Plastics Without Borders

It’s a sunny afternoon and a crew of kids is building an epic sand castle on Willows Beach in Victoria, British Columbia. Using a fleet of toy trucks, they haul in moist sand from the shoreline to construct their masterpiece. One child pulls a toothbrush from the tipper and triumphantly sticks it in the sand castle like a flag on …

For Oceans Day, 15 Stories from Five Seas

Last year, the conservation action theme of World Oceans Day was focused on “encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter.” This year, the conservation action theme is “preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean.” I wondered, do I really need to write a brand-new introduction for this year’s collection of ocean-related stories from Hakai Magazine—isn’t last year’s still …

Taylor Swift’s Former Rental Sells for $13 Million Less Than Asking Price

A unique, historic carriage house previously rented out by Taylor Swiftfinally found a new owner—at a substantially discounted price. The 5,500-square-foot home, located in NYC’s West Village, was originally listed by owner David Aldea for $24.5 million in 2017, but it ultimately sold for $11.5 million, less than half of the original asking price, according to reports. Swift rented the four-bedroom, five-full-and-two-half-bath …

Why We Pretend to Clean Up Oil Spills

hen the Deepwater Horizon well operated by BP (formerly British Petroleum) exploded and contaminated the Gulf of Mexico with at least 650 million liters of crude oil in 2010, blue-smocked animal rescuers quickly appeared on television screens. Looking like scrub nurses, the responders treated oil-coated birds with charcoal solutions, antibiotics, and dish soap. They also forced the birds to swallow …

Rebeca Gyumi took on Tanzania’s child marriage laws and won

At just 31 years old, Rebeca Gyumi has a list of accomplishments anyone twice her age would be proud of. She has successfully challenged her country’s legal system, winning a landmark ruling in 2016 to raise the age of child marriage for girls in Tanzania from 14 to 18; started a foundation to advocate for girls’ education; won the UNICEF …

Sen. Bernie Sanders

WASHINGTON (SBG) – Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., announced in mid-February he is running for president again, after losing the 2016 Democrat nomination to Hillary Clinton but winning much of the party over to his democratic socialist ideals. Sander’s top policy priorities– free college, Medicare for All and $15 minimum wage- may sound familiar to those who have followed his decades-long advocacy …

Top 5 spying scandals in the tech sector

In February, reports emerged that Nest Guard (not pictured), a part of Google’s Nest Secure home security and alarm range, had been equipped with a microphone without informing customers The issue of data privacy and security has been cast into the international spotlight in recent years. In fact, since the Cambridge Analytica scandal lifted the lid on the extent of …

Homeless boy wins New York State chess championship: ‘I want to be the youngest grandmaster’

A homeless 8-year-old chess prodigy who dreams of becoming the world’s youngest grandmaster recently took home a top prize at a New York chess tournament. Tanitoluwa Adewumi, who goes by Tani, placed first in the kindergarten through third-grade division at the New York State Scholastic Championship last weekend. Tani, who only took up chess about a year ago, overcame immense odds to land the impressive win, …