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While the planet burns, our politicians fiddle

Lesson Plans   |   September 10, 2018

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This article examines the seriousness of the global issue of rampant wildfires and calls for action to address it.... read more

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While the planet burns, our politicians fiddle

In the News   |   August 21, 2018

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For days now, a grey pall has descended on Metro Vancouver. The North Shore mountains are barely visible from many parts of the region. The sun, meantime, appears like a tangerine behind a gauze-like veil,... read more

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Canada to phase out most uses of pesticides linked to bee deaths

In the News   |   August 16, 2018

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The Canadian government plans to phase out most uses of two pesticides linked to the deaths of bees and other insects, a move environmental groups say is welcome but should be implemented immediately. Health Canada... read more

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Ontario launching constitutional challenge of federal carbon-tax plan

In the News   |   August 3, 2018

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Ontario has filed its own constitutional challenge against the federal government over its planned carbon tax, broadening a legal battle that takes aim at Ottawa’s authority to implement a climate-change agenda. Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive... read more

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Ottawa bans salmon fishing to save the whales - but two other threats to their survival still loom

In the News   |   June 4, 2018

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B.C. Premier John Horgan lamented last week that he won’t be able to go fishing for Chinook salmon this summer – the federal government has put strict limits on the fishery to leave the endangered... read more

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Trudeau government to buy Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain for $4.5-billion

In the News   |   May 30, 2018

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The Trudeau government is taking an extraordinary step in its push to ship more oil sands crude to global markets and will buy the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan for $4.5-billion after the company... read more

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Ottawa says carbon levies could cut emissions equal to shutting 20 coal-fired plants by 2022

In the News   |   May 1, 2018

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The Liberal government defended its carbon-pricing plan Monday, with an analysis that concludes the federal and provincial levies would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90 megatonnes by 2022, the equivalent of shutting down... read more

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Debate sparked over University of Alberta tribute to David Suzuki

In the News   |   April 25, 2018

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A University of Alberta decision to award David Suzuki an honourary degree during a fever-pitched national debate over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has struck an angry chord with the province’s land-locked energy industry and... read more

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One scientist’s work sheds light on the ‘transforming’ state of planetary health

Articles of Interest   |   April 23, 2018

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A Harvard scientist whose work has shown that climate change could make food less nutritious will be the inaugural recipient of the Arrell Global Food Innovation research award. Over the past decade, Sam Myers has... read more

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Cartoons   |   April 18, 2018

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Unseasonal blasts of ice storms and high winds have produced dangerous conditions in many areas.

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‘We have to go to carbon-free electricity’: James Hansen on how world leaders can effectively take on climate change

In the News   |   April 16, 2018

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In the 1970s, James Hansen was a NASA scientist working on a mission to study Venus when he became curious about the changing composition of Earth’s atmosphere. By 1981, that curiosity led to some of... read more

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Researchers map massive global footprint of industrial fishing

Lesson Plans   |   April 6, 2018

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This article describes the development of the most detailed map yet of fisheries around the world, which reveals that the industrial fishing industry is gargantuan and is a threat to its own viability. In an... read more

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Newfoundland cod stocks suffer serious and surprising decline

In the News   |   March 23, 2018

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Newfoundland’s legendary northern cod stocks have suffered a major decline in the past year, despite having made a remarkable comeback over the last decade. Scientists with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans revealed on... read more

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Cape Town at risk of becoming first major city in the world to run out of water

Lesson Plans   |   March 15, 2018

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This article outlines the dire situation in Cape Town, South Africa, that may require the city to initiate what it calls “Day Zero” and shut off all water supplies to residents, restricting them to 25... read more

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Researchers map massive global footprint of industrial fishing

In the News   |   February 22, 2018

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With the help of big data and technology originally designed to prevent ships from colliding, a team of researchers has stitched together the most detailed map yet of fisheries around the globe, which sheds light... read more

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