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Environment, Health

Book warns about chemicals in everyday objects

Plastics are everywhere and while there is concern about their disposal, two authors are warning about the chemicals they may contain. Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie have updated a book they wrote ten year ago called Slow Death By Rubber» 

Environment, International, Society

Melting ice sheets may cause ‘climate chaos,’ says scientist

“Water from melting ice sheets off Greenland and in the Antarctic will cause extreme weather and unpredictable temperatures around the globe,” says a news release from McGill University. In a new study published in the journal Nature, an international team» 

Environment, International

Monarch rebound could be a one-off, warns biologist

Monarch butterflies number appear to to have grown dramatically, but a wildlife biologist says Canada should step up efforts to help them. The iconic, orange and black insect migrates 5,000 km from Canada and the northern United States in October» 

Environment

Belugas use personalized sounds to identify themselves: researcher

Individual beluga whales make personalized sounds that let others know who they are, says Valeria Vergara, a research scientist with Ocean Wise, a conservation program of the Vancouver Aquarium. They may even share some calls with others in their group» 

Health

Infertility treatment linked to slightly higher risk to mother

A new study suggests that women who have treatment for infertility are at a slightly higher risk of severe complications like bleeding, serious infection and admission to intensive care around the time of delivery. Severe complications for mothers in Canada» 

Environment

World is losing wetlands, critical benefits, say conservationists

The world has lost 64 per cent of its wetlands and the benefits they provide, says Dan Kraus, a senior biologist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, a national land conservation non-profit. A Government of Canada website on wetlands says:» 

Health

Expose babies to allergenic foods early, advise doctors

In a change from past practice, Canadian pediatricians are advising parents of infants at risk for allergies to feed them one common allergen at a time starting at the age of six months. Research suggests this might prevent some infants» 

Environment

Oceans warming faster bolstering climate change worry: study

Yet another study shows that the world’s oceans are warming rapidly and researchers say this confirms the scientific evidence that the planet is warming due to human activity. Warming oceans mean more storms, extreme precipitation The scientists from China and» 

Environment

Climate change played major role in extreme wildfire: study

Canadian scientists have found that human-induced climate change played a major role in the extreme wildfire in the western province of British Columbia (B.C.) in 2017. “As the climate continues to warm, we can expect that costly extreme wildfires seasons» 

Environment, Society

Another western storm follows ‘most destructive’

The western province of British Columbia is being hammered by another major storm hard on the heels of a storm called the most destructive in the history of the electrical utility, BC Hydro. Climate change cited The utility issued a»