Biological Invasions – The Ecological and Societal Impacts of Non-native Species

Dr. Anthony Ricciardi talks about “biological invasions” and how they can cause extinctions, disrupt ecosystems, alter natural resources, threaten human health, and even pose national security problems. He further discusses how ecologists are planning “assisted colonization” for species to rescue species threatened by climate change.


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October 9, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Stan Boutin: Is there room for ecological conservation in the Oil Sands of Alberta?

The Oil Sands of Alberta present many environmental challenges. Stan Boutin focuses on how terrestrial ecosystems and their components can be conserved in this heavily industrialized landscape.

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July 4, 2011 at 11:58 am

Lea Berrang-Ford: Indigenous Health Adaptation to Climate Change

McGill Geography professor Lea Berrang-Ford is one of the principal researchers in the Indigenous Health Adaptation to Climate Change project. By working closely with Indigenous peoples and their organizations in Uganda, Peru and Canada, the project aims to create a research program that will help strengthen Indigenous peoples’ health systems in light of a rapidly changing climate.

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June 2, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Make It Happen: Growing Toward Sustainability at McGill

A former two-time Canadian National Debating Champion while pursuing his Honours BA and MA at McGill in the 1990s, Gerald Butts knows a thing or two about the power of words. But he also knows how to put words into action – especially when it comes to issues of sustainability. Prior to his becoming President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund of Canada, one of the country’s largest conservation organizations, Butts served as Principal Secretary to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. During that time he was intimately involved in all of his government’s significant environmental initiatives, from the Greenbelt and Boreal Forest Conservation Plan to the coal replacement strategy and green economy initiatives.

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April 21, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Environmental change in Canada’s Arctic: how different is the present from the past?

Arctic regions are experiencing high degrees of environmental change, including thinning of arctic sea ice, increased deposition of airborne pollutants, as well as evidence of a longer growing season. Marianne Douglas uses examples from our research on lakes and ponds in the Canadian High Arctic to show some of the practical applications of paleolimnology in studying regional climate change, archaeology, and airborne pollutants.

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March 23, 2011 at 5:05 pm

How Might Global Warming affect the Variable Hydroclimate of Western Canada?

Canada’s western interior has one of the world’s most variable climates, with severe drought and torrential rainstorms experienced in recent years. The extreme climate events in this region have been some of the most costly natural disasters in Canada history. Climate models suggest that this hydroclimatic variability could be amplified by global warming — presenting a more challenging future scenario than the projected shifts in average conditions.

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March 23, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Empowering communities to manage their water supply

Students in the McGill School of Environment are developing Geospatial Web 2.0 (Geoweb) technologies to help a group of citizens living near the Riviere Noire identify local water management issues and collect field data for watershed management.

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January 3, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Le GéoWeb au service du citoyen

Des étudiants de l’École d’environnement de l’Université McGill aident la Corporation de développement de la Rivière Noire, en Montérégie, a développé un outil visant à encourager les citoyens à participer à la surveillance environnementale de leur territoire.

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January 3, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Shared Purpose: A Religious Response to the Climate Change

Reverend Canon Sally Bingham gives a religious perspective on global warming and climate change. This lecture was presented by the Faculty of Religious Studies and the McGill School of Environment.

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December 1, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Climate Change, Ecosystem Collapse and Cascading Regime Shifts in the Canadian Arctic

Warwick Vincent explains how global climate change will be increasingly accompanied by discontinuous shifts in aquatic ecosystem structue and function.

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May 11, 2010 at 2:52 pm