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Ten-year-old tar sands activist/YouTube hit

Article: Ten-year-old tar sands activist/YouTube hit

Heard much about the Keystone XL Pipeline? If you get most of your news from mainstream sources, probably not. While there hasn’t been a lack of news about the transcontinental pipeline that would run from the Alberta tar sands to the Gulf Coast, it hasn’t exactly been hitting any front pages. Oil spills get that kind of coverage, but proposed pipelines, not so much. Regardless, the environmental community has taken to the streets, and luminaries within the movement, from writer Bill McKibben to actress Daryl Hannah to scientist James Hansen, have all spent some time in handcuffs because of their vocal opposition to the pipeline.

Data Romance's Bones

Article: Data Romance's Bones

Data Romance – Bones from Data Romance on Vimeo. I cannot stop listening to Data Romance‘s song “Bones.” The band is a male/female duo from Vancouver. They make electronic music and it is really good. The video above is really good too. Directed by Tash Baycroft, the video starts out as a standard electro music…

Goggles Project: Canadian universities get short course in "Rethink 101"

Article: Goggles Project: Canadian universities get short course in "Rethink 101"

North American universities have become hubs for everything from recycling competitions to renewable energy installations, so you’d have good reason to believe that our higher educational institutions are leading the way towards a more sustainable future.

A CHEMICAL REACTION comes to the film festival circuit

Article: A CHEMICAL REACTION comes to the film festival circuit

When dermatologist June Irwin first stood up in 1985 to speak at a Hudson, Quebec, town council meeting about the potential link between synthetic lawn pesticide and herbicide use and human and animal illnesses, she was written off as a flake. Irwin persisted, though, attending “every single town meeting in Hudson for six consecutive years…

Toronto's green roofs mandate: the right approach?

Article: Toronto's green roofs mandate: the right approach?

In May, Toronto became the first city in North America to enact a green roof mandate: “…any new development with floorspace of more than 2,000 square meters devote between 20 and 60 percent of its roof to vegetation.” A centuries-old technology, green roofs provide a wide range of benefits!