Is a Tree a Plant?

A tree among grass

The simple answer to this question, “Is a tree a plant?”, is yes. Trees are a type of plant with their own features. All types of plants share similar characteristics; they have roots, stems and leaves, they turn sunlight into food through photosynthesis and they absorb CO2 to release oxygen. But, it’s important to remember that […]

Pipeline Petroleum

Pipeline Petroleum

What is pipeline petroleum? Petroleum, also known as crude oil, is a common fossil fuel. Petroleum pipelines transport oil or natural gas liquids. It is the cheapest and most efficient method of moving the product from production wells, to refineries, to distribution centres. Nevertheless, numerous incidents have shown the detrimental effects petroleum pipelines can have […]

Latest News About Oil Sands

Oil barrel from Canada

Discover the latest news about oil sands, updated weekly on Action Aid Recycling Update: June 18th, 2021 As the battle over Keystone XL pipeline dies, another one looms Last week, Canada’s TC Energy Corporation finally threw in the towel and accepted the inevitable. The USD $9 billion Keystone XL pipeline, first proposed in 2008 to […]


A rare majestic tree in China

Standing majestically, like a well-known tourist destination, an ancient tree stands (see image above) in Red Earth Township, in China’s Yunnan Province. In fact, it is so rare that the government threatens strict penalties for cutting it down. It is also part of an extraordinary Chinese success story related to afforestation that other countries are now […]

Fort McMurray’s Fire: How Did it Begin?

Fort McMurray’s Wildfire: How Did it Begin?

In spring 2016, the Fort McMurray fire forced the evacuation of almost 90,000 residents in Alberta, Canada and consumed about 590,000 hectares. It temporarily shut down 40 per cent of Canada’s total oil sands output, though it did not damage production facilities. Burning questions, such as how the fire started and why it was so […]

Canada’s Economy: News, Trends and Forecast

Canada’s Economy: News, Trends and Forecast

Canada economy news 2021  The Canadian economy contracted by 5.4 per cent in 2020 – worse than its neighbour, the United States, which saw a 3.7 per cent reduction. Its economic growth forecast for 2021 is 3.5 per cent, and the government has significant influence over which industries will benefit most from their recovery plan. […]

How to recycle your old mobile phone

mobile phone recycling

How do you dispose of your old mobile phones? This question is being asked more and more often nowadays, with new smartphone technologies being constantly introduced. As a result, mobile phones are replaced by more modern models, on average every two years. 1 Mobile phones that have been degraded are in turn resold or simply end up […]

Electronic Waste: A Danger To Our Environment

Electronic Waste

Electronic waste is a component of electronic equipment, which includes a vast array of devices, for example personal computers, tablets, DVD players, printers, office equipment and CD players. People often describe used e-waste as a “dead” material. However, it is usually just a short period of time before it starts to emit toxic gasses and […]