Genetically engineered trees could help fight climate change — here’s how

Whitebark Pine Trees

While there is controversy over genetic engineering, some scientists say it could also help fight climate change by creating trees that grow bigger, faster and would be better at pulling carbon from the atmosphere.


Chinese capsule returns to Earth with 1st samples of moon rock in decades

China Moon Probe

A Chinese lunar capsule returned to Earth with the first fresh samples of rock and debris from the moon in more than 40 years.


COVID-19 in 2020 showed science and society in action

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Bob McDonald’s blog: The pandemic gave rise to unprecedented global scientific cooperation to combat the greatest health threat of our lives. Here’s a look back at how it all unfolded. 


Texas, 9 other states sue Google for abusing market power

Silicon Valley Tax

Texas, backed by nine other states, filed a lawsuit against Alphabet Inc.-owned Google on Wednesday, accusing it of breaking antitrust law in how it runs its online advertising business.


‘Zero-emissions’ building sites ditch diesel machinery in Oslo, Norway


A nearly “zero-emissions” building site in Oslo, using electric machinery, could be a pioneer for greener construction as the world’s urban areas swell by the equivalent of a Dublin or Dallas every week, city experts say.


Federal health minister asked to review Alberta’s use of strychnine as wolf control

Wolf Management Minnesota

Animal advocates have asked the federal health minister to review a decision that allows Alberta to keep using strychnine to poison wolves in an ongoing effort to preserve caribou herds.


Researchers seek cause of massive B.C. rockslide that carved a new canyon

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A research team is flying up to the source of a massive landslide that ripped through a valley on B.C.’s Central coast in late November, in an attempt to pinpoint a cause.


Discovery Islands salmon farms to be phased out of existence over next 18 months


A controversial group of salmon farms in the Discovery Islands near Campbell River, B.C., will be phased out over the next 18 months after First Nations consultation.


‘2 lost decades’: How some experts view last 20 years of Canadian climate policy

Alberta wind farm

In this week’s issue of our environment newsletter, we look back at 20 years of climate policy in Canada and talk to the country’s climate minister, Jonathan Wilkinson.


Researchers discover 20 species not previously known to science


A scientific expedition high in the Bolivian Andes revealed 20 species new to science, including the “lilliputian frog” plus four rediscovered species including the “devil-eyed frog” previously thought to be extinct, Conservation International said.