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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» 

Animals, Environment, International, 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» 

Environment, International, Lifestyle

Group urges action to cut plastic bottle pollution

Coca-Cola plans to increase the amount of recycled plastic in its bottles sold in the U.K. Absent news of plans to do that in Canada, the group Environmental Defence is calling for better bottle return policies across the country. In» 

Environment, Society

Environmental group applauds ban on microbeads

The group Environmental Defence is lauding the Canadian government for banning microbeads in personal care products. These tiny plastic pieces pollute water and choke wildlife. They are used as abrasives in products like body washes and toothpaste, replacing substances like» 

Animals, Environment, International

Plastic in oceans could outweigh fish: conference

If nothing is done, plastic could outweigh fish in the world’s oceans by the year 2050, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the opening of the first United Nations conference on oceans. “Pollution, overfishing and the effects of climate change» 

Environment, Health, Society

Pollution costs Canadians billions annually: report

Pollution of all kinds is costing Canadians tens of billions of dollars every year, according to a new report by the non-profit group the International Institute for Sustainable Development. The international charitable organization collected information from published Canadian and international» 

Animals, Economy, Environment, Health, International, Politics, Science and Technology, Society

Concern about microplastics in North America’s Great Lakes.

The International Joint Commission (IJC) which monitors water conditions in the Great Lakes of North America, has been studying the increasing concern over microplastics in the system. The IJC has just released IJC) released a report to the governments of» 

Health, Science and Technology, Society

Living near busy roads linked to dementia

A new study has found that people who live near major roads with heavy traffic have a higher risk of dementia. This suggests that air pollution from vehicle exhaust might be a factor in this type of neurological disease. Researchers» 

Animals, Economy, Environment, International, Lifestyle, Science and Technology

Call for stricter controls on ship discharges in the Arctic

The World Wildlife Fund-Canada is asking Canada’s transportation regulatory agency to stiffen the rules for ship discharge of “grey water” in the Arctic. Grey water is usually considered waste water from such sources as that from sinks, showers, and dish»