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SDG 13: Climate Action

Testing a rapid laboratory method for tracking permafrost thaw slump activity

Testing a rapid laboratory method for tracking permafrost thaw slump activity

by Claire O'Hagan Permafrost is permanently frozen ground, and is critical to the ecosystem health and function in northern landscapes. It is important for maintaining the stability of the soil, as well as the welfare of the organisms that inhabit northern areas. Permafrost thaw, ongoing as a result of anthropogenic climate change, has increased the

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4REAL experiential learning opportunity to focus on local climate solutions

4REAL experiential learning opportunity to focus on local climate solutions

The Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada) is supporting York University’s 4REAL (4th Renewable Energy & Agricultural Learning) project. CEWIL partners with post-secondary institutions, community members, employers, government and students to champion work-integrated learning. The 4REAL experiential learning opportunity will focus on local climate change solutions through the lens of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically

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Birds and plastic pollution – A case study in Toronto

Birds and plastic pollution – A case study in Toronto

by Melina Damian, MES, Ontario Nature's Communications Coordinator When you think of a bird’s nest, what’s the first image that comes to mind? Probably a bunch of sticks and leaves bundled together – right? Unfortunately, for birds that live in urbanized areas, they often use anthropogenic debris (otherwise known as garbage) to build their nests.

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York-produced data helps to tell impactful stories

York-produced data helps to tell impactful stories

Fifty years ago the Club of Rome called for a transition from growth to equilibrium, as they demonstrated through The Limits to Growth that humanity could not sustain another hundred  years of growth in material consumption, pollution, and population.  Since then, humanity’s Ecological Footprint has doubled and overshot the planet’s carrying capacity. York University’s Ecological

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Knowledge co-production to address human-polar bear conflict in Southern Hudson Bay and James Bay

Knowledge co-production to address human-polar bear conflict in Southern Hudson Bay and James Bay

Polar bears in Ontario are at the southern limit of their species’ range. As part of the Southern Hudson Bay subpopulation, these roughly 800 bears migrate onto land when the sea ice of Hudson Bay melts completely each summer. On shore, polar bears primarily fast and rely on stored fat for energy. With increasing global

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Learning post-disturbance boreal recovery trajectories for backward prediction

Learning post-disturbance boreal recovery trajectories for backward prediction

by Philip Lynch Stand-replacing disturbances (i.e., harvesting, forest fires) in Canadian forests and recovery cycles cause highly dynamic landscapes, demanding continuous monitoring to characterize and observe ecological modification over time. Monitoring large-scale post-disturbance recovery by satellite remote sensing is a major research area in Canada. My research seeks to answer the question: What improvement do

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Slope gradient, soil texture, and ground vegetation affecting erosion in the Lovers Creek Ravine

Slope gradient, soil texture, and ground vegetation affecting erosion in the Lovers Creek Ravine

Lovers Creek is a notable subwatershed that is part of the Lake Simcoe watershed. It is one of several that pass through the City of Barrie’s residential areas in order to connect to Lake Simcoe. Sections of Lovers Creek are characterized by ravines that are regularly accompanied with recreational trails along the slopes or fields.

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Climate, conflict, and co-existence: Identifying the drivers of human-polar bear interaction in Southern Hudson Bay

Climate, conflict, and co-existence: Identifying the drivers of human-polar bear interaction in Southern Hudson Bay

The primary goal of this research is to reduce the risk of human-polar bear conflict. This will both reduce the risk of injury to people and reduce the number of polar bears killed in defense of life or property. Secondarily, the proposed research will contribute to broader management and conservation efforts in the region; identify

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Mark Terry receives Order of Vaughan

Mark Terry receives Order of Vaughan

Mark Terry, a York University graduate, a faculty member with the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, and a research Fellow with the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, is a recipient of the 2021 Order of Vaughan – the City of Vaughan’s highest civic honour. On Dec. 21, Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua honoured Terry for his

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