Fertilizers are often used in agricultural settings to restore a soil’s nutrients for production of crops because the process of growing and removing plants from a field strips the soil of its nutrients. In July of this year, Tatiana Schlossberg, a writer for The New York Times, summarized how the overapplication of fertilizers in agricultural settings is giving rise to negative effects. When fertilizers are overapplied to fields, nutrients like nitrogen can leach into the groundwater or be swept into nearby water bodies due to runoff.
The article presented by Global News, highlights the stressed laid upon the locals of Sarnia from an industrial parkway, known as the Chemical Valley. This collection of news stories displayed the struggles that families face regarding their health and the steps taken toward mitigating this problem. Studies show that Sarnia has one of the highest rates of respiratory cancer cases in all of Canada. The locals blame this outbreak on the 60 oil refining plants that are crammed within 20 square miles.
By the standards of most people, access to water is a basic human right. Water is necessary for all aspects of human life; from birth to death, water supports us all. However, there are countless Indigenous people in Canada that face each day without adequate access to clean or accessible water for drinking, bathing or cooking. In the Huffington Post article ”Canada First Nations Water Issues Need to be Fixed: UN", the author, Jessica Chin, addresses the recurring issues on First Nations reserves in Canada.
London, England is one of many major cities leading the pack in fighting air pollution. Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has put “cleaning the air” at the top of his priority list and he has data to back up his decisions. A recent study stated that pollution is the number one environmental cause of disease, giving Khan’s zero-emissions goals some merit.
Submitted by skeeler on November 10, 2017 - 2:54pm
Raw sewage and untreated wastewater is polluting Canada’s pristine rivers, lakes, and oceans at alarming rates – 205 billion liters in 2015 to be exact. It is one of the biggest issues of pollution that Canada is facing in present day. This number is in no way decreasing and in some cases it is increasing. Old systems of water treatment have not been improved in many years, due to limited funding and municipalities prioritizing other local projects.
Submitted by shasenac on November 9, 2017 - 11:36pm
Emma McIntosh’s article in the Toronto Star (27/10/2017) demands attention for two cases of longstanding pollution on Indigenous reserves identified by Dianne Saxe, the environmental commissioner of Ontario, as extreme examples of government inertia.
A team of researchers discovered incredolous amounts of cadium and arsenic in the air of the hotspots of Portland, which can prove hazardous to human health such as development of anomalies in children and cancer. During the investigations of these hotspots, the same team of researchers found an unlikely indicator of highly polluted air: the moss named Orthotrichum lyelli, which is not only cheaper than the current method they are using, but also much much more economical.
The article I had the pleasure of reading indicates a growing problem caused by our current surroundings and the human race’s evolution. In fact, our ancestors spent most of their time in the outdoors and with the large presence of fresh air and natural lighting, their senses developed in a healthy way. Today, because of technology, time spent indoors by humans is significantly more than what it used to be, causing modifications to our vision.