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A\J is looking for green business writers to help bring our next issue on impact investing to life!
Rail cars on the move in Dickinson, North Dakota. (NNDOT. 2011.)
Oil and gas spills are costly for the environment and taxpayers alike. But what if the soil, given time, can heal itself?
Cape Town from Table Mountain. (Photo by Bas Leenders. 2012) CC BY-SA
Cape Town avoided catastrophe in April, but water shortages and subsequent cuts in usage will not be a thing of the past. Nor are other cities immune.
LEDs on display at Rabba. (Photo provided by Rabba Fine Foods.)
Rick Rabba of Rabba Fine Foods finds solace (and savings) in energy retrofits.
Flint water tower. (Photo by George Thomas. 2016.) CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
The Tesla founder has vowed to make good on his Twitter pledge to restore Flint residents’ faith in the city’s water quality.
Tourists at Hawaii Kai Beach. (Photo by Marufish. 2004) CC BY-SA
With chemical ingredients in sunscreen bleaching coral, we take a deep dive into how sunscreen is breaking reef ecosystems.
Smokestacks near Edmonton, AB. (Photo by Bill Burris. 2013.) CC A-SA
Ontario may have signalled an end to its cap-and-trade program, but the idea can still win popular support nationally...if Ottawa cuts every Canadian a cheque.
A brittle star occupying a year-old subsea installation. (Photo by D. Jones)
In the North Sea, thousands of oil rigs and wind turbines are being decommissioned and removed from ocean habitats. But could leaving them in be better for the environment?
Pickering nuclear plant from Frenchman's Bay. (JasonParis. 2011) CC BY 2.0
The Pickering nuclear plant will close sooner rather than later. Are we ready to transition the plant’s workers to a post-nuclear reality?
Volunteers with Hillside's state-of-the-art Trash Turnaround wagon. (M. Ruby)
A near-zero waste community of supportive people bonding over music is Jessica Burman’s kind of place.
Lane Burman with his kids at Hillside. (Photo by J. Burman)
After 10 years, Lane Burman’s love of Hillside remains strong.
MNRF water bomber on a sortie over northern Ontario. (Ryan McGilchrist) CC BY-SA
Lightning strikes have caused dozens of forest fires across the province in recent weeks, tens of thousands of hectares in size.
Award-winning singer songwriter from the Peguis First Nation talks to A\J about music, family, reconciliation and what’s next.
Study co-author Rina Mandimbiniaina entering data. (S. Rakotonarivo)
Forest conservation programs that compensate local populations can become effective carbon sinks. But are developed nations paying their fair share?
UN Sustainable Development Goals. Adopted September 2015.
Canada ranked 20th globally in meeting its sustainable development goals. Challenges persist, but so do opportunities.
Hwy 401 running through Greenbelt land. (Haljackey. 2013) CC BY-SA 3.0
Alternatives is looking for Indigenous writers, photographers and videographers to share their stories of Indigenous life in and around the Greenbelt for our latest project!
Petare Slums in Caracas. (2013) CC 1.0
World populations are expected to level off around 2100. But that gradual slowing in growth "signals a harsh biological reality."
Dairy cows having a bite. (Lee Simpson. 2017) CC BY-ND 2.0
If dairy cows could spend less time each day being milked, what would they do with their new-found free time? And how could this improve bovine health? Enter big data.
Plastic waste on a beach in Malaysia. (epSos.de. 2011) CC BY2
The planet is drowning in single-use plastic. Here's how Canada is fighting back.
Pigeons perch on a window ledge. (Jan Mehlich. 2006.) CC BY-SA 3
Fewer animals are as at-home in cities as the rock pigeon. Yet while they live among humans worldwide by the tens of millions, where do they go when they die?