Not so sweet after all: are candy-striped spiders a threat to ecosystems across North America?

Published: 19 April 2023

For years, pollinator declines have been a pressing issue for ecosystem health and food security in the face of climate change and human impacts on the environment. Even in their sleep, pollinating...

A second chance to protect wetlands

Published: 8 February 2023

Wetlands are among the most threatened ecosystems in the world. A new study, published in Nature, has found that the loss of wetland areas around the globe since 1700 has likely been overestimated....

Fossil discovery reveals complex ecosystems existed on Earth much earlier than previously thought

Published: 9 February 2023

About 250 million years ago, the Permian-Triassic mass extinction killed over 80 per cent of the planet's species. In the aftermath, scientists believe that life on earth was dominated by simple...

Significant reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions still possible

Published: 11 January 2023

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: 14 December 2022

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: 13 December 2022

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: 8 December 2022

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: 23 November 2022

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: 8 November 2022

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...

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