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Coverage of ecosystems since November 20, 2021.

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New Partnership Announced To Advance Fermentation Processing In Western Canada

"...The Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre (Food Centre), the University of Saskatchewan, the Global Agri-Food Advancement Partnership (GAAP) and Ag-West Bio are combining expertise to create a new fermentation and training program at the Food Centre. The project will build capacity in Canada’s plant-based ingredient and food ecosystem by marrying the addition of new technology with a skills development and training program..."

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Winter Discovery Days at the Fraser River Discovery Centre

"...The Fraser River Discovery Centre, located in Downtown New Westminster, invites you to celebrate the holiday season with us in ‘Winter Discovery Days’, taking place throughout December 18th – January 3rd. Throughout December 18 – January 3, visit the FRDC for festive, family-friendly fun, learn what we can do to look after riverside ecosystems, and…..."

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Commentary: Let's give Yukon's wetlands better care

"...Where do Yukoners go to hunt moose, to see the widest variety of birds, to collect herbs and medicines, to experience joy in nature’s gifts? What provides a steady flow of water to the streams that are nature’s fish hatcheries, to the sources of our community drinking water, and for the irrigation of our local farms? The answer is wetlands. That’s why Yukon Government’s current opportunity to comment on its draft wetland policy, by December 3, is so important..."

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Letter: Second terminal could mean ecosystem collapse

"...We take so much from nature and give back so little, even knowing full well that it is at our own peril. The cumulative impact of constructing a second shipping terminal in the already ecologically fragile Fraser River Estuary may just be the tipping point that pushes it into full ecosystem collapse..."

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Old growth deferrals to help ensure forestry industry's viability — MLA

"...Earlier this month, the B. C. Government announced its plans to defer logging in old growth forests in the province, however, what that looks like will depend on consultation with local First Nations..."

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Summer wildfires spark need for FireSmart work in Vernon

"...“Having citizens involved in this process is critical,” said Hofsink. “It really does take an all-hands-on-deck approach to implement FireSmart principles across the community. This helps make Vernon more resilient to the impacts of wildfire, while also helping to restore the local ecosystem..."

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ʔaq̓am, with support Columbia Basin Trust, work on ecosystem renewal

"...By thinning dense Douglas fir, the project aims to improve habitat for elk, deer and several rare and endangered species, including the flammulated owl, Lewis’s woodpecker and little brown bat. Prescribed burning increases soil fertility and, in this ecosystem has the potential to aid the growth of rare plant species like scarlet gaura, prairie gold bean and hairstem ground smoke, which are native to the area. ..."

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Manitoba Renews Water Management MOU With Saskatchewan

"...Both governments entered into an MOU in 2015 that set out broad principles to facilitate a co-operative and co-ordinated approach in their efforts to mitigate flooding, drought, to protect and improve water quality and aquatic ecosystem health, to achieve a healthy, prosperous and sustainable-shared watersheds for present and future generations..."

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Why Are There So Many Kinds of Phytoplankton? Hakai Magazine

"...Inspired by this insight, Behrenfeld decided to model phytoplankton biodiversity using an approach called neutral theory. Rather than modeling the ecosystem dynamics as competition fueled, this framework says that a community only loses species when, by chance, too many members die at the same time, and only gains species when they immigrate or when genetic mutations create them anew..."

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B.C., Atlantic rainfalls a ‘glimpse into the future’ of Canada’s climate

"...Last week, an atmospheric river hit southern B. C. , triggering floods, landslides and mudslides that damaged highways, triggered evacuations and isolated thousands of people..."

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LETTER: Harrison Mills a bastion of nature

"...Progress and human population growth will happen, but look to the protection of the environment and its ecosystems. Don’t touch the Elbow Creek riparian area. Turn it into a designated regional or provincial eco park..."

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Nelson youth activists find optimism, frustration at COP26

"...Two environmental activists from Nelson, Linn Murray and Jamie Hunter attended the U. N. ’s climate change conference COP26 this month and came away energized for more climate action..."

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Jobs in ecosystems

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Environmental Conservation Specialist - Capital Regional District (Victoria, BC)

"...Prepares and coordinates the preparation of ecological management and restoration plans and oversees implementation of these plans in accordance with CRD strategic goals and objectives..."

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Wildfire Mitigation Supervisor

"...This is a full-time benefited positon and requires the successful candidate to participate in the RDCK On-Call program..."

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Wildfire Mitigation Supervisor - Regional District of Central Kootenay (Nelson, BC)

"...The Supervisor will work closely with team members, local authorities, First Nations, industry stakeholders, Fire Chiefs, contractors, elected officials and the public to tailor wildfire management activities to community needs and interests..."

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Forest Ecosystem Protection Specialist

"...Forestry industry? The Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment has an exciting opportunity in the Forest Service Branch located in Meadow Lake..."

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Recent episodes that mention ecosystems.

How to grow in a connected digital ecosystem - Calgary - Canada's Podcast

Duration: 17:25

"...Source: Canada's Podcast..."

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#190 Conservation Roundtable Ep3: Rock climbing conflicts, do fish feel pain & wild horses as ecosystem engineers

Duration: 55:00

"...In the third of six conservation roundtable episodes, Byron is joined by Jess Johnson, government affairs director at the Wyoming Wildlife Federation, and Ford Van Fossen, conservation and content manager at First Lite to tackle stories from around the world..."

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Langford: A Tale of Two Cities. A Best Coast Political Podcast Crossover.

Duration: 01:08:04

"...In this unique podcast experience, the Best Coast Political Podcast teams with the Capital Daily to bring listeners a revealing look at one of B. C. 's most beguiling towns: Langford..."

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E064: A New Electric Vehicle for Asia

Duration: 48:00

"...Freddie Tinga, President at Global Electric Transportation, is building new electric vehicles for Asia and Europe..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about ecosystems. Tree planting, with Tali Orad

"...#climate #trees #trilliontrees #biodiversity #nature #treeplanting #trees #restoration #1treellion ..."

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Mr. Bruce Knight: Catalyzing a National Ecosystem Services Market

"...Knight explains the history of the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) and details how ecosystem service markets can add incentives to motivate farmers and ranchers to improve soil health..."

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Burning Pantanal | What’s Behind the Fire?

"...Human activity such as deforestation and cattle ranching is encroaching on this precious ecosystem and causing it permanent damage..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about ecosystems relevant to the latest news.

Water Management in Era of Climate Change

"...The chapter includes the integrated approaches to managing water and climate change, transboundary water management, nexus consideration, water, sanitation, and hygiene, water and health, water and agriculture, water and energy, water and ecosystem, saving water technologies approach..."

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Fish Communities Over the Danube Wetlands in Serbia and Croatia

"...Wetland ecosystems are recognized to play a crucial role in the conservation of fish biodiversity..."

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The Role of Forests in Climate Change Mitigation: The EU Context

"...Within the land use, land-use change, and forestry (LULUCF) sector, forestry will contribute to this target with CO2 sink, harvested wood products (HWP), and use of wood for material or energy substitution..."

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The World?s Mountains in the Anthropocene

"...We examine indicators of the mountain cryosphere and hydrosphere, of mountain biodiversity, and of land use and land cover patterns, and show that mountain environments in the Anthropocene are changing on all continents at an unprecedented rate..."

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The Management Response to Wind Disturbances in European Forests

"...Recent Findings Despite the differences in forest ownership and national regulations, management experiences in Europe converge at (1) the need for mechanization of post-windthrow management to ensure operator safety, (2) the importance to promote operator training and optimise the coordination between all the actors involved in disturbance management and (3) the need to implement measures to consolidate the timber market while restoring forest ecosystem services and maintain biodiversity..."

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Application of GIS Technologies in Sustainable Land Management at Local Level

"...Application and importance of GIS as a tool will be presented through several research studies, namely: soil data of Popovo polje, bonity data of Mostar City, land cover and land use changes of Tuzla City, and application of agroecological zoning of Srebrenik municipality..."

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Soil Acidification Patterns Due to Long-Term Sulphur and Nitrogen Deposition and How They Affect Changes in Vegetation Composit

"...Mountain forests and high mountain grasslands developed on shallow soils exhibit the highest levels of sensitivity to acidic pollutants and climate change in Eastern Serbia..."

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Biological invasion risk assessment of Tuta absoluta: mechanistic versus correlative methods

"...Its global invasive potential was not identified until after rapid invasion of Europe, followed by Africa and parts of Asia where it has become a major food security problem on solanaceous crops..."

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Prioritizing Beneficial Management Practices for Species at Risk in Agricultural Lands

"...Agricultural expansion and intensification are major drivers of ecosystem degradation and loss of biodiversity around the world..."

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Climate Change Mitigation Through Smart Environmental Monitoring of the Urban Ecosystem in Insular Touristic Cities: Experience

"...Cities, and general urban areas, contribute critically to climate change because of the GHGs related to traffic congestion, fossil fuel consumption, noise and air pollution..."

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Is a drought a drought in grasslands? Productivity responses to different types of drought

"...Grasslands are typically quite sensitive to drought, but there can be substantial variability in the magnitude of loss of ecosystem function..."

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Impact Assessment of Environmental Flows Using CORDEX Regional Climate Models: Case Study of Nagarjuna Sagar Dam, Krishna River

"...Any disruption in the river's natural flow regime can alter the entire river ecosystem and socio-economic activities..."

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