About 3 billion animals harmed in Australian bushfires, WWF says


Nearly 3 billion koalas, kangaroos and other native Australian animals were killed or displaced by bushfires in 2019 and 2020, showed a study by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), triple the organization’s earlier estimates.


By scooping up refundable bottles and cans, ‘binners’ are helping the environment

Recycling bin

In this week’s issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the role ‘binners’ play in diverting plastic from landfills and how offshore wind power could soon save energy consumers money.


Scientists revive 100 million-year-old microbes from deep under sea floor


Scientists have succeeded in reviving microbes retrieved from sediment deep under the sea floor in the heart of the South Pacific that had survived in a dormant state for 101.5 million years, in research illustrating the resiliency of life on Earth.


Sask. vaccine developer locks in Canadian manufacturers for human clinical trials

VIDO-InterVac researchers

The University of Saskatchewan has contracted two Canadian pharmaceutical companies to manufacture ingredients for its COVID-19 vaccine for the first stages of human clinical trials. 


NASA’s next-generation Mars rover Perseverance blasts off


The biggest, most sophisticated Mars rover ever built blasted off Thursday as part of an ambitious, long-range project to bring the first Martian rock samples back to Earth to be analyzed for evidence of ancient life.


Ammonite miners dig up 74-million-year-old fish fossil in southern Alberta

Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

Michael Shideler’s day-to-day work is what most little kids dream of doing when they grow up — using big machinery to search for fossils. But last month, the superintendent of Enchanted Designs ammonite mine near Lethbridge, Alta., was on site when his crew dug up a different special find: a 74-million-year-old “enchodus” fish.


Government’s effort to publicize Big 3 cell service prices isn’t driving them down, advocates say

Bell, Rogers Telus, the big 3

This week, the federal government released its first cellphone price tracker report, which shows there has been little movement in prices since the Liberals promised to reduce those costs by 25 per cent.


CFIA investigating mysterious shipments of seeds landing in mailboxes

CFIA investigates seed shipments

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning gardeners not to plant “unauthorized seeds” from packages they weren’t expecting to arrive in the mail.


Moose on the Mediterranean? Research sheds new light on where moose once roamed


An international team of researchers surveyed the fossil record to paint a more detailed picture of how ancient moose survived and ultimately thrived across the northern hemisphere.


Lack of bees, pollination limiting crop yields across U.S., B.C., study finds

Bees Crops Decline 20200729

A lack of wild bees and managed honeybees is limiting pollination and yields for certain crops on farms in British Columbia and across the United States, a collective of researchers has found.