Want to know how Ontario is doing for water quality? Check out the MoE’s 2012 report. The report touches on a lot of important topics from contamination and climate change to phosphorus monitoring. At 92 pages, its a solid read but definitely worth a go for those interested.
The alliance of photography and environmentalism is rich and contradictory. Photographers have sought not only to document the landscape but also to provoke awareness of the profound and often harmful consequences of human action upon the earth. And yet the photographer-environmentalist inevitably struggles with the constraints of the medium — with the challenges of capturing temporal processes (like change and decay) and atmospheric outcomes (like pollution), with the de-contextualizing and abstracting effects of the photographic frame, and with the temptations of aestheticization, the tensions between artistic ambition and political meaning.
It’s discouraging to see this lack of ambition when we’ve seen significant actions taken in other nations this year. California, the second-largest U.S. emitter, implemented a cap-and-trade system. Australia, a major fossil fuel exporter in its own right, implemented a carbon price in July. And the U.K. unveiled a new national clean energy strategy just as the UN Conference was getting underway. By contrast, the lack of leadership from the Canadian government is worrisome. Instead of beginning a transition that would help safeguard Canada’s society, environment and economy in the future, it is trying to prevent the world around it from changing and obstructing progress toward a new climate deal.
Stop the War on Science - Save the Experimental Lakes Area
Climate change presents an environmental challenge but also offers a tremendous opportunity for sustainable growth for the present and the future. We are positioning Ontario to protect the environment, attract investments and support job creation as a leader in the low-carbon economy. Our commitment to green energy such as wind and solar power is bringing more than $16 billion in investment, and supports or creates thousands of jobs. Ontario firms will continue to be world leaders in the development of clean technologies, products and services that contribute to a cleaner environment and ensure a sustainable economic future.
This report highlights the journey we are on, a journey we share with all Ontarians. Successfully managing the challenge of climate change will be our legacy to future generations. We owe it to them, and to ourselves, to build an Ontario that is stronger and more sustainable than ever, where prosperity and respect for the environment go hand-in-hand.
1. It takes a long time for a page clerk in Toronto’s Courthouse to photocopy the decision on whether or not current Mayor Rob Ford will be removed from his position due to a conflict of interest. Finally, we learn that he has been removed from office.
Low water levels are not the only climate-related trend being observed on the Great Lakes. Ice cover is also declining. The Great Lakes have lost 71% of their ice cover since 1973, according to a study by the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL). This past winter, the Great Lakes, including Lake Superior, were virtually ice free with just 5% ice coverage, the second lowest on record. Similar to the global assessment conducted in 2000, loss of ice cover is being reported on lakes throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.
My heart feels a little better knowing that there are prominent Canadians who care about this cause.
RMR: Rick’s Rant - Experimental Lakes Area cuts
The ELA is an essential research platform for understanding the threats to Canada′s water resources (particularly from climate change and oil and gas extraction), assessing the risks of water pollutants and emerging threats, and developing and testing strategies for ecosystem-based management to improve water quality; the area is essential to understanding the environmental effects and fate of chemicals originating from the Alberta oil sands. Moreover, the ELA has operated a comprehensive meteorological station, which is a measurement site of Environment Canada′s s Canadian Air and Precipitation Monitoring Network.
Toronto, ON – Environmentalists and community members are overjoyed by today’s decision of the Joint Board to protect Burlington’s Mount Nemo and Jefferson Salamander breeding ponds on the farm of the Harmer family. The decision denies Nelson Aggregate’s proposed 26 million tonne quarry on the 82 hectare site.
“The road to success is often riddled with challenges and failures. No matter the outcomes that transpire at Rio+20, we must never give up the fight for the rights of future generations to be able to enjoy what we have taken for granted. Give people of the world a voice and they have power. Focus that human power and we can achieve anything.
My name is Fabien Cousteau, and I believe in miracles.”
From investigating the role of nitrogen in promoting blue-green algae blooms to the environmental impacts of freshwater aquaculture, from the impacts of hydro reservoir development on greenhouse gases and mercury cycling, to the effects of artificial estrogen on fish populations, ELA has been there. Its scientists have been in the vanguard of original research that has benefitted companies, this country, and the world time after time after time. You don’t get the First Stockholm Water Prize and the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering for goofing off.
The ocean is under serious stressors. Rising temperatures, ocean acidification and ocean deoxygenation will cause major changes in marine physics, chemistry and biology. So, how bad are things really? Find out for yourself.