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Health, Society

Leaf blowers may be banned in suburb

Every year starting around September, trees shed their leaves in Canada and they accumulate in great quantities on the ground. Some municipalities, businesses and home owners use leaf blowers to amass the leaves so they can be gathered and either» 

Deliberate oil spill for science

Controlled oil spill to study effects on freshwater lake ecosystems We have always recognised that oil spills cause environmental damage, but a group of scientists in northern Ontario are deliberately creating oil spills to study the effects on freshwater environments.» 

Environment, International, Society

G7 plastic charter not enough, say environmentalists

Only five of the seven countries agreed to a charter to limit plastic pollution, and the charter is a non-binding, voluntary agreement which will not solve the problem, says Farrah Khan, a Greenpeace Canada plastics campaigner. The charter focuses on» 

Economy, Environment, Indigenous, International, Politics, Society

Expert says NAFTA trade deal means Canada can’t limit emissions

The trade talks continue with senior members of the Canadian, American, and Mexican governments to work out details on renewal of the North American Trade Agreement. It’s being called “NAFTA 2.0 For People or Polluters?” The international trade talks now» 

Economy, Environment, Health, International, Society

Banning single-use plastic straws, cups, containers

Plastic has been a boon to mankind used in everything from containers, to bags, to car and plane parts, to clothing and so much more. However, it has also become an environmental disaster. While single use plastic shopping bags have» 

Economy, Environment, Politics

Canada gets a new Fisheries Act – more environmental protection, Indigenous input

Canada’s new Fisheries Act gets generally good reviews A number of groups from scientists to fishing groups, to environmental groups have all said the new Fisheries Act is a step in the right direction. The Act was announced on Tuesday» 

Environment, Health

Montreal warns of smog on ice storm anniversary

Officials in the city of Montreal have issued the latest of several smog alerts today and they hope to improve air quality by restricting the use of wood-burning appliances made popular after the devastating ice storm of 1998. Freezing rain» 

International

Arctic Council’s climate work continues with full U.S. participation, despite Paris pullout, says diplomat

President Donald Trump may have nixed U.S. participation in the Paris accord, but the Arctic Council’s climate change work continues as usual, Finland’s top Arctic diplomat said on Thursday. “We have not noticed any change in the intensity, regarding climate change» 

Environment, Health, International

Pollution causing one in six of all deaths: report

Pollution is linked to an estimated nine million premature deaths each year, according to a report from the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health. Health and environmental authors used data from the Global Burden of Disease study to produce the» 

Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Worrisome discovery near North Pole

A British team of researchers aboard two small ice strengthened yachts have made a shocking discovery farther north than any ship has previously gone. The team led by Arctic explorer Pen Hadow, found chunks of polystyrene waste sitting atop ice»