Planting cleaner air: Can roadside plants reduce air pollution?

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Katie Compton and Silvie Harder, Policy & Politics editors If you’ve gone shopping for a houseplant recently, you might have noticed that some species, like spider plants and peace lilies, are identified as having air-purifying qualities. This labelling isn’t just empty marketing. A study done by NASA 30 years ago tested the air-purifying capacity of […]

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Who owns the heavens? Improved satellite communications come at a price

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Chenoa van den Boogaard, Physics & Astronomy editor When our ancestors looked up at the night sky, they used the patterns of twinkling light they saw as inspiration for stories that connected their communities. The newest constellation in our sky, created by Elon Musk’s company SpaceX, promises a similar story of connectivity. However, it may […]

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Ecosystem services: Determining the full value of the land

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Jenna Finley, Biology & Life Sciences editor   On January 5, 2021, researchers at the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative and the universities of British Columbia, Carleton, and McGill released a ground-breaking study that expands our understanding of ecosystem services. Ecosystem services are important but overlooked aspects of conservation and protection research. Ecosystem services are […]

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Bioplastics may be the answer to Canada’s plastic waste problem

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Katie Compton and Silvie Harder, Policy and Politics editors When COVID-19 reached Canada in the spring of 2020, the Government of Canada was on track to ban single-use plastics. But in the scramble to reduce the spread of the virus, grocery stores and coffee shops discouraged people from bringing their cloth bags and travel mugs. […]

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Rethinking rights of way landscapes to benefit important pollinator species

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Silvie Harder, Policy & Politics editor My kids lie quietly on their bellies in the grass. They are watching a monarch butterfly flutter from flower to flower, daintily sipping the nectar with its straw-like proboscis. Watching its breezy movements in a backyard garden in Montreal, you could forget the herculean journey from the oyamel fir […]

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