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Environment & Animal Life

Polar bear research cancelled due to pandemic

For the first time since 1980, important field research on polar bears near Churchill, Manitoba will not take place and this, because of the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions.  Usually, in September, scientists get transportation by government helicopter so they »

Environment & Animal Life, Society

Coffee shop chain pilots use of returnable containers

Canada’s hugely popular Tim Hortons chain of coffee shops has unveiled a series of sustainable initiatives including a pilot project to have customers use cups and containers that can be returned and reused. The idea is to give customers the »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Politics

Report highlights dramatic increase in fuel consumption in Arctic shipping

Fuel consumption by ships plying Arctic waters grew by 82 per cent in recent years, according to a new report by the Arctic Council’s Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Working Group. The report looked at fuel consumption by »

Environment & Animal Life, Indigenous, Society

Canada rebuked on climate action, help for Indigenous people

Climate change is taking an increasing toll on Indigenous people and government action is described as inadequate by the non-profit, Human Rights Watch. It has issued a 120-page report which documents “how climate change is reducing First Nations’ traditional food »

Environment & Animal Life, Society

Town of Asbestos changes its name

Citizens of Asbestos, some 130 km east of Montreal, have voted to change the town’s name to Val-des-Sources, a reference to valleys and bodies of water nearby. The town was originally named for its large Jeffrey mining operation which was »

Environment & Animal Life

Tiny silver particles found to be harmful to fish

Silver nanoparticles are used in some socks, athletic clothing and in industrial applications, but a new study found that when the tiny particles are discharged into water, they are harmful to fish. Clothing is treated with nanosilver for its antimicrobial »

Environment & Animal Life

Bowhead whales beached in Arctic: victims of killer whales?

A group of Inuit hunters have come across the carcasses of four beached bowhead whales in the high Arctic. The group was hunting polar bears about 60 kilometres north of the Nunavut community of Kugaaruk when they came across the »

Environment & Animal Life, Society

Doctors ask homeowners to stop using natural gas

Homeowners in the western province of British Columbia (B.C.) are being asked to switch from using natural gas to electricity to help curb climate change. These are energy sources for home heating, hot water, kitchen appliances, clothes washers and dryers. »

Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology

Improving drones to study bats, birds and insects

A team at McGill University is looking to increase and improve the use of drones to study wildlife, specifically bats, birds and insects. The team has long been studying the use of drones for the observation of birds, but it »

Arts & Entertainment, Environment & Animal Life, International

Wildlife photography exhibit returns to Canadian museum

An international photo competition and exhibition begins at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto on November 21, 2020. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition out of London, England is now in its 56th year and features 100 new »