Andre Mayer

Andre Mayer is a features writer and editor at He is also the editor of the environmental newsletter What on Earth?, which won a Digital Publishing Award in 2019 for best editorial newsletter. You can contact him at

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Worried about their grandkids' future, more seniors are taking up the climate fight

Inspired by the passion and reach of young activists like Greta Thunberg, Canadian groups like Seniors for Climate Action Now!, Climate Legacy and Grand(m)others Act to Save the Planet (GASP) are becoming increasingly visible and vocal.

We love to fly. Is that sustainable on a warming planet?

We all know the benefits of travel — but a substantial increase in flying seems unsustainable at a time when aviation’s share of emissions is set to rise and most of the world has pledged to keep global warming at 1.5 C.

Queen Elizabeth, Canada's head of state, dead at 96

Queen Elizabeth, Canada's head of state and the longest-reigning British monarch, has died. She was 96.

Oil has long been used as a geopolitical weapon. Could electrified transport change that?

If we want to slow the pace of global warming, one crucial step is moving from a transportation system run on fossil fuels to one powered by electricity. It’s possible that doing so might neutralize other toxic aspects of the petroleum industry, such as volatile prices and armed conflict.

Why corporate profiteering could be helping fuel inflation

Economists have attributed inflation to a variety of factors, including supply chain disruptions and labour shortages, but there is a growing sense, particularly in the U.S., that some companies are taking advantage of inflation anxiety to raise prices.

Buying our way out of pandemic malaise is hurting the planet, experts say

The destruction we're witnessing this summer, fuelled by decades of environmental stress, is coming at a time when politicians and marketers alike are encouraging us to spend — whether it's at the mall, at the car dealership or on so-called revenge travel.

How COVID-19 could change the way cities look and operate after the lockdowns

Measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are already reshaping urban areas, and some cities have rolled out ambitious plans to make some of the changes more permanent.

Why a 'just transition' doesn't have to pit jobs against the environment

Some politicians and business leaders say that climate change presents a binary choice between preserving jobs or the environment. But a lot of working-class people don't see it that way.

Rob Ford, former Toronto mayor, dead at 46

Rob Ford, the former Toronto mayor who polarized voters with his brash, uncompromising political style and became an international celebrity for his drug and alcohol use while in office, has died.

Who needs love, anyway? A Valentine's Day quiz for cynics

Tired of all the hoopla surrounding Valentine's Day? Take our anti-Valentine's quiz.