sustainability

Significant reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions still possible

Published: 11Jan2023

About a quarter of the world’s electricity currently comes from power plants fired by natural gas. These contribute significantly to global greenhouse gas emissions (amounting to 10% of energy...

The hidden secrets of flowers

Published: 14Dec2022

To better understand the evolution of flowers, researchers from Montreal are harnessing photogrammetry – a technique commonly used by geographers to reconstruct landscape topography. This is the...

Methane from manholes and historic landfills: significant sources of gas go unrecognized

Published: 13Dec2022

Cities are responsible for almost 1/5th of the global methane emissions caused by human activities. But most cities don’t capture information about the full range of sources of this powerful...

Eleven Quebec universities unite for biodiversity

Published: 8Dec2022

Eleven Quebec universities have joined forces and signed the Nature Positive Pledge, becoming founding members of an international movement that includes 117 universities worldwide.

McGill receives $4.8 million to advance climate change science and technology

Published: 23Nov2022

The Government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund, administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), is investing more than $4 million in three McGill-led projects through the...

Low levels of air pollution deadlier than previously thought

Published: 8Nov2022

The World Health Organization’s most recent estimates (2016) are that over 4.2 million people die prematurely each year due to long-term exposure to fine particulate outdoor air pollution (often...

Seawater: memory keeper, energy source, and pollution tracking

Published: 21Oct2022

Sampling seawater just below the surface of a seagrass bed in Quatsino Sound, British Columbia. Credit: Mike McDermid What can a bottle of seawater tell you about the fish living below?

Penguin feathers may be secret to effective anti-icing technology

Published: 24Oct2022

Ice buildup on powerlines and electric towers brought the northern US and southern Canada to a standstill during the Great Ice Storm of 1998, leaving many in the cold and dark for days and even...

Advancing climate research thanks to new satellite mission co-led by McGill University

Published: 19Oct2022

Canadian scientists will contribute to assessing and addressing climate change thanks to a new satellite mission that has received more than $200 million from the Canadian federal government. This...

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