Sep 25 2020

On Fire

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

Wildfires are scorching 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, an area half as big as Nova Scotia.

California was the first to catch fire. After five years...


Sep 18 2020

Banned Nerve Poison Fells Russian Activi...

One of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s harshest critics has been poisoned. Alexei Navalny, a 44-year-old political activist, collapsed on a flight to Moscow on August 20. Traces of Novichok, a Russian military-grade nerve poison, were found in his blood. The Kremlin...


Sep 11 2020

The Trouble with Team Names

A growing outcry against controversial Indigenous team names, logos, and mascots has persuaded three pro sports teams to consider rebranding. The CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos, Washington’s NFL team, and baseball’s Cleveland Indians have rejected pressure for many years. In...


Aug 26 2020

Sea Otters Bring Back the Balance

A species that nearly disappeared from B.C. is back. Sea otters are frolicking off the B.C. coastline in numbers that haven’t been seen in almost 200 years. The return of this fuzzy, playful critter has brought unexpected benefits. It’s repairing the entire marine...


Aug 21 2020

From Museum to Mosque

Hagia Sophia is Turkey’s biggest tourist attraction, attracting almost four million visitors a year. For the past 86 years, this iconic Istanbul landmark has been a museum. In July, however, the Turkish government converted Hagia Sophia back into a mosque. That...


Plastic pollution in Ghana in 2018. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons.)
Aug 18 2020

Turning Off the Tap on Plastic

Plastic is everywhere, from clothing, cars, and computers to single-use products like bags and bottles. We produce 11 million tonnes of plastic a year, and throw away about 40 percent of it. Plastic doesn’t decompose like natural materials: it just breaks into smaller...


Aug 13 2020

Fighting the Good Fight

The United States lost a hero of the civil rights movement in July. Congressman John Lewis devoted his life to social justice. From a young age, he led marches and nonviolent protests against segregation and systemic racism…