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Members of the Sipekne'katik First Nation prepare to go fishing in Saulnierville, N.S., on, Sept. 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Mi’kmaw lobster fishery isn’t a conservation threat

The message from commercial fishers is that fishing in St. Marys Bay outside the commercial season is illegal and a conservation concern. In fact, it is neither.
Climate activists gather outside the Supreme Court of the Netherlands on Dec. 20, 2019, ahead of a ruling in a landmark case in which the government was ordered to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 25 per cent by 2020. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)

What a Dutch decision on climate change means for Canada

A ground-breaking court case in the Netherlands could influence the way Canadian courts rule on the government's actions on climate change.
Rising sea levels are threatening homes on Diamniadio Island, Saloum Delta in Senegal. A child stands outside a home’s former kitchen, surrounded by mangrove branches, in 2015. (AP Photo/Jane Hahn)

All human rights depend on a healthy environment

Among the human rights under threat are the rights to life, health, food, a healthy environment, water, an adequate standard of living and culture.
Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole holds his first news conference as leader on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in August 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

The risk of ‘peak oil demand’ for Conservatives

Recent industry reports indicate that we may be approaching peak global demand for oil. If that's the case, the federal Conservatives may need to rethink their electoral strategy.
The process of turning a newly dead animal into a bony skeleton relies on an explosion of life that ushers in decomposition. (Shutterstock)

How insects transform corpses into skeletons

Nutrients and energy contained within dead animals are repurposed and repackaged into living, breathing insects.
Planting strips of native prairie grasses on a farm in Iowa provides habitat for pollinators and protects soil and water. Omar de Kok-Mercado/Iowa State University

Ranches can help save threatened animals

The Earth is losing plants and animals at rates not seen in millions of years. Ecologists explain how protecting habitat on working lands – farms, forests and ranches – can help conserve species.
Fire consumes land deforested by cattle farmers near Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil, Aug. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Amazon fires threaten climate, raise disease risk

Deforestation and extreme blazes threaten the region's biodiversity, risk transforming the rainforest into a semi-arid savannah and expose people to zoonoses that could spur new pandemics.
A decommissioned pumpjack at a well head on an oil and gas installation near Cremona, Alta., October 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

The growing cost to clean up orphaned wells

More oil and gas wells risk becoming orphaned given the long-term downward trend in the industry.
People attend a climate change protest in Montréal, on Sept. 26, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

What lies ahead for Fridays for Future

With COVID-19 restricting in-person gatherings climate protests paused and lost momentum. Youth climate activists have shifted their attention online and are linking climate issues to social justice.
Malala Yousafzai, an honorary Canadian citizen and a UN Messenger of Peace, speaks as she sits with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in his office during her visit to Parliament Hill for her Honorary Canadian Citizenship ceremony in April 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Canada is starting to answer the call on SDGs

Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada is pursuing its international policy on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and scoring points on the world stage by leading the global support for recovery.
Electric utilities will often cut off power to prevent equipment from starting wildfires during hot, windy weather. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Storms and wildfires can cut electricity, but microgrids help communities

In an era of climate change and extreme weather, a microgrid — a self-sufficient, energy-generating distribution and control system — puts communities on the path to self-reliance.
Our educational systems should be doing more to ensure STEM classrooms are places where relevant inquiry pertaining to real-life issues thrives. (Flickr/Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action)

STEM should engage students’ minds & hearts

Teachers could better support young people's scientific inquiry into urgent planetary and social issues if school testing valued practical science.
Scarecrows float in an oilsands tailings pond to keep birds from landing, in Fort McMurray, Alta., in June 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

New tech leaves oilsands wastewater safer for fish

New regulations will allow oilsands companies to release 1.3 trillion litres of liquid waste into the Athabasca River in 2022. A new technology could clean the wastewater before it's let go.
Then-president of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto, U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sign the new Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The agreement was ratified in April 2020 and came into force last July. The Canadian Press

How the new NAFTA does a better job of protecting the environment

The Canada-U.S.-Mexico Free Trade Agreement, which came into force in July 2020, puts more emphasis on the environment and gives greater authority in Canada in the matter.
After a six-month delay, the Supreme Court of Canada is hearing arguments against the federal carbon pricing system. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Supreme Court case on carbon price isn’t about the Constitution

The Paris climate change agreement aims to limit global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial temperatures — and the federal carbon pricing plan was meant to help Canada meet its commitments.
Erosion damage caused by Hurricane Hanna is seen along the Fisher border wall, a privately funded border fence, along the Rio Grande River near Mission, Texas, on July 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Lessons from this global crisis for the next one

As a zoonotic virus, COVID-19 is itself a symptom of human-influenced climate change. It is also indicative of the humanitarian impact of future environmental crises.

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