Topic: what on earth

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Why Indigenous architecture is 'a positive force that supports nature'

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the nature-based philosophy of Indigenous architecture and explore one of the Atlantic Ocean's big mysteries: 'the cold blob.'
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Eating wild plants is a 'world that needs to be rediscovered'

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the delicious possibilities of wild plants and how one national park bounced back from a devastating wildfire.
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For Indigenous people, seeds are more than food — they're 'members of an extended family'

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the concept of seed preservation as well as more than a half-century of plastic accumulation.
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'Regenerative ocean farming' could be coming soon to a coast near you

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the concept of 'regenerative ocean farming' and a Siberian oil spill with larger ramifications for the world.
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COVID-19 fears are propelling e-bike sales, but regulations are having a braking effect

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the possibility of e-bikes as a greener commuting option and how to achieve economic growth and lower carbon emissions simultaneously.
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Weeds get a bad rap, but many are crucial to the ecosystem

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the benefits of weeds, the benefits of 'forest bathing' and whether the current drop in carbon emissions is likely to last.
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We spend a lot of time online - so how do we make data centres greener?

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at how data centres are becoming more environmentally friendly and examine which countries are furthest along in the transition to sustainable energy.
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There's a lot of buzz about 'green' hydrogen, but actual projects are slow in coming

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the promise of 'green' hydrogen, Elon Musk's attitude to the COVID-19 lockdowns and what the federal government is doing to protect killer whales.

Face masks: How to minimize the waste during COVID-19

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the sustainability of different types of face masks and how orphan oil and gas wells in Alberta could be converted into green energy projects.
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As cities fight COVID-19, could climate action take a back seat?

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at how physical distancing measures in cities could hurt climate action and dive into research that suggests Arctic warming could be beneficial for lake trout.
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Will COVID-19 change our food habits?

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at how eating and buying food has changed during the pandemic, compare the current drop in carbon emissions to other historical periods and dive into a B.C. cave that was uncovered thanks to the effects of climate change.
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Keeping a distance: How safe are running and cycling amid COVID-19 measures?

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we examine how close is too close when running or cycling during COVID-19 and what our response to the pandemic says about our ability to fight climate change.
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Are physical distancing measures giving bikes a new lease on life?

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at how people are turning to cycling at a time of physical distancing, the growth of renewable energy capacity worldwide and why lower emissions right now might not last.
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How COVID-19 shutdowns have affected the animal kingdom

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at how COVID-19 shutdowns are affecting animals, the role horses can play in protecting the permafrost and how measures to heal the ozone layer have also benefited the jet stream.
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COVID-19 lockdown is already affecting some greenhouse gas emissions

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at how coronavirus quarantines are affecting air quality and the upside of bidets.
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Coronavirus work-from-home policies give climate plans a boost

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at how concern about the coronavirus is forcing employers to consider the work-from-home option - and what that might mean for climate efforts.
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More than a pipe dream: How turning on your tap could create electricity

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we examine the concept of 'in-pipe hydro' and visualize just how many people worldwide live in cities.
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Even if geoengineering can help mitigate climate change, is it ethical?

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we examine the ethical ramifications of geoengineering and collect reader feedback on zero-waste grocery shopping.
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Zero-waste grocery shopping: Tricky but not impossible

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we try a week of zero-waste grocery shopping and look at how climate change is likely to affect the farmable parts of Canada.
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How produce stickers contribute to climate change

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at how the stickers on fruits and veggies can complicate composting efforts, as well as the biggest players in battery storage.
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Wood highrises to shoot up thanks to new building codes

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the rising popularity of wood buildings, the future of oil stocks and why Canada will likely see climate migrants.
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Infectious diseases and climate change: Is there a connection?

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at climate change and the spread of infectious diseases, the phantom power of your electronic devices and the possibility of a plastic-free period.
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Microgrids: An idea whose time has come?

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at ways to the concept of microgrids, as well as how to heat your home without fossil fuels.
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How to reduce the carbon emissions from home heating

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at ways to reduce the emissions from heating and how the oil and gas industry could help access some of Alberta's lithium deposits.
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E-bikes, not electric cars, may hold the key to greener transportation

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the rising popularity of e-bikes and how algae could help in carbon capture efforts.
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Want to give and receive less this season? Here are some ways to do it

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at ways to reduce gift-giving during the holidays, the falling price of battery power and a historic flight for a B.C. airline.
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Whatever happened to the promise of hydrogen-powered cars?

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look under the hood of hydrogen-powered vehicles and the challenges of de-carbonizing the airline industry.
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This Canadian company shows a greener way to bottle water

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the difficulty of recycling plastic bottles, the hubbub over Tesla's Cybertruck and a Second World War bunker that was turned into a vertical farm.
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Energy efficiency is key to climate action, but which provinces are leading the way?

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at a new scorecard on how provinces are doing on energy efficiency and which countries produce the most lithium, a key ingredient in the zero-carbon economy.
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How big a problem is idling?

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the pollution cost of idling, historical carbon emissions and the connection between population and climate change.
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Hate raking leaves? You might be an environmentalist

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the history of plastic bottling, a new weapon in the fight against ocean plastic and why not raking your leaves is actually a responsible act.
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Zero-emissions deliveries: Getting the goods with less enviro-guilt

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the growing interest in zero-emissions delivery vehicles, how much power the sun actually produces and why Andrew Scheer might have benefited from a better climate policy.
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Sustainable Halloween treats: Better for the planet and just as sweet

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at steps being taken to make chocolate and candy more sustainable, as well as what we can do to prevent birds from crashing into glass.
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Food waste: There's an app for that (a few, actually)

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at a couple of apps that help reduce food waste and look at the climate policies of the federal political parties.
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Meet a guy who converts gas-guzzling cars into electric vehicles 

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we speak to a Toronto entrepreneur who converts gas-guzzling cars into electric vehicles and learn about climate communication from Canadian scientist and 'Champion of the Earth' Katharine Hayhoe.
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Greta Thunberg has talked about a 'carbon budget.' What is it, and why does it matter?

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the concept of a "carbon budget" and how you can help save the birds.
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Is lab-grown meat the next frontier in ethical eating?

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the feasibility of lab-grown meat and why universities and colleges are leading the way on sustainability.
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How you can be part of the global tree-planting effort

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at how average Canadians can help in the worldwide effort to plant more trees, and examine some of the products that can be made from captured carbon.
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Upset about Amazon wildfires? There's something you can do

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at what ordinary people can do to reduce wildfires in the Amazon rainforest, and examine the biggest producers of wind power worldwide.
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Air conditioning in a warming world

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at how we cooled ourselves before air conditioning became used as much as it is today, and how artificial intelligence could help in the response to climate change.
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Air travel emits a lot of carbon, but there are ways to fly more responsibly

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at making greener choices when booking air travel and how when it comes to electric cars in Canada, there are have and have-not provinces.
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A clean getaway: How to make your cottage stay more eco-friendly

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at how to make your trip to the cottage (or cabin, or chalet) more environmentally friendly and how Swedish eco-warrior Greta Thunberg is getting to North America (hint: it's not by plane).
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What a buzz: How to help save the bees with your smartphone

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at citizen-science apps that allow you to do your part for the preservation of bees, as well as the steps cities are taking to green the urban landscape.
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You can help save the world, even on vacation

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the idea of "conservation vacations," as well as the unseen benefits of climate action.
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Rethinking your wardrobe: How we're extending the life of clothing

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at how to extend the life of clothing and the ecological benefits that even the smallest garden can provide.
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Better lawns and gardens: Creating an environmentally friendly yard

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at how to grow a more sustainable lawn and give you the skinny on thorium, which many people see as a greener nuclear fuel.
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How to grow food in an apartment or condo

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we explore how you go about growing your own food in an apartment, the biggest green energy jobs and the backstory to an iconic climate change cartoon.
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Feeling helpless about climate change? There's lots you can do

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we speak to a psychologist and author about how to empower people to take climate action.
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How Tokyo, Oslo and other world cities are leading the way on climate action

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we examine how Canadian cities are at the forefront of climate action and how you can identify unrecyclable plastic.
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Cities are harvesting spoiled food to create new source of natural gas

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we examine how some Canadian cities are converting food waste into a form of natural gas and why fast fashion is a problem for the planet.
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Planting more trees 'one of the best things we can do' to reduce carbon in the air

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we examine the climate strikes happening around the world, trees as a carbon capture "technology" and reader suggestions on sustainable living.
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How effective is carbon capture technology?

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we examine the state of carbon capture technology and introduce you to some invasive insect species you might see on your travels this year.
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Electric-car rebates: More than free money?

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we examine what electric-car rebates are meant to achieve, and find out more about how to chemically recycle plastic.
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A Green New Deal for Canada: What it means

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we examine the Canadian version of the Green New Deal and Britain's success in reducing emissions while increasing GDP.
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Cows and climate change: A closer look

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we examine the sustainability of meat, the U.S. Climate Alliance and the eco-friendliness of meal kits.
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Meat and the environment: Do Canadians know what's at stake?

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the the impact of meat-eating on the environment and provide a primer on electronic waste.
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5 things Canada can do to reduce its carbon emissions

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the most effective ways for Canada to reduce its carbon footprint and how the country is reshaping its building code to address climate change.
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Canada is getting warmer faster than the rest of the world. Why is that?

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at technology aimed at stopping deadly hurricanes and why Canada is getting hotter more quickly than the rest of the world.
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How to track your carbon footprint

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the pros and cons of nuclear power and what you can do to make better sustainable living choices.
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Can geoengineering halt climate change?

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at whether geoengineering can help fight climate change, the benefits of car-free zones and the green agenda of 'smart' cities.
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How Starbucks and A&W are addressing the plastic problem

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at how fast-food chains are dealing with the plastic problem, a new Amazon shipping option meant to reduce waste and a primer on green buildings.
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Canada gets closer to a right to repair law

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at proposed right to repair legislation, the eco-impact of styrofoam and a 12-year-old climate striker in Victoria, B.C.
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Could this off-the-grid technology be the future of electricity?

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at an off-grid power company, driving an electric car in winter and Trump's influence on the Green New Deal.
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How to get your home closer to zero waste

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at ways to get to zero waste at home, how to tell what kind of fish you're eating and a major award for a pioneering climatologist.
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Can climate-conscious celebrities influence our eating habits?

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the growing trend of celebrities promoting an eco-friendly vegan diet, as well as the pros and cons of carbon offsets.
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'Silent majority' of Canadians wants more government action on climate change

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at what Canadians are saying about government's role in fighting climate change - and we take another spin on road salt.
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How green are avocados? (Yes, that's a trick question)

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the sustainability of avocados, the hidden effects of light pollution and some greener ways to de-ice our streets.
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For the good of the planet, can we curb our addiction to road salt?

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the environmental effects of road salt, the Amazon Book of Codes project and geothermal power worldwide.
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How China's electric car push is shaking up oil markets

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we speak to journalist Gregor Macdonald about why 2018 was a pivotal year for electric cars, and why more places are investing in floating solar panels.
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Is the divestment movement really hurting fossil fuel companies?

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at how effective the divestment movement is in weakening fossil fuel companies, and highlight some of the most powerful artistic statements about the environment in 2018.
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To feed the world amid climate change, we need a better way to grow rice

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at a more sustainable way of growing rice and we get straight talk from a young activist at the climate conference in Poland.
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Real versus fake Christmas trees: Which one's greener?

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the sustainability of real and artificial Christmas trees and how to eat your way to a healthier world.
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How to build a wind turbine for cities

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at a prize-winning design for a new wind turbine, and what climate change skeptics are thinking.
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Less smoke on the water: How ship operators are charting a greener course

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at how to make online shopping less environmentally harmful, and how ship operators are trying to green their fleets.

Your smartphone is burning a lot of carbon

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the carbon footprint of your smartphone use, a potential tipping point for sustainable investing and reader tips on greener living.

Prince Charles is concerned about the world he's leaving for his grandkids

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at Prince Charles' eco-anxiety and the steps being taken to make flying less carbon-intensive.

Why organic waste could be a gold mine

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the hidden potential of organic waste and what cities can do to protect themselves from the effects of climate change.

It's a long shot, but these kids are suing the U.S. government over climate change

It always seemed like a long shot, but a group of youngsters are on the cusp of facing off against the U.S. government in court over climate change.

Yes, there's still hope for the planet, says climate guru Michael Mann

In the first issue of our new environmental newsletter, What on Earth?, we talk to climate scientist Michael Mann, explore the world of waste-free takeout and examine plant-based Lego blocks.

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