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  • Making ice in Yukon

    January 18, 2018

    Yukon highways and public works staff are trying a unusual approach to get ice roads up and operating this winter. Using ice-making equipment that was recently employed in the Northwest Territories, Yukon staff and contractors on Jan. 16 began building a new ice bridge at Dawson — marking the first time the territory government has […]

  • Taxing meat could have ‘unintended consequences’

    “Emissions pricing” of foods such as beef would come with significant costs and a less-than-notable reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, according to a pair of University of Guelph professors. Responding to an often-cited British/U.S. study that recommends “emissions pricing of food commodities” as a way to fight climate change, Guelph food economics professor Michael von […]

  • Fires, floods and rain dominate weather in 2017

    January 11, 2018

    Too much, is how Environment Canada’s weather service describes 2017. “Between the few floods, the many wildfires and record dry temperatures, 2017 was a year of too much — too dry, too hot, too fiery, too wet, too cool, but not too cold.” That observation sets the tone for Environment Canada’s top 10 weather stories […]

  • Fear not the polar vortex, it’s just misunderstood

    Reuters – The prospect of a colder-than-normal winter is enough to keep the public on edge, but add a menacing name like “polar vortex” and a simple forecast seems like an omen of the apocalypse. Forecasters warned that cold outbreaks over North America linked to the polar vortex may be more likely than usual this […]

  • Predicting the effect of climate change on crop yields

    January 4, 2018

    University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences – Scientists now have a new tool to predict the future effects of climate change on crop yields. Researchers from University of Illinois are attempting to bridge two types of computational crop models to become more reliable predictors of crop production in the U.S. Corn […]

  • What makes a supermoon?

    With the new year only a day old, the Earth was treated to what’s known as a “supermoon” on Jan. 2, 2018. This is created when the orbit of a full moon reaches its closest distance to our planet, resulting in its larger-than-life appearance on the horizon to the naked eye. According to space.com, the […]

  • Early cold benefits icewine harvest

    December 28, 2017

    Wineries in Ontario’s Niagara region are expecting better than typical yields from this winter’s icewine grape harvest. Temperatures in the region dropped below -8 C during the week before Christmas, allowing producers to get at many more of the grapes that were allowed to freeze naturally on the vine for icewine production. According to Jamie […]

  • Since when did plants start using light?

    A study of rocks from Canada’s Arctic has given scientists from Montreal’s McGill University a new clue as to how long Earth’s plant life has been using sunlight to feed. A type of algae called Bangiomorpha pubescens — fossils of which were first found in rocks in Arctic Canada in 1990 — is believed to […]

  • Canadian beef production using less water

    December 21, 2017

    Beef Cattle Research Council – Canada’s beef industry has dramatically reduced its water footprint over the past several decades, and that trend is expected to continue, a new study has found. The amount of water required to produce one kilogram of Canadian beef has decreased by 17 per cent from 1981 to 2011, due largely […]

  • Can there be ‘perfect’ Christmas weather?

    The last time we looked at the topic of “perfect” Christmas weather, the first half of December saw record-warm temperatures across the Prairies, along with well-below-average snow cover. A couple of years later and we are seeing much the same thing, with record-warm temperatures across the western Prairies along with well-below-average snow cover over much […]

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