Alberta

An image from "Ducks," a graphic novel by Kate Beaton, depicting the "Highway of Death."

'Wherever the work is, we're all going': Graphic novelist on working in Alberta's tar sands

"Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands," a graphic novel by Kate Beaton, from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, tells the story of leaving home and joining thousands of others to work in the oil sands of Alberta, Canada. Beaton joined The World's host Marco Werman to talk about her experience.

'Wherever the work is, we're all going': Graphic novelist on working in Alberta's tar sands
The hind legs or 'pollen basket' of a pollinating bee clings to a Salvia 'Mystic Spires Blue' sage flower at the United States Botanic Garden in Washington

Alberta's diminishing bee colonies could have severe economic, environmental implications, expert says

Alberta's diminishing bee colonies could have severe economic, environmental implications, expert says
A man squats in rubble holding his head in a perplexed way

A new report predicts a ‘tsunami’ of mental health problems for years to come 

A new report predicts a ‘tsunami’ of mental health problems for years to come 
Chief Allan Adam of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation exits the passenger seat of a truck before his violent arrest by Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers, in a still from police dashcam video obtained during legal discovery, in Fort McMurray, Al

Video of police beating Indigenous chief fuels ongoing anti-racism protests in Canada

Video of police beating Indigenous chief fuels ongoing anti-racism protests in Canada
Keystone pipeline spill

Keystone oil spill casts doubt on the safety of proposed Keystone XL pipeline

Keystone oil spill casts doubt on the safety of proposed Keystone XL pipeline
Three dump trucks in a barren landscape

Exxon and oil sands go on trial in New York climate fraud case

The New York attorney general says Exxon used two sets of books and misled investors by downplaying the potential costs of carbon emissions

Exxon and oil sands go on trial in New York climate fraud case
Copper and blue colored pipes are shown stacked on their sides in Gascoyne, North Dakota.

A judge has halted construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline

A federal judge in Montana halted construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday on the grounds that the US government did not complete a full analysis of the environmental impact of the TransCanada Corp. project.

A judge has halted construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline
Protestors hold up signs at a rally against a proposed Kinder Morgan oil pipeline expansion on Burnaby Mountain in 2014 in British Columbia. In late May, the Canadian government announced it would fund an expansion project for the Kinder Morgan Trans Moun

With pipeline decision, Canada's Trudeau draws ire of environmental supporters

When Justin Trudeau was elected as the prime minister of Canada in 2015 he did so on a platform that pledged to reform the country's environmental laws. Recent news of the Canadian government agreeing to fund a sands oil pipeline extension has many who voted for him questioning his motives.

With pipeline decision, Canada's Trudeau draws ire of environmental supporters
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaking at the signing ceremony on climate change at the UN in 2016. Trudeau has committed Canada to steep reductions in carbon pollution, while also pushing to expand tar sands oil production.

Climate warrior? Champion of 'Big Oil'? Canada's leader wants to be both.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promises to make steep cuts in climate pollution while still increasing the flow of dirty tar sands oil. It's a high-wire act that has him taking fire from both sides.

Climate warrior? Champion of 'Big Oil'? Canada's leader wants to be both.
Wildfire over Alberta, Canada

Wildfires like Alberta’s are fueled by climate change

Warming temperatures extend the fire season, cause more lightning and dry forests — perfect conditions for wildfires to take off.

Wildfires like Alberta’s are fueled by climate change
Pronghorn barbed wire

A way to save one of North America's fastest animals

For centuries, herds of pronghorn have traveled hundreds of miles across the west in the second longest land migration in North America. But today, pronghorn often encounter barbed wire fences on private and public land that delay or halt their journey. Now, scientists and wildlife managers are developing fencing systems that allow the pronghorn to cross safely.

A way to save one of North America's fastest animals
Both outgoing Canadian prime minister Steven Harper and his newly-elected successor Justin Trudeau hope these sections of pipe will eventually get put into place as part of the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline from Alberta to Texas. But politics and econo

In Canada, Harper's out, but the Keystone pipeline may not be

This week's election brought a leftward shift in Canada, but it may not bring a change of policy on the Keystone XL oil pipeline to the US. The Guardian's Suzanne Goldenberg brings us the lowdown on new prime minister Justin Trudeau's still evolving energy and climate policies.

In Canada, Harper's out, but the Keystone pipeline may not be
The Edmonton Public Library says it will ban library sleepers starting on May 1.

Wake up! There's no snoozing allowed in this Canadian library

At the Edmonton Public Library in Alberta, Canada, snoozing in the stacks will now be banned. The new rule is part of the library's effort to redirect homeless library patrons to more appropriate support services.

Wake up! There's no snoozing allowed in this Canadian library
Opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline rally in front of the White House on February 24, 2015, the day President Barack Obama vetoed a bill circumventing administration review of the project and mandating its construction.

President Obama's veto isn't the end of the Keystone XL story

President Obama vetoed a bill that would approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, but that still doesn't mean the project is officially dead. But with collapsed oil prices and a world moving away from fossil fuels, would Keystone's builders eventually regret it if they do win approval?

President Obama's veto isn't the end of the Keystone XL story
A woman looks over Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, outside the village of Lake Louise, Alberta.

Canada is slashing its spots for foreign guest workers, and resort towns are worried

Temporary foreign workers are the backbone of seasonal resort towns. But a new law in Canada is making it harder to hire them, upsetting local business owners who say they won't have the workforce they need during peak tourist season.

Canada is slashing its spots for foreign guest workers, and resort towns are worried