Marlisse Silver Sweeney is a freelance journalist based in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Marlisse Silver Sweeney is a freelance journalist based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and a graduate of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Her writing has been published in print and online across North America, including in The Atlantic, Salon, The Daily Beast, The Columbia Journalism Review and The American Lawyer. When not typing, she can be found teaching public speaking and business writing at The University of British Columbia.
Big changes came at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. G7 leaders, including those from historically reluctant Japan and Canada, have agreed to call for a full decarbonization of the world's economy by 2100.
Environmental activism may be enough to land you on an FBI watch list. New documents demonstrate how investigators classified Keystone XL protesters.
With coal generating less than 40 percent of electricity in the country today, miners are in mourning. Mass lay-offs have become weekly news and residents in Central Appalachia, an area once rich with opportunity, don't know what to do next.
New research suggests a quarter of your skin cells may have already mutated, making you one step closer to getting skin cancer. What can be done to prevent further damage?
Genetically modified foods are a major political issue, but what if scientists told you they could cure cancer? New research suggests that inserting specific genes known to fight cancer into plant material could be an effective tool to eradicate the disease in certain people.
An underground waste dump on fire is rapidly approaching the site of a landfill with radioactive waste in a small town in Missouri. Environmental activists say the results could be disastrous. Childhood cancers in the area are already on the rise, so why isn't anyone doing anything about it?
Evolutionary biologists have been using big data and statistics to track the musical revolutions over the past 50 years and the results are surprising. The new research demonstrates that The Beatles may not have been as important to pop culture as previously suggested.
California's blue whale population is making a comeback, but it still has to contend with the threat of big container ships that cross whales' feeding grounds on the way to the ports of Los Angeles. But just by slowing down, ships can dramatically reduce whale strikes — and pollution as well.
Native American actors on the set of Adam Sandler's new movie say the Western spoof was a vehicle for racist jokes and demeaning stereotypes. But it could have been embraced by the Native community had Native writers been in on the project from the start.
Scott and Mark Kelly, like many twins, are taking part in a genetic study to see how environment affects them differently. There's one key twist, though: Scott is commanding the International Space Station, and NASA hopes to see what his yearlong mission might do to his genes.
The waters of the Pacific Northwest are busy and noisy, which is bad news for orcas. The endangered whales are having to "yell" to make their calls heard over all the marine traffic, which means more energy used, more food needed and even more stress on the orca population.