Public health worker Beatriz Mendoza was living near the Riachuelo River in Buenos Aires, Argentina, when she started losing feeling in her fingers and toes. Her neighbours were also experiencing health issues – including skin rashes, cancers and birth defects – clearly linked to pollution in the heavily industrialized area. The Matanza-Riachuelo basin is one [...]
He is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and holds 24 honorary degrees from universities around the world. He is familiar to television audiences as host of the long-running CBC television program The Nature of Things, to radio audiences as the original host of CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks, as well as the acclaimed series It's a Matter of Survival, and From Naked Ape to Superspecies.
His written work includes more than 47 books. He lives with his wife, Dr. Tara Cullis, and family in Vancouver, B.C.
Last year ended on a sad note, with the accidental drowning death of Rebecca Tarbotton in Mexico, at 39 years of age. Becky was the inspirational executive director of San Francisco-based Rainforest Action Network, but her roots were in British Columbia. In an October speech, she eloquently recalled her early days in the environmental movement, [...]
In 1988, hundreds of scientists and policy-makers met in Toronto for a major international conference on climate change. They were sufficiently alarmed by the accumulated evidence for human-caused global warming that they issued a release stating, “Humanity is conducting an unintended, uncontrolled, globally pervasive experiment whose ultimate consequences could be second only to a global [...]
From plant species that grow in sidewalk cracks to birds that change their tune to trump city sounds, nature is showing us a new vision of the city as ecosystem.
Sandy is exactly the kind of severe weather event scientists have been predicting for years. And unless we change our ways, we can expect more of the same.
The Harper government’s new omnibus budget bill and proposed 31-year deal with China sacrifice democracy to short-term goals.
A new report challenges politicians who say tackling climate change is too costly for society.
Faced with record-high worldwide temperatures, increasing extreme weather events, and melting glaciers, climate-change deniers are changing their tune.
We’ve long known that environmental factors contribute to disease, but scientists are now learning that the connection is stronger than we realized.
Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente says no, but she’s missing some key points.