eat and drink way too much sugar, salt and fat. These type of foods can wreak havoc on our skin. If you want your skin to glow this holiday season, here are a few tips and products that will do the trick, beautifully.

How Much Money Is Canada's Nature Worth?

David Suzuki | Posted 09.24.2012 | Canada Politics
David Suzuki

Most people understand the concept of financial capital. We pay for things we find valuable. But how much is our natural capital worth? According to the David Suzuki Foundation's research, the 7,000-square-kilometre Ontario Greenbelt provides at least $2.6 billion in non-market benefits each year. We wouldn't let a bank get away with losing our life savings. We shouldn't let decision-makers off the hook when they allow our natural wealth to be squandered.

What the Germs in Your Bellybutton Say About You

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.02.2012 | Canada
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg About 18 months ago, a researcher in the laboratory of a North Carolina State University professor came up with an idea to explore the ecology and evolution of daily life and wanted to find a spot on the body that would be exemplify that. Turns out, it's the bellybutton! The tiny anatomical vestibule was actually a museum of lifetime experiences.

Ottawa's Failure To Protect Environment A Risk To Economy, 'Secret' Report Says

Calgary Herald | Posted 09.20.2011 | Canada Business

Biodiversity is deteriorating at an "unprecedented rate" due to urban and industrial development that's putting Canada's economic and ecological healt...