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Out of the classroom and into the rainforest

The Panama Field Studies Semester offers McGill undergraduates a unique opportunity to experience the complexity of environmental issues up-close Published on June 9, 2014 | McGill News by: Hannah Hoag (MSc '99)

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Published on : 20 Jun 2014

McGill Fossil Fuel Decisions Shift

The McGill University board of governors has included “grave environmental degradation” as allowable criteria for divestment. Published on June 10, 2014 | The Gazette by: Karen Seidman Many students at McGill University are celebrating a fundamental shift in how the university will decide whether to stop investing in fossil fuel companies.

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Published on : 11 Jun 2014

McGill Nonlinear Physics Professor and Climatologist Shaun Lovejoy: Global Warming is not a "Natural" Occurrence

Opinion: Research Shows the Global Warming isn't natural Published on June 9, 2014 | The Gazette by: Shaun Lovejoy Last year, the Quebec Skeptics Society laid down a challenge: “If anthropogenic global warming is as strong as scientists claim, then why do they need supercomputers to demonstrate it?” My immediate response was: “They don’t.”

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Published on : 11 Jun 2014

McGill Students Fiona Yuan and Christopher Tegho win at 2014 Scotiabank EcoLiving Student Leadership Award

Yuan and Tegho are in their last year of electrical engineering at McGill University and are keen about sustainability and energy conservation. Together they designed an “energy management and power disaggregation” system that helps homeowners and businesses better monitor, control and manage the energy use of individual appliances.

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Published on : 09 Jun 2014

Podcast: Environment or Economy: At the Muskoka Summit

Published on June 4, 2014 | CBC Ideas with Paul Kennedy Following on the heels of Green Growth: Can Profits Save the Planet?, IDEAS presents the Muskoka Summit, a biennial conclave with some of the world's most respected ecologists debating one of the crucial questions of our time -- is it possible for economists to understand and appreciate the 'real' value of the environment?

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Published on : 09 Jun 2014

Given our frigid climes, think indoor greenery

Montreal — Green spaces can help obliterate blue spaces in our minds: It’s a no-brainer. Published on May 30, 2014 | The Gazette by: Bill Brownstein

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Published on : 06 Jun 2014

Harvesting water out of thin air

Harnessing humidity to quench thirst in the world’s most arid regions Published on May 13, 2014 | McGill Reporter by: Neale McDevitt and Chris Chipello

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Published on : 22 May 2014

McGill honours champions of equity and diversity

The 2nd annual McGill University Awards for Equity and Community Building were handed out on April 24. Published on May 8, 2014 | McGill Reporter by: McGill Reporter Staff

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Published on : 14 May 2014

McGill Spaces Project: Upgrading Spaces

Published on May 8, 2014 | McGill Reporter by: McGill Reporter Staff A drab hallway, an empty lawn, an awkward nook – every university has them. But what if these were re-imagined as a colourful study space with bench seating, a pop-up outdoor classroom, and a busking area for student musicians?

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Published on : 08 May 2014

Climate change is bad for Inuit health, research group says

McGill group says the Arctic needs better adaptation policies Published on April 28, 2014 | Nunatsiaq Onlineby David Murphy Inuit are vulnerable to climate change, and it’s time for new policy to adapt, a group of researchers says in a new report That’s the message from the Climate Change Adaptation Research Group, led by James Ford of McGill University, who released a paper April 24 about the need for better adaption strategies, especially in health, for Inuit.

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Published on : 01 May 2014

Creating buzz with bee hive atop T.M.R. town-hall

Students learn about nature and politics in unique project to place a bee colony atop town hall Published on April 22, 2014 | Montreal GazetteWritten by: Catherine Solyom For the bees, too, it’s been a long, hard winter. [swf file="https://www.youtube.com/v/oU9Q-6FIMU8?version=3&hl=en_US" height="281" width="500" action="swftools_swf_display_direct"]

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Published on : 22 Apr 2014

Two McGill researchers receive $500,000 grants to find innovative uses for carbon

The Alberta-based Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) announced on April 15, that two McGill researchers are among the 24 winners of $500,000 grants to transform carbon dioxide into useful products. Published on April 16, 2014 | McGill PublicationsWritten by: Meaghan Thurston

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Published on : 18 Apr 2014

Is global warming just a giant natural fluctuation?

Statistical analysis rules out natural-warming hypothesis with more than 99% certainty Published on April 11, 2014 | McGill Research An analysis of temperature data since 1500 all but rules out the possibility that global warming in the industrial era is just a natural fluctuation in the earth’s climate, according to a new study by McGill University physics professor Shaun Lovejoy.

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Published on : 15 Apr 2014

Making “waste not” a way of life

“Hate” may be a strong word, but it is the word used by mild-mannered Bernice Ting to describe how she feels about waste. Published on April 9, 2014 | McGill Newsby Jennifer Nault

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Published on : 13 Apr 2014

Working group aims to redefine shared space for pedestrians and cyclists on campus

Recommendations to be released in April in response to criticism of Milton bike gates. Published on April 1, 2014 | McGill Tribuneby Chelsea Ju Cycling regulations on campus could undergo substantial changes following the work of McGill’s Cycling Working Group, which is scheduled for release in April. The group was created in order to analyze issues regarding bicycles on campus, with the goal of devising a well-compromised accommodation for cyclists at the university.

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Published on : 03 Apr 2014