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Last updated at 7:43 AM on March 3, 2024 (Pacific Standard Time)

Weakening wind but more snow after massive blizzard in the Sierra Nevada

"...The National Weather Service said conditions would improve as winds weakened Sunday, but precipitation would quickly return, with heavy snow in some areas and rainfall in others. That wasnt much of a break after a multiday storm that one meteorologist called as bad as it gets closed a key east-west freeway in northern California, shut down ski resorts and left thousands of homes and businesses without power..."

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Inaccurate data on forest fuels may stoke B.C. wildfires, study finds

"...VANCOUVER Wildfire fighting and forest management decisions are potentially being hampered by inaccurate government data that misrepresents forest fuel loads in British Columbia's Interior, a new study has found..."

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Heavy winter rains in Pakistan kill at least 29 as buildings collapse and landslides block roads

"...Five people died in the southwestern Baluchistan province after the coastal town of Gwadar got flooded, forcing authorities to use boats to evacuate people..."

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Biofuel plant funding on Semiahmoo First Nation withdrawn: MP

"...CityNews received a media advisory from MP Kerry-Lynn Findlay on Saturday, saying a proposed project to build a biofuel plant on Semiahmoo First Nation has been abandoned by Natural Resources Canada (NRC)..."

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Firefighters face difficult weather conditions as they battle the largest wildfire in Texas history

"...Firefighters in Texas faced rising temperatures, whipped-up winds and dry air Saturday in their battle to keep the largest wildfire in state history from turning more of the Panhandle into a parched wasteland..."

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Covered Bridge Potato Chips in Hartland, New Brunswick destroyed by fire

"...Premier Blaine Higgs, Minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Margaret Johnson, and Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Greg Turner, who is also minister responsible for Opportunities New Brunswick, released a joint statement on the fire on Saturday..."

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N.S. wildlife rehabilitation centre preparing for World Wildlife Day

"...Hope for wildlife, a wildlife rehabilitation centre based in Seaforth, N. S. , is preparing for World Wildlife Day on March 3..."

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California authorizes expansion of Waymo's driverless car services to LA, SF peninsula

"...The California Public Utilities Commission approved Waymo's application for the expansion of its self-driving taxi operations beyond San Francisco starting Friday. The company owned by Google parent Alphabet Inc. has also been operating the service in Phoenix since 2020..."

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Alberta increases wildfire budget ahead of what's expected to be difficult 2024 season Globalnews.ca

"...Forestry and Parks Minister Todd Loewen said that means, for 2024, an additional $55 million into the operational expenditures of dealing with wildfires. “Last year about $100. 4 million was budgeted and this year, we've budgeted for $155..."

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Alberta cracks down on new renewable energy projects and EV drivers

"...Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society released a map of the province that it feels would be in line with provincial restrictions on new renewable energy projects..."

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Here is when riders can take the bus for free in Orillia

"...Riders can lessen their carbon footprint by taking free transit on Earth Day, April 22. The number of individual cars on the road may reduce the harmful emissions contributing to pollution and global warming..."

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Podcasts

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This country runs on 98 percent renewable energy | Ramn Mndez Galain

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Chris Nelder on Energy Transitions

Duration: 29:00

"...The transition from fossil fuels to a cleaner energy future is perhaps the most important human adaptation of our lifetime..."

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Awaited AgriRecovery funding announced for livestock producers affected by drought and wildfires in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and

Duration: 7:54

"...The federal government, along with the provincial governments of Alberta, B. C. , and Saskatchewan, have announced a total commitment of $365 million for AgriRecovery programs to help livestock producers affected by drought and wildfires this past summer..."

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Academic Research

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Fire impacts on a forest obligate: western gray squirrel response to burn severity

"...In the southwestern United States, climate change and climate?fire dynamics are affecting the distribution of natural and managed ecosystems..."

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Methodological approaches and challenges to assess the environmental losses from natural disasters

"...This paper further demonstrates the application of the proposed framework and methodologies for assessing the loss of ecosystem services from bushfires in the Northern Territory (NT), Australia, where wildfires are frequent, extensive, and often destructive..."

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Severe western Canadian wildfire affects water quality even at large basin scales

"...Wildfires can have severe and lasting impacts on the water quality of aquatic ecosystems..."

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Evidence of widespread wildfires in coal seams from the Middle Jurassic of Northwest China and its impact on paleoclimate

"...Today wildfire is an important disturbance in many continental ecosystems, and it is assumed that with ongoing climate changes the frequencies and impacts of wildfires will increase in many regions..."

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Roxborough Park Community Wildfire Evacuation Drill: Data Collection and Model Benchmarking

"...The dataset is released in open access and is deemed to be useful for future wildfire evacuation modelling calibration and validation efforts..."

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"...To show the real-life applicability of our proposed architecture, it is introduced in a realistic setting such as wildfire monitoring, including a conceptual overview of how the proposed architecture could be implemented in this domain..."

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Modeling information diffusion in online social networks using a modified forest-fire model

"...In this paper, we attempt to model information propagation in online social networks using a nature-inspired approach based on a modified forest-fire model..."

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Health impact analysis of PM2.5 from wildfire smoke in Canada (2013–2015, 2017–2018)

"...Smoke from wildfires contains many air pollutants of concern and epidemiological studies have identified associations between exposure to wildfire smoke PM2..."

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Inaction on Climate Change Projected to Reduce European Life Expectancy

"...In this paper, we convert excess mortality estimates due to increases in extreme weather from climate change (heat waves, cold waves, droughts, wildfires, river and coastal floods, and windstorms) into potential reductions in life expectancy at birth in thirty-one European countries..."

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Patterns of post-fire invasion of semiarid shrub-steppe reveals a diversity of invasion niches within an exotic annual grass co

"...This analysis focuses on the newer invaders Taeniatherum caput-medusae (medusahead) and Ventenata dubia (ventenata) in sagebrush-steppe communities previously invaded by Bromus tectorum (cheatgrass), during the first 5 years of recovery after wildfire..."

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Wildfire burn scar encapsulation

"...Due to drastic alterations of soil properties and to the land surfaces by these fires, risks of flash floods, debris flows, and severe erosion increases for these areas, which can have catastrophic consequences for biota, people and property..."

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How Bad Are Bananas?

The Carbon Footprint of Everything

"...A smart, practical, and accessible guide to measuring (and reducing) our carbon footprint, from internationally recognized expert, Mike Berners-Lee..."

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Generation Us

The Challenge of Global Warming

"...The reality of global warming has long been accepted within the scientific community, yet it remains a hotly debated topic at the political and social level..."

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"...An improved understanding of the complex relationship between climate change and society is essential for modifying ecologically harmful human behaviors and institutional practices, creating just and effective environmental policies, and developing a more sustainable future..."

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The Climate Challenge

101 Solutions to Global Warming

"...Each solution describes steps that are already being used in homes, schools, businesses, cities, and governments around the world-with full scientific references to help the reader dig deeper and push farther..."

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Co-op Student - Registrar, Applications (remote)

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"...Fish Hatchery Supervisor, as a Fisheries Student Assistant, you will be based at the Frasers Mills Fish Hatchery..."

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