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Thrift shopping with Anita Ballachanda/Yoshi Matsuzaki Photo
Project: Trashion shows the value (and style) in rethinking fast fashion.
Waste paper recycling in Holland/Bas Emmen on Unsplash
The broad push towards creating a circular waste economy isn't unique to the United States; it's happening in Canada, too.
Citizens protesting pipeline expansion in Burnaby, BC/Mark Klotz
The Trans Mountain pipeline court decision will test just how long Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can maintain his energy-environment balancing act.
Paper Princess/Yoshi Matsuzaki Photo; Michelle Sin Design
Project: Trashion aims to rethink waste in the fashion industry, one work of art (and dumpster dive) at a time.
Narwhals surfacing in Nunavut/Paul Nicklen — Provided by WWF-Canada
Government researchers and World Wildlife Fund experts seek to uncover elusive narwhal activities at Tallurutiup Tariunga.
Growing coffee in Colombia/Eddy Milfort
Deep in the Andes Mountains, where growing coffee is a multi-billion business, the creeping impacts of global warming are threatening a way of life.
Smoke blocks out the sun above a wildfire blaze in Colorado/DVIDSHUB CC BY
Propping up the old economy can only lead to 'Hothouse Earth'. But it's not a foregone conclusion.
Toronto's waterfront/Photo by Eugene Aikimov on Unsplash
Major urban centres around the world are having honest conversations about the risks of building in flood plains. But not in Toronto.
Busy streets in Bangkok, ThailandPhoto by Dan Freeman on Unsplash
New ways of thinking about "overpopulation" can help make sure you're doing it right.
Endless bottle caps as plastic pollution/NOAA Photo Library
Strong winds break up plastic patches in the Great Lakes, leading researchers (and clean up crews) to target shorelines.
Che Cu Nha commune in Vietnam/Doan Tuan on Unsplash
Can we manage landscapes effectively to balance agriculture and nature conservation?
One of four newly discovered titi monkeys in Brazil/Diogo Afonso Silva
Global biodiversity is in crisis, but a new wave of technology and interest in conservation science has led to a boom in identifying new species, including mammals.
Smoke covers Hwy 1 near Kamloops/Photo by Tonyglen14 CC BY 2.0
As BC declares a state of emergency over spreading wildfires, one Simon Fraser researcher weighs in with suggestions for keeping kids safe from smoke inhalation.
Belo Monte dam on the Xingu River/SAE 2015.
Hydroelectricity may appear clean. But when it comes to megadams, the veneer of sustainability can wear thin.
Walmart/Mike Mozart.
Walmart embarked on a colossal effort at greening their supply chain. But under closer scrutiny, just how sustainable has the global megastore become?
Common starling/Pierre-Selim CC BY-SA 2.0
Antidepressants are being increasingly found to influence animal behaviour. Now, technology is helping researchers understand just how deep those impacts are.
Forest fires rage in northern Alberta in 2009/Cameron Strandberg CC BY-2.0
Uncontrolled fires are burning across North America. To get ahead of them, fire fighters and need modern tools. And government cash.
Elephant successfully translocated to Addo Elephant National Park/Matt Hayward
The need for translocating some the planet's megafauna is challenging, but government agencies must take risks in the name of global biodiversity.
What do changing food trends in Canada mean for BBQ? (Photo by Eelke)
More and more Canadians under 35 are seeking out plant-based alternatives to meat. What the trend means for Canadian diets and meat producers.
SCI + POP helps democratize science and health policy/author provided
Art offers a unique way to bridge the divide between science and public thought. University of Alberta health researcher Timothy Caulfield weighs in.
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