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Coverage of nature since July 30, 2021.

Kenney says Alberta accepted Hinshaw's COVID-19 proposal

"...“This is something that she and her team in the public health branch of the department of health — all of them professional members of the permanent public service — developed over some time, presented it to our COVID cabinet committee I believe on July 8, and we accepted without modification the proposal that came forward from the chief medical officer of health, which is based on science and data, particularly on the powerful science and data behind the protective effect of the vaccines, which has, as she says, dramatically changed the context of COVID-19,” Kenney said on Tuesday..."

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Area north of Kingston, Ont., now protected land, conservancy group says

"...KINGSTON, ONT. -- The Nature Conservancy of Canada says a stretch of forest and wetland about 40 kilometres north of Kingston, Ont. is now protected land..."

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Take care of your mental health this summer by cycling and hiking the Greenbelt

"...Whether it’s hiking, jogging, cycling or even a light stretch, outdoor activity can contribute to a boosted immune system through Vitamin D, lessened anxiety, better sleep and higher self-esteem. Luckily, we have the Greenbelt. Surrounding the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt was founded in 2005 to protect some of Ontario’s most important farmland and vulnerable natural ecosystems..."

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Extremely efficient thermoelectric material recycles waste heat

"...Engineers at Northwestern University have developed a new thermoelectric material that may be the most efficient one yet. The new and improved polycrystalline form of purified tin selenide has all the right properties to make it a practical material for converting waste heat into electricity. Thermoelectric systems generate electricity through a temperature gradient..."

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A rare species thought to be extinct is clinging to survival, study finds

"..."They are mostly brown but they can change to quite beautiful blues and greens with little dots all over them and that's probably a way of communicating with each other," said the study's lead author Krystal Tolley, a professor and research leader in the Leslie Hill Molecular Ecology Laboratory at the South African National Biodiversity Institute, in a statement. "Other chameleon species can be hysterical, hissing and biting, but pygmy chameleons are gentle and just beautiful. "..."

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A major frozen fruit recall over Hepatitis A concerns is impacting numerous grocery stores across Canada after the Public Health

"...Both the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada have issued warnings to shoppers as a result of the large recall after they continue to investigate an outbreak of Hepatitis A infections occurring in Québec and Nova Scotia. The outbreak appears to be ongoing, the Public Health Agency said..."

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Beach-cleaning BeBot sifts through sand to gather small pieces of trash

"...Despite the efforts of good-hearted folks that sweep beaches for trash others have left behind, such is the magnitude of our plastic pollution problem that it can be hard to collect it all, particularly the smaller debris. The BeBot is a robot designed to tackle this problem, mechanically sifting through sand to to gather up waste while leaving behind a minimal footprint on the environment. The BeBot was developed by marine infrastructure manufacturer Poralu Marine and 4ocean as a way of cleaning up coastlines with minimal disruption to these precious ecosystems..."

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No Mow May has some way to go

"...Without going over too much of the same ground that the previous Land Lines posts covered, No Mow May originated in the UK, and the idea has spread. The aim is to look at a lawn as an entire ecosystem, rather than as a monoculture of immaculate grass or, in a few extreme examples I’ve seen, as a golf putting green. By forgoing mowing the lawn for as long as possible, No Mow May attempts to provide more diverse habitat for the insects and birds that feast on them during the critical spring season..."

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Keeping pets safe with smoky Okanagan skies

"...Humans and nature aren't the only things affected by the smoky skies, it can hurt your pets too. Sydney Morton spoke with West Kelowna veterinarian Dr. Oz to find out how to keep your pets safe in poor air quality..."

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Backyard BioBlitz aims to connect Canadians with nature and share what they see

"...The virtual event, which encourages people to observe nature and learn more about habitats and species in their backyards and neighbourhoods, is an exercise in what the organization calls “citizen science. ”..."

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Environmentalists, with help of public, categorize biodiversity in Saint-Jacques Escarpment

"...Along the lush four-kilometer stretch of the Saint-Jacques Escarpment, UrbaNature Education's biologist Marc-Antoine Poulin taught participants about the smallest critters on the forest floor. The Saturday morning bug walk is one of several workshops the environmental education group is hosting this weekend..."

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Forest City urged to join fight over old growth forest in B.C.

"...People have been camped out in the Fairy Creek watershed since last August to defend what they describe as the last unprotected old growth forest on southern Vancouver Island..."

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Silent Spring

"...This fortieth anniversary edition celebrates Rachel Carson's watershed book with a new introduction by the author and activist Terry Tempest Williams and a new afterword by the acclaimed Rachel Carson biographer Linda Lear, who tells the story of Carson's courageous defense of her truths in the face of ruthless assault from the chemical industry in the year following the publication of Silent Spring and before her untimely death in 1964. ..."

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Field Supervisor, Wastewater Treatment Operations - Capital Regional District (Victoria, BC)

"...Excellent conflict resolution skills and demonstrated sound judgment and integrity..."

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Refrigeration Mechanic - City of Kamloops (Kamloops, BC)

"...For new hires, and for those working in designated positions of trust, including those working directly with vulnerable persons, no formal offer of employment will be made until an applicant completes a police information check..."

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Solid Waste Driver/Swamper - Labourer 2 - District of North Vancouver (North Vancouver, BC)

"...We are looking for enthusiastic and results-oriented individuals who have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, combined with a safety-conscious and strong work ethic and who enjoy working in the challenging weather conditions of the North Shore..."

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Configuration Management @ L3Harris Canada

"...To see more our systems capability in action, click HERE About Configuration Management @ L3Harris WESCAM Given the sensitive and complex nature of our airborne..."

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Day of reckoning for big oil & gas; and nature-based solutions

Duration: 31:21

"...This episode of Carbon Removal Newsroom addresses the recent news in oil and gas including a court order for Royal Dutch Shell to sharply cut greenhouse gas emissions from all of its global operations, and a vote from Chevron’s shareholders telling the company to reduce its own emissions and the emissions produced by customers who burn its oil and gasoline..."

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Leah Penniman from Soul Fire Farm on Permaculture, Decolonisation, and Re-Indigenising

Duration: 54:48

"...It was a deep honour to have Leah Penniman from Soul Fire Farm join me for this conversation..."

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Bonus Episode -Nature & Mental Health with The Mental Health Foundation

Duration: 29:49

"...This week is Mental Health Awareness Week & in the last 12 months, we have never been more aware & protective of our mental health..."

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Will government show grazing's good side at the UN Food Systems Summit?

Duration: 12:20

"...A series of three meetings were jointly held last week led by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about nature.

How robots could end animal captivity in zoos and marine parks | Just Might Work

"...From an industry perspective, what’s probably most alluring about robotic dolphins isn’t what they can do, but what they don’t need: food, sleep, training, and veterinary care..."

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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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Biodiversity 101

"...Think about this rain forest… that coral reef… these grasslands… these mountains..."

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The global movement to restore nature's biodiversity | Thomas Crowther

"...Sharing the inside story of his headline-making research on reforestation, which led to the UN's viral Trillion Trees Campaign, Crowther introduces Restor: an expansive, informative platform built to enable anyone, anywhere to help restore the biodiversity of Earth's ecosystems..."

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Academic Research

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

Bird taxonomic and functional responses to land abandonment in wood-pastures

"...Although used for grazing and production of various forest goods, wood-pastures harbour a rich biodiversity and are usually considered as High Nature Value Farmlands..."

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Nature-Based Treatment Systems for Reclaimed Water Use in Agriculture in Mediterranean Countries

"...The use of reclaimed water (RW) in agriculture is a way to reduce water scarcity, alleviate pressures on groundwater and other freshwater resources, and improve irrigated crop productivity and environmental sustainability..."

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Green Dreams: Regenerating Cities Through Nature

"...It is a mind-boggling growth in which the urban system is a centralising force that is revolutionising consumption models in terms of both quality and quantity, where our cities?consolidated places of community living, one of the highest expressions of human society, with their wealth of knowledge, creativity and innovation capacity?are amongst the main causes of territorial consumption, pollution and, ultimately, climate change..."

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Reliability-Based Optimal Sizing for an Isolated Wind?Battery Hybrid Power System Using Butterfly PSO

"...A combination of wind generator and battery storage provides a potential solution for electrification in remote areas..."

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Land-based sediment sources and transport to southwest Puerto Rico coral reefs after Hurricane Maria, May 2017 to June 2018

"...The effects of runoff from land on nearshore ecosystems, including coral reef communities, are influenced by both sediment supply and removal by coastal processes..."

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Leverage points to foster human?nature connectedness in cultural landscapes

"...Cultural landscapes are rapidly changing, posing a threat to ecosystems and biodiversity, but also to human?nature connections..."

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Tree diversity, congruence and endemism: Himalaya ?The land of diversity?

"...Trees are acknowledged as most valued gift of nature and saviour of earth, enhancing and protecting landscapes, ecosystems and production systems..."

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Occupational exposure and challenges in tackling M. bovis at human?animal interface: a narrative review

"...bovis), a member of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) has increasingly gathered attention as a public health risk, particularly in developing countries with higher disease prevalence..."

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Developing decision algorithm for determination of protection zones in protected areas (case study: Hara Protected Area)

"...Management areas in the country are mainly identified and protected to conserve genetic resources, protect natural landscapes and support the origin of ecosystem services..."

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Adaptive Design of Green Facades and Vertical Farm: Examples of Technological Integration of Microalgae for Energy Production i

"...After the first experiments with vertical, productive or just decorative greenery, we came to look for increasingly integrated solutions to produce food and energy..."

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Impact of SOC Estimation on Primary Frequency Regulation for Sustainable Grid Energy Storage System

"...State-of-charge estimation is a crucial part in energy management system because SOC estimation involves in modeling and optimizing battery performance in terms of extension of life cycle, cost reduction, and safe operation of batteries for various applications including smart grid application..."

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Opportunities and Challenges in Solar Photovoltaic-Based Electric Vehicles Charging Stations: A Step Toward Smart Cities Develo

"...Electric vehicles are gaining popularity due to its environment-friendly and energy-efficient nature as compared to internal combustion-based vehicles in many countries around the world, including developing countries like India..."

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