It is terrifying to think that an estimated 7 million people die from air pollution every year around the world. As if this weren’t enough, a recent study published in the journal PLOS Medicine shows that air pollution is also going as far as to threaten the health of those not yet born. What is PM2.5? This recent study focused […]
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) just recently released the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), titled Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis, in which recent understanding, findings, and knowledge from studies on the climate system are integrated into this comprehensive report that can be accessed by anyone: citizens and policy makers alike. The report has a section titled Summary […]
People with disabilities across Canada face many barriers. This fact is very true for people experiencing multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). This condition and disability mean symptoms upon exposure to certain chemicals which can bar individuals’ access to many public spaces. These spaces can be grocery stores, retail stores, public transit, community gatherings, legal and government spaces, hotels and restaurants, and […]
Some people believe that composting is too complicated, smells too bad, takes too much time to accomplish, and that it is overall a very messy affair. This is untrue, as it is in fact quite easy and quick to make your own compost if you know how to do it. It is also worth making organic compost, where only food […]
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a widely known organization that has an eminent guide to pesticides and produce. More specifically, the group takes in data from tests conducted by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and then categorizes produce into a list titled “Dirty Dozen,” which ranks the twelve top produce items that contain the most pesticide residues, or […]
Another Earth Day has come and gone, and with it the reminder that we need to take better care of our home. Each year on April 22nd, people around the world take a good look at the state that the planet is in, and are reminded that human action is the only way to undo all the wrongs that we […]
Montreal is home to a diverse array of institutions showcasing different elements of the natural world. It is not uncommon for those residing in or nearby the metropolis to have visited or heard of one of these five influential institutions, after all it is not only their educational value that makes them well-known, but also their architecture, which enriches Montreal’s […]
Over one million Canadians have been diagnosed with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), a recognized disability under the Canadian Human Rights Act. The number of diagnosed cases has been increasing (Statistics Canada, 2015-2016), with up to 75% being women and close to 50% being seniors (Statistics Canada, 2016). Despite these facts, it is likely that many people have never heard about […]
‘You’re Too Sensitive!’.
Environmental Triggers Impacting Everyday Life.
by most of us. We have become so acclimatized to the omnipresence of car exhaust, cologne and cleaning products, it’s just something we’ve learned to tolerate, carrying on in our personal and work lives without even a second thought.
In 2018, the U.S. state of Hawaii banned the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, two of the most commonly used UV blockers. Key West, a city in Florida, and Palau, a small island nation, followed suit with their own bans on the chemicals. It’s no coincidence these bans were all passed in coastal regions, home to marine environments. […]