Many homes in remote Indigenous communities rely on wood or diesel for heating.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
More than 200 remote communities in Canada rely on diesel fuel for energy. Cleaner options could fuel a better quality of life.
Fire crews douse derailed tanker cars carrying crude oil in downtown Lac-Mégantic, Que., in this July 6, 2013, file photo. A trial is now underway for three former railway employees charged in connection with the fatal train derailment.
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)
As the Lac Mégantic rail disaster trial begins, here’s how technology can help prevent a repeat of the tragedy that killed 47 people.
Solar technicians inspect panels at a Pacific Gas and Electric Solar Plant, in Dixon, Calif. in this file photo.
(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Amid news that solar power capacity will outstrip nuclear by 2018, what do those assertions really mean?
Election posters in Frankfurt tout German Chancellor Angela Merkel and request votes for her CDU party. German elections will be held on Sunday but, as usual, the action begins after the race is over. The slogan reads “Successful for Germany”
(AP Photo/Michael Probst)
German elections are typically tame. Jockeying for power takes place later, in negotiations for a coalition government. Could the xenophobic Alternative for Germany form the opposition?
An orange flag with the traditional Indian swastika on top of ancient Hindu temples in the Himalayas.
The swastika, an ancient and innocent symbol in many cultures for hundreds of years, now represents racial hatred. Should the swastika be banned in North America as it is in Germany?
A Boreal Shield lake in Algonquin Park, Ontario.
Canadians love to paddle on them and camp beside them, but our boreal lakes offer more than just peace and beauty. They could provide clues to how life on Earth began.
Social connections at camp can help build your child’s social network.
With summer in full swing and kids flocking to camps across Canada, how do you assess whether your child's having a good experience? Some suggestions on how to evaluate what will work for your child.
This wood tower on Bikeman islet, in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati, used to be on the sand. Now it’s in the water. Further out, locals fish.
A new study finds that even in best-case scenarios, the fishing communities most hurt by climate change are on small island nations such as Kiribati, the Solomon Islands and the Maldives.
A technician checks a smart meter data in this file photo. Research suggests the technology fails to affect consumer behaviour.
(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
Data suggests a smart-meter plan to shift electricity use to off-peak hours has had almost no impact.
What new and innovative infrastructure is likely to emerge from the suburbs?
Suburban areas feel infrastructure stress most acutely. Having to deal with severe inadequacies, suburbs offer fertile ground for infrastructure experimentation and innovation.
Pregnant women in South Africa who live in poor communities are more likely to consider or attempt suicide than the general population.
Depression may lead pregnant women to engage in suicidal behaviour. But the socioeconomic contexts pregnant women are in may also contribute to their suicide risk.
Recent decades have seen a rapid growth in new technologies that are rendering the high seas more accessible.
Negotiations regarding a legal framework for the oceans – an area covering roughly half the Earth's surface – are being dominated by OECD members.
What lies beneath: bedrock peeks through the Antarctic ice.
Russ Hepburn, Kenn Borek Air
Buried beneath kilometres-thick slabs of ice are rivers and huge lakes - some of which are teeming with microbes that thrive in a world without light or oxygen.
The Australian dairy industry could consider a regulation model like that in Canada.
Government intervention in the crisis facing Australian dairy has opened the gates for suggestions of other types of regulation.
The UN: success of Sustainable Development goals depends very much on process.
The UN's lofty Sustainable Development Goals will fall flat without more attention to how the many interested parties work together.
Slot machines are designed to make losses seem like wins.
A 2011 Massachusetts law allows for the expansion of gambling, including slot machines. That law is now on the November 2014 election ballot for potential repeal. This is a real opportunity for voters…
The Abbott governments rush to sign bilateral trade deals with countries including Japan has meant quality has been sacrificed.
Ten years on from the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement, Australia is entering another round of negotiations towards the new and controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership. In this Free Trade Scorecard series…
The road won’t walk itself.
Take a moment to think of a task you wish to accomplish in the next three months. It should be something specific like clearing out your backyard, or completing an online course, so that you could judge…
Geckos, long thought to use van der Waals forces and tiny toe hairs to stick to surfaces, may also use electrostatic forces…
Demanding the awe and wonder it deserves.
Papa Lima Whiskey 2
It was day two of our 18 day trek to Everest’s Base Camp when in the afternoon our head guide Lhakpa Nurbu Sherpa sombrely reported to me that 16 Sherpas had been killed in an avalanche on the mountain…