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

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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, interface […]

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Climate change, fire, and their implications for species

Tanya Samman and Alina Fisher, Environmental & 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 while […]

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Water problems in water-rich Canada

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Sarah Boon, Environment & Earth Sciences co-editor Western Canada has been experiencing unprecedented warm and dry conditions this year, leading to drought conditions across the region. This has resulted in farming woes, increases in both the number of wildfires and the area burned by those fires (see plot below), water restrictions across western municipalities, and negative […]

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