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Mycelium leather. (Photo by Lindsey Filowitz, courtesy of MycoWorks)
May 07 2021

Miracle Material

Biotech companies have found an eco-friendly alternative to make leather. Mylo is sustainable. It’s biodegradable. It’s fast and easy to make. Where does this miracle material come from? The humble mushroom. It’s not made from the part that you eat. That’s the fruit of...

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Feb 05 2021

Mount Merapi Erupts

Mount Merapi, Indonesia’s most active volcano, erupted January 27. The blast could be heard 30 kilometres away. For four hours, the volcano spat out red-hot rock and ash. A hot cloud of gas rushed down the slope, coating everything in grey ash. Lava spilled out of the...

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Dec 04 2020

Cleaning Up the LaHave

A young eco-activist was inducted into the Order of Nova Scotia this month. Stella Bowles is the youngest inductee to the Order ever. How did a 16-year-old earn Nova Scotia’s highest honour? By convincing the local, provincial, and federal governments to clean up the...

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Nov 20 2020

Muscling in on Maples

Canada is world-famous for our sugar maples. These beautiful trees give us maple syrup in spring. They paint the woods bright orange each fall. We have so many, we put the leaf on our flag. But not all maples are Canadian. Norway maples are creeping into our forests,...

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Oct 23 2020

Canada Bans Single-Use Plastics

Canadians use 15 billion plastic bags a year. We use almost 57 million straws a day. In 2016, 29,000 tonnes of plastic trash ended up littering Canada’s land, water, and air. That’s enough plastic to make 2.3 billion single-use water bottles. The federal government has...

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Photo credit: Robin Loznak.
Oct 16 2020

Taking Canada to Court

Is it up to the government to protect Canada from climate change? Fifteen kids and teens say it is. They’re taking the government to court to prove it. The young activists announced their lawsuit October 25, 2019. It was the morning of the Vancouver climate rally. Ten...

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A forest burns as the Bobcat Fire grows, out of control, near Wrightwood, California, on September 18, 2020. [EPA/DAVID MCNEW]
Sep 25 2020

All Fired Up

Wildfires are searing the west coast of the United States from Mexico to the Canadian border. Almost 27,000 square kilometres of California, Oregon, and Washington state have gone up in flames over the past month. That’s an area half as big as Nova Scotia. California...

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The entrance to the massive cave in British Columbia's Wells Gray Provincial Park. Two members of the Canadian team that conducted a preliminary exploration of the site are circled in red to give an idea of the size of the entrance of the cave, which measures 100 metres long by 60 metres wide. (Photo: Catherine Hickson)
Jun 05 2020

The Biggest Cave in Canada

Two years ago, B.C. biologists were counting caribou in Wells Gray Provincial Park. As their helicopter flew over a remote part of the park, they spotted a giant cave. They called geologist Catherine Hickson. “My initial reaction was that this is a very important...

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In this photo taken on January 16, 2020, two Samburu men who work for a county disaster team identifying the location of the locusts are surrounded by a swarm of desert locusts filling the air, near the village of Sissia, in Samburu county, Kenya.
Feb 28 2020

Swarmed by Locusts

East Africa has a big locust problem. These hungry grasshoppers travel in giant swarms. They’re invading country after country. They eat everything in their path. It’s the worst year for locusts in decades. If they can’t be stopped, crops will be wiped out. Livestock...

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Jan 31 2020

A Storm to Remember

On January 17, a giant snowstorm hit the east coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. It was the blizzard of the century. People were warned it was coming. Stock up on essentials, they were told. Don’t go to school. Don’t go to work. And for heaven’s sake, stay off the...

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Jan 24 2020

Earth’s Best Shot

Calling all thinkers, leaders, and scientists. Calling all innovators and inventors. Prince William is looking for you. The Duke of Cambridge is launching a bold new plan to fight climate change. It’s called the Earthshot Prize. This multimillion-dollar award will...

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A firefighter manages a controlled burn near Tomerong, Australia, on January 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Jan 10 2020

Fire Fight

Australia didn’t have a very Merry Christmas. The New Year isn’t looking very happy either. Why? Hundreds of wildfires are blazing, all across the continent. Many are burning out of control. It’s the worst fire season in Australia’s history. And it’s just getting...

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