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The Interceptor. (Photo courtesy The Ocean Cleanup.)
Nov 08 2019

Turning Off the Tap on Plastic

Boyan Slat has done it again. The young Dutch inventor found a way to clean plastic out of the oceans. Now he’s found a way to keep it from getting there. When plastic ends up in the ocean, the wind and currents carry it out to sea. It collects in one of five swirling...

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The aftermath of Hurricane Dorian is seen on the island of Abaco in the Bahamas in this photo taken by the Dutch Defense Ministry on September 11, 2019. (Sjoerd Hilckmann/Dutch Defense Ministry via AP)
Sep 13 2019

Dorian the Destroyer

A deadly hurricane slammed into the Bahamas Labour Day weekend. Everyone knew Hurricane Dorian was coming. They knew it would be a whopper, too. But it’s hard to escape a hurricane when you live on an island. Dorian had been brewing for days. It started as a tropical...

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Sep 06 2019

Greta Makes Waves

Have you heard the news? Greta Thunberg has come to North America! One year ago, Greta was just another Swedish teen. Now she’s in the headlines for launching a global protest movement. Greta’s protest started small. She began skipping school every Friday. Instead of...

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Aug 30 2019

Fire in the Rainforest

The Amazon rainforest is in flames. This huge tropical forest is half the size of Canada. It sprawls across nine South American countries. Bolivia, Peru, and Paraguay are all dealing with serious fires. But in Brazil, wildfires have skyrocketed. In August, Brazil had a...

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Jun 07 2019

Trash and Bash

Finally. The trash talk between the Philippines and Canada is over. A cargo ship loaded with 69 containers of garbage is on its way back to Canada. What was Canada’s garbage doing in the Philippines? That’s a good question. It all started six years ago. A Canadian...

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May 10 2019

Water, Water, Everywhere

April showers didn’t bring flowers to communities in Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick this year. They brought major flooding. Many areas of Eastern Canada received heavy rain last month. Some rivers and lakes couldn’t hold any more water. They were already full of...

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May 03 2019

Now You See It, Now You Don’t

A new trend is sweeping the Internet. It’s called the #TrashTag Challenge. It all started March 5, when an Arizona man spotted an inspiring Facebook post. It showed a man posing with nine bags of garbage in a wooded area. It also had a photo of the area before he...

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Apr 05 2019

The Voice of Change

Have you ever worried about climate change? If so, you’re not the only one. Greta Thunberg didn’t just worry. The Swedish teen took action. Last fall, Greta started skipping school Fridays to protest on the steps of Sweden’s parliament building. She wanted her...

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Feb 22 2019

Don’t Roll Up the Rim

Canadians love Tim Hortons’ Roll Up the Rim to Win contest. This annual tradition is as Canadian as the hockey player that gave Timmy’s its name. It’s also one of the most successful marketing campaigns in Canadian history. People have been rolling up the rim since...

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Nov 30 2018

Oil Spill in the Atlantic

On November 16, an offshore oil platform dumped 250,000 litres of crude oil off the coast of Newfoundland. It’s the worst spill in the history of the province. The oil leaked from the SeaRose, an FPSO operated by Husky Energy. FPSOs are huge ships. They’re used as...

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The Polo Farms neighborhood in South Carolina is largely underwater on September 24, 2018, due to Hurricane Florence. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)
Sep 28 2018

Super Storms

September was a bad month for bad storms. First, Hurricane Florence whomped the U.S. East Coast. This slow-moving giant caused terrible floods. It dumped at least 30 trillion litres of water on the region. Florence killed more than 30 people in three states. A few days...

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Sep 21 2018

Food of the Future

A new food is creeping into our diet. Can you guess what it is? It’s good for you and easy on the Earth. You can bake it into protein bars and whirl it into smoothies. Top a pizza or make a burger. Fry it up or cover it in chocolate. Here’s a hint. The idea might “bug...

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