Current Events

Americana 2015: Acting on Climate Change \ Photo by Marcia Ruby
A report-back from Americana 2015: There is hope for change if we work together.
Toronto's waterfront
Toxin levels in Toronto fish have shown a pronounced decline since the 1970s, though widespread safe consumption could still be two decades away.
Bull Boreal Woodland Caribou by J.H. on Flickr
The driving principle behind species-at-risk management in Canada has shifted from protection to mitigation – and it shows.
Marine litter. One winters worth. Lots of fishing gear.
Up to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic waste enter the world's oceans every year, partly due to litter and inadequate waste management.
Blanding's Turtle
Loopholes in rewritten ESA are jeopardizing species' survival and recovery.
Alabama civil rights movement: Selma to Montgomery march
The civil rights movie is steeped in lessons in organizing and movement strategy – here’s how one group is applying those lessons to the Energy East pipeline.
Antarctic Ice Shelf Loss
A new study predicts a substantial carbon impact resulting from the loss of glaciers and ice sheets.
Crude oil pipeline
A look back at the major environmental challenges of 2014, from endangered species to pipelines and dying pollinators, and where we’re headed in the new year.
Asian carp jumping
Canadians are invited to comment on new regulations designed to help keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.
Activists with signs at COP20
Canada’s behaviour at COP20 in Peru is out of touch with reality – as usual.
The Greenbelt Alliance wants better protection for the ecologically sensitive area, which remains at risk from sprawl, mega-highways and contaminated soil.
Brown tawny owl in a tree.
Species may be more adaptive to environmental changes than we thought, but small shifts can still be enough to cause extinctions.
Rouge River Lookout, Toronto, Ontario
Everyone wants the 10,500 acres in the Rouge Valley to be made into a national urban park, yet few but the Harper Tories think their plan for the green space is the best path forward.
Petrolisthes cinctipes
Research released today shows combined effects of warming and acidification will zap the energy of porcelain crabs, forcing them into survival mode.
The legislation would be the first of its kind in Canada.
Tar Sands Action at the White House
What we've learned from the campaign against Keystone XL – and how to apply it to stopping Energy East.
The People's Climate March in New York City.
Maybe the real success of the march is the galvanizing effect on the communities it brought together.
More than 20,000 people joined a global bike ride to call attention to the need for Arctic protection.
Energy East is North America’s largest proposed tar sands pipeline, and Environmental Defence is here to set the record straight about the risks it poses.
Electric cars being charged at a station. One is blue.
If we can look past the short-term losses, shifting from traditional vehicles to EVs would be a massive economic boon – and help meet ambitious GHG reduction targets.