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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.

Energy
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To help meet its target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Vancouver is encouraging the development of new low-carbon district energy systems, such as those that run on waste heat or biofuel. At present, the utility rates associated with low-carbon systems are reportedly 10 per cent higher than those for Vancouver’s existing natural gas-fired plants. Although
Education
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The Trent Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge and Science (TRACKS) Program is a youth initiative run by Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, and its surrounding Indigenous communities. TRACKS aims “to help youth understand environmental issues from multiple perspectives by delivering hands-on activities based in traditional and contemporary Indigenous knowledge systems, Western science disciplines, and environmental education.” The
Human Health
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A study by USA Today has found high levels of lead in artificial turf layered with rubber crumbs that is often used at U.S. schools, playgrounds and daycares.  Although lead exposure is of concern for anyone, it is particularly so for children who may ingest contaminated turf fibers and crumbs.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state,
Technology
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Siemens just unveiled the first WiFi-enabled, cloud-based electric vehicle (EV) charging station, called the VersiCharge SmartGrid. It allows EV owners to manage and schedule charging remotely, through an application. It can also interact with utilities, who can then better manage the time and level of charging across the grid to operate more efficiently and avoid
Technology
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The original purpose of designing an artificial leaf was to harness light to break water into hydrogen and oxygen, thereby mimicking a real leaf’s photosynthesis. The bionic leaf is one step up from this process, in that it incorporates a type of bacterium that has been engineered to convert carbon dioxide plus the above hydrogen
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