Recent Posts

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.
Guelph’s 2018 Hillside fest served as a canvass for artist Jay Soule to speak up about Indigenous visibility in art and community
Tourists take a selfie in Marin County, California/F. Delventhal
Can mining social media data help conservationists discover regions where wildlife may face added stress from tourists? Apparently.
In an ever-dividing world, we unite under song.
We’ve already used up a year’s worth of Earth’s resources. And there are five months still to go.
Clothing dropped at a charity clothing bin/Anna Gregory
Can renting clothing help reduce the enormous waste generated by the fashion industry?
The Crowds. Photo Credit: Leah Gerber.
As a healthcare practitioner, I always look for practical ways to reduce the impact of stress on my patients. Could a summer music festival be part of the solution?
Hiking in Prince Edward Island/Martin Cathrae
Giving Canadians the ‘right to roam’ might be a small step toward answering the calls of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.