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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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Aug 31 2018

B.C. Ablaze

British Columbia is feeling the heat this summer. Almost 600 wildfires are burning across the province. More than 50 are fires of note—fires that threaten homes and property. With a month to go, it’s already the worst fire season in the history of the province. Last...

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May 18 2018

Slow-Motion Disaster

Hawaii’s youngest volcano is having a meltdown. Kilauea (pronounced Kill-oh-way-a) is the most active volcano in the world. It has been erupting continuously since 1983. Scientists come to study the busy volcano. Tourists flock to see the lava lake bubbling in its main...

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Horses are rescued from dangerous floodwaters caused by Hurricane Harvey on August 31, 2017 in Houston, Texas.
Sep 08 2017

Hurricane Harvey Hits Houston

A powerful hurricane struck southeast Texas in late August. By the time it blew itself out, Hurricane Harvey caused an estimated $180 billion of damage and killed at least 60 people. People knew Harvey was coming. Meteorologists tracked the tropical storm. It sucked up...

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The sun is obscured by smoke from wildfires in the distance behind burnt trees in Williams Lake, B.C., on Sunday, July 30, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Aug 28 2017

Fighting Fires in B.C.

Summer is fire season in British Columbia. This summer was the worst in B.C.’s history. The B.C. Wildfire Service knew it was coming. The spring was cool and wet. But by early July, the weather was blazing hot. Temperatures soared into the 30s. There had been no rain...

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Plastic debris on East Beach, Henderson Island. [Photo by Jennifer Lavers]
May 26 2017

Paradise Lost

Have you ever heard of Henderson Island? Probably not. It’s tiny. No one lives there. Almost no one goes there. It’s just a tiny dot on the map, halfway between New Zealand and Chile. In 1988, that tiny dot on the map became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Why? Because...

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Nov 04 2016

Lighten Your “Foodprint”

Can’t finish your hamburger? Think twice before you pitch it. About 870 million people would love to have that burger. One in ten people doesn’t get enough to eat, and one-third of the hungry are kids. That’s a lot of empty bellies. How on Earth will we fill them all?…

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Oct 20 2016

Hit by a Hurricane

One of the worst hurricanes in history struck this month. It barreled through Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas. Then it stomped up the Atlantic Coast as far as North Carolina. These storms are the world’s deadliest natural disasters. The average hurricane releases as much...

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May 27 2016

If You Feed Bacteria Some Plastic…

A recycling plant in Japan is getting a little extra help from hungry bacteria – that like to snack on plastic. Researchers discovered the tiny microbe living in soil and sludge samples. Ideonella sakaiensis can break down PET, the plastic used in water bottles. The...

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A giant fireball is seen as a wildfire rips through the forest 16 kilometres south of Fort McMurray, Alberta on May 7, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
May 13 2016

Fort McMurray Burns

Your town is on fire. The flames are racing your way. You have one backpack and 15 minutes. What will you take? That was the situation in Fort McMurray this month. Wildfires swept into the northern Alberta town. People were told to grab what they could and go…

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