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Coverage of environmental sciences since June 8, 2023.

Water quality researcher comes to U of G as new Canada Excellence Research Chair Globalnews.ca

"...The University of Guelph have added a renowned water quality researcher to their stable of experts..."

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'Soil is everything': Inside one Dal prof's work to understand how dirt can help humanity

"...“I certainly liked digging holes and things like that as a kid, but I guess a lot of my interest in soil is that it is the interface of many of our vital earth system processes,” explains Dr. Heung, an associate professor in Dalhousie's Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences. “Soils are the centre of my universe..."

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CHFCA is pleased to welcome Carbon Assessors as a start-up member

"...“We are thrilled to introduce Carbon Assessors as the newest member of the CHFCA community,” says Ivette Vera-Perez, President and CEO of the CHFCA. “Their extensive knowledge of hydrogen’s role in global and regional carbon markets indicates a pivotal moment for the hydrogen industry, as it gears up to make a substantial positive environmental contribution. We are excited about the partnership with the Carbon Assessors team, as we work together to further the progress of Canada's hydrogen economy..."

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Internship bridges gap between scientific research and the community

"...“I had the opportunity to learn about science communication and hone my video editing and recording skills through the creation of a community-based video series. It's been a privilege and an opportunity to interact with inspiring individuals from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. ”..."

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Canada's dramatic summer weather has altered the fall colours this year: researchers

"...The dramatic summer weather that brought wildfires in some parts of the country and heavy rain in others is being reflected in fall colours across Canada, researchers say. In Nova Scotia, where summer started with forest fires and ended with stretches of overcast and stormy days, dull brown has replaced the vibrant hues usually seen this time of year in much of the province. Mason MacDonald, an assistant professor of environmental sciences and agriculture at Dalhousie University, said the colours he’s seen so far this autumn don’t compare to the brilliant reds and oranges Nova Scotians are used to..."

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Meet Shannon Sterling, environmental scientist

"...When growing up near the Capilano River in North Vancouver, Shannon Sterling witnessed unsettling events like landslides and dwindling salmon populations — the consequences of clear-cutting old growth forests and the construction of a dam. These experiences underscored the profound influence of human activity on the natural environment, leading Sterling on a path to study geography, hydrology, and the global water cycle..."

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Wildfire-detecting tech powered by Rogers 5G, SpaceX to be deployed in B.C. Globalnews.ca

"...At that time, B. C. had just suffered its third-worst wildfire season on record, which burned just under 8,700 square kilometres..."

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UNBC researchers develop air quality national map

"...It’s a serious problem, especially in the developing world where wood or coal are used for cooking, and the advent of low-cost monitors to detect the smallest particles of pollutants that can lead to health problems peaked the interest of UNBC environmental science professor Dr. Peter Jackson..."

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Canada facing skilled talent crunch in clean energy sector

"...But one key focus of the report is the country’s clean energy talent pool. And therein lies one of the main challenges for the sector in Canada: The pool needs filling, if the country has any hope of decarbonizing its economy and reaching net-zero by 2050..."

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All of Ontario under fire ban as 80 wild fires burn across the province

"...There are currently at least 80 wildfires burning in Ontario. Twenty-seven of those are in the province’s northeast region, while 53 are in the northwest, according to data provided by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. The fire hazard remains high to extreme for most of the province today, the ministry says..."

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‘Fast-pacing’ extinction? How Canada’s worst fire season in decades is hurting wildlife

"...Uncontrollable wildfires are “basically a recipe for disaster” for the environment, said Tanzina Mohsin, a professor in the department of physical and environmental sciences at the University of Toronto. Climate-driven increases in forest fires have severe impacts on the intervention between plants and insects, which in turn affects the forest ecosystem, causing unknown or new diseases, she explained. “We should have measures in place to prevent these wildfires, specifically the ones that are prone to expand in a faster pace,” she told Global News..."

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Jobs in environmental sciences

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Supervisor, Wastewater Treatment - Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (Fort McMurray, AB)

"...Ensures that the team is managed fairly and consistently and that work processes are followed and coordinated to guarantee service levels..."

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Program Manager, Air Quality Regulation and Enforcement - Metro Vancouver (Burnaby, BC)

"...Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external contacts.   Excellent conflict resolution and negotiation skills; skilled in dealing openly, tactfully and sensitively in a variety of situations..."

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Climate Change Specialist - Municipality of North Cowichan (Duncan, BC)

"...Ability to use tact, discretion, persuasion, diplomacy, respect and courtesy to gain the cooperation and commitment of others; facilitate groups; and to establish and maintain effective working relationships and rapport with departments, officials, the media, representatives of other groups, agencies, entities or businesses, and diverse members of the public.  ..."

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Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator - Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society (Summerland, BC)

"...Do you love being outdoors and working around water? Are you excited about engaging the public on important environmental issues? Do you have experience with fieldwork and supervision? Then this position is for you! We are seeking an enthusiastic, motivated individual to join our team..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention environmental sciences.

79: Jon Duncan - Shared value

Duration: 1:18:00

"...Earlier this year I had the privilege of chatting to Jon Duncan, head of Responsible Investment at Old Mutual..."

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What can soundscapes tell us about animals and their home landscapes?

Duration: 45:00

"...Anne Axel of Marshall University is making the case for a new field of bioacoustics research: soundscape phenology, the study of cyclical life events of plants and animals via sound recordings..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about environmental sciences.

Panel discussion | Transitioning to a healthy Anthropocene is possible | Frontiers Forum Live 2023

"...She is actively involved in monitoring water pollution, food security, forestry and climate change, and policy implementation in South Africa..."

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Mr. Bruce Knight: Catalyzing a National Ecosystem Services Market

"...Knight explains the history of the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) and details how ecosystem service markets can add incentives to motivate farmers and ranchers to improve soil health..."

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Ms. Pipa Elias: Non-Operator Landowners – Opportunities for Engagement on Soil Health (updated)

"...Elias joined The Nature Conservancy in 2014 as a Senior Policy Advisor for land use and climate change and has published more than a dozen reports on sustainable forestry and agriculture related to climate mitigation..."

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2023 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: The Future of Energy

"...What will fuel the future of civilization? Major advances in energy production, and the urgency of the climate change crisis, are re-shaping the conversation about what we use to power our world: fossil fuels, wind turbines, hydroelectric, solar panels, nuclear fission and nuclear fusion..."

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Academic Research

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

A scientometric review of biochar preparation research from 2006 to 2019

"...It is mainly used in soil improvement, water pollutant adsorption, carbon sequestration and emission reduction, and energy storage materials, etc..."

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The Emirates at 2050: Balancing Development and Environmental Stewardship

"...To chart a more sustainable course for the Emirates by 2050, the paper proposes policy recommendations such as adopting a national strategy for sustainable development, strengthening environmental policies, investing in urban planning and design, promoting sustainable water management, encouraging use of nature-based solutions, addressing climate change, fostering environmental education, supporting research in environmental sciences, encouraging national and regional cooperation, promoting sustainable business practices in the private sector, and monitoring the progress of environmental policies..."

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A critical review on phytoremediation of environmental contaminants in aquatic ecosystem

"...This review, thus focuses on the various contaminants found in aquatic ecosystems, their treatment by various phytoremediation processes, some successful phytoremediation studies conducted so far for remediation purposes, and myriad types of constructed wetlands utilized for attenuating pollution levels in various types of wastewaters to bring them down to permissible levels..."

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General Background in Ecology and Environmental Sciences

"...Those include explanation of concept of ecosystem services and metabolism of human society, basic environmental principles needed to understand energy and matter dynamic in earth system at various spatiotemporal scales including radiation budget, greenhouse effect, thermohaline circulation and basic ecological principles dealing environmental conditions and resources, factors affecting competition between organisms and other key mechanisms determining species coexistence..."

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To what extent are pollutant emission intensified by international tourist arrivals? Starling evidence from G7 Countries

"...A large volume of environmental science and pollution research has focused on the contributions of various forms of energy consumption to emissions..."

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Household energy consumption: state of the art, research gaps, and future prospects

"...This systematic review shows that nearly half the studies on household energy consumption were published in just three journals (namely, Energy Policy; Energy; and Energy Economics) with a focus on three areas (Environmental Sciences and Ecology; Energy and Fuels; Business and Economics)..."

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Geoheritage Education as a Gateway to Developing a Conservation Ethic in High School Students from China and the USA

"...A recent summary of geoheritage and protected area management as reported by Gordon (International Journal of Geoheritage and Parks 7:199?210, 2019) notes that a broader discipline has been emerging in geoheritage that recognizes the links to landscape and biodiversity conservation, economic development, climate change adaptation, sustainable management of land and water, historical and cultural heritage, and geotourism..."

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Green supply chain management/green finance: a bibliometric analysis of the last twenty years by using the Scopus database

"...Hence, the green investment in water, biodiversity protection, waste treatment, resources, and climate change alleviation help in enhancing industrial production..."

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Recruiting endophytic bacteria of wetland plants to phytoremediate organic pollutants

"...Phytoremediation is a process of contaminant removal using plants, to clean up surface waters, groundwaters, sediments and soils..."

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Formulation of variables of environmental taxation: a bibliometric analysis of Scopus database (2001?2022)

"...The 590 literature is retrieved from the Scopus database (2001?2022 March) with the keywords Environmental* Tax* OR Carbon Tax*, after limiting the subject area to economics, business, finance, and social science..."

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Expression profiling of stress protectants in Zea mays L. plants treated with Bacillus pumilus: surfactant-producing bioeffecto

"..., phosphate-solubilizing potential, ammonia production, hydrogen cyanide production and 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid (ACC) deaminase activity, and further screened for surfactants production potential via observing the hydrocarbon-degrading capability of bacteria..."

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