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  • What’s an urban forest?

    In this episode, we’re going to explore the world of urban forests and hear about how they can transform concrete jungles into vibrant livable spaces. We reached out to a couple of experts from the Canadian Forest Service to talk about the ins and outs of urban forest management. This episode is also a double feature, with our friends from the Statistics Canada podcast “Eh-sayers” talking about the ironies of data when it comes to the environment. Both stories share a common theme: “it’s not easy being green.”

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My Tree app helps you choose the right tree for your backyard

My Tree app helps you choose the right tree for your backyard

Would wild cherry trees thrive on Prince Edward Island today? Would apples grow in the orchard outside Green Gables? There’s now an app for that — My Tree.
In this episode, we’re going to explore the world of urban forests and hear about how they can transform concrete jungles into vibrant livable spaces. We reached out to a couple of experts from the Canadian Forest Service to talk about the ins and outs of urban forest management. This episode is also a double feature, with our friends from the Statistics Canada podcast “Eh-sayers” talking about the ironies of data when it comes to the environment. Both stories share a common theme: “it’s not easy being green.”
Research scientist Jessey Rice was unable to do field work during the global pandemic, so he took this opportunity to utilize the Geological Survey of Canada’s world class collection and reanalyze archived glacial sediments and rock samples using modern techniques. Focusing on samples from the Keewatin sector in Nunavut, the project aims to investigate the smallest minerals that make up these samples for insights into glacial landscape evolution and mineral dispersal.
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The science — and art — of forecasting wildland fires

The science — and art — of forecasting wildland fires

On a beautiful spring day, it might be hard to imagine this is the calm before the storm. But wait. While Canada’s wildland fire season is off to a relatively quiet start, it could all change as early as June according to seasonal forecasts from Natural Resources Canada’s wildland fire research team.
There seems to be a lot of excitement about natural hydrogen lately. But why is the level of interest peaking now? Could it be part of the solution to the climate crisis? Is it the environmentally friendly game changer everyone is looking for? Or not? To answer those questions and more, we reached out to one of our hydrogen experts, as well as a scientist from the University of Toronto.
As our Canadian climate gets warmer, our forests are going to change, and that means that trees that are thriving in their home right now might not do so in the next 50 years. Researchers Trevor Jones and Jeff Fera, as well as their colleagues, are leading the Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change study at the Petawawa Research Forest. This study explores different methods to help forests adapt to a changing climate, keeping them healthy and productive in the future.

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