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Which Countries are Most Likely to Legalize Cannabis Next?

2019 was an incredible year for the cannabis legalization effort, with landmark victories in countries like Canada, Ireland, Israel and Australia. Since then, an increasing number of countries — along with U.S. states — have reassessed legislation around the cannabis…

This infographic shows the real cost of wasted food around the world

While so much of the world remains in the clutches of poverty, it seems silly than that a select few countries could produce not only enough food to eat, but to throw in the garbage at the end of the…

Scotland will become the first UK country to ban the manufacture and sale of plastic cotton swabs

BY: JESSICA BEUKER  In an environmentally-friendly move by Scotland’s Government, the country is looking to ban, both the manufacture and sale of, plastic-stemmed cotton swabs. The move would make them the first country in the U.K. to do so. The…

Like hot food? This Food stall in New Delhi serves food on fire

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  If you’ve never tried your favourite snack on fire, you’re missing out. At least according to the owner of a paan stall in New Delhi, who has recently caught global attention for selling this Indian staple snack…

It’s a Nice Day for a Green Wedding – Environmental Matrimony

Getting married is a special time for anyone, and making the day unique to you and your partner is important. That’s not to say that you won’t spend a lot of money on matrimony. It’s estimated that the average wedding…

Afghanistan shelter helps reunite soldiers with the animals they left behind

BY: NADIA ZAIDI We have a lot of opinions when it comes to Afghanistan. War, human rights violations, and global intervention are usually at the forefront of that discussion. But one organization is helping us remember that animals, too, must…

Ethiopia is finally recognizing its stateless Rastafarian community

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  Ethiopia will now issue identity cards to its members of the Rastafarian community – a religious group that has long been stateless. This recognition comes at a time of volatility. Rastafarians are fighting for land, language, and…

3 (really frickin’ easy) ways that you can save the great lakes from extinction

BY: NADIA ZAIDI   The Great Lakes are an endangered resource. Growing up, I was one of those kids who thought the environment wasn’t my problem. Who cares if I won’t be around to witness the season’s shift? But I eventually…

The world’s most remote island is now home to one of the largest protected marine reserves

BY: PHILIPPE DE JOCAS Hundreds of years ago, Dutch explorers from distant shores drew close to a mysterious island – one that would change the way we look at archeology forever. It wasn’t quite the kind of mysterious island that…

Why so much of the world lives in a “poverty trap” and how we can escape it

Rich and poor, poor and rich. These two small words have been the driving force behind so many of the world’s cultural, social and economic history. In the old days, of course, the rich and powerful had it better than…

White(ish) privilege: How eugenics and the caste system still perpetuate racism in Latin America

BY: ADAM THRUSH With international media outlets constantly fixated on the public devolution of race relations in the United States it would be easy to think that the problems of racism and white privilege are inherently American. However, south of…

Meet the elusive and nomadic hyena men of Nigeria

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  Like a scene from the Jungle Book, men in Nigeria can be seen walking around the streets with hyenas, and hence have been coined the ‘Hyena Men.’ And it’s not only hyenas that they handle. Pythons and…

Trump Forest makes environmentalism great again

The year is 2093. A hover-bus full of students disembark from their futuristic transport and look around at the sylvan glen around them – a green oasis so different from the hustle and bustle of regular future life. Deer frolic…

This infographic proves that hydroponics is the answer to urban gardening issues

BY: MAX PAYNE So you don’t have enough space for a garden? Or worse, you lack the lights for growing and learn that most plants cannot live without sufficient lights. Hydroponics can be a viable solution to your situation. First…

5 modern societies run entirely by women

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  “This is a man’s world, but it wouldn’t be nothing without a woman or a girl.” Sure, that’s probably as biased as it gets, but I think we can all agree that both men and women equally…

The problems with radical feminism in the 21st century

BY: SYDNEY KEEFE  CO-AUTHORED BY: JESSICA BEUKER  Ahh Feminism; a word so powerful that the second it leaves a person’s lips it’s already commenced a fiery debate. The feminist movement dates back to the 19th century, yet still plays a…

Iranian women erupt in protest as they are still banned from attending men’s sports matches

BY AILEEN ZANGOUEI Iranian women were left feeling “humiliated” and in tears when the ban on women participating in public sporting events had them protesting on the streets, while everyone else watched the game. On Tuesday, Sept 5 Iran’s Azadi…

How the North of England is winning the renewable energy game

The United Kingdom has been at the forefront of a number of innovations concerning advancing technologies relating to renewable energy. Being an island, there are a great number of tidal technologies being used, as well as off shore wind farms.…

Canada’s Fentanyl addiction has officially reached crisis status

BY: NADIA ZAIDI If there is one thing that Canadians aren’t discussing, it’s the right kind of drugs. While debates around marijuana continue to heat up, other dangerous drugs slip under the radar. It seems like an epidemic reserved for…

How one Sikh freedom fighter is helping political prisoners by committing himself to a hunger strike

BY: NADIA ZAIDI   You might not have heard of him, but Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa is a current day freedom fighter. He’s also an 84-year-old grandfather — and the oldest person to be on a hunger strike till date.…