All Environment stories

Cold snap lays B.C.’s wine crop to waste

If you stumble across a bottle of 2024 vintage B.C. wine when perusing the liquor store this year, we recommend you pick it up. It could be a collector’s item one day. 

Driving the news: There will be “an almost complete write-off” of B.C. wine this year after a cold snap that hit the province last month wiped out as much as 99% of its wine grape harvest, according to early industry estimates.

Lululemon the latest to face greenwashing complaint

Everyone’s favourite yoga pant maker is in some hot water over its ‘green’ claims.

Driving the news: Lululemon is facing a complaint from a climate-focused non-profit alleging the athleisure company is misleading customers about its environmental impact, joining the growing list of companies facing investigations over so-called “greenwashing.” 

Data centres have a big carbon footprint, and AI is making it bigger

The corporate sector’s mad dash for AI may be leaving sustainability goals behind.

Driving the news: Data centres are driving up electricity demand, which is expected to double by 2026. While some of this can be attributed to more internet use and electrification in countries like China, a big culprit is AI, which requires massive amounts of data processing.

Western Canada grapples with drought

Just like the sober-curious crowd, western provinces are partaking in Dry February… though not by their own choice. 

Driving the news: Alberta is talking with major water licence holders to sign water-sharing deals as dried-up rivers and reservoirs are primed to devastate the agricultural sector

Québec’s EV battery plant hits a speed bump

Here’s a brain teaser for you: Why are environmental and Indigenous groups rallying against a project that aims to be a key part of Canada’s net-zero transition? 

What happened: A Québec court is ruling on whether or not to stop the construction of Northvolt’s $7 billion EV battery plant outside of Montréal. The legal hurdle comes from an environmentalist group claiming the plant will harm important wetlands. 

New report calls out logging problems

Canada might have more trees than stars in the Milky Way, but that doesn’t mean we should take them for granted.

Driving the news: Canada has “downplayed the impact of the forest industry,” one researcher told the NYT after reviewing a new study on logging in Ontario and Québec.

COP28 goes into overtime

The UN COP28 Climate Summit in Dubai went into overtime as environment ministers made like us in university and pulled an all-nighter desperately trying to finish a project.

Driving the news: COP28’s president is expected to announce the conference’s final draft of commitments sometime this morning despite the conference technically ending yesterday. Negotiations went deep into the night over how strict fossil fuel reduction goals should be.

Canada cracks down on cow burps

Canada proposed a new strategy to slash methane emissions by offering cattle farmers incentives if they feed their cows food that will make them burp less. 

Yes, we are dead serious.

What happened: The plan would give farmers offset credits for switching their cows to feed with additives (like oil and extra grain) that reduce the amount of methane cattle produce. These credits can then be sold to companies to help them meet emissions reduction goals. 

Firefighters ask the feds for more help

After persevering through the most destructive year ever for wildfires in Canada, firefighters are in Ottawa trying to get more assistance before the next wildfire season.  

Driving the news: Over 40 fire chiefs from across the country are meeting with federal officials today to drum up support. One of their main asks is to increase the volunteer firefighter tax credit from $3,000 a year to $10,000 in order to attract more volunteers.

Carbon removal now critical to hitting climate goals, scientists tell COP28

Most of the world’s countries agreed on a significant new renewable energy push at the UN’s COP28 climate summit over the weekend, but scientists warned that overshooting the 1.5°C threshold — beyond which climate disasters will become more frequent and intense — is now almost “inevitable.”