Canada Pollution

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 12.03.2015 | 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 11.27.2015 | 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 12.01.2015 | 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 11.23.2015 | 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 11.19.2015 | 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 11.11.2015 | 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 09.18.2015 | 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 08.12.2015 | 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 08.10.2015 | 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 07.02.2015 | 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 06.30.2015 | 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 06.10.2015 | 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.

Good Things Are Growing in Ontario's Greenbelt

David Suzuki | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

More than half the planet's people now live in urban areas. The need to supply food, shelter, fresh water and energy to billions of urban residents is resulting in loss of farmland, forests, wetlands and other ecosystems, as well as the critical ecological services they support, like providing food, clean air and drinking water. growing number of jurisdictions have responded by enacting strong land-use policies to protect farmland and green space through sound urban planning

Environmental Racism Remains a Reality in Canada

Ecojustice | Posted 05.07.2016 | Canada Impact
Ecojustice

Turning a blind eye to the links between race, socio-economic status, and environmental risks doesn't make the issue any less real. The fact is, environmentally harmful activities take place in some communities more than others. The proposed Act to Address Environmental Racism in Nova Scotia is a powerful step in that direction.

WATCH: Sign The Earth Day Flag, Change The World

Posted 04.24.2015 | Canada

What's one thing you can do to help change the world for the better. Well on Earth Day, it might be something as simple as joining friends to carpool,...

Your White Teeth and Smooth Skin Are Damaging the Environment

David Suzuki | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

How much are whiter teeth and smoother skin worth to you? Are they worth the water and fish in the Great Lakes? If you use the myriad other creatures the seas support? If you use personal care products such as exfoliators, body scrubs and toothpastes containing microbeads, those are the costs you could be paying.

Our Sense of Entitlement Could Be the Biggest Barrier To Solving Climate Change

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Carl Duivenvoorden

When former federal cabinet minister David Dingwall was questioned about a generous buyout package he received in 2006, his oft-quoted reply was, "I am entitled to my entitlements." It caused much outrage. But as the biblical expression goes, let whoever is without sin cast the first stone, because perhaps we're all a bit guilty of entitlement.

China's Disastrous Pollution Problem Is a Lesson for Canada

David Suzuki | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

The global atmosphere is being loaded with the sum of all nations' activities. And while Canada's air quality is better than many places, half of us live in areas where we are exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution. We can and should do more to curb pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

Fighting Climate Change to Strengthen Ontario's Economy

Keith Brooks | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Keith Brooks

Climate change is a critically important issue for the economy. The Clean Economy Alliance, which launched Wednesday, has united under some common principles to support Ontario's commitment to climate action and to make some suggestions for how the province should proceed. We've come together because addressing climate change can benefit our economy, and failing to address climate change would be very costly. Climate change has been called the single largest threat to the global economy, which is why the World Bank says a four-degree world must be avoided.

The Oil Industry Doesn't Want You to Have Better Transportation Options

David Suzuki | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Business
David Suzuki

American and Canadian transit opponents paint themselves as populist supporters of the common people, a tactic also used against carbon pricing. They fail to note that poor and middle class families will benefit most from public transit and other sustainable transportation options. To reduce pollution and address global warming, we must do everything we can, from conserving energy to shifting to cleaner energy sources. Improving transportation and transit infrastructure is one of the easiest ways to do so while providing more options for people to get around.