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The Pilikan House is a living lab on the Middleton campus of the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), designed and equipped to produce as much energy as it in turn consumes, championing what the science folk call net-zero housing. I...
By Zack Metcalfe It’s said that between the ages of 18-25 we lose our ability to hear the ultrasonic whine of the bat. This depends, of course, on the person,...
I’ve worked several newsrooms in my time, always at small rural papers and always as the only man on staff. As a consequence, I became the de facto sports reporter, expected to assemble an entire section of the paper with...
“Remote islands are Canada’s most endangered ecosystem,” said Ian Jones, a professor of biology with Memorial University who specializes in seabirds and island conservation. An island qualifies as remote if its ecosystem formed more or less in...
It’s almost that time of year when we open our wallets and let their contents scatter to the winds of consumerism, buying things we almost certainly don’t need in order to enjoy the short lived thrill of newness. I do...
There is only one population of North Atlantic Right whales left on Earth, and it can be found off our coastline every summer, building the fat stores necessary for a southern winter. Were fate kinder, their skin would be a...
You do not have the right to a healthy environment… There, I said it. Neither Nova Scotia nor Canada at large has ever formally recognized your right to clean air, clean water, clean soil, or any...
I started birding by accident, intent on spending a year identifying the trees of Eastern Canada, and instead falling in love with their feathered residents. In the space of a couple of weeks, I went from...
The more diverse an ecosystem, the more resilient it is in the face of adversity. This is among the firmest precepts of biodiversity, and is without doubt one of my favourite. The more intact our wilderness,...
In the space of a few years around 2010 something wonderful happened, permanently altering our electrical landscape and bringing a sustainable future within the grasp of even us humble Maritimers. I’m talking about solar power, the...


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