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Woodstoves are good for the soul, bad for the heart

Researchers from McGill and Health Canada find that air pollution from wood burning linked to increased risk of heart attacks in seniors
Mon, 2017-02-27 11:57

The risk of acute myocardial infarction for the elderly living in and around small cities is increased by air pollution caused by biomass burning from woodstoves.  

It is well documented that air pollution in big cities causes heart and lung problems. But what are its consequences on people in smaller urban centres?

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Contact: Justin Dupuis
Organization: Media Relations Office
Office Phone: 514-398-6751
Source Site: /newsroom

Bacteria control levels of dangerous pollutant in seabirds

Mercury levels in cormorants and petrels stable over past 50 years
Fri, 2016-12-16 13:14

Despite ongoing global pollution, researchers have discovered that levels of mercury in seabirds off the coast of B.C. have remained relatively stable over the past 50 years. Surprisingly, mercury in seabirds is now actually slightly lower. This might appear to be good news, but unfortunately it is due to a decline in fish stocks near the surface which has forced seabirds to change their diet, and in the process to feed in areas low in bacteria (known as sulfate-reducing bacteria) which act to control the levels of mercury in their bodies.

Source Site: /newsroom

Taking stock of the world’s lakes

New global database will help scientists track role of lakes in Earth’s ecology
Thu, 2016-12-15 06:30

The total shoreline of the world’s lakes is more than four times longer than the global ocean coastline. And if all the water in those lakes were spread over the Earth’s landmass, it would form a layer some four feet (1.3 metres) deep.

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Contact: Prof. Bernhard Lehner
Organization: Department of Geography

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Contact: Chris Chipello
Organization: Media Relations Office
Office Phone: 514-398-4201
Source Site: /newsroom

What training is needed for the next generation of water operators?

Thu, 2016-12-08 13:11

In generations past, most water operators gained employment straight out of high school; however, these days, operators are required to have a strong foundation in science, engineering, and technology.

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McGill researchers lead development of tool to assess environmental risks of chemicals

$9.6M project funded through Genome Canada competition for natural resource, environment sectors
Thu, 2016-12-08 10:15

Assessing the risks that toxic chemicals pose to natural ecosystems is a huge challenge, given the thousands of chemicals that require testing. But the task is expected soon to become less daunting, thanks to a new tool being developed by McGill University researchers. 

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Contact: Katherine Gombay
Organization: McGill University, Media Relations
Office Phone: 514-398-2189
Source Site: /newsroom

The global challenge for water supply: is seawater desalination a sustainable solution?

Wed, 2016-10-26 13:30 - 15:00
EV Building, Concordia University : Room EV- 2.260, CA, QC, Montreal, 1515 Sainte Catherine Ouest , H3G 2W1
Price: FREE

Prof. Menachem Elimelech
Roberto Goizueta Professor of the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University, and Director of the Environmental Program

An AEESP Distinguished Lecture and part of the ENCS Distinguished Speaker Series

Source Site: /tised

Our future doesn’t have to be dismal

Global examples of sustainability projects offer potential seeds for a more just future
Wed, 2016-10-05 10:34

By  Katherine Gombay, McGill Newsroom

Source Site: /newsroom

Ferring Canada Donates $2 Million to McGill University

Donation supports programs focused on healthcare and environmental research and education
Thu, 2016-09-01 09:45

TORONTO – September 1, 2016 – Ferring Canada, a subsidiary of Ferring Pharmaceuticals, is proud to announce a $2 million donation to McGill University in Montreal, Canada that will be used to create fellowships in health and health leadership, and to finance environmental research in the Canadian Arctic.

Source Site: /newsroom

City birds are smarter than country birds

Mon, 2016-03-21 10:32

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.

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Contact: Cynthia Lee
Organization: Media Relations Office - McGill University
Office Phone: 514-398-6754
Source Site: /newsroom