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City birds are smarter than country birds

By Cynthia Lee, McGill Newsroom Life in the city changes cognition, behavior and physiology of birds to their advantage Birds living in urban environments are smarter than birds from rural environments. But, why do city birds have the edge over their country friends? They adapted to their urban environments enabling them to exploit new resources more favorably than their rural counterparts, say a team of all-McGill University researchers.

Published on : 21 Mar 2016

Cost burden of Quebec’s carbon market seen as modest

By Chris Chipello, McGill Newsroom Study by McGill researchers assesses short-run impacts on households, industries The cost burden of Quebec’s carbon-pricing policy, is likely to be modest across income groups and industries, according to a McGill University research team.

Published on : 20 Jan 2016

Overcoming hurdles to Arctic climate change adaptation

By Katherine Gombay, McGill Newsroom Arctic peoples inherently able to adapt given changes to various non-climatic factors

Published on : 06 Jan 2016

Chris Barrington-Leigh study on urban sprawl in the news.

By describing a novel way to quantify urban sprawl, Dr. Barrington-Leigh’s recent study has gathered media attention as it offers a new perspective on urban development and provide further opportunities for research on the topic and the social and environmental impacts of different urban forms.

Published on : 31 Jul 2015

Increased risk of respiratory illness associated with kerosene fuel use among women and children in urban Bangalore, India

Jill Baumgartner, along with a team of researchers, conducted a study in Bangalore, India, found that the use of kerosene was associated with higher rates of bronchitis, phlegm and chest illnesses compared to cleaner cooking fuels. Occup Environ Med. Published October 23, 2014

Published on : 31 Jul 2015

Clean ride mapper: Cycling the less polluted routes

Cyclists in Montreal and Toronto can now choose the least polluted routes to get around their cities thanks to an online tool developed at McGill University. Sometimes a detour of less than 1 km can make for a much less polluted ride. 

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Published on : 15 Apr 2015

‘Blue-green algae’ proliferating in lakes

The organisms commonly known as blue-green algae have proliferated much more rapidly than other algae in lakes across North America and Europe over the past two centuries – and in many cases the rate of increase has sharply accelerated since the mid-20th century, according to an international team of researchers led by scientists at McGill University.

Published on : 26 Feb 2015

Invasive Species in the Great Lakes by 2063

The Great Lakes have been invaded by more non-native species than any other freshwater ecosystem in the world. In spite of increasing efforts to stem the tide of invasion threats, the lakes remain vulnerable, according to scientists from McGill University and colleagues in Canada and the United States. 

Published on : 29 Jan 2015

McGill Prof. Chris Ragan chairs high-profile group on economic and environmental fiscal reform

Montreal Gazette | Jan 25, 2015 BY: Rene Bruemmer The Canadian committee of economists headed by McGill University economics professor Chris Ragan, are looking at ways Canada can follow the lead of other countries and start taxing pollution instead of jobs and profits, without hurting taxpayers or Canadian firms’ ability to compete internationally. Read the full story here

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Published on : 30 Nov 2014