Food packaging is one of the top uses for plastic in consumer goods.
Bio-based plastics made from natural sources break down more easily than conventional plastic, without producing toxic byproducts. But for this to happen they have to be composted, not buried in landfills.
Used once and done.
Research is yielding strategies for making plastics greener and more sustainable. But without support as they scale up, new versions will struggle to compete with well-established synthetic plastics.
Can Walmart go green while maintaining its commitment to low prices?
AP Photo/Tom Uhlman
Two business professors spent five years studying Walmart's ambition project to bring sustainability to its millions of budget-conscious customers – a plan that began with the birth of a granddaughter.
One of the four newly discovered titi monkeys from Southern Amazon, Brazil.
Diogo Afonso Silva
How can there be boom in new species discoveries while others are dying out at unprecedented rates?
Plaintiff Dewayne Johnson reacts after hearing the verdict in his case against Monsanto at the Superior Court of California in San Francisco, Aug. 10, 2018.
Josh Edelson/Pool Photo via AP
A jury concluded on Aug. 10 that exposure to the herbicide Roundup caused Dewayne Johnson's cancer and ordered the company to pay $289 million in damages. Thousands more claims are pending.
Density is an idea sold to us by corporate developers who want to build on every last bit of green space. To fully enjoy our city now and for the future, we need more public green space.
As Toronto hurtles towards its population dense future, the making of significant green communities for its waterfront needs to be urgently considered.
Algae cover the surface of the Caloosahatchee River at the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam, July 12, 2018, in Alva, Florida.
AP Photo/Lynne Sladky
Red tide and a blue-green algae outbreak are fouling hundreds of miles of coast, killing fish and driving tourists away from beaches. Some of the causes are natural, but human actions play a big role.
Palm oil being made by local workers in Liberia.
Liberia's rural communities have long been suffering land grabs by international palm oil producers.
Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, but over the last four centuries it has aged and darkened from pollution.
A “cloud” of Mexican freetail bats leaving their roost.
Bats have symbolised everything from insanity to good luck. A new book explores their place in our collective imagination.
Forest fires in Huelva, southern Spain. August 6, 2018.
David Arjona / EPA
And how long before such extreme heatwaves become the 'new norm' across the region?
Research shows that farm parents do not mindlessly expose their children to risks; rather they weigh them against the the positive impacts of involvement in the family’s agricultural heritage.
Instructing farmers to keep their kids away from farm machinery doesn't work to reduce traumatic injury. A recent research project tried listening instead.
Bardal, from Norwegian Sublime, Ellen Marie Saethre-McGuirk, 2018.
Ellen Marie Saethre-McGuirk
Our use of social media platforms such as Instagram is changing our relationship to nature, and – at least for now – not necessarily for the better.
Drugs are finding their way into lakes and rivers, and we need to know exactly what they're doing to wildlife.
Millions of tons of plastic are manufactured every year.
In 2015, over 320 million tons of polymers, excluding fibers, were manufactured across the globe.
They're just one of many insects facing dramatic population decline.
A woman cools down in a water fountain as she beats the heat in Montreal on Monday, July 2, 2018.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Heatwave deaths this summer make it clear: climate change is a severe public health threat, and those who live alone are at greatest risk.
A research study found that most of the debris in gulls’ stomachs is plastic – exposing the birds to high levels of chemical contaminants and potentially limiting their reproductive success.
Seagulls have no qualms about sifting through dumps for scraps. But this buffet comes at a cost, filling their stomachs with plastic, glass, metal and even building materials.
African elephant bull.
Cells that transmit nerve impulses in the part of elephants' brains responsible for functions such as learning and memory are structured differently from those of any other mammal.
Four hikers walk west, from the village of Val Marie in southern Saskatchewan, along a historical trail once used by Indigenous tribes and settlers. Giving Canadians the ‘right to roam’ might be a small step toward answering the calls of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
James R. Page
A right-to-roam movement has never developed in Canada the way it has in the U.K. Here's how it could benefit Canadian society as a whole, including reconciliation efforts with the Indigenous.