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Dorm Living for Professionals Comes to San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — In search of reasonable rent, the middle-class backbone of San Francisco — maitre d’s, teachers, bookstore managers, lounge musicians, copywriters and merchandise planners — are engaging in an unusual experiment in communal living: They are moving into dorms.<p>Shared bathrooms at the …


A new generation of anti-gentrification radicals are on the march in Los Angeles – and around the country

LOS ANGELES — The protest at Mariachi Plaza didn’t seem, at first, like a declaration of war.<p>In fact, the Feb. 7 event looked like the same sort of …

Urban Design

Too right it's Black Friday: our relentless consumption is trashing the planet

Growth must go on – it’s the political imperative everywhere, and it’s destroying the Earth. But there’s no way of greening it, so we need a new system<p>Everyone wants everything – how is that going to work? The promise of economic growth is that the poor can live like the rich and the rich can live …


China Presses Its Internet Censorship Efforts Across the Globe

SHANGHAI — Within its digital borders, China has long censored what its people read and say online. Now, it is increasingly going beyond its own online realms to police what people and companies are saying about it all over the world.<p>For years, China has exerted digital control with a system of …


Jody Wilson-Raybould's vision to save Canada

Inside Wilson-Raybould’s push to rebuild this country’s relationship with Indigenous people<p>On social media, where she recently sparked serious …


Please Don’t Flush the Toilet. It’s Raining.

Need another excuse to put off washing dirty dishes or doing laundry?<p>How about this: It’s raining outside.<p>New York City is calling on residents in parts of Brooklyn and Queens to cut back their water use during rainstorms by postponing showers and other chores — even waiting to flush toilets. The …


Michael McCain on how to save the planet and feed nine billion humans

The billionaire CEO of Maple Leaf Foods wants you to eat less meat. The food industry is in crisis, he says, so he wants to build the most sustainable protein company on Earth—even if that means making meat out of plants<p><b>You grew up in the food industry. How have you seen it change in that time?</b><br>The …


How to Buy a Gun in 15 Countries

Many Americans can buy a gun in less than an hour. In some countries, the process takes months.

Did Homo erectus speak?

Early hominins who sailed across oceans left indirect evidence that they might have been the first to use language<i>By Daniel Everett</i>Read at Aeon


Why Build Kenya’s First Coal Plant? Hint: Think China

LAMU, Kenya — Across a narrow channel from this historic port town, where baobabs tower over the forest and tiny crabs skitter in and out of the mangroves, Kenya could soon get its first coal-fired power plant, courtesy of China.<p>The plan’s champions, including senior Kenyan officials, say the plant …

Xi Jinping

Where your tax dollar goes

Think it's health care or provincial transfers? Think again<p>As we prepare for next week's federal budget, here's an interesting exercise: How much …


Canadian farmers, companies invest in plant-based protein amid growing demand

Prairie farmers who grow, rather than raise, protein sources are looking to break into the mainstream with new research and investments on how to sustainably feed the world.<p>The push for plant-based protein such as beans and lentils – as opposed to animal sources like meat or dairy – comes as the …


Canada Is Unsustainable. So Is Everywhere Else

If we want equality — and to survive — profound change is needed.


CBC News

By Emily Chung<p>Gerard Gierlinski’s trip to the Greek island of Crete in 2002 was meant to be a romantic getaway for him and his girlfriend. But it …


Our controversial footprint discovery suggests human-like creatures may have roamed Crete nearly 6m years ago

The human foot is distinctive. Our five toes lack claws, we normally present the sole of our foot flat to the ground, and our first and second toes …

East Africa

Straw Wars: The Fight to Rid the Oceans of Discarded Plastic

Americans use 500 million straws daily. Citizen activists want to shrink that number.<p>Of the eight million tons of plastic trash that flow every year into the world’s oceans, the plastic drinking straw is surely not a top contributor to all that tonnage.<p>Yet this small, slender tube, utterly …


From ‘barely surviving’ to thriving: Ontario basic income recipients report less stress, better health

Margie Goold, who suffers debilitating arthritis, bought a new walker.<p>Lance Dingman, who lost his right leg to a chronic bone disease, is no longer …

Income Inequality

Fortified but Still in Peril, New Orleans Braces for Its Future

In the years after Hurricane Katrina, over 350 miles of levees, flood walls, gates and pumps came to encircle greater New Orleans. Experts say that is not enough.

New Orleans

Insects Feast on Louisiana Wetlands, Inviting the Gulf In

A pest known as a scale appears to be killing off reeds that bind the state’s coast together, speeding land loss and endangering oil wells, shipping routes and fishing grounds.


Neanderthals, the World’s First Misunderstood Artists

It’s long been an insult to be called a Neanderthal. But the more these elusive, vanished people have been studied, the more respect they’ve gained among scientists.<p>On Thursday, a team of researchers offered compelling evidence that Neanderthals bore one of the chief hallmarks of mental …


A Supreme Court Showdown Could Shrink Unions’ Power

CHESTER, Ill. — Randy Clover is something of an anomaly — the president of a union local here that represents Illinois state employees, and a Republican precinct leader who voted for President Trump. But he has no doubt about what will be at stake next week at the Supreme Court: the financial and …

Bruce Rauner

Industrial Fishing Occupies a Third of the Planet

Using satellite data recently made public, conservationists may be able to manage the massive industry.<p>How do you study the world's more widespread predator? By spying from space.<p>When a team of researchers set out to see how prevalent industrial fishing was around the world—who was fishing where …

World Trade Organization

Debt for dolphins: Seychelles creates huge marine parks in world-first finance scheme

An innovative exchange of sovereign debt for marine conservation, backed by the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, could pave the way to saving large swaths of the world’s oceans<p>The tropical island nation of Seychelles is to create two huge new marine parks in return for a large amount of its national …


Why the Oilsands Era Is Over

Carbon pricing and low energy costs spell economic doom for Alberta megaprojects.

Fort McMurray

This Mutant Crayfish Clones Itself, and It’s Taking Over Europe

Frank Lyko, a biologist at the German Cancer Research Center, studies the six-inch-long marbled crayfish. Finding specimens is easy: Dr. Lyko can buy the crayfish at pet stores in Germany, or he can head with colleagues to a nearby lake.<p>Wait till dark, switch on head lamps, and wander into the …


A Famed Fishing Port Shudders as Its Codfather Goes to Jail

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Carlos Rafael, whose initials are emblazoned on boats all over this port city, boasted that his fishing empire was worth even more than official records showed. His trick? When he caught fish that are subject to strict catch limits, like gray sole or cod, he would report that …

Internal Revenue Service

In Sweeping War on Obesity, Chile Slays Tony the Tiger

<b>[Leer en español — Sellos para combatir la obesidad: cómo identifican en Chile la comida chatarra]</b><p>SANTIAGO, Chile — They killed Tony the Tiger. They did away with Cheetos’ Chester Cheetah. They banned Kinder Surprise, the chocolate eggs with a hidden toy.<p>The Chilean government, facing skyrocketing …

Michelle Bachelet

The Challenge

UK Universities

If we gave everyone a decent standard of living, could we sustain it? | Ars Technica

First-world quality of life for all is out of reach without an efficiency shake-up.<p>Could we meet the needs of everyone on the planet without …