Editors' Blog

Green Living editors dish on the latest trends and happenings in sustainability.

A weekly compilation of the highs, lows and not-to-be-missed happenings in the sustainability movement.—written by Lyndsie Bourgon

1.    Government organisations including the Vancouver Olympics Organising Committee and the United Nations Environment Programme are urging young Canadians to go green through the ‘Do Your Part’ contest. The national video competition asks youth between the ages of 13 and 24 to submit videos or animations that show how they’re planning to adopt sustainable living practices. (Source: CNW Group) Read more>>

2.    While the debate surrounding the price of health care in America continues, the price the industry has on the environment has largely been ignored. A new study from the University of Chicago has found that health care – including hospitals and pharmaceutical companies – has a huge carbon footprint. Eight per cent of all emissions in the US come are courtesy of the health care industry. (Source: Fast Company) Read more>>

3.    Looking to replace an old or broken household appliance? Scientific American gives a great run down on how to choose energy efficient household appliances. (Source: Scientific American) Read more>>

4.    The same magazine also publishes a report that shows how action from local governments can help fight climate change. Even tiny steps from small communities can make a difference! (Source: Scientific American) Read more>>

5.    Close to half of American lakes contain fish with dangerous levels of mercury in them, according to a new study. Forty-nine per cent of the lakes tested were home to fish that contained unsafe mercury levels – which can cause harm to nervous systems and young children. (Source: New York Times) Read more>>

6.    Eating fish doesn’t have to be a risky endeavor, but taking the time to find healthy, sustainably raised fish can be hard. This release gives advice on how to find seafood that’s good for you and the environment. (Source: CNW Group)
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