Toronto is on the verge of becoming the first major Canadian city to ban single-use plastic bags. But it's not enough to stem the plastic bag damage altogether.
Not even the Big Bad Wolf has the lungs to topple this straw house. Bert Weichel, a University of Saskatchewan geography and environmental studies lecturer, has built himself a home just south-west of Saskatoon using straw bale construction. He says humans have been using straw structures for centuries, and that it is a cheap and eco-friendly
A new software program that minimizes the environmental impact of mining uranium is underway, with almost $1.5 million being invested by the federal and provincial governments. The goal of this software is to reduce the impact to surface and ground water caused by mining — that is, to decrease the amounts of selenium, cobalt, nickel and
On Oct. 6, Calgary’s St. Mary’s University College joined schools like the University of Winnipeg, Queen’s and the University of Ottawa when it banned the sale of bottled water on its campus. The Council of Canadians Acting for Social Justice only lists six schools in Canada that have made this move, though they did not
On Sunday, Sept. 11, the Saskatoon Farmers' Market was host to a composting exhibition put on by environmental advocacy group Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council. The overall goal of the event was to shed some light on what composting is, how it works and why it should be a mainstream practice, similar to recycling.
Trying to eat food that wasn't shipped across the world can be hard. This is even more so when you limit yourself to food grown within 100 miles. Especially in Saskatchewan ”” in the winter. But just because it is hard to make the transition doesn't mean it's not well worth it. Eating local is
Back in my first year of university, long before I traded in my straightener (for something much more useful: wine), I thought about foregoing shampoos and conditioners. Perhaps “thought” is too serious of a word ”” I entertained the idea of not using hair products, sort of in the same way a person daydreams about
Amid a growing wave of concern about climate change, many countries — including Brazil, Australia, the US, and EU members — passed laws in the 2000's outlawing or severely restricting access to incandescent light bulbs. But the real problem, as ever, is that the new technology is not yet as attractive as the old.
The catastrophes in Japan might finally achieve what decades of conflict in the Middle East have not: compel governments to invest in the research required to develop viable energy alternatives.