Nestlé’s Thirst for Water

Nestlé Waters Canada, a subsidiary of Swiss based multinational Nestlé S.A., has just applied for a ten- year permit to take water from their site at Aberfoyle near Guelph, Ontario. It also has a permit pending to take water from the possible purchase of the Middlebrook well beside the Grand River, just outside the neighbouring…

Biodiversity is below safe levels across more than half of world’s land – study

Habitat destruction has reduced the variety of plants and animals to the point that ecological systems could become unable to function properly, with risks for agriculture and human health, say scientists The variety of animals and plants has fallen to dangerous levels across more than half of the world’s landmass due to humanity destroying habitats…

How plants can be set to use water more efficiently

Boosting food production with limited water availability is of great importance to humanity. However, our current water usage is already unsustainable today. The fact that plant leaves lose a great deal of water through photosynthesis is the greatest limiting factor for larger harvests worldwide. Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed an…

Nature’s assets valuable, CRD told

Lakes, forests and aquifers should be listed right alongside sewers, treatment plants and buildings as local governments list and manage their assets, Capital Regional District directors were told last week. Nature is a fundamental component of a municipal infrastructure system and should be hard to ignore — but it regularly is, said Emanuel Machado, chief…

David Suzuki: Humanity’s Fate Depends on the Choices We Make Today

We’re living in a time of records. More renewable energy came on stream in 2015than ever—147 gigawatts, equal to Africa’s entire generating capacity—and investment in the sector broke records worldwide. Costs for producing solar and wind power have hit record lows. Portugal obtained all its electricity from renewable sources for four straight days in May—the longest achieved by any country—and Germany was able…

How to Make Detox Water

Detox water is water that has been infused with the flavors of fresh fruits, vegetables or herbs. It’s sometimes referred to as fruit-infused water or fruit-flavored water. You can make detox water at home in lots of different ways, using any combination of fruits, vegetables and herbs that you like. Because it’s made by infusing flavor, rather than juicing or…

David Suzuki: Feed-In Tariffs Accelerate the Renewable Energy Revolution

In the early 1990s, Germany launched Energiewende or “energy revolution,” a program “to combat climate change, avoid nuclear risks, improve energy security and guarantee competitiveness and growth.” Renewable energy grew from 4 percent in 1990 to more than 27 percent in 2014, including a significant increase in citizen-owned power projects, according to energy think tank Agora Energiewende. Meeting global commitments to reduce…