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    In the quest to build a better battery, a Canadian is energizing the field

    In the quest to build a better battery, a Canadian is energizing the field


    Canadian Don Sadoway, a professor of materials chemistry at MIT, has captured the attention of the world with his quest to build a better...

    Canadian Don Sadoway, a professor of materials chemistry at MIT, has captured the attention of the world with his quest to build a better battery.

    To feed the world amid climate change, we need a better way to grow rice

    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...

    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.

    Washington governor proposes major steps for orca recovery

    Washington governor proposes major steps for orca recovery


    With scientists warning that the Northwest's beloved killer whales are on the brink of extinction, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced dramatic plans Thursday to help the population recover — including $1.1 billion USD in spending and a partial...

    With scientists warning that the Northwest's beloved killer whales are on the brink of extinction, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced dramatic plans Thursday to help the population recover — including $1.1 billion USD in spending and a partial whale-watching ban.

    Alberta Beach ice quake mystery solved

    Alberta Beach ice quake mystery solved


    For almost a year researchers at the University of Alberta worked to solve a riddle. What caused lake ice to shatter so violently on New Year's Day that homes in three central Alberta beach communities were...

    For almost a year researchers at the University of Alberta worked to solve a riddle. What caused lake ice to shatter so violently on New Year's Day that homes in three central Alberta beach communities were damaged?

    Apple to open $1B campus in Austin, Texas

    Apple to open $1B campus in Austin, Texas


    The tech giant said Thursday that the new campus will open with 5,000 positions in engineering, research and development, operations, finance, sales and customer support. The site, according to Apple, will have the capacity to eventually accommodate...

    The tech giant said Thursday that the new campus will open with 5,000 positions in engineering, research and development, operations, finance, sales and customer support. The site, according to Apple, will have the capacity to eventually accommodate 15,000 employees.

    Young beluga in Summerside 'lives a dangerous life'

    Young beluga in Summerside 'lives a dangerous life'


    A marine mammal research group in Quebec has identified a young beluga whale recently spotted in a P.E.I. harbour as one that has been rescued...

    A marine mammal research group in Quebec has identified a young beluga whale recently spotted in a P.E.I. harbour as one that has been rescued before.

    'We're running out of time': Canada under pressure to step up at global climate conference

    'We're running out of time': Canada under pressure to step up at global climate conference


    The Canadian government is under intense pressure to fill a leadership void as countries try to hammer out how they will hold themselves accountable for implementing the Paris climate-change...

    The Canadian government is under intense pressure to fill a leadership void as countries try to hammer out how they will hold themselves accountable for implementing the Paris climate-change accord.

    U.S. Congress OKs killing sea lions to help save salmon

    U.S. Congress OKs killing sea lions to help save salmon


    Oregon Public Broadcasting reports a bill approved by the House Tuesday changes the Marine Mammal Protection Act to lift some of the restrictions on killing sea lions to protect salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River and its...

    Oregon Public Broadcasting reports a bill approved by the House Tuesday changes the Marine Mammal Protection Act to lift some of the restrictions on killing sea lions to protect salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River and its tributaries.

    40 groups ask Catherine McKenna to retain 'stringent' pollution standards for automakers

    40 groups ask Catherine McKenna to retain 'stringent' pollution standards for automakers


    A group of 40 organizations, including a General Motors car dealership in Guelph, says Canada needs to keep tough vehicle pollution standards and move towards a zero-emission vehicle strategy regardless of what the U.S. may...

    A group of 40 organizations, including a General Motors car dealership in Guelph, says Canada needs to keep tough vehicle pollution standards and move towards a zero-emission vehicle strategy regardless of what the U.S. may do.

    Environmental agents set machines on fire in Amazon rainforest to curb illegal mining 'epidemic'

    Environmental agents set machines on fire in Amazon rainforest to curb illegal mining 'epidemic'


    Environmental enforcement agents deep in the Amazon rainforest carried out an operation against a handful of what are now known to be hundreds of illegal Amazon mines in Brazil, as part of a campaign to tamp down on activities that environmental groups...

    Environmental enforcement agents deep in the Amazon rainforest carried out an operation against a handful of what are now known to be hundreds of illegal Amazon mines in Brazil, as part of a campaign to tamp down on activities that environmental groups say have reached epidemic scale.

    Online ads spoil Christmas surprises, raising privacy concerns

    Online ads spoil Christmas surprises, raising privacy concerns


    Social media users say they're being burned by online advertisements spoiling "surprise" gifts by popping up in front of the intended recipient. That's because of data collected through online tracking by companies like Google and...

    Social media users say they're being burned by online advertisements spoiling "surprise" gifts by popping up in front of the intended recipient. That's because of data collected through online tracking by companies like Google and Facebook.

    First healthy adult Atlantic whitefish seen since 2014

    First healthy adult Atlantic whitefish seen since 2014


    No adults had been seen alive since the arrival of chain pickerel, a voracious invasive species that has become established in two of the three lakes that make up Nova Scotia's Petite Riviere watershed — the only place on the planet where the Atlantic...

    No adults had been seen alive since the arrival of chain pickerel, a voracious invasive species that has become established in two of the three lakes that make up Nova Scotia's Petite Riviere watershed — the only place on the planet where the Atlantic whitefish survives.

    2-wheelin' with a tree: Cyclists put spin on Christmas tradition

    2-wheelin' with a tree: Cyclists put spin on Christmas tradition


    A Vancouver architectural designer is crowdsourcing images from around the world of cyclists who use their bikes to cart home their Christmas...

    A Vancouver architectural designer is crowdsourcing images from around the world of cyclists who use their bikes to cart home their Christmas tree.

    Heads up! Geminid meteor shower peaks this week

    Heads up! Geminid meteor shower peaks this week


    The most active meteor shower of the year, the Geminids, will send dozens of "shooting stars" across the night sky this...

    The most active meteor shower of the year, the Geminids, will send dozens of "shooting stars" across the night sky this week.

    GPS bike-share program in China credited with reducing gridlock and smog

    GPS bike-share program in China credited with reducing gridlock and smog


    Since the beginning of last year, Chinese cities have been awash with 23 million GPS-equipped bicycles, part of a bike share program that has been credited with changing traffic patterns across the country, writes Saša...

    Since the beginning of last year, Chinese cities have been awash with 23 million GPS-equipped bicycles, part of a bike share program that has been credited with changing traffic patterns across the country, writes Saša Petricic.