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Environmental racism plays a major role in todays modernizing society, one that is not benefitting many minority groups. Particularly the African American population is affected and traditionally the Native American Population in Canada especially. Environmental racism is a form of discrimination where populations of low-income or minority groups are forced to live within close proximity to environmentally hazardous corporations. In the case of environmental racism, the majority of families or individuals are not only of lower economic status, but also of colour or a minority back ground.

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Climate change is the ultimate wicked problem and we often overlook the impacts unless they are happening to us directly. Here in Southern Ontario we are not directly affected by these changes, so we turn a blind eye to fellow Canadians in the Arctic. Inuit communities are faced with negative social and environmental impacts caused by climate change. I came across an article by CBC News writer Sima Sahar Zerehi reviewing a book written by various Inuit authors from the Canadian Arctic.

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Ocean Acidification (Intro Music: 30 sec long) Leo:  Hey guys, my name is Leo Chai, host of Nature’s Radio Podcast and       today we will be having a special guest.  Harriet Minc, a biology student from Guelph University,  who is here to answer questions about her research on Ocean      Acidification.           Harriet:            Hi, great to be here today           Leo: Alright, nice to have you here.

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The article that CBC released was regarding the concern of air quality in Fort McKay. This report outlined 17 new recommendations for improving the air quality in the Fort McKay region. It has also been created in as a step to improve the relationship between first nations and the government.  The problem is that although this report is beneficial to the aboriginal community, which is a community of 600 to be exact, this problem has long been occurring.

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In the article, ‘Ocean Acidification: A Common Cause and a Common Concern for Norway and Canada’, Mona Elisabeth Brother discusses the grave impacts of carbon dioxide in the Arctic Ocean. Brother points that Canada and Norway are feeling the impacts of acidification the most, as they have a close relationship with the ocean. Acidification is happening at an extremely fast rate, affecting the entire oceans ecosystems - killing fish, coral and other living species.

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