August 2020

Animals

Aug 26 2020

Sea Otters Bring Back the Balance

A species that nearly disappeared from B.C. is back. Sea otters are frolicking off the B.C. coastline in numbers that haven’t been seen in almost 200 years. The return of this fuzzy, playful critter has brought unexpected benefits. It’s repairing the entire marine...

History

Aug 21 2020

From Museum to Mosque

Hagia Sophia is Turkey’s biggest tourist attraction, attracting almost four million visitors a year. For the past 86 years, this iconic Istanbul landmark has been a museum. In July, however, the Turkish government converted Hagia Sophia back into a mosque. That...

Environment

Plastic pollution in Ghana in 2018. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons.)
Aug 18 2020

Turning Off the Tap on Plastic

Plastic is everywhere, from clothing, cars, and computers to single-use products like bags and bottles. We produce 11 million tonnes of plastic a year, and throw away about 40 percent of it. Plastic doesn’t decompose like natural materials: it just breaks into smaller...

News

Aug 13 2020

Fighting the Good Fight

The United States lost a hero of the civil rights movement in July. Congressman John Lewis devoted his life to social justice. From a young age, he led marches and nonviolent protests against segregation and systemic racism…