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Phasing out Coal in Canada

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Country moves to make natural-gas fired plants the new clean-power standard.

The Canadian Minister of the Environment has announced that coal burning power plants must drastically cut emissions or face closure by 2025. The pronouncement signals a national shift towards more efficient, less polluting natural gas plants. The measure is expected to reduce Canadian emissions by approximately 15 megatonnes, which equates to taking 3.2 million vehicles off the road. The exact......read more

Mystical Landscapes by Troy Moth

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After a stint shooting models in the big city, a Canadian photographer returns to the natural majesty of his homeland

If there are two worlds more diametrically opposed than fashion photography and tree planting, we can't think of them. But Troy Moth has existed in both. Born in a remote tree planting camp on Canada's west coast, Moth in his twenties found himself in Toronto working as a fashion photographer for big-name clients like Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. Eventually, inevitably, he left that world......read more

Kids Get Hands Dirty at School Gardens

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In Canada, the school garden trend is in full bloom

As any parent can no doubt attest, kids like dirt. In Canada, teachers are taking advantage of that impulse with seeds and soil that teach kids vital lessons about food, sustainability, and the environment. In fact, school gardens are getting so popular up north that the Canadian charity Nutrients for Life this week launched a school garden network, complete with case studies, lesson guides and......read more

Jillian Anderson's Supernatural British Columbia

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Gorgeous photos of people, places and vegetation in the Pacific Northwest

As people who have lived in the Pacific Northwest can attest, there is nowhere else in North America quite like it. The dense rainforest, soaring mountains and shimmering sea stay with you long after you leave. Trust me. I lived there for ten years, so whenever I come across good photos shot in the area, I get psyched.  We can't tell you much about Jillian Anderson other than she lives in......read more

Take Me Home: Photos by Julian Bialowas

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A Canadian photographer returns home on an adventure through the Rockies

A couple of years ago we shared some of Julian Bialowas' work in the form of his stunning This Is Oregon collaboration with Shwood. Now the intrepid photographer returns to our fair site with this collection of images from his early summer adventure through the Canadian Rockies. The journey was a return home of sorts for Bialowas, who was born and raised in Canada and now lives in San Francisco.......read more

Travel Photography by Benjamin Giesbrecht

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From coast to prairie and back again

Based in Vancouver, B.C., Canadian photographer Benjamin Giesbrecht frequently finds himself on the road, often at the behest of fashion-focused clients who send him on adventures far and wide. Whether on a leisurely canoe trip on the coast, or deep in the prairies on a Shwood shoot, Ben has a knack for capturing the wide-eyed joy of life on the road. Shot predominantly with an Olympus om10, his......read more

Bringing Back the Light

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Restoring the Life to Canada's Temperate Rainforests

This film explores the practice, the methods and the need for habitat restoration in British Columbia's temperate rainforests. There's a clear connection between healthy landscapes and healthy communities. This coast is one of the most beautiful places in the world, but decades of destructive logging, mining, and development practices have left vast expanses of our temperate rainforest in need of......read more

Bottled Air From Canada Is Selling Like Crazy In China

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This is not a gag from "Silicon Valley"

If someone told you there is a Silicon Valley startup selling bottled air to China, you would probably think it’s a joke. And it is; the startup is actually in Alberta, Canada. Vitality Air produces and sells “hand-bottled” air from Banff and Lake Louise, two Canadian locales known for their Rocky Mountain surroundings and crystal clear bodies of water. The startup has......read more

Paris Climate Talks

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Questions Linger Before Final Deal, Canada Will Play a Big Role, and Australia Turns Focus to Rainforests.

A draft of a climate agreement is finished, but it leaves many questions unanswered. Now, as government ministers swoop in to finish off the talks by 11 December, those questions must be addressed. Nature recaps the weekend’s reaction and looks ahead to the final days of the climate talks. 1. Edging closer to a final deal A week of “very low drama” produced a draft of a......read more

Boards of Canada "Reach for the Dead"

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Scottish downtempo giants return from 8-year absence with a new track and vid

It's been eight years since the last official Boards of Canada release. Finally, after a long, patience-testing album reveal, we get a taste of upcoming album Tomorrow's Harvest, out June 10 in the UK and June 11 in the U.S. via Warp. The dark, slow-building "Reach for the Dead" comes complete with gorgeous visuals directed by photographer Neil Krug (previously), who was also......read more

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