New funding saves Arctic lab

The federal government has renewed funding for the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) in Canada’s high Arctic, one year after the research station in Eureka, Nunavut was shut down. The government awarded $5-million to PEARL over five years through its granting agency, the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). “It was a big …

Documentary: The hidden world of food waste in Quebec

Documentary: Wasteful Thinking – The hidden world of food waste in Quebec With the world’s population projected to hit seven billion later this  year, a stable supply of food has never been more important. Recent spikes in food prices have set off riots around the world and  have been linked to revolutions in the Middle …

Toronto the Green

Environmental impressions from a week in Canada’s largest city Before moving to Toronto for the rest of the summer I was warned about the dangers of biking on its streets. I’d need a helmet and some luck, I was told.   And I’d heard plenty about newly elected Mayor Rob Ford’s lack of appetite for …

Germany to abandon nuclear by 2022, activists not satisfied

Despite the fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster and renewed fears about the safety of nuclear power, almost no country has taken a position against the controversial energy source, except one.   Europe’s economic engine and most populace country, Germany, has bucked the global trend and announced it will shut down all of its nuclear …