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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Keep them in your heart: monitoring the Bicknell’s Thrush

By Lené Gary, General Science Editor  “You must have the bird in your heart before you can find it in the bush.” — John Burroughs While that might be true, unless you’re planning a trip to the Greater Antilles, you won’t have much luck finding Bicknell’s Thrush in a bush right now. That’s because this […]

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Canadians don’t need to worry about mosquitoes carrying Zika — for now

By Ainslie Butler and Lindsay Jolivet, Health, Medicine, and Veterinary Science Editors The mosquitoes that carry Zika virus are unlikely to settle in cooler Canadian climates anytime soon. But recent evidence suggests that climate change may change that in the long term. The odds of getting Zika virus—which has been linked to microcephaly in unborn […]

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