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Economy, Environment, International, Society

Fast food outlets top lists of plastic litter in Canada

Greenpeace Canada has released this year’s list of companies whose plastic products comprise most litter collected. The report is called Brand Audit 2019 Report: Canada’s top plastic polluters There were 240 companies identified in the plastics collected at 9 locations» 

Environment, International

Cheap disposable clothing called an environmental nightmare

The average North American buys 60 per cent more clothing than 20 years ago and keeps it for half as long resulting in more than 36 kg of discarded clothing going into landfills every year, says Kelly Drennan. She is» 

Economy, Environment, International, Politics, Society

Canada announces plans to ban single-use plastics

Details and products targetted still to come People around the world are becoming aware of the massive problem caused by plastic products, especially single-use plastics. Today Canada’s Prime Minister announced that Canada will ban single use plastic products as of» 

Economy, Environment, Health, International, Society

Some microplastic for dinner? (You’ve already had some today)

As weird as that sounds, it seems that we are consuming, and breathing, measurable amounts of microplastic daily. Plastic is not natural and is never absorbed into the environment. It merely breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces, until they’re» 

International

Better wildfire management would help reduce black carbon pollution say Arctic experts

Better wildfire management and improved agricultural practices have been added to a list of black carbon and methane mitigation recommendations by a group of international experts. The Arctic Council Expert Group on Black Carbon and Methane, which includes experts from» 

Environment, Internet, Science and Technology

Aircraft “clean” fuel produced in Montreal

A group of Quebec companies hopes to commercialise a sustainable fuel by 2024 to replace some of the kerosene used in civil aviation. The SAF+ Consortium project aims to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by major industries and transform it» 

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»