It’s raining red: Why use of chemical fire retardants is on the rise

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by Kira Hoffman, General Sciences editor If you drove through central British Columbia in the late summer of 2017, it would have been hard to miss the charred trees and blackened landscapes. B.C. experienced its worst wildfire season on record, with fires burning over 1.2 million hectares of forests throughout the province. In some places, […]

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Making Big Ideas Happen

SWCC People’s Choice Award Winner – Canada’s Favourite Science Site: Let’s Talk Science By Malgosia Ip, for SWCC Amy Cook was a graduate student at Western University when she and her colleague Mira Ray started a small not-for-profit organization called CRAM Science. They were both passionate about science outreach, but found that outreach activities typically […]

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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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Ajuster la recette de la sécurité alimentaire au Canada

Le système de sécurité alimentaire du Canada devrait empêcher les aliments dangereux de parvenir à nos bouches. Mais est-ce suffisant de partager l’information avec le public? Un expert nous donne son opinion. Ainslie Butler et Lindsay Jolivet, Co-éditrices – Santé, médecine et science vétérinaire Des bactéries au plastique, en passant par des noix bien camouflées, […]

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From chaotic to biotic

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By Jamie Miller, guest contributor from the Nature Conservancy of Canada There’s a new breed of problem emerging, and these problems are making a lot of people uncomfortable. Aptly named “wicked problems” because of their complex and high uncertainty, they’re defined by having multiple contradicting values, high uncertainty, high stakes and require urgent decision-making. They’re […]

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