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Coverage of natural environments since July 17, 2023.

City of Calgary looks at more measures to help deal with drought

"...The Bow River through Calgary is at far below normal levels, according to data from Alberta's river basin dashboard. A provincial graph shows that the flow rate of the Bow River in Calgary is around 28 cubic metres per second. Normal levels for this time of the year should be between 50 to 70 cubic metres per second..."

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New maps help Juan de Fuca, Gulf Islands residents understand wildfire risk

"...“Our communities are nestled in a rich natural environment with mixed forests and vegetation that have different levels of risk due to changes in stewardship and fire suppression practices over time,” said Paul Brent, chair of the electoral areas committee. “As we continue to live with climate change we need to work together with landowners and community partners to prevent and be prepared for wildfire. ”..."

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Walmart, trailer rental company fined $155K for diesel spill in Cobourg, Ont. in 2020

"...“A surface water scientist with the ministry concluded that approximately 200 to 300 litres of diesel fuel entered the pond causing adverse effects, including the death of four ducks, one cormorant, and one muskrat,” the ministry stated. The incident led to charges under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) against both companies. TIP Fleet was convicted one of violation under the EPA and fined $35,000 plus a victim surcharge of $8,750 for having control of a pollutant that was spilled and failing to notify the ministry..."

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Meet Shannon Sterling, environmental scientist

"...When growing up near the Capilano River in North Vancouver, Shannon Sterling witnessed unsettling events like landslides and dwindling salmon populations — the consequences of clear-cutting old growth forests and the construction of a dam. These experiences underscored the profound influence of human activity on the natural environment, leading Sterling on a path to study geography, hydrology, and the global water cycle..."

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Next 10 years of Columbia Basin Trust must include learning

"...A Healthy Natural Environment (one of six focus areas in the draft plan) depends on all of us, especially the next generation, learning about ecosystems and ecosystem stewardship..."

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This turtle is one step away from being run over. It doesn’t have to be this way

"...Canada's current lack of a national mandatory road ecology strategy takes a distressing toll on the wildlife population. Thousands of animals and millions of birds die each year from road collisions. In the province of Ontario alone, approximately 12,000 deer and other wildlife are killed in crashes annually, with 400 people injured..."

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B.C. Invasive Species Council visits Bulkley Valley in education push

"...The outreach and education by the Invasive Species Council of B. C. aim to equip residents with the knowledge and tools to recognize and prevent the spread of such invasive species, safeguarding both the natural environment and local economy..."

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Under The Canopy Podcast Episode 3: Raising Bees with Paul Kelly Fish'n Canada

"...They discuss the role of bees in our natural environment, the logistics and benefits of raising bees, and whether your property would be capable of raising a bee colony..."

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TNRD to look at feasibility of small-scale bulk water treatment system for Loon Lake Water System

"...The existing Loon Lake Community Water system draws its water from Loon Lake. Due to the water quality, a permanent boil advisory is in effect. “Based on the seasonal nature of the community, it has been determined that a full-scale water treatment plant is not viable,” the report stated..."

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City of Hamilton pleads guilty to charges over Chedoke Creek sewage spill

"...The City of Hamilton is facing a $2. 1 million fine after pleading guilty to charges laid by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks over the 24 billion litre sewage spill in Chedoke Creek..."

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City of Hamilton pleads guilty to provincial charges for 4-year sewage spill into creek Globalnews.ca

"...Hamilton, Ont. , is taking responsibility for a four-year, 24-billion litre sewage and stormwater spill into Chedoke Creek..."

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‘Fitting in well': Rescued moose calf in good shape at northern B.C. wildlife centre Globalnews.ca

"...The update comes from the Rimrock Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre near Dawson Creek, a certified facility that took her in from the B. C. Conservation Officer Service (COS) on June 7..."

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Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

"...A one-stop resource with explanations of criminal behavior and the historical aspects of design, it teaches both the novice and the expert in crime prevention how to use the environment to affect human behavior in a positive manner. ..."

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Jobs in natural environments

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

USO Trainee Liquid Waste (3 Positions) - Metro Vancouver (Burnaby, BC)

"... Our Liquid Waste Services Department is seeking a USO Trainee Liquid Waste who will demonstrate a team-first approach, is eager to learn, safety-minded, and enjoys working in a diverse environment..."

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Water Treatment Plant Operator - City of Parksville (Parksville, BC)

"...Work involves performing operational and maintenance duties in order to maintain water quality that meets or exceeds all compliance criteria outlined in the City's Operating Permit and Provincial and/or Canadian Drinking Water Legislation and Guidelines. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:..."

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Senior Water Treatment Plant Operator - City of Parksville (Parksville, BC)

"...Five (5) years’ experience in commissioning, operating and troubleshooting a membrane plant including maintenance and repairs on large mechanical equipment; demonstrated experience with computer controlled monitoring systems; and demonstrated supervisory experience. OR an equivalent combination of training and experience..."

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Program Manager, Air Quality Regulation and Enforcement - Metro Vancouver (Burnaby, BC)

"...Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external contacts.   Excellent conflict resolution and negotiation skills; skilled in dealing openly, tactfully and sensitively in a variety of situations..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention natural environments.

The sounds of coral reefs

Duration: 30:09

"...Tim Lamont is a young scientist making waves..."

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Sustainable Food Stories featuring Lord Benyon

Duration: 33:33

"...In this week’s podcast, Patrick is joined by Lord Benyon, the UK’s Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at DEFRA..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about natural environments.

When heavy metal meets microplastic: Princeton’s campus as a living lab

"...National Science Foundation Earth Sciences Post-Doctoral Fellow Lauren Pincus has been studying the interaction of microplastics and heavy metals in the natural environment..."

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The great death of insects | DW Documentary (ecology documentary)

"...Landscape ecology professor Alexandra-Maria Klein from Freiburg, for example, has been researching the effects of human interventions in natural environments for decades and has launched an experiment in a fruit plantation on Lake Constance: What happens when insects disappear?..."

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What materials can make fashion circular?

"...The current system for producing clothing is putting increasing pressure on natural resources, while polluting and degrading the natural environment..."

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Ocean and Biodiversity in the Run-Up to COP15 | Virtual Ocean Dialogues 2021

"...The world faces an unprecedented biodiversity crisis, brought on by the rapid transformation of the natural environment and global climate change through human development..."

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Academic Research

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

The Emirates at 2050: Balancing Development and Environmental Stewardship

"...To chart a more sustainable course for the Emirates by 2050, the paper proposes policy recommendations such as adopting a national strategy for sustainable development, strengthening environmental policies, investing in urban planning and design, promoting sustainable water management, encouraging use of nature-based solutions, addressing climate change, fostering environmental education, supporting research in environmental sciences, encouraging national and regional cooperation, promoting sustainable business practices in the private sector, and monitoring the progress of environmental policies..."

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Ecosystem Vulnerability. New Semantics for International Law

"...The effects of climate change and increasing environmental pollution have clearly shown the vulnerability of individuals, local communities, and the natural environment, even in the Western context..."

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Explorations into the Physiology and Ecology of Grassland Plants and Ecosystems: One Agronomist?s Academic Journey

"...The topics span across multiple spatial and temporal scales, from the cellular basis of leaf growth in grasses, to functional components of CO2 exchange at leaf to ecosystem scale, the role of carbohydrate (fructan) stores in recycling of sucrose and supporting respiration and vegetative and reproductive growth in benign and stressful conditions, the multi-seasonal 18O-ecohydrology of a pasture, last-century climate change effects on intrinsic water-use efficiency and canopy-integrated stomatal conductance of a range of grassland communities with contrasting nutrient status and plant functional group composition, regional scale changes of the C4/C3 abundance ratio in Inner Mongolia grassland, to ecological fingerprints of cattle based agroecosystems derived from the stable isotope composition of animal tissues, such as hair and milk..."

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The future water vulnerability assessment of the Seoul metropolitan area using a hybrid framework composed of physically-based

"...Physically-based hydrologic models can accurately simulate flow discharge in natural environment, but they cannot precisely consider the anthropogenic disturbance caused by the operation of large-scale dams in a watershed..."

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Microplastics in freshwater ecosystem: A serious threat for freshwater environment

"...Microplastic particles can also associate with other pollutants like metals and different organic pollutants, which further increase their toxicity..."

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Research on Ecological Environment Impacts Assessment During the Construction Period of Railway Projects

"...However, while greatly promoting the rapid development of regional economy, the construction of railway might lead to land occupation, vegetation destruction, changes in the natural environment within the construction area and the ecological environment along the line, and also might change the original landscape structure and ecosystem function, bringing certain pressure to the ecological environment..."

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The effects of UV filters on health and the environment

"...Many laboratory studies have implicated the potential impact of UV filters on coral reef bleaching, the food chain, and human health..."

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An investigation into the disturbance effects of coal mining on groundwater and surface ecosystems

"...Based on the groundwater?surface composite ecosystem analysis, we constructed an ecological disturbance evaluation index system (18 indices) in a coal mining subsidence area using the analytic hierarchy process (AHP)..."

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A Natural History of the Emirates: An Introduction

"...A Natural History of the Emirates summarizes this knowledge, providing a current and comprehensive overview of the UAE?s natural environment, emphasizing its unique ecosystems, diverse flora and fauna, and human interactions with these fragile habitats..."

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Elevation range and contemporary climate determine the taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic diversity of forest mammals

"...These findings suggest that the mammal diversity in Chinese forest ecosystems is mainly associated with natural environmental variables, supporting the habitat heterogeneity hypothesis, the energy availability hypothesis and tropical conservatism hypothesis..."

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