(Press Release) National network of scientists, engineers, social scientists and planners examines how Canada could act to limit global warming while remaining economically competitive Ottawa, May 26 2017 – According to a new report co-authored by 71 university researchers from all 10 provinces, decreased demand for fossil fuels over the coming decades could significantly reduce […]
From May 15 to 19, UBC Forestry is hosting two Aboriginal students as part of the Verna J. Kirkness (VJK) Science and Engineering Program. The Kirkness program provides an opportunity for Aboriginal high-school students to conduct research alongside professors and seasoned graduate students.
Small streams are vulnerable to land use, and often are ditched, straightened, and land use extends to the stream edge. Small streams are also highly sensitive to erosion of sediments, inputs of nutrients and contaminants, heating of the water, and loss of energy sources. This is particularly the case for forestry where in most parts of the world there is very little protection, and yet we protect larger streams even though sediments, nutrients, warmer water and reduced energy inputs arrive there from impacted source streams.
The International Panel on Climate Change has postulated that, if left unchecked, we will likely see a 3.7 to 4.8°C increase in the Earth’s surface temperature by the end of the century. This temperature increase is likely to result in very disruptive and expensive events, such as rising sea-levels and extreme storms. Growing more trees, capturing CO2 and finding alternative, renewable sources of energy are all ways to help mitigate this temperature rise.
The occurrence of invasive plants is increasing in all types of ecosystems, producing both positive and negative changes on the landscape. Many land managers aim to decrease the negative effects that plant invasions bring, which may require curbing their spread through proactive management.
Being able to see where heat is escaping from your own home is a powerful—and underutilized—way to encourage home energy retrofits, especially when those infrared images are packaged with other incentives and promoted within your community.
That’s a key finding that researchers want energy efficiency promoters across Canada to know. Some 63 per cent of energy use in Canadian homes is from space heating, so heat loss is expensive and wasteful.
Dr. Sally Aitken is leading a team that will use genomics to test the ability of trees from different populations to resist heat, cold, drought and disease, and identify the genes and genetic variation involved in climate adaptation.
Scott Hinch was awarded a NSERC Strategic grant totaling $590,000 for research into the effects of injury , pathogens, and climate warming on migration and spawning success of Pacific salmon that have escaped from fishing gear. Partner organizations include the Canadian Dept. Fisheries and Oceans, Pacific Salmon Commission, and Pacific Salmon Foundation.