Year: 2019

This week in the news March 4-11th, 2019

This week in summary: dairy co-operative making big changes but is it enough, earthquake felt in AB near RMH why, why, why?, pathogens could be transported across the earth via plastic trash, track your town/cities light pollution on a new interactive map. BBC Climate change: Pledge to cut emissions from dairy farms“This will require “radical changes” over the coming decades, including developing new technologies, the dairy co-operative, Arla Foods, said. It admitted the target was “ambitious”, but said it was achievable. However, the Vegan Society said there was no way to make dairy a climate-friendly product.” Global News Calgary 4.3 magnitude earthquake shakes central Alberta near Rocky Mountain House “Information posted by Natural Resources Canada states the earthquake happened around 4 a.m. 32 kilometres northwest of Rocky Mountain House, at a depth of 10 kilometres. “It was a shallow event. It was felt by local residents,” said Dr. Honn Kao, a research scientist at the Geological Survey of Canada. “According to our recordings, we do not expect any particular damage. The Guardian Pathogens hitchhiking on …

Are plant- based proteins actually more sustainable?

Canada’s new Food Guide and guidelines were released on January 22nd, 2019 and there were some pretty big shifts in recommendations compared to the 2007 guide. The revisions of the food guide have been underway for quite some time so there was a lot of excitement from industry, health professionals and the public to see the revised version including this #yyc blogger! One of the main changes is that the new food guide promotes plant based proteins. The food guide now has a “recommended proteins” category instead of Meat and Alternatives. There is also no longer a “milk products” category and milk as well as milk alternatives (like soy) have been included in the protein food group. In the guide the protein foods listed include “lentils, legumes, lean meats, fish, nuts, nut butters, eggs, unsweetened milk, yogurt, cheese, tofu and fortified soy beverages.” It’s also interesting to note this does not include other beverages like almond, rice or coconut beverage. These drinks are quite low in protein in comparison to soy or cow’s milk. Can …

This week in the News Feb 18 – 25th, 2019

This week in review: Antibiotics are swimming in our oceans & the concentration is getting higher and higher each year, dying bumblebees in Poland & dwindling biodiversity, the best climate friendly foods, Science News: Pharmaceutical residues in fresh water pose a growing environmental risk. Radboud University Nijmegen . Antibiotics are increasing in concentration in our water supply & killing good bacteria. The Guardian: We’ve had an apocalyptic warning: now will we care about biodiversity? Martha Gill The report finds that 20% of the Earth’s vegetated surface has become less productive, and what is growing on it is one notch away from being wiped out. BBC News: Apples or raspberries? The best climate-friendly foods. Food production is responsible for a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to global warming, according to a University of Oxford study. CBC: Feds to conduct environmental assessment of Boat Harbour cleanup. Ottawa decides possible adverse environmental effects must be reviewed.

This Week in the News: Feb 4 – 11, 2019

Weekly Summary: World leaders are trying again, a how to guide to buying sustainable clothing, Chinook salmon are in trouble, Hawaii is leading the world in zero waste policy creation, Alberta is making some big renewable energy moves. The Economic Times: Challenges due to climate change to be discussed at World Government Summit in Dubai. Aiming to identify solutions the summit participants will be international organizations, senior government officials and media personalities from around the world. INDEPENDENT Your Ultimate Guide to Buying Ethical and Sustainable Fashion. In a cultural climate where no one would be seen dead without a reusable water bottle and veganism is the mot du jour, it’s becoming increasingly uncomfortable for many of us to buy into brands that fall so short of our values – and fast fashion is one of the worst offenders. The Guardian We’re sounding the alarm’: half of Canada’s Chinook salmon endangered. Half of Canada’s chinook salmon are endangered, with nearly all other populations in precarious decline, according to a new report, confirming fears that prospects for …

Reusable Produce & Bulk Bags – Credobags

Produce Bags Product description: These bags are 100% regular cotton or certified organic cotton mesh, washable and very durable. You can reuse these bags at the grocery store or farmers’ market to replace plastic single use bags. Reduce your carbon footprint by choosing an option that is sustainable- reusable and recyclable. Pros: 100% Regular Cotton or Certified Organic Cotton Mesh (Natural),, Washable, mesh design allow cashiers to easily identify contents of bag, convenient drawstring closure. Rating: 5/5 Bulk Bags Product description: These bags are a practical storage solution for bulk purchases such as rice, dried beans, nuts, coffee, pasta and grains. There are smaller size for herbs or loose teas. The larger size for lettuces, potatoes celery etc. and keep them in the refrigerator or dry storage to prolong freshness. Pros: Reusable option when shopping for bulk items, washable, 3 sizes (small-medium-large), convenient drawstring, Hemp/Organic Cotton blend or 100% Organic Cotton Rating: 5/5 Local stores in Calgary to purchase: Apothecary Inglewood

This week in the News Jan 29-Feb 2, 2019

Weekly Summary: tacking food waste, technology to pull water out of the air, is the extreme temps due to climate change, US government shutdown reminds us of the importance of park staff. The Guardian The Real Junk Food Project turns supermarket waste into tasty meals. London cafes bring people together while tackling the UK’s food waste problem. CNN Business Drinkable water is scarce. These companies are pulling it out of the air. In the mountains outside Scottsdale, Arizona, the four people and two dogs living at Cody Friesen’s house get all the water they need for drinking and cooking from two big panels mounted on the roof. The Times of India US shivers as extreme cold invades, but is this climate change? Experts say it could be, but whether global warming plays a role in this particular extreme weather phenomenon is apparently still up for debate. Phys.Org Parks rush to clean up toppled trees, trash after shutdown. The US government shutdown was a good reminder at how critical staff are in the role of maintaining, preserving, …

This week in the news Jan 22 – 28, 2019

Weekly summary: 1.5 degrees warmer and chaos on the Earth, Earth’s atmosphere and oceans are changing the way heat moves, CO2 may rise more than expected, carbon tax is explained by a rebuttal to a ludicrous statement New Scientist Earth in 2050: This is what a world warmed by 1.5°C looks like. From wild weather to huge ecosystem shifts, dramatic effects from global warming are already baked in – but by acting now we can prevent the worst Science Daily Climate change reshaping how heat moves around globe. The Earth’s atmosphere and oceans play important roles in moving heat from one part of the world to another, and new research is illuminating how those patterns are changing in the face of climate change . The Times of India Faster CO2 rise expected this year: study. The forecast by researchers is based on a combination of factors including rising anthropocentric emissions and a relative reduction in the uptake of CO2 by ecosystems. Global News Calgary Brooks-Medicine Hat UCP candidate who claimed church facing $50K in carbon …

This week in the news Jan 14 – 21, 2019

Weekly Summary: 2018 recap, call out to go vegan, agricultural recycling program gets first go ahead in AB, companies join to tackle plastic issues The Guardian “Founders of plastic waste alliance ‘investing billions in new plants” – companies are coming together and investing some serious cash (1 billion) to try to solve the HUGE waste issues our world is currently facing, but will it be enough. CBC “The top 10 science and environment stories of 2018” – the doomsday clock moves closer, a new ancient city was discovered, China closes their door to paper and plastic international recycling and a new planet was discovered. The Guardian “Could flexitarianism save the planet?” – meat intake needs to reduce by 90% to save the planet, are you in? Morinville News “Provincial recycling pilot project tackles agricultural waste” – a government report found 50 per cent of agricultural producers were burning their agricultural plastics on the farm and many others were sending plastics to a landfill. Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is funding a three-year pilot program that will recycle …

The Apothecary in Inglewood

Author: Renee LittleLocation: 921 9th Ave SE Calgary, AB The Apothecary in Inglewood is unassuming from the outside and is an entire eco-life changer once you step inside! This gem of a store in Inglewood sells a zero waste philosophy and has the products and knowledgeable staff to help you create a sustainable eco-friendly life here in Calgary. When you step inside the store you can see how much care and attention is taken in product selection to provide the customer with the best zero waste and sustainable products on the market. The Apothecary carries the full line of All Things Jill products which includes Peas in a Pod (mom and baby), Zen Yoga, TREK (outdoor products), a bath and body line (bath foam and lotion), Jack (shave and beard products), Chic Puppy, and un-packaged bar soaps and bath bombs. Probably the best part about the store (in my opinion) is the refillery. A refillery is really just as the term suggests – a place to refill previously utilized or new containers from bulk inventory. …

Eco Friendly Furniture in Calgary and Online

What is eco friendly furniture? In terms of furniture manufacturing being kind to the environment can take place many different ways. Things to consider: Length and mode of transportation of goods – how far do the manufactured goods and raw materials need to travel and what type of transportation is used. Type of materials used in production – does the company source fair trade, organic, low VOC or sustainable materials? Energy consumption/ offsets – does the company reduce or offset it’s carbon footprint? Collaboration/ donation to eco driven research and development – does the company invest in environmental forward research or new developments? Waste disposal / recycling practices – how does the company handle waste material, do they have successful recycling programs. For the consumer – are you willing to put the time in to look for furniture that can be reused? Can you look at consignment shops for your next used furniture treasure? Canadian Made Companies – reducing transportation EQ3 – manufactured in Winnepeg, MB, store in Calgary Stylus – manufactured in Burnaby BC, …