Highlights/pollution

Economy, Environment, Health, International, Politics, Society

Banning plastic- but what about cigarette butts?

More than just gross, tossed butts are a toxic hazard The issue of plastic waste and pollution is a growing one, with Europe planning a ban on single-use plastics in 2021. This would include plastic straws, cutlery etc, and a» 

Environment

U.S., Russia thwarting black carbon reduction in Arctic, says Finland

Eye on the Arctic brings you stories and newsmakers from around the North Black carbon pollution remains a pressing concern in the Arctic, but the U.S. and Russia are thwarting regional co-operation efforts to combat the problem, says Finland’s Ministry of» 

Environment

Arctic experts tackle black carbon risk posed by wildfires

Forest fires, important sources of black carbon emissions, devastated Arctic regions around the world in 2018, and are an increasing concern for circumpolar nations, says the chair of the Arctic Council expert group on black carbon and methane. The fires» 

Economy, Environment, International, Society

Recycling plastic: individual efforts for naught?

Greenpeace highlights plastic dumping in Asia Many Canadians are shocked to learn that for all their well-intentioned efforts to sort and clean plastic packaging for recycling, only about 11 per cent actually gets recycled. That figure comes from Environmental Defence» 

Economy, Environment, Health, Politics, Society

Ontario environment report: Raw sewage, forest and wetland loss

A new report says untreated sewage is still flowing into the waterways of Canada’s second largest and most populated province. The Ontario Environmental Commissioner’s latests report indicated that raw sewage overflowed into the provinces waterways on over 1,300 occasions. 766» 

Environment

Increasing ocean acidification ushering in an era of uncertainty for Arctic, says report

Eye on the Arctic brings you stories and newsmakers from around the North.  If left unchecked, acidification levels in the Arctic Ocean will have significant consequences for northern communities as well as the rest of the globe says a report released» 

Microplastics: everywhere now, even probably in you.

In recent years the issue of plastic pollution and microplastics has become widely known. There is the well-known Pacific gyre, a vast area of plastic waste, and microplastics have even been found in almost every ocean and lake around the» 

Economy, Environment, International, Society

Inundated by plastic waste: companies named

Plastic garbage is everywhere. You probably heard of the giant “Pacific gyre” a massive accumulation of plastic waste in the ocean. Microplastic waste with its still as yet not fully understood negative implications can be found in every water body» 

Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Old contact lenses add to microplastic pollution

An American study has found that old contact lenses are becoming a source of more plastic pollution in waterways and oceans. The study said that in the U.S alone about 45 million people wear contact lenses.  Arizona State University researchers» 

Arts and Entertainment, Environment, International, Politics

Arctic waters: more concerns from shipping, tourism

It’s called “grey water”. It’s not sewage, but its certainly not clean either. It’s the dirty water resulting from clothes washing, dish washing, showers and sinks. This waste water includes soaps, nutrients, and microplastics. The World Wildlife Federation-Canada has raised»