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Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 17.04.2024
Wind turbines: a smaller footprint than you might think
Wind turbines: a smaller footprint than you might think
Wind power is an affordable and renewable energy source. Yet decision-makers are reluctant to invest in this sector because they generally believe that wind farms require more land than fossil fuel power plants. A McGill University study assessing the extent of land occupied by nearly 320 wind farms in the USA - the largest study of its kind - paints a very different picture.

Environment - Social Sciences - 08.04.2024
Restoring biodiversity in Canada
Restoring biodiversity in Canada
Environment As the world commemorates Earth Day 2024, a Waterloo researcher shares how we can unlock more Canadian restoration solutions with community and academic collaboration With the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration well underway, one message is taking center stage - we need to restore biodiversity on our planet.

Environment - 26.03.2024
Montmorency Forest: birds are nesting later and later
Montmorency Forest: birds are nesting later and later
Despite earlier springs in North America, migratory birds are nesting 2 to 4 weeks later than 25 years ago at the Université Laval teaching and research forest . Thanks to earlier springs, bird spring migrations have been occurring earlier and earlier in North America over the past few decades. Do these disruptions to the normal course of migration mean that birds are nesting earlier? Not necessarily, at least not for the 36 migratory species studied at Forêt Montmorency by a research team from Université Laval and Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Environment - Innovation - 25.03.2024
Nudging toward sustainability: Researching the power of an individual's behavior
Nudging toward sustainability: Researching the power of an individual’s behavior
Environment Please turn off the lights when exiting the room, society thanks you Living in society means we are under the influence of others. This power can impact our behaviors and actions, which can result in both positive and negative results. For Mohamed Yousuf, the power of influence formed an integral part of his graduate studies research.

Environment - Life Sciences - 21.03.2024
Species diversity promotes ecosystem stability
What maintains stability within an ecosystem and prevents a single best competitor from displacing other species from a community? Does ecosystem stability depend upon the presence of a wide variety of species, as early ecologists believed, or does diversity do the exact opposite, and lead to instability, as modern theory predicts? Resolving a long-standing debate among ecologists A new study from McGill University and the Max Planck Institute and published recently in Science suggests an answer to this question that has stood unanswered for half a century among ecologists.

Environment - Health - 20.03.2024
Research gaps in links between Indigenous health and climate change
Research gaps in links between Indigenous health and climate change
Global Futures Findings from a new review strengthen the warnings of a global ecological and relational crisis Though matters of climate change, biodiversity loss and Indigenous Peoples' health and well-being are often considered separately, the three are linked in innumerable ways. While people worldwide are experiencing the impacts of climate change and biodiversity losses, Indigenous Peoples are most disproportionately and acutely affected.

Environment - Life Sciences - 18.03.2024
Global wildlife study during COVID-19 shows rural animals are more sensitive to human activity
Global wildlife study during COVID-19 shows rural animals are more sensitive to human activity
Science, Health & Technology Lou Corpuz-Bosshart Plant-eating animals more active, carnivores more cautious around humans One of the largest studies on wildlife activity-involving more than 220 researchers, 163 mammal species and 5,000 camera traps worldwide-reveals that wild animals react differently to humans depending on where the animals live and what they eat.

Environment - 14.03.2024
Scientists can now remove microplastics from our water with 94 per cent efficiency
Scientists can now remove microplastics from our water with 94 per cent efficiency
Waterloo researchers- new technology has the potential to reduce the plastic industry's carbon footprint  University of Waterloo researchers have created a new technology that can remove harmful microplastics from contaminated water with 94 per cent efficiency. The amount of plastic pollution in our ecosystem has become an increasingly alarming concern globally.

Environment - Innovation - 11.03.2024
Snow study takes flight
Snow study takes flight
Global Futures Research into remote snowpacks unveils insights into climate change, water resource management and the future of our planet A research team led by Dr. Richard Kelly, a professor in Geography and Environmental Management at Waterloo, uses a novel radar-based technology to provide more insight into snowpacks and their implications for climate change, water resource management and hazard prediction.

Environment - Health - 05.03.2024
Living near leafy trees doesn’t always protect kids from asthma
A new study shows that, in urban environments, trees can both increase and decrease the risk of children developing asthma. Trees play a big role in how children in cities develop asthma. But it's not as simple as "more trees equals less asthma." It depends on the season: trees decrease the risk of developing asthma during the leafy season but increase the risk during the pollen season.

Health - Environment - 29.02.2024
Fewer fish, worse health: the climate effect
Over the next two decades of climate change, there'll be less seafood to eat, and this could threaten the cardiovascular health of First Nations people on Canada's Pacific coast, a study finds. Over the next 25 years, reduced intake of marine food resources due to climate change will likely have a negative impact on the cardiovascular health of First Nations on Canada's Pacific coast, a new study suggests.

Health - Environment - 27.02.2024
Teens benefit from ’forest bathing’ - even in cities
First-of-its-kind study quantifies the impact urban and architectural design features have on adolescent mental health Youth mental health in urban environments is significantly better when more nature is incorporated into city design. A new study from University of Waterloo researchers suggests that forest bathing, the simple method of being calm and quiet amongst the trees, observing nature around you while breathing deeply, can help youth de-stress and boost health and well-being.

Environment - Health - 27.02.2024
Small dietary changes can cut your carbon footprint by 25%
McGill researchers find evidence that partially replacing red and processed meat with plant protein foods can increase lifespan and mitigate climate change The latest Canada's Food Guide presents a paradigm shift in nutrition advice, nixing traditional food groups, including meat and dairy, and stressing the importance of plant-based proteins.

Environment - 16.02.2024
Uncertainty in measuring biodiversity change could hinder progress towards global targets for nature
Uncertainty in measuring biodiversity change could hinder progress towards global targets for nature
Researchers find it could be difficult to detect biodiversity improvements due to conservation action for nature and suggest practical solutions to guide conservation More than ever before, there is a growing interest in dedicating resources to stop the loss of biodiversity, as recently exemplified by the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) decided at COP15 in December 2022.

Social Sciences - Environment - 08.02.2024
Surprising new evidence on happiness and wealth
Survey of people living in small, rural communities around the world suggests income not key to happiness Global polls typically show that people in industrialized countries where incomes are relatively high report greater levels of satisfaction with life than those in low-income countries. But now the first large-scale survey to look at happiness in small, non-industrialized communities living close to nature paints quite a different picture.

Health - Environment - 06.02.2024
Are environmental toxins putting future generations at risk?
Exposure to DDT can trigger changes to the heritable sperm epigenome and may raise risk of birth defects and disease, finds McGill-led study In a study that signals potential reproductive and health complications in humans, now and for future generations, researchers from McGill University, the University of Pretoria, Université Laval, Aarhus University, and the University of Copenhagen, have concluded that fathers exposed to environmental toxins, notably DDT, may produce sperm with health consequences for their children.

Health - Environment - 06.02.2024
Are environmental toxins reducing men’s fertility?
Exposure to DDT can trigger changes to the heritable sperm epigenome and may raise risk of birth defects and disease, finds McGill-led study In a study that signals potential reproductive and health complications in humans, now and for future generations, researchers from McGill University, the University of Pretoria, Université Laval, Aarhus University, and the University of Copenhagen, have concluded that fathers exposed to environmental toxins, notably DDT, may produce sperm with health consequences for their children.

Environment - Pharmacology - 30.01.2024
Medicinal drugs pollute the St. Lawrence River
Medicinal drugs pollute the St. Lawrence River
The 3,000-km artery contains a large quantity and variety of pharmaceutical compounds, some of which could be harmful to ecosystems and human health. A new study shows troubling levels of pharmaceutical pollution in the St. Lawrence River and its largest tributaries, especially near and downstream of urban areas.

Environment - 25.01.2024
More reporting needed to show progress on Ontario municipal climate and sustainability plans
More reporting needed to show progress on Ontario municipal climate and sustainability plans
University of Waterloo researchers will help Canadian municipalities monitor, measure and achieve climate mitigation goals While sustainability reporting is a widespread practice in the private sector, new research shows that the same cannot be said for Ontario municipalities. Researchers at the University of Waterloo studied 38 municipalities in Ontario, representing more than two-thirds of the population, and discovered that almost all municipalities publish their sustainability and climate change goals, but under half are formally reporting on their progress.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 24.01.2024
Researchers advocate for sustainable logging to safeguard against global flood risks
Researchers advocate for sustainable logging to safeguard against global flood risks
It's time to recognize the power of healthy forests in managing global growing flood risk, and to shift towards more sustainable forestry practices and policy. This call is emphasized by UBC researchers in a peer-reviewed article published recently in the journal Science of the Total Environment . Dr. Younes Alila , a hydrologist and professor in the faculty of forestry, and his graduate student Henry Pham synthesized decades of hydrology studies and found that many "severely and consistently underestimated" the impact of forest cover on flood risk.
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