Environment

Cities and communities in the US losing 36 million trees a year

Cities and communities in the US losing 36 million trees a year

Scientists with the USDA Forest Service estimate that between 2009 and 2014, tree cover in the Nation's urban/community areas declined by 0.7 percent, which...

Rising sea levels put Pacific salt marshes at risk for extinction, study finds

Climate change is dialing up the pressure on species around the world. Polar bears may be the most iconic example, but creatures from corals to...
Carbon taxes could make significant dent in climate change, study finds

Carbon taxes could make significant dent in climate change, study finds

Several different carbon-pricing approaches would help reduce emissions, and some would be fair as well, researchers report. Putting a price on carbon, in the form...
Meat is not the ‘new tobacco

Meat is not the ‘new tobacco,’ and shouldn’t be taxed

The idea of having to pay a sin tax for environmentally detrimental foods is gaining more support. For some, eating meat is a sin, and...
Roads are driving rapid evolutionary change in our environment

Roads are driving rapid evolutionary change in our environment

Roads are causing rapid evolutionary change in wild populations of plants and animals according to a Concepts and Questions paper published in Frontiers in Ecology...
Polar bears finding it harder to catch enough seals to meet energy demands

Polar bears finding it harder to catch enough seals to meet energy demands

A new study finds polar bears in the wild have higher metabolic rates than previously thought, and as climate change alters their environment a...
By 2100, arid cities will suffer from more severe heat waves than temperate cities

By 2100, arid cities will suffer from more severe heat waves than temperate cities

Heat waves are among the deadliest and most common of environmental extremes. As the earth continues to warm due to the buildup of greenhouse gases,...
Warming climate shrinks B.C. beetles

Warming climate shrinks B.C. beetles

Some of B.C.’s beetles are shrinking as their habitats get warmer, according to new UBC research. The study provides evidence that climate change is affecting...
Record jump in 2014-2016 global temperatures largest since 1900

Record jump in 2014-2016 global temperatures largest since 1900

Heat generated by greenhouse gas emissions and stored in the Pacific Ocean was released by the 2015-2016 El Niño Global surface temperatures surged by a...
Warming temperatures may cause birds to shrink

Warming temperatures may cause birds to shrink

Biologists have known for a long time that animals living in colder climates tend to have larger bodies, supposedly as an adaptation to reduce...