Canada Pollution

It's Time For a Real War on Cars

David Suzuki | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

In railing against everything from bike lanes to transit spending, pundits and politicians often raise the spectre of a "war on cars." Of course, there is no war on cars -- but there should be. Combatting pollution and climate change, reduced dependency on private automobiles will lead to healthier people, fewer deaths and injuries and livable cities with happier citizens. And that's worth fighting for!

Why I Work to Keep Smokestacks Away From Schoolyards

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

I was raised on a dairy farm in Belledune, a small community on New Brunswick's North Shore. By the time I showed up to school in the fall of 1968, the schoolhouse was bordered by a smelter on one side and a fertilizer plant on the other. I started hearing a little voice inside me saying, "Do something!"

The Budget that Canada Should Really Be Worried About

Cameron Fenton | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Cameron Fenton

The ecological and physical consequences of blowing our carbon budget, from disappearing coastlines to a melting arctic, are stark but often hard for someone like Minister Flaherty to understand. This ignorance, willful or accidental, is dangerous because it is also obscuring major economic consequences.

Pete Seeger: "From Way Up Here the Earth Looks Very Small"

David Suzuki | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Pete Seeger, who died January 27 at the age of 94, inspired generations of political and environmental activists with songs. Like me, he was inspired by Rachel Carson's 1962 book Silent Spring to become a strong defender of the environment as well as human rights.

Canadians Have the Right to Live in a Healthy Environment

David Suzuki | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Canada is blessed with some of the last vestiges of pristine nature on Earth -- unbroken forests, coastlines and prairies, thousands of rivers, streams and lakes, open skies, abundant fresh air. We are also defined by our Constitution. Our Constitution's Charter of Rights and Freedoms gives us freedom of expression, equal protection from discrimination and the right to life, liberty and security of the person. But it doesn't mention the environment. How can we fully enjoy our freedoms without the right to live in a healthy environment?

Rocking for Climate Change and Ocean Sustainability

Mindil Beach Markets | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Mindil Beach Markets

Our days on tour are long and can be gruelling, but we are fuelled by the mutual satisfaction that we are engaged in extremely important work and that our message is being heard. Personally, I feel excited and energized and have just come off of what I would describe as one of the best summers of my life.

SPOILER ALERT: Air Pollution is bad for you.

Philip Plante-Ajah | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Philip Plante-Ajah

I do not think society has been as intentionally naïve with the effects of first and second hand smoke as it has been with air pollution. Municipalities are making it much harder to smoke on outdoor patios as well. Needless to say, smokers do not attempt to minimize the effects of smoking, nor are tobacco manufacturers able to market their products freely.

How to Travel Savvy

Michael Bociurkiw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Travel
Michael Bociurkiw

While its easy to finger regimes with questionable human rights records it is somewhat challenging at times tallying up the environmental record of sun destinations. This topic weighed heavily on my mind this year during four months spent in one of the most desirable destinations on the planet -- the Maldives.

Climate Change Deniers Don't Deserve an Equal Voice

David Suzuki | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

Many news outlets are complicit in efforts to undermine scientific evidence. The attacks on legitimate climate science are coming from people whose arguments have been debunked many times and who often have ties to the fossil fuel industry.

Welcome To Canada

CP | Wendy Cox, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.14.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A British Columbia group has told an international panel reviewing the environmental effects of NAFTA that the worst fears about the histo...

The Doublespeak of the Dirty Carbon Economy

DeSmog Canada | Posted 10.13.2013 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

The world's leading scientists agree that carbon pollution from burning these fuels is rapidly heating the planet. This scientific reality creates a challenge for people still bent on increasing carbon pollution for self-enrichment: they need to convince us that the bad they are perpetrating is somehow good.

The Upside of Environmental Disasters

Robert Osborne | Posted 10.09.2013 | Canada Impact
Robert Osborne

Zebra Mussel filter millions of gallons of water; it's how they feed. The result, the once soup-like Great Lakes are now crystal clear. That doesn't mean the water is unpolluted, far from it. Their output is crystal clear, which for divers is a definite plus. So you see, from a certain perspective, what started as a natural disaster has a definite upside. Now, I know some might argue that learning to love environmental disasters requires a very self-centered attitude. What I celebrate, others revile. I look forward to figuring out what new and clever angle I can come up with the next time we lay waste to some pristine wilderness area.

First Nations and the Toxic Body Burden

Maggie MacDonald | Posted 09.25.2013 | Canada Politics
Maggie MacDonald

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has released an important scientific report on the body burden of environmental chemicals in the adult First Nation population in Canada. The report, First Nations Biomonitoring Initiative, fills a significant gap in existing research. Certain chemical levels were found to be significantly higher in the First Nations populations.

We Ignore Scientists at Our Peril

David Suzuki | Posted 08.19.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

Climate change deniers are out in full force, many employing methods common to those who reject science. Science isn't perfect, but it's one of the best tools we have for understanding our place in the cosmos.

Great Public Transit Makes for a Great City

David Suzuki | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

When it comes to urban sustainability, cities in the U.S. and Canada are employing innovative programs and policies to improve the health and well-being of residents and their local environments. But (with some notable exceptions, such as Vancouver and Calgary) no successful rapid transit infrastructure projects have been built in Canadian cities for decades.

Natural Gas Trucking: A Made-in-B.C. Success Story

Grant Hankins | Posted 07.31.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Grant Hankins

Economically and environmentally, natural gas makes sense as a fuel choice for transportation. A new waste or recycling collection truck powered by natural gas costs approximately 15 per cent more than a conventional diesel powered truck, but as natural gas has historically cost less than diesel, we expect a quick return on this investment.

BLOG: Wake up and Smell the Coal Alberta!

Kristina Groves | Posted 05.27.2013 | Canada Alberta
Kristina Groves

If a new Pembina Institute report released this week is any indication, we Albertans have happily, if unwittingly, kept the wool pulled down over our eyes when it comes to acknowledging the primary fuel that powers our lives. To wit, fully 64 per cent of the electricity generated in Alberta comes from burning the most inefficient and dirty of all fossil fuels: coal.

The Higher the GDP, the Unhappier the Country

Sangita Iyer | Posted 04.07.2013 | Canada Business
Sangita Iyer

As it turns out, countries with low GDP ranked high in the HPI and had smaller eco-footprints compared with nations with high GDP that ranked low in the HPI and had larger eco-footprints per capita. Evidently material wealth does not equate with happiness, but instead creates more waste and pollution.

Canadians Produce More Garbage Than Anyone Else

CBC | Posted 03.19.2013 | Canada Impact

Canadians use far too much energy and water, and they produce more garbage per capita than any other country on earth, a report from an influential th...

How Ontario Can Reduce Poverty and Pollution

Mike Schreiner | Posted 01.01.2013 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

Last week's much anticipated report on reforming social assistance programs -- "Brighter Prospects: Transforming Social Assistance in Ontario" -- presents an opportunity for Ontario to make choices that will define our province. Unfortunately, the prospects for making these important reforms don't look bright at the moment.

Putting Climate Change in the Budget Now Will Save Lives and Money

David Suzuki | Posted 12.03.2012 | Canada Politics
David Suzuki

The failure of world leaders to act on the critical issue of global warming is often blamed on economic considerations. But let's take a look at the economic reality. A new scientific report concludes that climate change is already costing the world $1.2 trillion a year. It's also killing at least 400,000 people every year.

Can Nature Keep Medical Costs Down?

David Suzuki | Posted 11.19.2012 | Canada
David Suzuki

It's easier, more effective, and cheaper to let healthy bodies fight off disease and infections than to weaken those defence mechanisms and then compensate for them medically. If we want a stable health system, we must put more resources into reducing pollution and environmental degradation and creating a way of life that keeps bodies and minds happy and in good health.

What's the Fracking Problem with Natural Gas?

David Suzuki | Posted 11.12.2012 | Canada
David Suzuki

Some people have argued that natural gas could be a "bridging" fuel while we work on expanding renewable energy development. If we want to address global warming, along with the other environmental problems associated with our continued rush to burn our precious fossil fuels as quickly as possible, we must learn to use our resources more wisely, kick our addiction, and quickly start turning to sources of energy that have fewer negative impacts.

Climate Change Deniers Are Almost Extinct -- But Is it Too Late?

David Suzuki | Posted 10.22.2012 | Canada Politics
David Suzuki

Most North Americans know that human-caused global warming is real, even if political leaders don't always reflect or act on that knowledge. According to a recent poll, only two per cent of Canadians reject the overwhelming scientific evidence that Earth is warming at alarming rates -- a figure that may seem surprising given the volume of nonsense deniers.

Seema Dhawan

Pedal To The Medal

HuffingtonPost.com | Seema Dhawan | Posted 08.16.2012 | Canada Alberta

As the appetite for cleaner energy continues to grow on the part of oilsands crude consumers, Alberta’s massive emissions footprint is only getting ...