Environmental News – This week in Canada

March 15, 2018

Some of the biggest Environmental News stories in Canada this week:

MOUTHFUL OF PLASTIC

Unsettling results of a study conducted by Orb Media examining the concentration of microplastics found in that the water of many popular bottled water brands holds an average of 10 plastic particles per litre of water. The study conducted by Orb Media comes on top of earlier studies that have found microplastics in tap water, beer, sea salt and fish; making it abundantly clear that microplastics are being consumed by humans on a regular basis. While there is no current evidence that indicates that ingesting microplastics are detrimental to human health, the World Health Organization (WHO) has decided to spearhead a new review focusing on questioning that knowledge.

CANADA IS “ALL IN” FOR MEETING CLIMATE CHANGE TARGETS

In December, the government delivered a report to the United Nations outlining progress on reaching that target. The report acknowledged that both current and planned policies are likely to leave the country 66 megatonnes short of its target. Yet despite these projections, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna has committed to achieving their 2030 goal. McKenna recognizes the challenges ahead for Canada, but assures the public that Canada has time to play catch up and sees the goal as an opportunity.

“It’s a good-news, bad-news story,” said McKenna.

“Our economy is growing and our projections are based on our economic growth. It just means that we need to be doing more. There’s huge opportunities that we haven’t built into our target.”

Environmental News Sources:
Canada ‘all in’ on meeting climate change targets despite emissions gap: McKenna
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43389031