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Biomimicry

Biomimicry

Feb 1, 2016

you can’t beat Mother Nature by Bruce Mason • Do, or die. At COP 21*, humanity turned a corner and agreed upon a coordinated, if somewhat symbolic, attempt to save itself. Not only did it signal the end of the fossil fuel era, but more importantly, we began to rethink our assumed and abusive role in nature. We accepted we must begin again or become extinct...

No to fracking Yes to our future

No to fracking Yes to our future

Feb 1, 2016

NO means we KNOW by Bruce Mason • Are you part of Christy’s so-called “Forces of NO?” If so, congratulations! You’re also saying “YES” to facts, environmental stewardship and a burgeoning renewable economy. “Fear of change?” Nonsense. Another LNG lie. In 2011, when rich elites handed over power to Christy Clark from Gordon Campbell, the...

Environmental rights are human rights

Environmental rights are human rights

Feb 1, 2016

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • My grandparents came here from Japan at the beginning of the 20th century. Although it would be a one-way trip, the perilous journey across the Pacific was worth the risk. They left behind extreme poverty for a wealth of opportunity. But Canada was different then, a racist country built on policies of colonization,...

Imagine a Reconciliation Bridge in Vancouver

Imagine a Reconciliation Bridge in Vancouver

Jan 1, 2016

A vision for a repurposed Georgia Viaduct by Common Ground’s publisher, Joseph Roberts • New York City had a brilliant idea. They took a viaduct and repurposed it into what has become a hugely popular aerial greenway park. Two years ago, while visiting NYC, I was one of first five million who had the delightful experience of strolling across this amazing,...

GMO BITES: Russian agriculture to be GMO-free

GMO BITES: Russian agriculture to be GMO-free

Jan 1, 2016

by Sustainable Pulse.com   • Russian President Vladimir Putin has told the Russian Parliament that Russia should become the world’s largest supplier of organic foods, in a message released to the media on Thursday. “Not only can we ourselves eat it, but also taking into account our land and water – which is particularly important – resources...

GMO Bites

Approval of GM salmon eggs challenged in Canadian court • Environmental groups have challenged Environment Canada’s decision to approve the production of genetically modified salmon eggs, citing the ecological dangers of such a risky action. The Ecology Action Centre and Living Oceans Society partnered together in challenging Environment Canada’s decision...

Natural infrastructure

Natural infrastructure

Dec 1, 2015

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • Across Canada, towns and cities face a one-two punch: aging infrastructure and the extreme weather climate change brings. Unless we do something, many of our roads, railways, transit lines, bridges, stormwater pipes and other built structures could become obsolete. Our newly elected federal government took up the...

Scientist, naturally: Ian McTaggart Cowan

Scientist, naturally: Ian McTaggart Cowan

Nov 1, 2015

– the man who hired David Suzuki by Briony Penn • Ian McTaggart Cowan (1910-2010) revolutionized the way North Americans understood the natural world. Known as the “father of Canadian ecology,” he was no stranger to the suppression of scientists or to challenging pipelines, hydro projects, pesticides and industrial logging – all before most of us were...

GE soybeans cause stunted offspring

GMO Bites by Jonathan Latham, PhD • Pregnant goats fed with genetically engineered (GE) soybeans have offspring who grow more slowly and are shorter, according to a new Italian study (Tudisco et al., 2015). Publishing in the journal of Small Ruminant Research, the researchers were testing the results of supplementing the feed of female goats with Roundup Ready...

Metro Vancouver tackles food waste

Metro Vancouver tackles food waste

Nov 1, 2015

Conservation in the kitchen • What we are learning about food waste is shocking and what we must do to overcome the challenge seems daunting. But there are examples of success to emulate. Metro Vancouver’s Love Food Hate Waste campaign replicates a successful British campaign that has reduced household avoidable food waste by more than 20% since 2007....