U.S. stops enforcing many environmental laws, citing pandemic

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday abruptly waived enforcement on a range of legally mandated public-health and environmental protections, saying industries could have trouble complying with them during the coronavirus pandemic.


Why cellphone tracking is the wrong way to try and contain COVID-19 at this point

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Now that community spread of the virus has taken hold in Canada, scarce resources are better allocated to address the COVID-19 public health crisis directly, writes Christian Leuprecht.


Email, text message attacks surge during COVID-19 crisis

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With the COVID-19 crisis as the backdrop, fraudsters appear to be redoubling their efforts to steal information or money from unsuspecting users, sending fake emails and text messages as bait, in a scheme known as phishing. According to one analysis, the number of active websites used for phishing has increased by 350 per cent.


‘Worse’ pandemic on horizon unless world deals with wildlife markets

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The continued existence of wildlife markets, which are considered potential breeding grounds for the spread of harmful viruses, means it’s just a matter of time before the world is hit with another deadly pandemic, some scientists suggest.


Our golden connection to a cosmic explosion


Bob McDonald’s science blog: A neutron star merger 100 million years ago may be the source of Earth’s gold


The riskiest surfaces for coronavirus and how to clean them


Worried about catching the novel coronavirus by touching the wrong thing? Here’s what we know about which surfaces are worst, which ones are safer, and how to clean them.


The COVID-19 pandemic may be an opportunity to transform the way we live

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The most difficult challenge is learning to see our place in the world differently so we can make changes in our behaviour.


Takaya, world-famous lone wolf, shot and killed on Vancouver Island

Takaya, wolf in a meadow

A wolf that lived alone for years on a tiny island near Victoria was shot and killed by a trophy hunter on Vancouver Island this week. 


How COVID-19 shutdowns have affected the animal kingdom

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In this week’s issue of our environment newsletter, we look at how COVID-19 shutdowns are affecting animals, the role horses can play in protecting the permafrost and how measures to heal the ozone layer have also benefited the jet stream.


No, the new coronavirus wasn’t created in a lab, scientists say

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The idea that SARS CoV-2, the new coronavirus behind the current pandemic, was created in a lab is a favourite among conspiracy theorists. But an international team of researchers has shown it was not genetically engineered.