How our dinners can help fight climate change, a tug boat that's one-of-a-kind, and why Toronto Island residents are getting sick of sandbags


Climate action can make us healthier

Here's reason number X hundred and Y to be jazzed about electric vehicles—they could reduce cases of dementia. According to a Canadian study, vehicle tailpipe pollution could be making its way into our brains. 

I probably don't need to add that this isn't a good thing. According to the study, when we inhale air pollutants, fine particles of pollution get absorbed into our bloodstream, and can pass into the brain. And while there are many other risks from air pollution, like heart disease and lung cancer, the researchers found that people who lived close to busy roadways were also at increased risk of dementia.

And climate change and pollution is taking its toll on the health of children too, increasing cases of childhood asthma and lyme disease. But that's why the Ontario Public Health Association is launching a new campaign to "empower parents" and "provide them information and tools to act on climate change within their communities." 

We are what we eat

We know there many worrying consequences of our changing climate (the story above is a case in point). But we also know there are many ways to take action. This story is both. The IPCC released a report last week highlighting how climate change is threatening the global food supply, from extreme weather to water scarcity. A solution? Adapt what we eat. As one of the report's author says, “the choices we make about how we eat and feed humanity also influence future greenhouse gas emissions.”

Alberta town ups its emissions game

Edmonton is taking tougher action on emissions after a report found it is set to miss its 2030 targets. Following through on its commitments is about maintaining trust and credibility the city's mayor said; "if we throw up our hands and say 'well it's too hard,' that's going to be bad for business in Edmonton. That's going to be bad for our brand, bad for our ability to attract talent and bad for the credibility of this province."

Electric boats, big and small

The word on the water is that there's going to be a new kind of tanker in Tokyo Bay after four Japanese companies announced they are joining forces to create the world's first zero-emissions container vessel. Meanwhile in Auckland, a port with big climate goals saw a different gap in the market—for an electric tug boat. So they designed one. The new tug will have the same capacity as its diesel counterparts, and will arrive in 2021. 

Holding back the waters

If you find yourself with 56 seconds to spare today, have a watch of our latest video to see how residents on the Toronto Islands have been grappling with increased flooding. As one resident says, "we need to look at a much bigger picture. This is not just a small local issue."

"We had to get people out sandbagging for weeks on end."
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