It’s complicated, honey: Bees vs… bees

Kevin Van Tighem, Nature Conservancy of Canada Spring draws nigh: the season of the birds and the bees. Birdsong is a welcome gift, but where would we be without bees? Their obsessive quest for pollen and nectar keeps much of Alberta’s native flora alive. There would be fewer willows, flowers and garden crops without pollinator insects […]

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Move to Mars? Just because we can doesn’t mean we should…

Tanya Samman and Alina Fisher, Environmental and Earth Sciences co-editors Mars… it’s hot right now. But then, so is Earth—and it’s getting hotter thanks to human-induced climate change. Life on Earth is going to change drastically in the near future: melting ice sheets will cause sea level to rise, submerging coastal cities; food supplies will […]

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Changements climatiques, feux et leurs implications pour certaines espèces

Par Tanya Samman et Alina Fisher, co-éditrices Environnement Sciences de la terre Le rôle du feu dans les écosystèmes forestiers Les feux de forêt sont puissants et dévastateurs. Mais ils sont également nécessaires pour le renouvèlement de certains écosystèmes. Plusieurs plantes sont très bien adaptées au feu; certaines espèces d’arbres possèdent une écorce dense ou […]

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Manitoba’s amazing ash forests, invasive emerald ash borer, and how you can help

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by Cary Hamel, Julie Pelc, Andrew Holland, and Dan Kraus, Nature Conservancy of Canada Buy local. Burn local. Don’t move firewood. This is not just another green slogan put out by conservationists in the new year. Allow us to explain… Many people have heard about how non-native invasive species, including insects and plants, are one […]

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Climate change, fire, and their implications for species

by Tanya Samman & Alina Fisher, Environmental and Earth Sciences Co-editors The role of fire in forest ecosystems Forest fires are powerful and devastating. But they are also necessary for the rejuvenation of some ecosystems. Many plants are well-adapted to fire; some trees have dense bark or shed lower limbs to help them survive fire […]

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