Canada Science & Nature
Slow down: Tips on driving safe in the winter
Almost 15,000 evacuated as lava flows from the Philippines’ most active volcano
Philippines’ volcano rumbles back to life, thousands evacuate
Downpour drenches Atlantic Canada, leading to flooding, power outages and mudslides
‘Great success’: Scientists salute Montreal Protocol for shrinking ozone hole
John Young, ‘space pioneer’ who walked on moon, dies at 87
Inspiring home of the week: Triangular cabin in the Canadian wilderness
2018-01-19 11:34:45 Canadian architect Jean Verville has rebuilt an A-frame cottage in the middle of a Canadian forest. The house is located in woodland near the village of Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard in the Laurentian Mountains in southern Québec, and was designed for a family who wanted to get away from urban life. Verville completely demolished the interior of the existing house, a triangular 1960’s cottage, and remodelled the space within to fit the needs of a family who love activity   Read More ...
Why some fracking wells are prone to triggering earthquakes
2018-01-19 09:09:58 Volume of fluid injected is a big factor, but only in areas with connection to existing fault Why does fracking cause earthquakes in some places and not others? Alberta scientists say they've figured out some factors that make certain wells prone to triggering earthquakes. That could help make it possible to forecast the risk of fracking-induced earthquakes in the future. Fracking or hydraulic fracturing is a way of extracting natural gas that involves injecting fluid into a well under high pressure to fracture the gas-bearing rock and release the gas inside   Read More ...
Beaver Lake now too deep to be used safely as a skating rink: Plante
2018-01-19 09:06:09 Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante confirmed Thursday that recent excavation work on Beaver Lake in Mount Royal Park has rendered the basin too deep to be used safely as a skating rink, so the tradition of skating on it is probably a thing of the past. While the smaller, refrigerated rink beside Beaver Lake remains open to skaters, Beaver Lake itself, which has been a popular skating destination for Montrealers and tourists since the 1930s, has not reopened for skating this winter and will most probably remain closed for good   Read More ...
Shock video of ‘Bigfoot’ roaming in Canadian wilderness sparks claims mysterious beast is REAL
2018-01-19 08:06:03 DRAMATIC new footage shows Bigfoot prowling through a Canadian forest, a family has claimed. The grainy clip appears to capture the mythical beast - also called Sasquatch - lurking between trees just yards from the shocked onlookers. The family who filmed the footage had been out for a walk in the wilderness when they caught sight of what they believe was the mysterious Bigfoot   Read More ...
Death toll rises to 6 after winter storm blasts northern Europe
2018-01-19 06:25:10 Snowfall, wind gusts of up to 140 km/h cause disruptions from Scotland to Romania Related Stories A powerful storm pummeled Europe with high winds and snow Thursday, killing at least six people in three countries, grounding flights, halting trains, ripping roofs off buildings and flipping over trucks. Falling trees killed two 62-year-old men in the Netherlands, a woman south of the Belgian capital of Brussels, a 59-year-old man at a camping site in the German town of Emmerich and a firefighter in the German town of Bad Salzungen   Read More ...
Hidden black hole caught flinging star back and forth in distant cluster
2018-01-18 00:07:28 Black hole believed to be 4 times more massive than sun Nicole has an avid interest in all things science. As an amateur astronomer, Nicole can be found looking up at the night sky appreciating the marvels of our universe. She is the editor of the Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the author of several books. Related Stories It was a mystery   Read More ...
No, the full moon does not cause earthquakes, study finds
2018-01-17 06:29:48 Moon may be a small part of a complicated puzzle, researcher says Nicole has an avid interest in all things science. As an amateur astronomer, Nicole can be found looking up at the night sky appreciating the marvels of our universe. She is the editor of the Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the author of several books   Read More ...
Glowing red lava causes more to flee from Philippine volcano
2018-01-16 14:03:57 MANILA, Philippines -- Glowing-red lava spurted in a fountain and flowed down the Philippines' most active volcano on Tuesday in a stunning display of its fury that has sent more than 34,000 villagers fleeing to safety and prompted police to set up checkpoints to stop tourists from getting too close. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the lava flowed as much as 2 kilometres from the often cloud-shrouded crater of Mount Mayon, while ash fell on several villages in northeastern Albay province   Read More ...
Slow down: Tips on driving safe in the winter
2018-01-16 01:03:50 Montreal winter is in full swing and so far, it’s already brought plenty of variable weather — snowstorms, freezing rain and near arctic temperatures.At times, a perfect storm of tricky driving conditions. To cope with the obstacles that Mother Nature puts in our way, Morty’s driving instructor, Andrew Matthews, says the first thing to remember to do is slow down.“At the beginning of winter, people tend to forget that they have to slow down and allow for extra braking distance,” said Matthews   Read More ...
Lava flows from Philippines' most active volcano
2018-01-16 00:08:39 Nearly 15,000 people have fled villages around the Philippines' Mount Mayon as lava flowed down its crater on Jan. 15. For more info, please go to Subscribe to Global News Channel HERE: Like Global News on Facebook HERE: Follow Global News on Twitter HERE:   Read More ...
Almost 15,000 evacuated as lava flows from the Philippines’ most active volcano
2018-01-15 14:04:21 LEGAZPI, Philippines — Nearly 15,000 people have fled from villages around the Philippines’ most active volcano as lava flowed down its crater Monday in a gentle eruption that scientists warned could turn explosive. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology increased the alert level for Mount Mayon late Sunday to three on a scale of five, indicating an increased prospect of a hazardous eruption “within weeks or even days   Read More ...
Lava flowing from Philippine volcano, thousands evacuated
2018-01-15 14:04:16 LEGAZPI, Philippines -- Nearly 15,000 people have fled from villages around the Philippines' most active volcano as lava flowed down its crater Monday in a gentle eruption that scientists warned could turn explosive. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology increased the alert level for Mount Mayon late Sunday to three on a scale of five, indicating an increased prospect of a hazardous eruption "within weeks or even days   Read More ...
Snow expected to create messy afternoon commute for GTA drivers
2018-01-15 12:04:27 messy driving conditions are expected this afternoon in the GTA. Environment Canada issued a winter weather travel advisory on Sunday for Toronto and the southern portions of York and Durham regions. On Monday morning, Mississauga, Brampton, Halton Hills, Milton, Burlington, and Oakville were added to the list. “A widespread area of snow is expected to arrive for the afternoon commute today   Read More ...
Thousands in Philippines flee, brace for 'hazardous eruption' of volcano
2018-01-15 06:06:15 The Philippines' most active volcano rumbled back to life Sunday with lava rising to its crater in a gentle eruption that has prompted authorities to order thousands of villagers to leave their homes. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology warned a "hazardous eruption" of Mount Mayon, located in Albay province in the northeastern Philippines, is possible within weeks or even days   Read More ...
Cleanup time – again – after Montreal blanketed by winter storm
2018-01-14 22:36:09 After a nasty winter storm dumped 36 centimetres of snow on the Montreal region, snow removal crews were to be back at work on Sunday night cleaning up the mess. The city said it could take more than five days before all streets and sidewalks are cleared, because in some boroughs, crews had not yet finished removing snow from the previous storm   Read More ...
Philippines’ volcano rumbles back to life, thousands evacuate
2018-01-14 22:32:04 MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines‘ most active volcano rumbled back to life Sunday with lava rising to its crater in a gentle eruption that has prompted authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers.The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology warned a “hazardous eruption” of Mount Mayon, located in Albay province in the northeastern Philippines, is possible within weeks or even days. Renato Solidum, who heads the volcanology institute, said three steam-explosions at the volcano since Saturday have spewed ash into nearby villages and may have breached solidified lava at the crater and caused lava to start to flow out of the 2,460-meter (8,070-foot) volcano   Read More ...
Thousands flee rumbling volcano in Philippines
2018-01-14 18:03:23 MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines' most active volcano rumbled back to life Sunday with lava rising to its crater in a gentle eruption that has prompted authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology warned a "hazardous eruption" of Mount Mayon, located in Albay province in the northeastern Philippines, is possible within weeks or even days   Read More ...
7.1-magnitude earthquake strikes off Peru
2018-01-14 15:06:00 A powerful earthquake struck off Peru's coast early Sunday, prompting a tsunami alert for parts of the country and neighbouring Chile that was eventually called off. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the temblor had a preliminary magnitude of 7.1. There were no immediate reports of casualties, but the governor of Peru's Arequipa region, Yamila Osorio, said there was minor damage, including some collapsed roads   Read More ...
7.1 magnitude earthquake in southern Peru leaves 1 dead, 20 injured
2018-01-14 14:33:02 A strong earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, leaving one dead and around 20 injured and causing homes and roads to collapse.The 7.1 magnitude quake hit at 4:18 a.m. local time (0918 GMT) at a depth of around 10 km (6 miles), the USGS said. Peru‘s government Geophysical Institute said the earthquake was of magnitude 6   Read More ...
Downpour drenches Atlantic Canada, leading to flooding, power outages and mudslides
2018-01-13 22:03:06 HALIFAX — Much of Atlantic Canada is being pummelled with heavy winds and a downpour on Saturday, causing extensive flooding and leaving thousands of Maritimers without power. Environment Canada said a low-pressure system will slowly track across the East Coast today, drenching the region in heavy rains. In southern New Brunswick, total rainfall amounts had exceeded 50 millimetres in some areas by Saturday afternoon, with isolated reports of more than 100 millimetres, according to the weather agency   Read More ...
Rains drench Atlantic Canada, leading to flooding, outages and homes evacuated
2018-01-13 18:03:54 HALIFAX -- Much of Atlantic Canada is being pummelled with heavy winds and a downpour on Saturday, leaving more than 20,000 Maritimers without power and leading some people in southwest New Brunswick to evacuate their homes. Environment Canada says a low-pressure system will slowly track across the East Coast today, bringing up to 50 millimetres of rainfall to parts of southwestern Nova Scotia and Newfoundland's south coast   Read More ...
Eastern Canada, including big cities such as Montreal, at risk for earthquakes, warns study
2018-01-13 16:32:32 MONTREAL — While people in British Columbia are mindful of the fact they could eventually face some of the strongest earthquakes in the world, at least one study warns there’s a lack of awareness of the risk in Eastern Canada. One report released last summer predicts Montrealers could suffer $45 billion in economic losses if the city were to experience an earthquake measuring 5   Read More ...
Eastern Canada, including big cities such as Montreal, at risk for earthquakes, warns study
2018-01-13 16:05:29 MONTREAL — While people in British Columbia are mindful of the fact they could eventually face some of the strongest earthquakes in the world, at least one study warns there’s a lack of awareness of the risk in Eastern Canada. One report released last summer predicts Montrealers could suffer $45 billion in economic losses if the city were to experience an earthquake measuring 5   Read More ...
Here we go again: Montreal blanketed by another winter storm
2018-01-13 14:04:12 Montreal is the subject of yet another winter storm warning from Environment Canada. The national forecaster warns of “hazardous winter conditions” with a further 10 to 15 centimetres of snow expected to fall Saturday morning and afternoon. Taken in conjunction with overnight snowfalls, that could bring the accumulation from this storm into the 20 to 30 centimetre range. Temperatures are expected to fall to minus 13 degrees this afternoon en route to a low of minus 23 tonight   Read More ...
Supermassive black hole caught 'burping' twice after colliding with nearby galaxy
2018-01-13 06:21:38 When black holes devour material, some of it is ejected into space as high-energy particles Related Stories Using two telescopes, astronomers have found a black hole at the centre of a galaxy 800 million light years away that has spewed material into space not once, but twice. Most galaxies have a supermassive black hole at their centres, which consumes anything that gets too close   Read More ...
Scientists are zooming in on fast radio bursts — the most mysterious signals in space
2018-01-11 19:05:44 Nobody knows what causes fast radio bursts — brief, bizarre radio wave beams that emit more energy in a fraction of a millisecond than the sun does all day. But scientists just got closer than ever before to the source of one of these enigmatic signals. In research presented Wednesday at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society, an international team of astronomers traced a repeating fast radio burst to a region of star formation in a dim dwarf galaxy three billion light-years away   Read More ...
Recent cold snap can't be blamed on climate change, study finds
2018-01-11 18:08:32 Similar events are actually 15 times rarer than they were a century ago Consider this cold comfort: A quick study of the brutal recent cold snap in Canada and the U.S. found that the Arctic blast really wasn't global warming but a freak of nature. Frigid weather like the two-week cold spell that began around Christmas is 15 times rarer than it was a century ago, according to a team of international scientists who does real-time analyses to see if extreme weather events are natural or more likely to happen because of climate change   Read More ...
Canadian research adds to worry over an environmental threat the Pentagon has downplayed for decades
2018-01-11 16:35:21 The Canadian research analyzed soil and water samples at nine sites where military explosives were detonated between 1990 and 2014, and came up with data about where and in what concentrations the explosive compound known as RDX, a possible human carcinogen, had turned up. Calling RDX “an internationally known problem,” which “has led to an international warning on possible soil, surface water, and groundwater contamination on military training sites,” the research described with actual measurements how RDX floats on the wind and seeps through soils into water supplies   Read More ...
Winter weather shuts down roads across Manitoba
2018-01-11 14:35:54 Snowy weather conditions throughout the night Wednesday have closed several Southern Manitoba highways.Here are closures to watch out for: Highway 75 from Winnipeg to Emerson. Highway 3 from Morden to Carman. Highway 13 from Carman to Highway 2. For more information visit the Manitoba 511 website. © 2018 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc   Read More ...
Montreal weather: Beware of things falling from the sky, including rain
2018-01-11 14:05:59 Don’t look up. You should keep your eyes on the sidewalk ahead of you if you venture out Thursday. Freezing rain that ended Thursday morning was causing sidewalks to be slippery even though temperatures were hovering over the freezing mark. And while there were no major road accidents overnight, some roads were also slippery. The warm temperatures could also caused snow piled on the roofs of high buildings to fall   Read More ...
'Very strong cold front' will follow mild weather today: Environment Canada
2018-01-11 12:32:42 Enjoy the mild weather while it lasts. Toronto is in for another blast of cold weather this weekend. On Thursday morning, Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for Toronto, Hamilton, and the regions of Halton, Peel, York, and Durham, warning that a “very strong cold front” will follow the mild temperatures and rainy weather today. Toronto will see a high of 9 C on Thursday and showers expected to be “patchy and light   Read More ...
City asks for patience as we brace for more cold, freezing rain
2018-01-10 23:03:09 If the persistent snow banks didn’t make getting around hard enough, freezing rain is expected to be added to the mix on Wednesday and Thursday. We’ve gone from deep freeze, to seasonal norms, to unseasonably warm weather and are now bracing for freezing rain, rain, a snowstorm, and then back to the deep freeze. The coming weather even led to Air Canada issuing a travel warning and to waive the usual fees for anyone wishing to change their travel plans from Jan   Read More ...
Scientists closer to unveiling source of mysterious bursts from distant object
2018-01-10 21:05:23 An object is producing multiple short, powerful, fast radio bursts, but scientists don't know why In a galaxy three billion light-years from Earth is a peculiar object that continually sends out extremely short, but powerful radio bursts. And astronomers don't know what it is. The object is producing something called a fast radio burst, or FRB. While 30 FRBs from objects throughout the universe are known to date — the first one discovered in 2007 — only one is known to repeat this millisecond-long radio emission: FRB 121102   Read More ...
Webcam captures the moment powerful avalanche strikes in the Swiss Alps
2018-01-10 19:38:49 The snow slide was caught on two different cameras belonging to the company Geopraevent, which specializes in creating monitoring equipment for natural hazards. In one of the videos, a man is seen calmly trudging away from the path of the snow. Related Lorenz Meier, CEO of Geopraevent, told Reuters that due to their avalanche monitoring system the roads around the area were automatically closed, so no one was hurt or injured   Read More ...
EPA chief wants public debate on climate change, rollback of Obama regulations
2018-01-10 18:09:04 Scott Pruitt, criticized by Democrats as beholden to corporate energy interests, has ambitious 2018 agenda By Valerie Volcovici, David Shepardson, Thomson Reuters Posted: Jan 10, 2018 10:53 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 10, 2018 11:50 AM ET Related Stories The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will replace Obama-era carbon and clean water regulations and open up a national debate on climate change in 2018, part of a list of priorities for the year that also includes fighting lead contamination in public drinking water   Read More ...
Snow, rain, deep freeze: Montreal is caught in a weather yo-yo
2018-01-10 18:07:02 If the persistent snow banks didn’t make getting around hard enough, freezing rain will be added to the mix on Wednesday and Thursday. We’ve gone from deep freeze, to seasonal norms, and then unseasonably warm weather. Next up is freezing rain, rain, a snowstorm, and then back to the deep freeze. If the winter were a children’s toy, it would be a yo-yo, as Montrealers have dealt with extremes during the first three weeks of winter   Read More ...
20 years after the ice storm, are you better prepared?
2018-01-10 12:38:24 The of the January 1998 ice storm is cause for reflection: some 1.4 million Quebecers lost hydroelectric power when about 100 millimetres of freezing rain and ice pellets fell over a five-day period. Almost every West Island and Off-Island household suffered a power outage starting the week of Jan. 5, some only for a few hours. However, others, including some 800 Dollard-des-Ormeaux residences, still had no power as late as Jan   Read More ...
Tsunami warning after earthquake in Caribbean Sea
2018-01-10 04:33:08 A 7.8-magnitude earthquake in the Caribbean Sea has sparked a tsunami threat for several countries. The Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Mexico, Honduras, Cuba, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua and Guatemala are all under a tsunami threat. “Sea level fluctuations and strong ocean currents could be a hazard along coasts, beaches, in harbours and in coastal waters,” reads the advisory from the U   Read More ...
Eric Clapton is going deaf, struggling with nerve damage
2018-01-10 02:06:10 Eric Clapton is worried about his Hyde Park show in London this summer because he’s battling crippling hearing issues. The 72-year-old guitar great will headline the British Summer Time festival in July, and he admits he has never been more nervous about a concert. As well as battling tinnitus, he’s struggling with painful nerve issues in his hands, which have forced him to play the guitar differently   Read More ...
5 dead in California mudslides, as rain follows forest fires
2018-01-09 21:06:46 Heavy rains have affected many areas just recently hit by significant wildfires At least five people were killed and homes were swept from their foundations Tuesday as heavy rain sent mud and boulders sliding down hills stripped of vegetation by Southern California's recent wildfires. Rescue crews used helicopters to lift people to safety because of blocked roads, and firefighters slogged through waist-high mud to pull a muck-covered 14-year-old girl out of the ruins of a home in Montecito, northwest of Los Angeles, where she had been trapped for hours   Read More ...