BSCN-Parks Canada Having worked as a Climate Change and Protected Areas Analyst with Parks Canada, I have lead the creation of a communication document for protected area practitioners that illustrates the use of parks and protected areas as natural solutions to climate change. For this to be done, I gathered information from a variety of […]
What risks matter? Public views about assisted migration and other climate-adaptive reforestation strategies
Energy development and consumption drive changes in global climate, landscapes, and biodiversity. The oil sands of western Canada are an epicenter of oil production, creating landscapes without current or historical analogs…
Several governments, including India’s, have implemented policies that encourage people to switch to cooking with modern fuels like liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). While such policies certainly save lives, the implications for the climate are less well understood.
Being able to see where heat is escaping from your own home is a powerful—and underutilized—way to encourage home energy retrofits, especially when those infrared images are packaged with other incentives and promoted within your community.
That’s a key finding that researchers want energy efficiency promoters across Canada to know. Some 63 per cent of energy use in Canadian homes is from space heating, so heat loss is expensive and wasteful.
Dr. Sally Aitken is leading a team that will use genomics to test the ability of trees from different populations to resist heat, cold, drought and disease, and identify the genes and genetic variation involved in climate adaptation.
Changing climates and climate-induced insect outbreaks are on the rise and they can lead to drought and forest destruction. This threatens both forests and the communities that depend on the forest industry. Genome BC is supporting a $5.7 million research project co-lead by Dr Yousry El-Kassaby that aims to shorten the time, by about 20 years, for tree-breeding cycles thus alleviating side effects from climate conditions and insects.
Tree breeding methods require the creation of families, half- and full-sibs, produced from crosses among selected trees for field testing and the genetic evaluation of parents and offspring for selecting elite individuals for new breeding cycles and the establishment of seed orchards for genetically improved seed production for reforestation efforts.
Author: Ngaio Hotte, Colin Mahony, Dr. Harry Nelson Published in: Global Environmental Change (Jan 22, 2016) DOI: doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2016.01.001 The principal-agent problem and climate change adaptation on public lands Assisted migration involves shifting tree species and populations to better match future climates. Yet uncertainty about how the costs, benefits and risks associated with climate change impacts will be distributed among […]