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Col de Port, in the French Pyrenees. Author provided

Mountains, a fragile source of life

We think of mountains as remote and little affected by human activity. Unfortunately, the negative impacts of what we do has important implications for nature, wildlife and human society.
A butterfly and medicine garden planted by ‘Finding Flowers’ at Maloca Community Garden, York University, Toronto. (Dana Prieto)

How Wet’suwet’en butterflies offer lessons in resilience and resistance

Indigenous land stewardship, resource extraction and corporate interests remain critical issues to addressing large-scale environmental concerns such as pollinator loss in Canada and beyond.
A crane carrying with melting steel at the blast furnace Schwelgern 2 at ThyssenKrupp steel mill in Duisburg , Germany (December 12, 2014). Patrik Stollarz/AFP

The ‘circularity paradox’ in the European steel industry

Europe recycles 70% of its steel, but much is exported, turning what should be a circular process into a linear one. Instead, materials need to be circularity-ready the moment they're manufactured.
People march against pipelines in Smithers, B.C. in May 2014. Francois Depey/Office of the Wet'suwet'en

Is the next Standing Rock looming in northern B.C.?

The We'suwet'en First Nation is fighting the Coastal GasLink pipeline project, which would stretch nearly 700 kilometres across northern B.C. through their unceded land.
The Norman Wells pipeline connects oil fields in the Northwest Territories to Alberta. Edward Struzik

A red alert for the future Arctic

There are many debates northerners should have about the future Arctic, but the development of oil and gas is not one of them.
Workers walk past a Lonmin Marikana platinum mine, a site that represents industrial strife in South Africa. Reuters/Skyler Reid

How South Africa’s mining industry can change its ways

South Africa's mining industry is on an unsustainable trajectory and needs to undergo fundamental transformation that emphasises transparency, equity, and community participation.

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