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Pollution Probe

Pollution Probe is a national, non-profit organization that exists to improve the health and well-being of Canadians by advancing policy that achieves positive, tangible environmental change.

Climate
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On the eve of the first climate change summit among Canada’s provincial and territorial leaders, the Government of Ontario announced plans to establish a cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To expand emissions permit trading opportunities among companies, Ontario plans to link its system to those that already exist in Quebec and California. Although
Energy
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Canada’s national pipeline regulator, the National Energy Board (NEB), recently launched an interactive pipeline incident map to improve Canadians’ access to information about incidents in their area. The map shows 692 spills, fires, injuries and other occurrences that have taken place over the past eight years. Although a big step toward greater transparency, gaps in
Transportation
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If you are a resident of British Columbia, you can now take advantage of B.C.’s new Clean Energy Vehicle program, which provides rebates of up to $5,000 on the purchase or lease of a new battery electric, fuel-cell electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, and $6,000 for a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. Hydrogen fuel cell
Waste
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Each year, we throw out 42 million tons of electronic and electrical equipment – known as e-waste – the components of which are estimated to be worth $63 billion, according to a recent report by the United Nations University (UNU). Among the discarded resources are 300 tons of gold valued at $13 billion; 1,000 tons
Waste
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Why send nutshells to landfill when they can be a valuable resource? Ferrero, the maker of Nutella, is in the process of turning its waste hazelnut shells into packaging for its chocolates. Japanese technology firm NEC is breaking down cashew shells to make heat- and water-resistant bioplastics for use with electronics. Parts of sub-Saharan Africa
Water
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Severe drought conditions in California have forced the state government to impose mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history. The State Water Resources Control Board must impose a 25 per cent reduction in water use from 2013 levels over the coming year. It is expected that Californians will have to cut back on
Water
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Groundwater is indispensible. But how often do we think about it, even at an international level? No where near enough, according to a group of five international agencies (FAO, UNESCO, World Bank, GEF and International Association of Hydrogeologists) that joined together in a call for action on groundwater management prior to the 7th World Water
Technology
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Shell announced that it is co-engineering an ultra-efficient, ultra-affordable concept city car called Project M (for “Mobility”). The goal is to show how efficient a car can be made when working together with vehicle and energy experts through each stage of its design, including the powertrain and lubricants. The resulting concept car is expected to
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