Compost Your Holidays
Shoreline Cleanup's guide to a compostable holiday season, decorations included.
Our homes and neighbourhoods are all decked out in the season’s festive finery. While this time of year is cozy and jolly, there is a downside to all the glitter and lights. During the holidays we tend to accumulate and then immediately throw out things like decorations, gifts, trees and lots more, without a second […]
Taking the Office Outdoors
Leading a Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup for the workplace is a great way to impress your coworkers and become an instant office hero.
Matthew Zarmati, Corporate Social Responsibility Coordinator for Loblaw Companies Limited, is one of our Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup champions and a leader in the workplace. He has encouraged thousands of Loblaw employees and families to volunteer across the country. We caught up with Matt to hear his shoreline cleanup stories and learn some valuable tips […]
Weekly Ocean News
New research on the echolocation advantages of toothed whales; cutlip minnows use colour to attract mates and more in this week's Ocean News.
Ecosystems and Biodiversity Cutlip minnows use their eye for colour to attract mates, according to researchers in Ontario. Males select the most colourful pebbles when building their nests on the river bed, relying on their sensitivity to orange (which is important in recognizing crustaceans, their main source of food). The researchers further noted that due […]
Raising the Dead
The Vancouver Aquarium takes steps to preserve the remains of an ancient fish.
Tucked in the basement corner of the Vancouver Aquarium is a scary looking fish suspended in a mix of water and alcohol. This is a coelacanth (pronounced “seel-a-canth”) and, at 1.7 metres long and weighing 77 kilograms, it is one cool fish. Perry Poon, the props coordinator at the Vancouver Aquarium, points to the fleshy […]
Sustainable Holiday Gifts
From stocking stuffers to seasonal splurges, the Vancouver Aquarium Gift Shop has your shopping list covered.
For the Eco-Warrior: Abeego Beeswax Wraps –These adorable beeswax-dipped cloth wraps are a way more sustainable way to wrap up leftover turkey and stuffing. Titanium Spork – An unbreakable utensil for the truly hard-core. You know you’ll reuse this sucker; it can survive rust, salt water, or splashes of acid and chlorine. The Lint LUV-R […]
G7 Youth to the Rescue
The two winners of Ocean Wise's Ocean Solutions Challenge travel to Halifax to present their solutions to the G7 Environment Ministers' Meeting.
Last spring, Ocean Wise and Environment and Climate Change Canada, invited youth ages 18-25 from the G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, US) to submit their innovative ocean solutions to challenges facing our oceans. The winners were invited to Halifax in June to present their ideas at the G7 Environment Ministers’ Meeting. Meet […]
Weekly Ocean News
An new way to preserve seeds for the future; tracking whales from space and more in this week's Ocean News.
Ecosystems and Biodiversity Ecologist Matthew Bracken was surprised to find a kelp forest growing from a mudflat in southeastern Alaska, because kelp requires a hard substrate, like rock, on which to anchor itself. It turned out the kelp holdfasts were not attached to the mud, but to the burrows of Northern feather duster worms that live […]
Weekly Ocean News
Bitcoin's surprising carbon footprint; 17 new species of sea slugs; and more in this week's Ocean News.
Ecosystems and Biodiversity Coral reefs are under threat from climate change, but new research suggests that other reef-building animals might be more adaptable. Sponges are an ancient group of animals who often build structures on coral reefs (among other places), and as oceans change they may become more dominant. Via Phys.org Scientists have identified 17 […]