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Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology

Improving drones to study bats, birds and insects

A team at McGill University is looking to increase and improve the use of drones to study wildlife, specifically bats, birds and insects. The team has long been studying the use of drones for the observation of birds, but it »

Environment & Animal Life, Highlights, International

Asian carp, ash borer beetles, and now giant hornets

Various Canadian agencies concerned with the environment have been battling invasive species for years, and now a destructive new threat has arrived. A giant hornet from Asia has now joined threats from the invasive fish species known as Asian carp »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Health, Highlights, Society

Canadians going meatless

Well, not quite, but on the eve of World Vegan Day (Nov 1), a new national survey shows Canadians attitudes towards meat are changing The survey estimates 6.4 million Canadians (out of a population of just over 36 million) have »

Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology

New imaging technique allows view inside insects

Until now, scientists had to kill insects to see what was going on inside. But now, biologists and imaging specialists from Western University have teamed up to find a novel way to see their insides while they are alive. It »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Insect herbivores: predators and prey in a global study

An international effort for the first time collected coordinated data on  predation patterns at different latitudes and different elevations (altitudes) in a global study. While it was known there is more biodiversity towards the equator and more in valleys than »

Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

New film: the wildlife living in your home.

You keep a clean and tidy suburban house, and you’re proud of it. But in spite of that, there’s a whole world of creatures that like your house too. Toronto-based filmmaker Roberto Verdecchia of 52 Media wrote and directed “The »

Environment & Animal Life, Society

Plans to phase-out a pesticide harmful to ecosystems

The Canadian government is considering banning one of the widely-used neonicotinoid pesticides saying it is collecting in waterways and harming aquatic insects. Neonicontinoid pesticides, also known as neonics, have been restricted in some jurisdictions because of the risk they pose »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Health, International, Society

Documentary- Bugs on the Menu

Bugs on the menu?  No it’s not some tiny creature crawling across a menu, the bugs are the menu. Ian Toews, director, cinematographer, co-producer Bugs on the Menu © supplied In a world where the population is growing, and resources to »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Highlights, International, Internet, Science & Technology

White nose disease of bats reaches west coast

Biologists and conservationists in west coast British Columbia are now very concerned about ‘white nose syndrome” in bats. The disease is actually a whitish fungus that attacks the fleshy portions of bats, around their muzzles near the nose, hence “white »

Environment & Animal Life

Canadian study looks at Arctic beetles as climate change markers

The poster boy for climate change in the Arctic is the ferocious but wildly photogenic polar bear. But if Chris Buddle had his say, beetles and other critters we rarely pay attention to would be up there with polar bears »