“If the tropical forests go it will be yet another catastrophic failure of the whole Earth system, that will feed back on human beings in an almost unimaginable way,” said Brian Lister, a biologist at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, with her arch pipeline foe sitting just a few feet away in the front row, compared Trans Mountain protesters Saturday to dewy-eyed unicorn jockeys from Salt Spring Island, B.C.
McDonald’s should ban plastic toys in children’s Happy Meals, the Environment Minister has said, as she called for companies to make “symbolic changes” to show they are cutting down on single-use plastics.
It is funny how the whole world is banning plastic bags at the same time. This article is from The Financial Post in Canada, which is also going through the same debacle. I would have said ‘debate’, but there is no debate on the subject here. Plastic bags were simply banned unilaterally without any serious consultation.
I thought I had witnessed the zenith of human courage when Billy Joel recently announced in an interview that “Nazis aren’t good people.” Joel is risking his career, perhaps even his life, to dispel the popular notion that Nazis are decent chaps. But his heroism is mere pond scum in comparison to the warriors who have taken up the fight against plastic straws.
The coffee giant says that by 2020 it hopes to have eliminated all single-use plastic straws at its 28,000 stores worldwide. It will now top all its cold drinks with fancy new strawless lids that the company currently serves with its cold brew nitro coffees. (Frappuccinos will still be served with a compostable or paper straw.)
As is to be expected, Starbucks’ decision was greeted with universal adulation.
The first trial of protesters accused of violating a court injunction at Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project ended Monday with guilty verdicts for the nine accused.
“The Scottish government is determined to lead by example when it comes to tackling the scourge of plastic littering our countryside and polluting our seas,” said Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunnigham in a statement.
Ottawa just isn’t bold enough to try something radical to reduce the amount of plastic garbage the city produces, council’s environment chair says.
Perhaps they should be more cautious about who’s e;elected to city council, too.
Environmentalists have claimed for decades that the decision to have a child is one of the most environmentally damaging choices a person can make.
“Well, this is what we can do and it’s a win-win: to have a fee on carbon. So if you are raising livestock and producing a lot of carbon dioxide with your farm equipment and the exhaust from the animals, then you would pay a fee on that and it would be reflected in the price of meat, reflected in the price of fish, reflected in the price of peanuts,” Bill Nye said in a recent interview with the Daily Beast.
Norway’s Constitution Day, is the country’s biggest national holiday. After a ban was issued on helium balloons in several Norwegian towns during its celebrations, the police were busy hunting and destroying them.
Ontario’s power troubles began after the provincial government began phasing-out coal power generation in 2005. But electricity prices really took off in 2009 when the government launched its Green Energy Act, which features a program to provide long-term guaranteed contracts to generators with renewable sources (wind, solar, etc.) at a fixed, above-market price.
In the May 2000 issue of Reason Magazine, award-winning science correspondent Ronald Bailey wrote an excellent article titled “Earth Day, Then and Now” to provide some historical perspective on the 30th anniversary of Earth Day. In that article, Bailey noted that around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970, and in the years following, there was a “torrent of apocalyptic predictions” and many of those predictions were featured in his Reason article. Well, it’s now the 48th anniversary of Earth Day, and a good time to ask the question again that Bailey asked 18 years ago: How accurate were the predictions made around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970? The answer: “The prophets of doom were not simply wrong, but spectacularly wrong,” according to Bailey.