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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. ( 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?
Woodland caribou in Jasper National Park. (ThartmannWiki. 2014) CC A-SA4
A recent study suggests Canada's forestry sector and its allies in conservative think tanks have intentionally spread misinformation for years to cover-up their role in the decline of caribou nationwide.
YRE from Environmental Defence.
Thanks to Environmental Defence, youth from across the country investigated solutions to plastic pollution in their communities, and shared their findings through video, photography, and writing.
Riverfront Ave during Calgary flood. 2013 (Ryan L.C. Quan) CC BY-SA 3.0
Latest report on Canada's climate resiliency shows need to focus on protecting human health and learning from northern Indigenous methods of adaptation.
Loch Ness expert Adrian Shine helping sample eDNA. Kieran Hennigan. CC BY-SA.
Environmental DNA gained prominence helping researchers trace invasive species. Today, it's finding new life helping scientists detect legendary monsters.
A mosquito finds its host. (Jim Gathany. Center for Disease Control. 2003)
Bad mosquito season? Weather and climate play a major role.
New research suggests bees are susceptible to stress at work. (Photo from USGS).
Maintaining sound mental health isn't just crucial for humans to operate at their best — turns out bees need a break, too.
Rooftop Solar Installation. (Oregon Dept. of Transportation. 2012) CC BY 2.0
Latest modelling says US$480 billion needed to boost renewables and shift away from fossil fuels to keep planet from warming more than 1.5°C.