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Coverage of environmental monitoring since March 30, 2021.

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Biodegradable take on velcro latches on like a parasitic climbing plant

"...Scientists at the Italian Institute of Technology have developed what they describe as the first biodegradable version of Velcro. While it won't keep your shoes on, the material can be harmlessly attached to plants for the purposes of environmental monitoring, used for the controlled release of molecules into the plant's vascular system, and even dissolve after the job is done. “Our studies always begin by observing nature, seeking to replicate the strategies employed by living creatures through low-environmental-impact robotic technologies,” says study author Barbara Mazzolai..."

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Smog chokes Indian capital as air pollution levels soar

"...Among the many Indian cities gasping for breath, New Delhi tops the list every year. The crisis deepens particularly in the winter when the burning of crop residues in neighbouring states coincides with cooler temperatures that trap deadly smoke. That smoke travels to New Delhi, leading to a surge in pollution in the city of more than 20 million people and exacerbating what is already a public health crisis..."

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Cermaq halts semi-closed containment system trial

"...A trial of a new aquaculture system by Cermaq Canada was stopped after a technical fault reduced water quality, resulting in fish mortality..."

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Cowichan Tribes' river remediation projects underway

"...The Cowichan watershed has been central to the lives of Cowichan Tribes for millennia, but in recent years, the Cowichan and Koksilah rivers have been greatly affected by climate change as well as human impacts. In the last five years, the area has seen record droughts and floods, water levels dropping, an increase in invasive species, and a decline in fish stock..."

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Slightly wetter weather not enough to ease drought concerns

"...Overall, the West Kootenay is set at drought level 4. The drought level system ranges from level 0 to 5 in British Columbia. Drought level 5 is the most severe, with adverse impacts to socioeconomic or ecosystem values almost certain..."

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Extraordinary carbon emissions from El Nino-induced biomass burning estimated using Japanese aircraft and shipboard observations

"..."Our analysis is the first study that used in-situ high-precision observations for estimating the fire-induced emissions from Equatorial Asia for 2015, which contributes to improving our understanding of biomass burning in this region. It is considered that biomass burning here is dominated by fires in peatland, which has a remarkably high carbon density. Because Equatorial Asia has a significant amount of peatland, the region has a distinct role in the global carbon cycle despite its small terrestrial coverage", Yosuke Niwa (NIES & MRI), the leading author of the study, said..."

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Small but mighty: How citizen science can have a positive impact on the planet

"...Because active hummingbird nests are protected under Canada’s Migratory Bird Act, and Environment and Climate Change Canada dictates that tree disturbance in nesting season is prohibited, the federal government stepped in to halt construction for the duration of nesting season. This is significant because nesting season can last for six months, which means that construction and logging in the bird’s habitat would be limited to the remaining six months..."

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Small streams in agricultural ecosystems are heavily polluted with pesticides

"...In the course of the project, the scientists also found that the type of sampling has a drastic influence on the concentrations of pesticides measured. In addition to the scoop sample specified as standard by the EU Water Framework Directive, they also took an "event sample". Here, an automatically controlled sampler takes water samples from the water body after a rain event..."

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Richmond backs plan for offshore wind farm

"...ARICHAT: Richmond Municipal Council agreed to send a letter of support and sign-on to a regional letter to the provincial government backing a proposal by Brezo Energy Inc. to erect wind turbines off the coast of Nova Scotia..."

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Study reveals high levels of contaminants in killer whales

"..."Levels of pollutants in top predators give not only an indication of ecosystem health, but of the persistence of chemicals, passive mobility in the environment, and active biotransport with migrating animals," the authors wrote. "Our results are relevant for the continued environmental monitoring of contaminants in the Arctic. "..."

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Invasive species: Robust monitoring essential to detection, prevention

"...The North Coast of B. C. has not had major issues with aquatic invasive organisms to date, but some aquatic invasive species are present on the central and south coasts, Haida Gwaii, and southeast Alaska..."

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Development of a broadband mid-infrared source for remote sensing

"...A research team of the National Institutes of Natural Sciences, National Institute for Fusion Science and Akita Prefectural University have successfully demonstrated a broadband mid-infrared (MIR) source with a simple configuration. This light source generates highly-stable broadband MIR beam at 2. 5-3..."

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Wastewater Operator 1 - Resort Municipality of Whistler (Whistler, BC)

"...Qualified candidates possess a grade 12 diploma and preferably completion of Post-Secondary education in a Environmental Monitoring (EM) or Water and Wastewater Technology (WWT) program with a valid EOCP Wastewater Operator Level I certificate and 1-2 years of related work experience and sound knowledge of relevant primary, secondary, and tertiary treatment processes, including enhanced biological nutrient removal, as well as SCADA programming and knowledge of the methods, practices, tools, materials and equipment used in the maintenance and operation a plant..."

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Landfill Gas & Maintenance Technician - Capital Regional District (Victoria, BC)

"...Knowledge and understanding of WorkSafeBC practices/protocols, Workers' Compensation Act and OH&S Regulations and other relevant safety statutes..."

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Solid Waste Technician - Regional District of North Okanagan (Coldstream, BC)

"...You will possess excellent knowledge of proper sample collection techniques, instrumentation and monitoring equipment and the ability to evaluate and interpret laboratory results..."

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Environmental Protection Technician - City of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)

"...Supports environmental policy, program development and planning work, including conducting research and best practices reviews to prevent environmental impacts and improve ecological health. ..."

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Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about environmental monitoring.

Growing our Ocean Economy: A Canadian and International view on Ocean Opportunities

"...His career has spanned the aerospace and defense sectors as well as the marine environmental monitoring field..."

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The Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme - The Pacific

"...Her research has been focused on fate and consequence of pollutants in the freshwater, coastal and offshore marine waters, and establishing links between the freshwater zone and marine system and coastal zone management with extensive experience of designing, implementing and evaluating monitoring programs to assess environmental impacts of human activity on the marine and coastal zone..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about environmental monitoring relevant to the latest news.

Climate Change Mitigation Through Smart Environmental Monitoring of the Urban Ecosystem in Insular Touristic Cities: Experience

"...Cities, and general urban areas, contribute critically to climate change because of the GHGs related to traffic congestion, fossil fuel consumption, noise and air pollution..."

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The genome of the marine water flea Diaphanosoma celebensis: Identification of phase I, II, and III detoxification genes and pot

"...The study improves our understanding of the detoxification-related gene system and should contribute to future studies of molecular ecotoxicology in cladoceran species and their responses to emerging pollutants..."

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Real-Time and Predictive Analytics of Air Quality with IoT System: A Review

"...Continuous monitoring of the air quality is hence essential to ensure early precaution or preventive measure can be taken in eliminating potential health risk which may be done via Smart Environmental Monitoring system with the Internet of Things (IoT), which is cost-effective and efficient way to control air pollution and curb climate change, IoT applications along with Machine Learning(ML) can make the data prediction in real-time..."

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Prioritization of Pesticides for Assessment of Risk to Aquatic Ecosystems in Canada and Identification of Knowledge Gaps

"...Based on rank, a sub-group of seven were chosen as the top-priority pesticides, including three herbicides (atrazine, diquat, and S-metolachlor), three insecticides (chlorpyrifos, clothianidin, and permethrin), and one fungicide (chlorothalonil)..."

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Status and trends of mercury pollution of the atmosphere and terrestrial ecosystems in Poland

"...The goal of this paper is to assess the current status and trends of total mercury (THg) contamination of the atmosphere and terrestrial ecosystems in Poland..."

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Swelling-Based Chemical Sensing With Unmodified Optical Fibers

"...Although generic and able to work in various areas such as environmental monitoring, food analysis, agriculture or security, the proposed chemical sensors can be targeted for water quality monitoring, or medical diagnostics where they present the most groundbreaking nature..."

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Does the development of the internet contribute to air pollution control in China? Mechanism discussion and empirical test

"...Through the internet platform and technology, environmental monitoring can be done by the internet, and realize the intellectualization of environmental management, improve the early warning ability of environmental pollution emergencies, and facilitate the public's in-depth participation in environmental supervision..."

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Retrospective non-target analysis to support regulatory water monitoring: from masses of interest to recommendations via in sil

"...Samples from 22 wastewater treatment plants obtained in 2018 and measured using liquid chromatography?high resolution mass spectrometry were retrospectively analysed by (i) performing peak-picking to identify masses of interest; (ii) prescreening and quality-controlling spectra, and (iii) tentatively identifying priority ?known unknown? pollutants by leveraging environmentally relevant chemical information provided by Swiss, Swedish, EU-wide, and American regulators..."

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Characterising potential participants in kelp monitoring in the recreational diving community: A comparative study of South Afri

"...Coastal and marine recreational groups have been widely involved in activities of environmental monitoring, also referred to as participatory or citizen science..."

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Environmental Monitoring

"...In the United States, the regulatory authority that oversees current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and Good Tissue Practice (cGTP) manufacturing regulations is the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)..."

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