Climate

‘Just majestic’: the Canadian bison’s return to the Great Plains

In the 1880s, colonial settlers rendered the North American bison population almost completely extinct. By 1884, there were less than 400 bison left. Since then, efforts have been made to reintroduce bison to their traditional grazing lands, but the North American bison is far from restored to its former glory.

Behind the scenes on an Arctic research vessel

The CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent has been carrying scientists across the Arctic Ocean for 18 years. We followed a 23-year-old Concordia student who got the chance to join the ship's crew.

Where does aquaculture fit into Canada’s blue economy strategy?

With the world’s longest coastline, Canada is positioned to be a leader in the blue economy. But the aquaculture industry's impact on the marine environment and First Nations’ cultures has left it in the lurch.

Students are leading the charge for university divestment

Across Canada, campus groups are placing pressure on their institutions to cut financial ties with the fossil fuel industry

What do climate activists think about the Supreme Court’s carbon tax decision?

Canada's top court recently decided climate change poses a great enough threat that it needs federal intervention. Environmental groups are celebrating, but say the fight is far from over.

Why are there so many rabbits on B.C.’s south coast?

A deep-dive into the world of feral rabbits and what makes B.C. a hotbed for bunny populations.

Documenting destruction

The history—and emotional impact—of conservation photography.

Regenerative agriculture’s role in repairing ecosystems

“I really see this as a joint venture. It’s got to be a combination of efforts from scientists, from farmers, from the consumers, from [the] government..."

Making friends with Big Lonely Doug

On a sun-splashed, blue-skied Saturday last month, Alex asked me on a spontaneous trip to see Big Lonely Doug. I had heard about Big Lonely Doug, but didn’t know the extent of its history or what made the tree so unique.

This month’s election could decide the fate of Vancouver Island’s old-growth forests

With B.C. embroiled in a snap election and old-growth forestry a concern for many Vancouver Island voters, provincial leaders are deciding the future of B.C. forestry one platform at a time. Here’s what each provincial party has to say about forestry and Vancouver Island conservation.

In Canada, Extinction Rebellion is overshadowed by international critiques

What started as a UK-based grassroots organization has quickly evolved into a global operation. Here in Canada, where local environmental activists have more concrete demands and less extreme methods, has Extinction Rebellion’s infamous reputation overshadowed its goals?

‘Just majestic’: the Canadian bison’s return to the Great Plains

In the 1880s, colonial settlers rendered the North American bison population almost completely extinct. By 1884, there were less than 400 bison left. Since then, efforts have been made to reintroduce bison to their traditional grazing lands, but the North American bison is far from restored to its former glory.

Siloed in Suburbia: Reflecting on isolation and our relationship to land

My family moved to Calgary in 2016 and settled in Sherwood, a small suburb in the northwest corner of the city. At the time, our neighbourhood didn't feel like a neighbourhood at all: we were one of two families on the entire street, and the other houses were either wooden skeletons or empty shells standing solemnly with “For Sale” signs out front.

Fuel and fire: How a green recovery can save Alberta from itself

As COVID-19 put the world on pause, a decreased demand for oil sent prices plummeting, spelling disaster for the future of Alberta’s oil sands. The province continues to deal with a worsening economy and the impacts of climate change, and climate activists say a green transition might be the solution Albertans need.

Social perception affects social insects: Why Canadians kill wasps and keep bees

Dr. Seirian Sumner, a Reader at University College London, believes that most people don't properly understand the function of wasps. In 2018, she published an article for the Royal Entomological Society titled, 'Why we love bees and hate wasps.'