Biodiversity

Pacific Blob Weakens While El Nino Intensifies - Weather and Climate Change in One

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January 4, 2016 - At the end of the last Ice Age, an obstructive ice dam in the St.

I'm Tired of Reading Editorial Opinion that States COP 21 was a Failure

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December 21, 2015 - Today is the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere of our planet, and here in Toronto we are being told that Christmas and this month of December will likely be the warmest Toronto has ever experienced.

Food Waste and Climate Change: They Are Related

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December 20, 2015 - We humans waste 1.3 billion tons of food every year. The loss amounts to 2 to 3% of global gross domestic product (GDP). It happens on a planet where one in nine of us is malnourished. And it contributes 3.3 billion tons of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to the atmosphere every year. That makes food waste the third largest emitter of GHGs after China and the United States.

Does Bioengineering Provide an Answer to Global Warming?

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December 6, 2015 - Back in 2012 I wrote a posting entitled "If the Climate Changes Wouldn't it be Easier to Change Us?" It seemed bizarrely logical that since we were altering the global environment through technology why not alter ourselves to thrive in these ch

Costa Rica - A Laboratory for Deep De-Carbonization

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November 24, 2015 - When Costa Rica submitted its

Strengthening Honeybees through Genomics

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November 5, 2015 - There is no field in biomedicine that appears to be advancing more rapidly than genomics. Mapping our DNA and that of the planet's many species is creating new bodies of knowledge that researchers are turning into advances in agriculture, bio-pharmaceuticals, animal sciences and medicine.

Saving The Coral - Australia Experiments with Assisted Evolution

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November 2, 2015 - In a place called SeaSim, Australian and international teams of scientists are studying coral reefs in conditions that simulate the potential changes that climate change will bring to the world's oceans.

Genomics May Save the Rhinoceros and the Coho Salmon

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October 31, 2015 - Tonight is Halloween and for the last week people have been greeting me with "Happy Halloween." Hate to be a grinch but when did Halloween turn into anything more than a night for children to go door-to-door shouting "trick or treat?"

What is Sustainable? - David Suzuki Weighs In on the Subject

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October 30, 2015 - "Sustainable development" is the byword phrase of those seeking a way forward for the world economy in light of the need to reduce our global carbon footprint to combat climate change. One definition defines the term as "economic development conducted without depletion of natural resources." The United Nations defines it differently.

New Study Points to Extraterrestrial Causes for Past Mass Extinctions

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October 23, 2015 - In Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society a new paper argues that periodic mass extinctions in the past can be linked to comet and asteroid

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