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Wind power now provides more renewable electricity in the US than hydro

For the first time, wind power now has greater generating capacity in the United States than hydroelectric power, making it the most important source of renewable energy in the country, according to a report in Proud Green Building. The Department of Energy reports that at the end of 2016 installed wind capacity reached 82,183 megawatts, enough to power about 24 million homes. Wind supplied about 5.5 per cent of the country’s electricity in 2016, and in five states it was more than 20 per cent. Iowa got 36.6 per cent of its electricity from wind in 2016. Growth in wind has been aided by federal tax incentives and state mandates ... Read More »

Food waste to be banned from disposal, landfill as Ontario moves towards waste free, circular economy

The Minister of the Environment and Climate Change for Ontario has released an unusually detailed outline of the government’s plans to transform Ontario into a zero-waste, circular economy in which 80 per cent of waste will be diverted from landfill by the year 2050. Achieving this “visionary goal” will require producers to take full responsibility for the environmental and financial management of their products, and consumers to buy into a culture change in which our relationship with those products is fundamentally altered. The magnitude of the challenge this presents can perhaps best be summed up in one statistic: each person in Ontario generates approximately a tonne of waste per year, ... Read More »

Plastic pollution of the oceans must stop now: UN

The oceans of the world are filling up with plastic litter, killing marine animals of all kinds, and eventually finding its way into our bodies as we consume seafood. That’s the reality the world faces, in a nutshell. The numbers are almost too large to be meaningful: 300 million tonnes of plastic used each year; 50 billion bottles of water purchased each year; more microbead particles in the oceans than there are stars in the galaxy; 99 per cent of seabirds will have ingested plastic by 2050; more plastic in the seas than there are fish; 8.3 pieces of plastic in the average oyster. What is the average person supposed ... Read More »

Energy, water consumption reporting regulation now in effect for Ontario condos, businesses

A new Ontario government regulation requiring large, privately owned buildings, including condominiums, to report their energy and water consumption, is now in force. Ontario Regulation 20/17, known as the Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWBR) initiative, applies to buildings that are 50,000 square feet and larger. In addition to energy and water consumption, greenhouse gas emissions must be reported, as well as the buildings’ gross floor area. Building owners can access the required energy and water information through their utility. The government says that reporting under the EWRB regulation will cost building owners little, in some cases as little as an hour’s work if all the data are available. ... Read More »

Be kind to old batteries: don’t trash them, recycle, for National Battery Day

A simple step we can all take to help protect the environment is to avoid throwing away our dead batteries. Instead, Call2Recycle urges us to drop them off at recycling centres and thus keep potentially hazardous materials such as mercury and lead out of landfill where they could harm the environment. There are also valuable materials in batteries, metals like copper, aluminum and iron, that can be reused. February 18 is National Battery Day in Canada and the US, and the battery stewardship group wants people to know that recycling is easy, convenient, and important, not just on National Battery Day but every day. With the convenience that batteries bring us ... Read More »

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