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Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Society

Plastic pollution concerns take back seat to COVID-19

In recent years, governments, NGO’s, environmental groups, and citizens began to become much more concerned about the ever growing amount of waste plastic in the environment. Plans were being made in Canada for a ban on single-use plastics to come »

Environment & Animal Life, Politics, Society

COVID-19 spared Canada’s West Coast from cruise ship pollution: report

The effective cancellation of Canada’s 2020 cruise ship season due to the COVID-19 pandemic has saved British Columbia’s coast from exposure to billions of litres of pollution spewed by dozens of cruise ships that usually visit the Pacific Coast province, »

Environment & Animal Life, International

Multi-million dollar Canadian effort launched to clean oceans of ‘ghost gear’

Fund to support 22 Canadian and four international efforts Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) defines ghost gear as “any fishing equipment or fishing-related litter that has been abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded and is some of the most harmful and »

Environment & Animal Life, 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 & Animal Life, Internet, Science & 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 & Animal Life, Health, International, Internet, Science & 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 & Animal Life, 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 & Animal Life, 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 & Animal Life, 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 & Animal Life, 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 »