What's behind the 'unprecedented' wildfires ravaging California

What's behind the 'unprecedented' wildfires ravaging California

Monstrous wildfires tearing through California have killed 19 people, destroyed at least 4,000 structures and burned more than 12,500 square kilometres (more than double the area of Prince Edward Island), breaking records as the worst fire season in the state’s history. “This is an unprecedented event,” said Noah Diffenbaugh, professor and senior fellow at Stanford […]

Coronavirus: What's happening around the world on Friday

Coronavirus: What's happening around the world on Friday

The latest: South Korea tightens physical distancing restrictions in Seoul metropolitan area. Hundreds protest against exams in India as daily virus cases hit new peak. Canada’s ban on foreign travellers extended until Sept. 30.  Canada’s economy shrank at fastest pace on record in Q2 amid pandemic. Poll suggests pandemic has brought Canadians together, pushed Americans apart. U.S. doctors identify […]

'In the blink of an eye': After a whole family dies on Flight PS752, what happens with what's left behind?

'In the blink of an eye': After a whole family dies on Flight PS752, what happens with what's left behind?

When Shaho Shahbazpanahi went to check in on the home of his close friends while they visited Iran, no one could have predicted they would never return — and that he would bear the responsibility of figuring out what to do with the pieces of their lives left behind. Razgar Rahimi, Farideh Gholami and their three-year-old son, Jiwan Rahimi, were about […]

Meat and the environment: Do Canadians know what's at stake?

Meat and the environment: Do Canadians know what's at stake?

Hello, people! This is our weekly newsletter on all things environmental, where we highlight trends and solutions that are moving us to a more sustainable world. (Sign up here to get it in your inbox every Thursday.) Note: The What on Earth? team is taking a much-needed break next week. We’ll be back on May 2. In the meantime, […]

Eclipses, new spacecraft and moon visits: What's ahead in space in 2019

Eclipses, new spacecraft and moon visits: What's ahead in space in 2019

When it comes to space, 2018 was a pretty exciting year. SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launched successfully — even to CEO Elon Musk’s surprise. NASA’s InSight spacecraft landed on Mars. Another NASA spacecraft, OSIRIS-REx, arrived safely at the asteroid Bennu. And, of course, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques is working away on the International Space Station until June. The year ahead should be […]