We Must Keep Our Oceans Healthy and Thriving

David R. Miller | Posted 09.17.2015 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

We don't need to look any further than the collapse of Newfoundland's northern cod fishery to be reminded of how communities are impacted when resources are overexploited. For centuries, the cod stocks in this region seemed inexhaustible. But when the fishery collapsed in 1992, over 40,000 people lost their jobs.

Learning More About What's Killing Sea Stars

WWF-Canada | Posted 09.14.2015 | Canada Impact

While these colourful marine life forms have been a common and popular sight in the past, in 2013 beach-goers and researchers alike started noticing sea stars with missing or damaged arms. The sea star wasting disease has since been found in over 20 species of sea stars, throughout their Pacific coast range.

How to Tackle Lake Erie's Algae Problem

WWF-Canada | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Impact

Phosphorus is a key nutrient in aquatic systems, but excess phosphorous is the leading cause of the increase in the harmful blue-green algae that is becoming more common in the Great Lakes. Toxic and harmful algal bloom occurrences in Lake Erie pose risks to drinking supplies, quality of life and economic vitality.

Action Must Be Taken to Reduce the Algal Blooms Choking Lake Erie

WWF-Canada | Posted 08.07.2015 | Canada Impact

Algal blooms are not a new for Lake Erie. In the 1960s and 70s, blooms were so bad the lake was described as "dead." But despite the success of earlier remedial measures, harmful algal blooms are back and bigger than ever. Algal blooms later this summer are expected to be among the worst ever seen in Lake Erie.

Working to Bring Back Tigers in Nepal

WWF-Canada | Posted 07.30.2015 | Canada Impact

Five years ago, the world's tiger countries came together in the face of drastic tiger population decline to set an ambitious goal. With as few as 3,200 wild tigers remaining, a 97 per cent decline from historic populations, governments agreed to double the number of wild tigers by 2022 -- the next year of the tiger. Five years into this ambitious campaign, we have started to see some extremely promising results in Nepal, a country which is becoming known for its innovative work to protect charismatic species like the tiger, rhino and elephant.

River Assessment Shows We Need to Protect Our Freshwater

WWF-Canada | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada Impact

WWF-Canada's new national freshwater threats assessment (FTA) found the St. John - St. Croix watershed to experience a "high" level of threats, a score that is in line with most of the other watersheds in the developed areas of the country.

We Must Protect Our Beloved Beluga Whales

David R. Miller | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

The beluga is primarily known as an Arctic species, where it spends most of its time among the sea ice. As with many Arctic sea ice dependent species, beluga whales are affected by the loss of sea ice caused by climate change. They are being forced to adapt to the changing ecological system.

A Resounding Vote for Nature-Based Economies

David R. Miller | Posted 05.15.2015 | Canada British Columbia
David R. Miller

This decision to reject over $1-billion, which was offered to gain consent for the proposed Pacific Northwest liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal on Lelu Island in the Great Bear Sea, sends a clear message of opposition to a project that threatens this ecologically and culturally rich region and its salmon-based economy.

Everything You Need To Know Before You Do The CN Tower Climb

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 04.24.2015 | Canada Living

Get ready to lace up those sneakers Toronto! This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the World Wildlife Fund sponsored CN Tower climb. It is one...

March 16-22 Is Canada Water Week - Let's Celebrate!

David R. Miller | Posted 05.16.2015 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

Someone recently asked me if I knew what watershed I lived in. I live in the Humber River watershed. My wish for Canada Water Week is that every Canadian across the country knows which watershed they live in.

If Everyone Lived Like Canadians, We'd Need 3.7 Planets

David R. Miller | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

As Canadians, we are incredibly lucky to live in a country with so much natural wealth, but we're taking that for granted. We're placing huge demands on the planets' resources, ranked 11th per capita in the world. If everybody in the world lived like Canadians, we would require 3.7 planets to meet our needs -- clearly, this is not sustainable.

It's Worse Than We Thought

CP | John Heilprin, The Associated Press | Posted 11.30.2014 | Canada

GENEVA - About 3,000 species of wildlife around the world have seen their numbers plummet far worse than previously thought, according to a new study ...

The People's Climate March: Calling for Action Today

David R. Miller | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

The People's Climate March is this Sunday, September 21 in New York City and in cities across Canada. I am going to be in New York, along with hundreds of thousands of other people representing over 1,000 organizations. The message is: we need action today!

Standing Up For Safety in Arctic Offshore Drilling

David R. Miller | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

We have chosen to focus our efforts on one of the most critical -- and most debated -- aspects of offshore drilling: the ability to stop a ruptured well from gushing crude oil into the Arctic Ocean in a timely fashion. For us, this is the most risky, most troubling issue that could arise, as illustrated in WWF's recent Beaufort Sea oil spill modelling research.

Where An Oil Spill Knows No Borders

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.23.2014 | Canada

New research suggests that any type of significant oil spill in Canada's western Arctic would likely spread quickly and foul oceans around Alaska and ...

Getting to Know Toronto's Largest Watershed

David R. Miller | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

On Canadian Rivers Day, I joined my neighbours to learn more about Toronto's largest watershed, the Humber, thanks to the Loblaw Water Fund.

Say 'No' to the Northern Gateway

David R. Miller | Posted 08.04.2014 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

This month, in fact any day now, the federal government will make its decision on the Northern Gateway pipeline. There is a strong chance that it will make this decision based on a deeply flawed report delivered by the Joint Review Panel (JRP).

Canada Should Move Fast To Protect Endangered Whales

David R. Miller | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada
David R. Miller

In Canada, we have every reason to take an international leadership position on this issue. There are deep cultural connections between whales and our coastal communities -- and economic ones too. Whale watching has grown exponentially in recent decades, part of a global $2.1 billion (U.S.) industry.

Caring for Canada's Waters: Understanding Water Health

David R. Miller | Posted 05.21.2014 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

Despite the best efforts of citizens and watershed groups actively caring for their local waters across the country, we have no consistent way to measure water health. That leaves us in the dark, unprepared to do what's necessary to care for our waters. It leaves us without the information we need to understand the impacts and trade-offs of development decisions, restoration projects and legal reforms.

Congratulations to Canada's 2014 Earth Hour City Capital!

David R. Miller | Posted 05.07.2014 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

This morning, I was proud to shake Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson's hand and congratulate the City of Edmonton on being named Canada's Earth Hour City Capital for 2014.

TV Soundtracks Worthy Of Their Own Golden Globes

The Huffington Post Canada | Sarah Kurchak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Music

In general, The Golden Globes are a pretty great time for TV lovers. We get to see our favourite shows and stars celebrate right alongside their s...

The Great Bear Region: Canada's Ecological Treasure

David R. Miller | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada
David R. Miller

The Great Bear Region in B.C. is a Canadian treasure we should all embrace -- home to one of the planet's last intact coastal temperate rainforests, some of the world's most productive cold water seas, and some of its most important remaining free-flowing salmon rivers. But it is in danger from the Northern Gateway Project, and the outcome will be deadly.

The Nothern Gateway Pipeline Brings Out the Great Bear in me

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 11.07.2012 | Canada Business
Jeffrey Rubin

We don't have to risk the destruction of one of the world's most spectacular environments to get full value from our oil sands resource. Of course, we have to put refineries in environments that can best handle them and not in areas that can't. The recent proposal to build a refinery in Kitimat is an example of building one in the wrong place. That's why I'm saying no to the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline and yes to a more sustainable future for the Great Bear region.

Wrestling With My Grandfather

Yoni Goldstein | Posted 05.31.2012 | Canada
Yoni Goldstein

If there is a heaven -- and if pay-per-view TV is free up there (it must be, right?) -- my grandfather will be watching Wrestlemania, sitting on the edge of a cloud-bed, hands balled into fists, rising and falling as each blow leads either Cena or Rock closer to victory. And when it's all over, he'll chuckle to himself, just as he used to do when we watched together.

Coca Cola Gets New Can, Donates To Help Save Polar Bears

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.25.2011 | Canada Politics

Coca-Cola Ltd. is changing its iconic can — and pledging millions of dollars — to help scientists plan how other icons such as polar bears can sur...