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Scientists study wasps that may protect British Columbia’s berries

Every year, invasive insects gnaw on Canadian farms, gardens and wild plants, spreading disease and disrupting ecosystems. But tiny wasps that lay eggs that burst into invasive insects could potentially help berry growers in British Columbia protect their crops. “It’s like nature is giving us a free service to help control crop pests,” said Paul Abram, a researcher with Agriculture …

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Canada links June heat wave to climate change with new attribution analysis

For the first time, the Canadian government has conducted a rapid analysis of a period of extreme heat and linked it to human-caused climate change. Analysis by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) found that the likelihood of a heat wave in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada between June 17 and 20 is two to ten times greater due to …

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We’ve had 12 months of record-breaking global heat. How close are we to passing the 1.5C limit?

While the last 12 months have seen global temperatures reach 1.64 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, latest data According to the Copernicus climate research programme, this is not quite the same as exceeding the 1.5 degree Celsius limit set in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. But it is very worrying that we are almost there and that global warming has …

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British Prime Minister Starmer says Rwanda deportation plan ‘dead and buried’

British Prime Minister Keir Starmer said on Saturday, his first full day in office, that he would scrap a controversial Conservative policy of deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda. He promised to initiate change but warned that this would take time. “The Rwanda plan was dead and buried before it started,” Starmer said at his first press conference. “It never worked …

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Coral reefs are vital lines of defense against hurricanes. But their future is uncertain

Hurricane season has kicked off with Beryl, the first Category 5 storm ever to form in the Atlantic Ocean. Beryl has since been downgraded to a Category 4, but the storm was still expected to bring life-threatening wind gusts and storm surges to Jamaica on Wednesday. Normally, coral reefs serve as a crucial form of natural coastal protection against such …

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‘We thought we were going to die,’ says passenger on turbulent Air Europa flight

Passengers on board an Air Europa flight that was diverted to northeastern Brazil on Monday due to severe turbulence said they feared for their lives during the incident, which injured about 40 people, four of whom were taken to intensive care. “There are passengers with fractures and injuries to their arms, faces and legs,” a passenger told Reuters in the …

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See the elephants facing extinction and the wild cats on the decline

More than 45,000 species are now threatened with extinction, 1,000 more than last year, according to an international conservation organization. The organization blames pressures from climate change, invasive species and human activities such as illegal trade and infrastructure expansion. The International Union for Conservation of Nature released its latest Red List of Threatened Species on Thursday. The list, now in …

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How Nighttime Heat Can Affect Your Body Today

Last year was the hottest year in human history and this year Canada continues to experience heat waves and record temperatures. One big shift is the increase in nighttime temperatures, which is raising health concerns across the country as some nighttime forecasts across Eastern Canada predict highs of 24 degrees Celsius, instead of the typical 14 degrees Celsius. Wasn’t the …

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A new law aims to tackle environmental racism in Canada

For years, researchers, activists and community leaders have shown how Indigenous, Black and other racial groups are disproportionately affected by polluting industries. Now, a new law will require the federal government to do a better job of identifying this injustice and trying to correct it. Bill C-226, sponsored by Green Leader Elizabeth May, became law on Thursday evening, almost four …

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Anaplasmosis is a tick-borne disease that is becoming increasingly common in Canada

Tick ​​experts are warning Canadians to be alert for symptoms of a tick-borne disease whose cases have been steadily increasing over the past 15 years. Anaplasmosis is an infection that affects humans and animals and is caused by the Anaplasma phagocytophilum bacteria and spread by ticks. In the early 2000s, provinces and territories began reporting a handful of human cases …

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