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SDG 15: Life on Land

A grounded approach to environmental sustainability, health and human well-being in Southern Costa Rica

A grounded approach to environmental sustainability, health and human well-being in Southern Costa Rica

In 2021, the York Las Nubes project in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change (EUC) launched the Grounded project in collaboration with the York Faculty of Health, York International, York Libraries, and Universidad Técnica Nacional (UTN) of Costa Rica, San Carlos Campus. Indeed, community is at the heart of York’s Las Nubes EcoCampus such

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Exploring and recreating ecologies that take shape between plants and people

Exploring and recreating ecologies that take shape between plants and people

At the ArtworxTO Hub West, 250 the East Mall, Etobicoke, a display is growing, quite literally, that looks to educate visitors on the relationship between the migrations of people and plants to the Toronto area.  The installation is primarily sound-based and draws on award winning artist and PhD candidate Alexandra Gelis’ research on plants and

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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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Pre-incident planning key to estimating bird deaths caused by oil spills

Pre-incident planning key to estimating bird deaths caused by oil spills

Aquatic birds are the most visibly affected organisms in an oil spill and a key measure of the environmental damage caused by them, such as the large spill off the coast of Peru last month. But accurately estimating how many birds have been affected requires pre-incident planning, says new research. With almost 900,000 tonnes of oil released into aquatic environments annually, pre-incident planning is critical to collecting pre-spill data

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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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Drivers and consequences of individual specialization in an Arctic marine top predator

Drivers and consequences of individual specialization in an Arctic marine top predator

Principal Investigator: Gregory Thiemann Funding: NSERC Discovery Grant. Term: 2021-2026. The proposed research involves testing hypotheses around the environmental drivers and ecological consequences of individual specialization, using the polar bear (Ursus maritimus) as a model species and target for conservation. As a long­-lived top predator in a dynamic habitat, polar bears demonstrate several characteristics that

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Characterizing the denning habitat and movements of polar bears in Southern Hudson Bay

Characterizing the denning habitat and movements of polar bears in Southern Hudson Bay

The research aims to inform and advance Government Response Statement (GRS) actions, as well as provide new insights into the ecology of polar bears in Ontario. The overarching goal is to better understand the influence of climate change on the ecology and biology of polar bears in Southern Hudson Bay. Funding:  Species at Risk Research

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