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Green Energy in Ontario: Why we can’t afford to slip backwards
Unfortunately, the energy discussion in Ontario (as it is in Canada and the world at large) is highly polarized. As a result, facts get skewed and everyday people are left wondering—what’s the real deal? Read on for some insight.

Celebrating Canada’s building water movement
Today is World Water Day – which for us in Canada also marks the ‘big day’ for Canada Water Week. This day, and this week, is an opportunity to reflect on how and why fresh water matters to us.

A good day for people and polar bears in Arviat
For several years, the 3,000 people of Arviat have been concerned about the increasing number of polar bears lingering in or near the community, putting families and property at risk. Some good news - With help from WWF, the community has installed 7 solar-powered electric fences and has seen a steep reduction in the number of 'nuisance' polar bears that had to be killed in defence of human life and property, from 8 in 2010 down to zero last fall!

Forest elephants, scientists and chance
The heavy rain in the morning prevented me from participating in a traditional BaAka hunt in Dzanga Sangha protected area, whereby long nets are deployed in the forests and animals, like porcupines and small antelopes, are flushed into them with drums and vocalizations. Instead, I spent the afternoon on the elevated observation platform at Dzanga-Baï, a vast forest clearing where elephants and other wildlife congregate to drink and to benefit from minerals dissolved in the water. This is arguably the best place in Africa to observe large numbers of forest elephants.

Extra Terrestrial! Extraordinary new species discoveries in the Greater Mekong
A new bat named after its devilish appearance, a subterranean blind fish, a ruby-eyed pit viper, and a frog that sings like a bird are among the 126 species newly identified by scientists in the Greater Mekong region in 2011.