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Environment, Society

Canada still wants to ban single use plastics in 2021

The Canadian federal government said that it’s still on track to ban single use plastics in 2021. “Science confirms that plastic pollution is everywhere and is negatively impacting our environment. This assessment will inform our decisions as our government follows »

Environment, Internet, Science and Technology

Methane emissions in Arctic Ocean have long been overestimated, study claims

A new study from UiT The Arctic University of Norway revealed that estimates of methane emissions released from the Arctic Ocean floor are calculated without taking into account seasonal variability and may therefore be overestimated. “Because we only go [in »

Environment, Health, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Microplastics found in all arctic beluga whales tested

A Canadian research team tested seven belugas in the eastern Beaufort Sea that had been harvested by Inuvialuit hunters. In each of the animals the scientists found evidence of microplastics in the stomachs and intestines. The area around Tuktoyaktuk is »

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 »