Nobody gets excited about paying property insurance. But anyone who has invested in a home or business understands the importance of protecting it. Insurance provides peace of mind against unforeseen events, so anything that undermines the availability of affordable insurance is cause for concern. It turns out that climate change is doing just that.
Insurance markets depend on reliable and predictable information, and climate change is throwing a wrench into this predictability. Insurers need to set rates to cover claimed losses and make a profit. Rates must be affordable so enough people purchase insurance policies, or the system will fail. Climate change contributes to more intense extreme weather events, such as storms and floods, prolonged droughts and wildfires. Insurers have lost confidence that they can pay for losses now that "once in a hundred years" events are happening more frequently. Insurers are raising premiums to protect themselves, and insurance rates are increasing and becoming unaffordable for many.
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Canadians losing faith in government on climate change
Ottawa's climate position not in sync with Canadian opinion
Have you heard of flupyradifurone? Probably not, unless you work for the federal government agency poised to approve this new pesticide for use in Canada. But take note: This new "F" word is bad news for bees.
Flupyradifurone is an insect-killing systemic pesticide similar to the controversial neonicotinoid, or neonic, family of bee-killing chemicals. When applied to seeds or soil, it's absorbed by plant roots and travels to leaves, flowers, pollen and nectar, making the plant potentially toxic to insects.
By Scott Wallace, Senior Research Scientist, David Suzuki Foundation
Canada is lucky to have a seasonal migration of one of the largest and fastest fishes in the ocean: the Atlantic bluefin tuna. Bluefin tuna can grow to up to 680 kilograms and reach three metres in length, roughly the size of a compact car, and have no natural predators. They can also swim as fast as 60 kilometres per hour and dive to depths of more than 1,000 metres to catch prey. Atlantic bluefin tuna from western populations travel from spawning grounds in the Gulf of Mexico every summer and fall to Canada's East Coast to feed on mackerel, herring and squid.Continue reading »
I'm no doctor. But people often ask me, "What cream should I use or make for my rash?"
My advice: Stop using scented laundry soap, dryer sheets, lotions and home cleaners!
You already know scents can make you sick. Many of you have helped the David Suzuki Foundation combat potential allergens like "fragrance" and "parfum" (and other undesirables in household cleaners and cosmetics).
Over the years, we asked you to:
- Avoid the Dirty Dozen
- Write to cosmetics companies asking exactly what is meant by "parfum" or "fragrance" in their product ingredients
- Break up with toxic home cleaners, like Windex
By Jeffery Young, Science and Policy Analyst
The Onion recently posted a satirical article titled "50 Years Of Climate Change, Habitat Loss Somehow Unable To Take Down Goddamned Parrotfish," a humorous account of how a species has managed to persist through a plethora of human-induced impacts.Continue reading »
The highest levels of corporate integrity and responsibility should be the standard for any new mine in Canada, and especially for one with as much potential as Imperial Metals' Red Chris project, situated at the heart of the Sacred Headwaters in remote northwest British Columbia. Imperial Metals has acknowledged that all exploration, regulatory and construction costs will be reclaimed within two years of the mine's anticipated three decades of active production.Continue reading »