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Building a better future: the youth climate movement in Canada

A crowded rally in Berlin.

By Mary Anne Schoenhardt, Science in Society editor “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words”. These were the words Greta Thunberg used at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York in 2019. “The young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon […]

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How we predict and manage fire – and why it matters

A coniferous forest shrouded in smoke

By Naeema Bhyat, guest contributor With Canada’s wide expanses of forest, grasslands and shrublands, wildfires have always been part of our landscape. But as more Canadians experience eerie, smoky skies and a dull orange sun, these fires loom larger in the public’s imagination. Events like the 2016 wildfire that tore through Fort McMurray, Alberta and […]

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Rebuilding our urban forests with the My Tree app

By Ishara Yahampath, Communication, Education & Outreach editor Tree planting is an essential nature-based action for mitigating the effects of global warming. As trees grow, they absorb and store the carbon dioxide that drives global warming, provide shade for roads, buildings, and people, and food and habitat for local wildlife. While many Canadians recognize the […]

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Why does getting enough sleep matter?

By Dorottya Harangi, Health, Medicine & Veterinary Science co-editor When I was at university, I had friends who pulled all-nighters before every exam. As someone who loves her sleep and would never dream of skipping a night of rest, it was such a foreign concept to me. What are the consequences of being sleep-deprived and […]

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Discovering SNOLAB: ten years of underground science

By Eloise Chakour, Physics & Astronomy editor SNOLAB, Canada’s deep underground research laboratory, celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. Located two kilometres deep in a mine near Sudbury, Ontario, this facility hosts the world’s deepest, cleanest laboratory space. Over the past decade, SNOLAB has been at the forefront of astroparticle physics research and physicists anticipate […]

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