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Scientists find Australian wildfire smoke has circled the globe

Wildland fire scientist Mike Flannigan (ALES) notes that this isn't the first time smoke from a major fire has travelled across the planet, and comments on the health effects of prolonged exposure to wildfire smoke.

'Fire clouds': After Australia, scientists warn the erratic weather phenomenon could become a new reality (NBC News)

Mike Flannigan (ALES) comments about the effects of pyrocumulonimbus clouds generated by intense wildfires, noting that one cloud created by the Fort McMurray wildfire of 2016 sparked new fires 20 to 30 kilometres downwind.

Wildfires causing boreal forest to have fewer trees, less undergrowth: Study

U of A forest ecologist Ellen Whitman (ALES) comments on her research suggesting that the increasing frequency of wildfires in Canada's boreal forest may be permanently changing one of the largest intact ecosystems left on Earth. CP story also ran in dozens of local outlets across Canada.

Australia's wildfire crisis faces a new foe: Misinformation

Mike Flannigan (ALES) says it's unreasonable to think the actions of two dozen possible offenders could have caused such destruction, with 20 million acres already scorched and more than 120 fires still active across southeastern Australia.

Experts say climate change is driving up the risk of Australia-like wildfires in Canada

Wildland fire professor Mike Flannigan (ALES) says "climate change's fingerprints are all over these Australian fires" and play the same role in raising the risk in Canada.

Walking in two worlds: Canada's 'two-spirit' doctor guiding trans teenagers

A feature on alumnus James Makokis (ALES), a two-spirit doctor who treats young transgender people.

Australia wildfires developing their own dangerous weather systems - New Zealand skies turn orange

The wildfires that are ravaging parts of Australia are burning through vegetation under such extreme conditions the blazes are generating enough heat to create their own weather systems, including fire-generated thunderstorms and fire tornadoes.

Vigilance needed as clubroot overcomes resistant canola varieties

While scientists and plant breeders have been able to slow the advance of clubroot in canola fields across Western Canada, producer vigilance is still the best weapon against the disease as it continues to advance. Stephen Strelkov (ALES) spoke about the issue at the annual Canola Industry Meeting and Canola Innovation Day.

Q&A: How climate change, other factors stoke Australia fires

Australia's unprecedented wildfires are supercharged thanks to climate change, the type of trees catching fire and weather, Mike Flannigan (ALES) told the Washington Post.

Scientists studying whether melting glaciers will affect Alberta's drinking water

A new UAlberta study will look at the future quality of Alberta's drinking water in relation to melting glaciers. Researchers will focus on three watersheds including the N Saskatchewan River - headwaters for over 1 million people in Edmonton & beyond.

Nature vs. nurture in animal performance

Epigenetics is being studied in beef cattle. A Beef Science Cluster study co-led by Carolyn Fitzsimmons (ALES) showed that changing feed intake levels during pregnancy can cause epigenetic changes in the fetal calf.

Is the Keto diet effective?

The Keto diet is effective, but we don't know how effective, or for how long, notes Carla Prado (ALES), co-author of a narrative review on the ketogenic diet as a possible therapy for cancer.

Australia's fires are so extreme they are making their own weather

The intense fires are creating huge clouds that crackle with lightning, which strikes the dry surrounding landscape and creates new fires. Warmer air temperatures and more intense fires are sending even more smoke, ash and moisture up into the air, making the formation of these clouds more likely, Mike Flannigan (ALES) explained.

Alberta's battle with clubroot

The number of clubroot pathotypes in Alberta is growing. As a result, a new identification system has been established. Plant pathologist Stephen Strelkov (ALES) said monitoring the spread of clubroot started in 2003.

When you eat eggs every day, this is what happens to your body

Comments from Jianping Wu (ALES) on the antioxidant properties of eggs are included in this article.

Clubroot pathotypes have doubled over past three years

Plant pathologist Stephen Strelkov (ALES) comments that some of the proliferating clubroot pathotypes have resistance to current clubroot-resistant canola varieties.

Radio Interview: Canadians worried about rising food prices

Heidi Bates (ALES), director of the U of A's Integrated Dietetics Internship Program, comments on a study in which 87 per cent of Canadians surveyed said food prices were rising faster than their income.

Downstream of oilsands, death by cancer comes too often

Story mentions research by U of A professor emeritus David Schindler (Science) and geochemist William Shotyk (ALES) on levels of contaminants in waterways near oilsands operations, including the Athabasca River.

Most seafood imports flagged for food safety violations never get audited

Rodent filth, drug residue, undeclared allergens, and Salmonella are just a handful of the health violations that impelled the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to block large batches of seafood imports in recent years. Whether the agency can do a better job on its supervision of imported seafood may depend on its funding, says environmental sociology professor Sven Anders (ALES).

Another 'harvest from hell': Canada's farmers forced to acclimatize to weird weather

Several rural counties have declared local agricultural emergencies year after year, as farmers are increasingly reacting to, and preparing for, a new climate reality. "The projections for the future of the impact of climate change on agriculture in the Prairies are are really quite concerning," comments Debra Davidson (ALES).

Rasmuson added to Ag Hall Of Fame

This year's Wetaskiwin Agricultural Society Hall of Fame inductee was Keith Rasmuson, who graduated from the U of A with a BSc in agriculture in 1973.

Fighting fire with science

Wildland fire scientist Mike Flannigan (ALES) comments on his work and the increase in wildfires worldwide.

Cattle researchers map feed-efficiency genes

Not limited to adults': Many Canadian youth are caregivers, says U of A researcher

More than one-quarter of Canadian youth are caregivers, something that a University of Alberta researcher says is limiting their ability to excel in school or in the workplace.

Study breaks feed efficiency meat quality link

Recent research from the University of Alberta made no connection between residual feed intake and meat tenderness, according to a research team led by Heather Bruce (ALES), director of the Meat Education and Training Network (MEaTnet) and a professor in carcass and meat science at the University of Alberta.

Researchers make case for grassland benefits

A stronger case for maintaining Canada's shrinking grasslands is being made by researchers. "Our long-term goal is to recognize and quantify the magnitude the ecosystem goods and services these grasslands supply," said Edward Bork (ALES) of the University of Alberta and Mattheis Chair in Rangeland.

Best universities for graduate jobs: Global University Employability Ranking 2019

Nine Canadian universities made the Top 100 on this year's ranking, which ranks 250 universities in 41 countries. The Canadian universities appearing on the list were University of Toronto (15), McGill University (17), the University of Montreal (37), the University of British Columbia (61), McMaster University (78), the University of Alberta (134), the University of Victoria (186), Dalhousie University (204) and the University of Waterloo (240).

'Playing God': Exploring the depths of the oil industry's compensation lakes

If you destroy fish or fish habitat, fisheries law says you have to put it back, and often it says you have to put twice as much back because making something from scratch is a lot harder than keeping what's existing," said Mark Poesch (ALES), an associate professor in the Department of Renewable Resources

Project aims to detect pregnant sheep faster

Researchers associated with the University of Alberta, including graduate research assistant Seyed Ali Goldansaz (ALES), hope to develop a device to help sheep producers detect pregnancy and feed efficiency in animals with only a few drops of blood.

Alien grasses are making wildfires more frequent in the US study finds

For much of the United States, invasive grass species are making wildfires more frequent, especially in fire-prone California, a new study finds.

Study shows cattle temperament affects feedlot performance

Differences in beef cattle temperament could significantly affect value from the feedlot to the plate, according to a Texas A&M University study led by U of A PhD student Cameron Olson (ALES).

'This is not normal': Alberta suffered second worst wildfire season on record

Alberta's scorching wildfire season, which came to an end on Oct. 31, was the second worst wildfire season in the province's history and saw approximately 884,000 hectares burned. Mike Flannigan (ALES) comments that this is human-caused climate change and it is a new reality.

Koch Foods breaks ground on new US $55m poultry feed plant in Alabama

Amid the increasing focus on reducing greenhouse emissions attributable to poultry and livestock, a team of Canadian researchers led by Martin Zuidhof (ALES) has developed a precision feeding system that could help boost the environmental sustainability of poultry production.

Precision nutrition boosts environmental sustainability of poultry production

A team of researchers, led by Martin Zuidhof (ALES), developed a novel feeding station system to provide individualized nutrition to birds based on their weight and reduce the variation among birds in a breeding flock.

5 Alberta scientists tell us why they joined 11,000 scientific colleagues in declaring a climate emergency

Alberta-based scientists who signed an open letter sent out by 11,000 scientists from around the world included Mark Poesch (ALES), post-doctoral fellow François-Nicolas Robinne (ALES), Lisa Stein (Science), and post-doctoral fellow Timm Döbert (Science).

Study: Alien grasses are making more frequent U.S. wildfires

Why being with someone new won't change old relationship patterns

This story features the research of Matt Johnson (ALES) who found after a failed relationship, people tend to recreate the same dynamics all over again with their new partner, especially after the honeymoon phase of the relationship has ended.

How often should you wash jeans? It's fine to wait weeks - even months, experts say

Human ecology professor Rachel McQueen (ALES) had one of her students, Josh Le, wear a pair of jeans for 15 months straight. The jeans contained the same bacteria levels as they did when he wore them for less than two weeks.

Retraining oil and gas workers sounds like an easy solution, but the reality is incredibly complex

Resource economist Sven Anders (ALES) said renewables and clean tech aren't growing at a sufficient pace to absorb the hundreds of jobs the oilpatch sheds monthly.

Alberta just suffered one of its largest wildfire seasons

The 2019 Alberta wildfire season is on track to consume the second most amount of land in the history of the province, warn officials.

Blackouts to prevent wildfires remain in toolbox in Oregon

While power companies expect to use more blackouts to prevent wildfires in California, that tool so far remains in the box in Oregon.

'Men's workwear is not appealing': Local start-up develops workwear for women in trades

An Edmonton entrepreneur is developing fire-resistant, stretchy fabric and workwear for women with the help of University of Alberta researchers, to launch in spring 2020.

With warming - get used to blackouts to prevent wildfires

Scientists say with worsening fires and a longer burn season from climate change, California should expect more intentional power blackouts to prevent high winds from knocking down power lines.

U of A among Canada's top 5 universities in latest Maclean's ranking

Nursing, business and science stand out in new ranking of top medical-doctoral universities.

A New Romance Is Likely to End Up Like Your Previous Relationship, Study Finds - but You Can Change the Game

Story cites research by Matt Johnson (ALES) on how new romances took on similar patterns to their previous ones after the honeymoon phase was over.

AVs on a path to overlook the disabled

Design anthropologist Megan Strickfaden (ALES) is co-author of the 2018 study that showed the elderly and disabled risk being kicked to the curb as autonomous-vehicle technology gets set to revolutionize mobility.

Using technology to support caregivers of older people with dementia

Technology can be used to support the caregivers of people living with dementia, however, developers and designers need to take caregiver needs into consideration.

Is changing partners really that exciting? Maybe not

We are likely to create the same patterns in successive relationships, according to researcher Matthew Johnson.

Chronic wasting disease sparks public health concerns and lobbying

ALES researcher Ellen Goddard says CWD testing of all farmed animals should be mandatory.

Salmon worms are squirming under the radar, for now

Michael Gaenzle comments on common parasites in wild salmon.