Publications, Research and Links

Publications, Research and Links

Clean Nova Scotia seeks to inform and enable Nova Scotians to make positive environmental change. Here we have collected a batch of resources to inspire you to action.


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Background, Policy and Position Papers


Climate Change and Energy

A Carbon Offsetting Primer, prepared by Gina Patterson at the request of the CNS Board. 65kb Microsoft Word document

Climate Change Action Plan and Energy Strategy: Clean Nova Scotia’s submission to the Nova Scotia Department of Energy 



Energy Efficency Information


A Guide to Energy Effciency for Religious Buildings in Nova Scotia

What You Should Know About CFLs: Fact Sheet and webpage


Waste Resources

NS Waste Reduction Guide

Waste Reduction Facts



Research Papers


Air Pollution and Health – Background and Summary on Air Quality and Health Issues
Kimberley Creaser – Population Health, Community Service, and Critical Thinking Unit, Dalhousie Medical School

In April 2002 the Canadian Medical Association Journal published a paper on outdoor air pollution as part of a series addressing environmental health effects.There is a growing body of knowledge that has demonstrated that there are health effects directly related to air pollution. As physicians we are in a position to educate patients about these effects and recognize who is at higher risk for developing serious health illness due to air pollution. The goals of this paper are to provide background information to physicians about air pollution and attempt to provide a review of some of the current literature and encourage physicians to adopt strategies to reduce air pollution in response to a growing public health issue.



A Look at Eating Organic: Recent Research on the Nutritional Quality of Organic Foods
Emma Burns – Population Health, Community Service, and Critical Thinking Unit, Dalhousie Medical School

In western society today there are increasing numbers of population health concerns surrounding diet and life style… We have increasing rates of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, and other health problems, many of which are associated with obesity and sedentary life style. In Nova Scotia 58,000 people die each year from either cardiovascular disease, cancer…Fortunately, people are becoming conscious of the risks of an unhealthy life style and are trying to find ways to increase their quality of life as well as their life span by living healthier. One of the ways in which this health trend has manifested itself is in a public desire to eat better…An important place to begin a discussion on healthy eating is by determining what the public feels qualifies as eating healthy. One way in which people change their diet to become healthier is to buy “organic” foods. Is eating organic food in fact better for your health in the long term?. I will attempt to answer this question by doing a review of recent literature that focuses on the comparison of the nutritional value of organic and conventional food.


In a study led by Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, in collaboration with the Environmental Working Group and Commonweal, researchers at two major laboratories found an average of 91 industrial compounds, pollutants, and other chemicals in the blood and urine of nine volunteers, with a total of 167 chemicals found in the group. Like most of us, the people tested do not work with chemicals on the job and do not live near an industrial facility.


Scientists refer to this contamination as a person’s body burden. Of the 167 chemicals found, 76 cause cancer in humans or animals, 94 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 79 cause birth defects or abnormal development. The dangers of exposure to these chemicals in combination has never been studied…


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Links to Other Useful Information


Clean Nova Scotia on Twitter

NRCan (Natural Resources Canada)

Nova Scotia Environmental Network

Ecology Action Centre

Resource Recovery Fund Board (RRFB)

Nova Scotia Department of Environment

Find out how to conserve energy at home and how to build an energy-efficient new home. Learn how you can save money by choosing the most energy efficient appliances and heating or cooling equipment.


List of environmental websites (as promoted by Wikipedia)

The Encycolpedia of Earth

Planet Friendly – Calendar of Events

Environmental Health Association of Nova Scotia

Grist – A Beacon in the Fog

Farmers Facing the Crisis of a Consolidated Seed Industry

Sierra Club

Earth Day Canada

Marine Debris / Canada Report

Need to get rid of old electronics?  Aces Stewardship