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Pesticide Threatens Future for Key Pollinator: U of G Study

An insecticide used to control pest infestations on squash and pumpkins significantly hinders the reproduction of ground-nesting bees — valuable pollinators for many food crops, a new University of Guelph study has revealed.

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“Stark Warning”: Combating Ecosystem Collapse From the Tropics to the Antarctic

Their report, authored by 38 Australian, UK and US scientists from universities and government agencies, is published today in the international journal Global Change Biology.

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The Social Life of Bees: Once Solitary, Behaviour Plays a Role in Gene Selection for Socialness

The maternal care of offspring is one of the behavioural drivers that has led some bee species to have an ever-expanding social life over the history of evolution, new research out of York University has found.

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Toronto’s COVID-19 Bike Lane Expansion Boosted Access to Jobs, Retail: U of T Engineering Study

With COVID-19 making it vital for people to keep their distance from one another, the city of Toronto undertook the largest one-year expansion of its cycling network in 2020, adding about 25 kilometres of temporary bikeways.

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OU Study Highlights Need for Improving Methane Emission Database

A University of Oklahoma-led study published in 2020 revealed that both area and plant growth of paddy rice is significantly related to the spatial-temporal dynamics of atmospheric methane concentration in monsoon Asia, where 87% of the world’s paddy rice fields are situated. 

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Embed Germ Defence Behaviours at Home to Reduce Virus Spread Now and in the Future – New Study

Whilst the nation has taken to washing its hands regularly since the start of the pandemic, other individual behaviours, such as cleaning and disinfecting surfaces or social distancing within the home, have proved harder to stick, say the researchers behind the behaviour change website Germ Defence.

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Oxidation Processes in Combustion Engines and in the Atmosphere Take the Same Routes

Alkanes, an important component of fuels for combustion engines and an important class of urban trace gases, react via another reaction pathways than previously thought. 

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Improving Water Quality Could Help Conserve Insectivorous Birds — Study

A new study shows that a widespread decline in abundance of emergent insects – whose immature stages develop in lakes and streams while the adults live on land – can help to explain the alarming decline in abundance and diversity of aerial insectivorous birds (ie preying on flying insects) across the US.

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What Motivates Natural Resource Policymakers in Africa to Take Action on Climate Change?

Climate services are vital tools for decision makers addressing climate change in developing countries. Science-based seasonal forecasts and accompanying materials can support climate risk management in agriculture, health, water management, energy, and disaster risk reduction.

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Forests' Long-Term Capacity to Store Carbon is Dropping in Regions With Extreme Annual Fires

Savannah ecosystems, and regions with extreme wet or dry seasons were found to be the most sensitive to changes in fire frequency.

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