Category: Environment

LONG WORK HOURS DON’T WORK FOR PEOPLE OR THE PLANET

by David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington. In 1926, U.S. automaker Henry Ford reduced his employees’ workweek from six eight-hour days to five, with no pay cuts. It’s something workers and labour unions had been calling for, and it followed previous reductions in work schedules that had been as high as 84 to 100 hours over seven days a week.   Ford wasn’t responding to worker demands; he was being a businessman. He expected increased productivity and knew workers with more time and money would buy and use the products they were making....

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HOW CAP AND TRADE IS SUPPOSED TO WORK

by Rick Maltese There are several greenhouse gas emission reduction systems that have been tried or recommended in recent years. Among them are Cap and Trade, that has a trading of emission allowances which amount to penalties or fines that become a form of dubious bartering to avoid loss of profits. The payments go to the government to spend how they please. Auctions are held periodically to keep the offenders on top of maintaining their commitments. Another type is the Carbon Fee and Dividend such as the approach being promoted by the Citizens Climate Lobby.  They essentially penalize the...

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PROTECTING OUR GREAT LAKES – OPINION EDITORIAL.

by Glen Murray, Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Whether you love to fish, swim, boat, or walk along a shoreline trail, the Great Lakes encompass vast and unique ecosystems that make Ontario a remarkable place to live. Most Ontarians — almost 99 per cent — live within the watersheds of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River system. They’re an unparalleled treasure — holding one-fifth of all the fresh surface water on Earth. Their resources provide us with drinking water and energy, food and recreational opportunities. They are a boon for business, too, forming the third-largest...

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Ecomodernism provides a way to nurse Earth back to good health.

By Rick Maltese Ecomodernists are also called ecopragmatists. They embrace the idea that many of the world’s worst problems can be solved with technology and human ingenuity. They recognize that much of the damage that has been done to the oceans, the air, the weather is caused by humans and that the tipping points leading to tragedies such as mass extinctions are happening already. Emergency measures need to take place. The truth is that everything is connected and such reality permits their philosophical outlook to embody a diverse range of topics from ocean acidity, genetically modified organisms, energy sources,...

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Why We Need Nuclear Energy

by Rick Maltese Energy is fundamental to human survival and prosperity. It has been and always will be. The quality of life depends on the kind of energy we use and how we regulate it. 85% of Ontario’s energy is emission free. Nuclear provides 60% and hydro provides 25%. But wind and solar energy are not always available. We need natural gas to fill in the gaps. That releases large amounts of CO2. Climate scientists and ecologists who endorse nuclear energy are calling on us to action to reverse climate change. These environmentalists have concluded that to prevent the...

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