Science and Technology

Global Trends to Combat Climate Change

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Stories of the disastrous consequences of climate change as well as attempts to fight it have been in headlines for years now. Fortunately, there have been recent global trends to combat the menace that is climate change—including improvements for environmentally-friendly products and the gradual abandonment of environment-damaging processes.

Michigan Opening the Door to the Great Lakes for Potential Invaders

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Michigan Opening the Door to the Great Lakes for Potential Invaders
Justin Hunt
 

Raw Sewage and Untreated Waste Water Polluting Canada's Water

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             Raw sewage and untreated wastewater is polluting Canada’s pristine rivers, lakes, and oceans at alarming rates – 205 billion liters in 2015 to be exact. It is one of the biggest issues of pollution that Canada is facing in present day. This number is in no way decreasing and in some cases it is increasing. Old systems of water treatment have not been improved in many years, due to limited funding and municipalities prioritizing other local projects.

Climate Variation and Marine Food Chains

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Over the past century, our marine ecosystems have been rapidly changing. This has altered the population dynamics of various species and had critical ecological consequences. A new study in the journal, Science Advances has found chemical clues in the skin cells of dolphins that suggest changes in  the length of the marine food chain. Because dolphins occupy the upper level of the food chain, they accumulate chemical information about the species that occupy the rest of the food chain.

Scarcity and Water Wars: Battling for Knowledge and Treaties

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              With the increasing relevance of climate change, there are numerous changes to environmental conditions around the world. Whether it be increased natural disasters, changing temperatures, ocean acidification or water scarcity, these have connective traits which span across current governmental boundaries. In an article by the Asia Times, published October 11th, 2017, Brahma Chellaney brought to the World’s attention the power China has over water resources that flow to neighbouring countries.

Are B.C. waters and salmon populations in danger?

An article released by the CBC titled “ Will escaped Atlantic salmon survive – and thrive – in B.C. waters?” discusses the issue of thousands of Atlantic salmon escaping from a salmon farm in Washington State. Nets containing over three hundred thousand Atlantic salmon were damaged releasing an unknown number of fish into the B.C. waters. The issue here is that Atlantic salmon are not native to British Columbia and there is uncertainty as to what effects these escaped fish will have.

Solar Water Heaters

Matthew Hill, Umrick Singh & Luka Guenette-Larocque

Solar Water Heaters

 

As seen in the movie "Seeking the Current", solar water heaters are part of our future in terms of heating our homes. It is where energy from the sun is converted into heat to warm water using a solar thermal collector (solar pannels). Solar water heating began in 1980 and is today mostly used in China, Japan, India, and all over Europe.

Orthotrichum lyelli

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A team of researchers discovered incredolous amounts of cadium and arsenic in the air of the hotspots of Portland, which can prove hazardous to human health such as development of anomalies in children and cancer. During the investigations of these hotspots, the same team of researchers found an unlikely indicator of highly polluted air: the moss named Orthotrichum lyelli, which is not only cheaper than the current method they are using, but also much much more economical.

Wash and Dry Green Energy by Renata Mirza and Manuel-José Navidad Perez

Wash and Dry Green Energy

In our everyday life, we tend to use a lot of appliances to ease up our lives at home.  However, often, we tend to forget how much we use them and how much energy they consume. Therefore, unconsciously, we’ve been growing our ecological footprint without even knowing it! Furthermore, in our society, eliminating the use of all of our appliances would be impossible, and consequently, there is only so much that one can do to in order to limit one’s production of greenhouse gases.

Does new power benefit or harm individuals security?

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An article written in the NY Times on October 31, 2017, by Corey Kilgannon and Joseph Goldstein talks about Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect in the New York Terror Attack that happened last Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Saipov was driving a rented truck and ran over pedestrians walking on a bike path along the Hudson River leaving eight people dead and 11 injured.