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Climate change forces glaciers to retreat in Canada's Arctic

EXTRACT: Climate change forces glaciers to retreat in Canada's Arctic Many impacts of climate change have been observed since the term drifted into common usage in the late 1970s and 80s. Although declining animal populations and statistics regarding rising sea levels and global temperatures have taken root in our daily lives ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-03-15

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Everyday wild: How Edmonton’s urban parkland helps citizens thrive

EXTRACT: Everyday wild: How Edmonton’s urban parkland helps citizens thrive Access to natural area parks within city limits provides therapeutic experiences, promotes health and well-being for residents. By Katie Willis on March 5, 2019 A new study by University of Alberta researchers is taking a closer look at the experiences reported by natural area ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-03-05

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Looking for hot water: Geothermal pilot project marks new era for energy in Alberta

EXTRACT: Looking for hot water: Geothermal pilot project marks new era for energy in Alberta New funding from Alberta Innovates supports pilot project with Albertan oil and gas company. By Katie Willis on February 25, 2019 Imagine having a monthly utility bill that cost upwards of a million dollars. Now imagine that with a ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-02-25

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Losing ground to climate change in coastal communities

EXTRACT: Losing ground to climate change in coastal communities Urban planning expert addresses local impact of climate change on coastal communities, identifies need for refocus and intervention. By Katie Willis on February 19, 2019 Climate change, explains UAlberta assistant professor and planning expert Jeff Birchall, is impacting both the Homer Spit and community’s ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-02-19

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Did multicellular life first emerge 1.5 billion years earlier than we thought?

EXTRACT: Did multicellular life first emerge 1.5 billion years earlier than we thought? Ancient fossilized tracks suggest multicellular organisms originated 2.1 billion years ago. By Katie Willis on February 12, 2019 Newly discovered fossilized tracks suggest multicellular life could be 1.5 billion years older than previously thought, according to a new study by an ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-02-12

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Designing for earthquakes: How public open spaces can improve survival

EXTRACT: Designing for earthquakes: How public open spaces can improve survival Parks, streetscapes, and sport fields can be designed to help affected populations survive earthquakes, study says. By Katie Willis on February 6, 2019 University of Alberta assistant professor Jeff Birchall explains how changing how we design cities can improve the seismic resilience ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-02-06

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Wildfire evacuation plans on reserves could reduce stragglers by keeping closer to home, U of A researcher says

EXTRACT: Wildfire evacuation plans on reserves could reduce stragglers by keeping closer to home, U of A researcher says By Hamdi Issawi StarMetro Edmonton | Fri., Jan. 18, 2019 Rethinking wildfire evacuations plans on First Nation reserves could improve compliance in the event of an emergency, a University of Alberta researcher found. ...

Media source: the Start Edmonton · 2019-01-18

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To leave or not to leave: Understanding indigenous experiences of evacuation in Canada

EXTRACT: To leave or not to leave: Understanding indigenous experiences of evacuation in Canada Culturally appropriate services for First Nations are critical for successful, safe, and sensitive wildfire evacuations, study shows. By Katie Willis on January 17, 2019 For members of indigenous communities, the question of abandoning home during mandatory wildfire evacuations is a ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-01-17

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The bright future of purpose-built biochar

EXTRACT: The bright future of purpose-built biochar University of Alberta geochemists explore potential of tailoring soil-enriching charcoal for agriculture, water treatment. By Katie Willis on January 16, 2019 In the last decade, biochar has attracted global attention for its low cost and many uses, ranging from water treatment to soil remediation to greenhouse gas ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-01-16

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Syrian refugees face disparate experiences in private sponsorship programs

EXTRACT: Syrian refugees face disparate experiences in private sponsorship programs New research from the School of Urban and Regional Planning compares outcomes for Syrian refugees from private, government, and blended programs. By Katie Willis on January 9, 2019 Experiences of Syrian refugees in privately sponsored programs range from integration to abandonment, according to a ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-01-09

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Geochemical Methods Help Resolve A Long-Standing Debate In Amber Palaeontology

EXTRACT: Geochemical Methods Help Resolve A Long-Standing Debate In Amber Palaeontology by Kaarel Mänd | December 17, 2018 Natural amber nuggets from the Rovno deposit, western Ukraine. Photo courtesy of Ryan C. McKellar. Ambers are fossilized plant resins that have found wide use in jewelry-making. They are also a major archive for the ...

Media source: Science Trends · 2018-12-17

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'One in 50 years': U of A researchers help solve ice quake mystery at Alberta Beach

EXTRACT: 'One in 50 years': U of A researchers help solve ice quake mystery at Alberta Beach By Clare Rayment | Updated: December 16, 2018 The “earthquakes” that shook up several Alberta towns at the beginning of 2018 were actually “ice quakes,” researchers at the University of Alberta discovered. On Jan. 1, residents ...

Media source: Edmonton Journal · 2018-12-16

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Icequakes: A New Year’s Day mystery solved

EXTRACT: Icequakes: A New Year’s Day mystery solved University of Alberta researchers solve the seismic mystery that shook several Albertan communities earlier this year. By Andrew Lyle on December 13, 2018 Ice-ridges on Lac Ste. Anne, taken on January 5th, that formed after the seismic event shook the lake. Now, University of ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-12-13

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High school student discovers new way to extract diamonds from kimberlite

EXTRACT: High school student discovers new way to extract diamonds from kimberlite Grade 11 student Hamdi Ali made the discovery while conducting summer research at the University of Alberta. By Andrew Lyle on December 6, 2018 "Hamdi Ali (R) presented the findings at the Yellowknife Geoscience Forum, accompanied by Graham Pearson (L) and ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-12-06

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Resource-based communities: not just all work and no play

EXTRACT: Resource-based communities: not just all work and no play UAlberta researchers examine role of recreation and leisure opportunities in improving social sustainability in Fort McMurray. By Andrew Lyle on November 22, 2018 Leith Deacon, assistant professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning and principal investigator in the Sustainable Community ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-11-22

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Earth’s cobalt deposits formed much later than previously believed

EXTRACT: Earth’s cobalt deposits formed much later than previously believed New dating technique shows cobalt and copper mineralization occurred 150 million years later than originally thought. By Katie Willis on November 20, 2018 These minerals compose the cobalt-copper-rich deposits in the Central African Copperbelt. Photo courtesy of Nicolas Saintilan. Cobalt deposits in the ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-11-20

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Fireball network to aid search for meteorites in Western Canada

EXTRACT: Fireball network to aid search for meteorites in Western Canada Western Canada’s most advanced fireball network will automate the detection of meteorite falls. By Katie Willis on November 19, 2018 State-of-the-art all-sky cameras, like this one mounted on the roof of the Henry Marshall Tory Building at the University of Alberta North ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-11-19

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Finding space rocks faster: 'Fireball network' to detect meteorites includes local camera installs

EXTRACT: Finding space rocks faster: 'Fireball network' to detect meteorites includes local camera installs Western Canada is getting a faster way to track fireballs. Nicole Bergot | Updated: November 19, 2018 Geminid meteor shower caught Dec. 12, 2004 using Canon Digital Rebel set on tripod (fixed camera) at ISO 800 and one-minute exposure ...

Media source: Edmonton Journal · 2018-11-19

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Land annexation in Alberta: what you need to know

EXTRACT: Land annexation in Alberta: what you need to know Urban planning expert Sandeep Agrawal highlights the need for understanding what annexation is and how it works By Katie Willis on November 14, 2018 Land annexation is an increasingly common reality in Alberta—and it's one that citizens need to understand, according to urban ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-11-14

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Is the ‘shale revolution‘ already winding down?

EXTRACT: Is the ‘shale revolution‘ already winding down? The efficiencies of shale exploitation technology may be sowing the seeds of a rapid decline By Brad Hayes on November 14, 2018 Calgary’s Business and Troy Media are pleased to welcome Brad Hayes to our roster of contributors. Brad is president of Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd., ...

Media source: Troy Media · 2018-11-14

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"Celebrated, not just endured": How to build a successful winter city

EXTRACT: “Celebrated, not just endured”: How to build a successful winter city Winter cities the world over need stronger focus on social and economic participation, study shows. By Katie Willis on November 7, 2018 Edmonton’s iconic high-level bridge. Photo courtesy of Dawn Graves. How do we make winter cities more successful? The answer lies ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-11-07

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Global forum focused on the future of the world’s oceans

EXTRACT: Global forum focused on the future of the world’s oceans University of Alberta hosts Franco-Canadian roundtable on the impact of climate change in the Arctic Ocean. By Jennifer Pascoe on November 1, 2018 The world’s oceans are vitally important to life on Earth. Playing a major role in the function of our climate ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-11-01

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November 2018 Instructor of the Month, Thomas Chacko

EXTRACT: November 2018 Instructor of the Month, Thomas Chacko Meet Thomas Chacko, November 2018 Instructor of the Month and professor and associate chair in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. By Michaela Ream on November 1, 2018 What do you teach? The main undergraduate course I’ve taught for many years is called Metamorphic ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-11-01

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Climate change and the Arctic: University of Alberta to host French reps at roundtable focusing on polar regions

EXTRACT: Climate change and the Arctic: University of Alberta to host French reps at roundtable focusing on polar regions November 1, 2018 Understanding the impact of climate change on the Arctic Ocean and the Earth’s polar regions will be the focus of a Franco-Canadian roundtable discussion at the University of Alberta next ...

Media source: Edmonton Journal · 2018-11-01

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Speaker emphasizes beauty of human interaction through ‘doom and gloom’ of diminishing Arctic

EXTRACT: Speaker emphasizes beauty of human interaction through ‘doom and gloom’ of diminishing Arctic By Natalie Baliker | October 26, 2018 John England, an Earth and Atmospheric Sciences professor from the University of Alberta in Canada, discussed the impact of climate change on the arctic, and the effects on people worldwide at the ...

Media source: Daily Campus · 2018-10-26

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