Zombies and miracles: What lingers below the frozen surface of the warming Arctic?

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Ainslie Butler, Health, Medicine & Veterinary Sciences editor     What mysterious critters and creatures are lying dormant, frozen beneath the Arctic’s surface, and what will emerge as a result of thawing permafrost and melting ice in a globally changing climate? Recently, pop culture has taken notice of the threat of ancient diseases in the age of […]

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What’s in a message? Unpacking the do’s and don’ts of climate change communication

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Maria Giammarco, Communication, Education, and Outreach Editor   The New York Times – “Ignore Climate Change At Your Peril” CTV News – “Canada warming twice as fast as rest of the world: scientific report” iPolitics – “Morning Brief: The future looks grim”   Aside from the obvious climate theme, what do these headlines have in common? Well, they’re […]

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Going dry: How decreasing water levels put our food supply at risk

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Kelsey Voss, New Science Communicator Freshwater: The most important resource of our fast-growing world. We need it to drink and to grow food. We use water for drinking, washing, industrial processes, natural resources, and growing food, but our water supply is dwindling. In recent decades, we have seen increasing declines in freshwater levels across the […]

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Living in the shadow of a volcano: B.C.’s Mount Meager shows signs of stirring

Christian Phillips, New Science Communicator One hundred kilometres north of Whistler, BC, up the Lillooet River, lies Mount Meager, a sleeping giant. Mount Meager is just one of 13 volcanoes that punctuates the west coast, from California to Alaska.   However, it is starting to look like this sleeping giant may not be asleep much […]

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Of dragonglass and men: Parallels and differences between Westeros and Earth

  Alina C. Fisher and Tanya Samman, Environmental and Earth Sciences co-editors ~SPOILER ALERT~ The TV show Game of Thrones ended with a bang on May 19, 2019 – or given the numerous criticisms of the finale, perhaps it would be more apt to say that it melted into a fiery heap like the Iron Throne. […]

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