Canada Environment

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.

We Shouldn't Be Filling Up Our Landfills With Clothing

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

A staggering 85 per cent of our collective apparel ends up in a landfill -- that's over 10.5 million tons of clothing, according to the popular second-hand store Value Village. In a single year, Canada produces enough textile waste -- clothing and other goods like upholstery -- to create a mountain three times the size of Toronto's Rogers Centre stadium. Reduce, reuse and recycle has become the mantra of socially conscious consumers. Now we need to extend that philosophy to our old accoutrements.

Insects: The Latest World-Changing Food Trend

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

From Asia to South America, insects have long appeared on the menu in many cultures. But what's truly epic about the edible bug trend is its potential to not only provide a healthy source of food, but also boost incomes among people in developing countries who could never afford chicken or beef from a grocery store.

End Logging In One Of Vancouver Island's Last Old-Growth Forests

Torrance Coste | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Torrance Coste

Listening to the destruction of some of the last old-growth rainforest on Vancouver Island is tough, but it's not as frustrating as watching our electing officials turn their backs on this problem, as well as on citizens, local governments and business groups who want it addressed.

Canada's Far North Just Scored Two Major Conservation Wins

David R. Miller | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

Shell Canada has relinquished 30 oil and gas exploration permits that were the subject of a lawsuit launched by WWF-Canada. Now, after decades of struggle, nothing stands in the way of finally creating a National Marine Conservation Area in Lancaster Sound, with all the significant protection measures that includes.

Cap-And-Trade Keeps Poor Ontarians Trapped In Energy Poverty

Megan Hooft | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Impact
 Megan Hooft

Details of the Ontario government's Climate Action Plan are out and the reviews are mixed. While the business sector will no doubt grumble about the cap-and-trade system in place to keep the province's climate program on track, it seems that the big losers will inevitably be people living in poverty.

Environment Canada's Kinder Morgan Review Comes Up Short

Ecojustice | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Ecojustice

The review fails to match up to Trudeau's promises for bold action on climate change. Instead, the draft review relies on assumptions that minimize Canada's contribution to global emissions and encourages it to avoid accountability for emissions related to oil and gas projects.

We Need To Take Canadian Conservation Seriously

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Our planet is a very different place today than when your grandparents were born. Despite the copious amount of conservation work occurring on a daily basis by citizens, volunteers and environmental groups, biodiversity is continuing to be lost in Canada. We need to restore Earth's "factory settings."

10 Years Later: Some Inconvenient (And Convenient) Truths

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

Last week marked the 10th anniversary of An Inconvenient Truth, the Al Gore documentary that catapulted climate change onto the global agenda. Here's a quick look at developments over the past decade, both the inconvenient and the convenient.

5 Key Facts And Figures To Celebrate World Environment Day

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

On June 6, much of the world will be celebrating World Environment Day, the annual United Nations day to raise awareness and action for the environment. As the UN puts it, World Environment Day is an "opportunity for everyone to realize the responsibility to care for the Earth and to become agents of change."

Educated Consumers Want Companies To Go Green

Nikki Fotheringham | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Living
Nikki Fotheringham

As consumers get more savvy, they are increasingly demanding products that are organic, ethically sourced and produced in an environmentally responsible way. Consumers are increasingly aware of the negative effect chemicals have on their health and will buy organic iterations of their favourite products whenever they can.

Feeding Humanity In A Warming World

David Suzuki | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Industrial agriculture has made it possible to produce large amounts of food efficiently, but comes with problems, including pollution, reduced biodiversity, pesticide resistance and consequent increased chemical use, destruction of forests and wetlands, and human health issues such as antibiotic resistance.

The Problem With Seeing Only What We Want To See

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.09.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

I can think of many times when I ignored what I saw in a person or a situation. Initially, it seems so much easier to see what we prefer to see, rather than face the unpleasant truth of what's actually there. Still, what I've realized is that no matter how difficult it is to acknowledge the signs of trouble in our relationships or environment, it's always better to do so.

Russia's Secret City 40 Is A Prison Of Nuclear Waste And Death

Samira Goetschel | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada TV
Samira Goetschel

Today known as Ozersk, City 40 is considered the founding place of the Soviet Union's nuclear weapons program, where the first Soviet plutonium-based bomb, known as "First Lightning," was made. Since its founding, the city has been surrounded with double barbed-wire fences and monitored by armed guards.

The Silent Collapse Of Hispaniola's Forests

Jake Kheel | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Impact
Jake Kheel

The island of Hispaniola, shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti, is a unique case study that explains how the exploitation of natural resources can directly affect the fate of a nation. That the two countries have starkly different trajectories is largely related to how they have historically managed their natural environment.

Setting The Record Straight On Ontario's Green Energy Plan

Keith Brooks | Posted 05.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Brooks

Ontario is taking a comprehensive approach to cutting emissions, which is a good thing. While some folks may love to hate the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, the reality is that it's the reason Ontario is Canada's clean technology leader. And the coal phase out was the right move, too, which is why it's being emulated by Alberta, why Ontario hit its 2014 GHG emissions target, why our air is now smog-free, and why people like me, who care about the environment and our kids' future, can breathe more easily.

Canada Needs To Recognize The Right To Breathe Clean Air

Ecojustice | Posted 05.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Ecojustice

Whether included in an existing law such as the Canadian Environmental Protection Act or by way of a new statute, national and enforceable air pollution standards would be a step towards a more equitable society, in which disadvantaged communities aren't left bearing more than their fair share of the national environmental health burden.

Don't Pretend The Pipeline Debate Is Only About Energy

Alan Ramón Ward | Posted 05.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Alan Ramón Ward

It sometimes sounds as though pipeline proponents are the true environmentalists among us. Commentary in favour of the pipelines has followed suit with generous explanations of our current needs and the realities of energy consumption. They ask: are opponents of the pipelines in denial about our current reliance on fossil fuels? And if these bleeding hearts do admit that we do need fossil fuels to power our country, are they comfortable importing Saudi oil forever? I believe that such questions willfully miss the point.

Justin Trudeau Must Come Clean About Carbon Emissions

Nick Fillmore | Posted 04.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Nick Fillmore

By not telling Canadians the truth about the government's almost certain inability to control future carbon emissions, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is guilty of downplaying the greatest issue ever to face the country and the world -- an issue that will have dire consequences for our children and grandchildren.

Will Politicians Or Experts Win Ontario's Cap-And-Trade Battle?

Youri Chassin | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Youri Chassin

Sometimes, if not most of the time, a policy sounds really good on paper. But once implemented, it does not work as intended and produces poor results. Experts then say: "Politicians didn't enact it properly, it wasn't exactly what we recommended." But once a policy has been adopted, don't try to get rid of it even if its effect is not what was promised.

Put Children First In The Fight Against Climate Change

David Morley | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Impact
David Morley

any of the countries that are the most susceptible to the effects of climate change are also the ones that have the highest number of children as a share of their overall population. Curbing greenhouse gas emissions therefore isn't just about improving the air we breathe. It's about so much more.

A Sustainability Game For Earth Day

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Living
Carl Duivenvoorden

If you missed International Games Day -- held each November to promote fun, camaraderie and learning through the playing of games of all types -- don't despair. Here's a simple way to combine the fun and learning of International Games Day with the sustainability focus of Earth Day.

The Case For Impending Ecological Doom Is Thin

Mathieu Bédard | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Living
Mathieu Bédard

When it comes to climate change, Bailey doesn't think we're doomed. He does think that the balance of the scientific evidence indicates that man-made global warming likely poses a significant problem for humanity, but he believes that human ingenuity can most likely solve that problem well before the end of the century.

Earth Day: Planting A Tree Is An Investment In Our Future

Michael Rosen | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Impact
Michael Rosen

Planting trees is one way Canadians can take positive action today to help the communities of tomorrow. That's why we have launched the third annual Tree Canada 10,000 Tree Challenge, encouraging individuals and corporations to make donations to increase our communities' canopies in honor of Earth Day.

Let's Stop Making Earth Day About Us

Laura Bridgeman | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Living
Laura Bridgeman

To help us accomplish this evolution, we ought to look to those who helped ignite the environmental movement in the first place -- the whales. Their troubled past shows us how we have erred, and their continued friendly overtures towards our kind offers valuable insights into how we might shape the future differently.