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How the U.S. wildfires are impacting air quality from B.C. to Ontario

Posted on 16 September 2020

Smoke from U.S. wildfires burning in Washington, Oregon and California has made its way to western Canada and is having visible impacts on air quality in several provinces. Grey skies and thick smoke have clouded parts of Manitoba and Ontario while most of British Columbia and Alberta continue to experience poor air quality brought on by the incoming pollution. Anthony Farnell, chief meteorologi ...

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Curing the plastic pollution pandemic

Posted on 15 September 2020

On a sweaty Sunday in August at Toronto’s Woodbine Beach, swarms of people flock to the lake’s edge trying to escape the world’s woes, at least for an afternoon. But scan the (mostly) socially distant gaps between the beach towels and lawn chairs and you’ll find telltale signs of the summer of COVID. Record levels of dumped takeout cups, forks, straws and pale-blue disposable s ...

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Globe Climate: Canada needs a green recovery. Can Chrystia Freeland deliver?

Posted on 15 September 2020

Good afternoon, and welcome to Globe Climate, a newsletter about climate change, environment and resources in Canada. Luckily, officials say that strong winds didn’t add fuel to a wildfire in Penticton, B.C. these past few days. An evacuation alert in the city for more than 3,600 properties remained in effect as of this weekend. The department has allowed 110 firefighters ...

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U.S. wildfire smoke: Environment Canada issues air quality statements for nearly all of B.C.

Posted on 15 September 2020

With wildfires scorching thousands of hectares in California, Oregon and Washington state, Environment Canada issued air quality statements on Saturday morning blanketing nearly all of B.C. Issued at 6:09 a.m., the air quality statements stretch from Vancouver Island to the Kootenays, and from the Canada-U.S. border to B.C.’s Peace River and North Coast regions. According to the nati ...

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10 years after Salish Sea is named, experts say united front on conservation still distant

Posted on 15 September 2020

A decade after the Salish Sea was named with the hope nations would improve collaboration on conservation, scientists and First Nations say that has not been fully realized and the waterway is suffering because of it. The 18,000 square kilometresea encompasses inland waterways stretching from the south end of Puget Sound in Washington State to Desolation Sound a ...

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Environment Canada warns of high levels of air pollution amid multiple wildfires in western N.S.

Posted on 15 September 2020

Environment Canada is warning of elevated levels of air pollution for most of western Nova Scotia as multiple wildfires continue to burn in the area. The weather agency issued the special air quality statement for Yarmouth, Digby, Shelburne, Annapolis, Queens and Lunenburg counties early Saturday. Scott Tingley, manager of forest protection with Nova Scotia's Department ...

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Smoke from distant fires in U.S. poses 'very high risk' for air quality in B.C.

Posted on 15 September 2020

Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Metro Vancouver, showing a very high risk to health due to wildfire smoke from Washington and Oregon. The agency advised people with underlying medical conditions or serious infections such as COVID-19 to postpone or reduce activities outside. It said people with heart and lung conditions are most affected by air polluti ...

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How cutting speed limits could slow climate change

Posted on 08 September 2020

Canadian cities from Edmonton to Montreal are lowering speed limits, primarily in an attempt to save lives. But slowing down may also be an easy way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution — not just on urban roadways but also on highways (and even the high seas). According to Natural Resources Canada, driving a vehicle with an internal combustion engin ...

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Your denim could be destroying some of the world's most precious water bodies, new study finds

Posted on 08 September 2020

A new study suggests that washing your jeans could be contributing to the pollution of Canada's waters. Researchers at the University of Toronto say they detected microfibres linked to blue jeans in aquatic environments ranging from the shallow suburban lakes of southern Ontario, to the Great Lakes and all the way up to the Arctic Archipelago. Their findings, publis ...

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Project led by U of T researcher to target at-risk fish in lower Great Lakes

Posted on 08 September 2020

A research and habitat recovery project led by a University of Toronto researcher aims to help fish and freshwater mussel species that are currently at risk of going extinct. The project, which received a $1.8 million grant from the federal government, will target 13 fish and eight freshwater mussel species that are currently at risk in the lower Great Lakes watershed. “The main thre ...