Can beavers catch chronic wasting disease?

New research suggests beavers may be susceptible to the fatal illness – increasing spread between species

Can beavers catch chronic wasting disease?Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is an infectious disease that affects the central nervous systems of animals, typically affecting cervids such as deer, elk and moose. “CWD is always fatal. There’s no cure; there are no treatments,” says Debbie McKenzie, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. CWD is increasing its geographic range as well…

Decarbonization – How the world has lost its mind Part 2

Decarbonization – How the world has lost its mind Part 2Episode #15 continues our Decarbonization series, the second of three featuring David Yager (bio below). The series was produced by KEI Network for Troy Media. We welcome your comments below.  David Yager David Yager is an oil service executive, entrepreneur and long-time writer. He has worked in the oil industry since 1970, and from…

New research will map out how much carbon prairie soil is storing

Findings could help beef producers manage grasslands for economic and environmental benefits

New research will map out how much carbon prairie soil is storingA sweeping project co-led by University of Alberta researchers will provide the most comprehensive mapping ever of how much carbon is being stored in perennial grasslands across Saskatchewan. The resulting data from the $3.2-million initiative will help cattle farmers there – and eventually all across Canada’s prairies – manage their land to keep as much…

What the heck are jumping worms?

Though we think they’re helpful, all worms upset the balance, making soil quality poorer

What the heck are jumping worms?Worms are meant to crawl and slither … aren’t they? Then how come some are jumping? We’re all familiar with earthworms, which can be quite large but essentially always look alike. They’re pinkish and look sort of like small snakes. Gardeners among us will also recognize wrigglers, which are small, bright pink worms that favour…

Fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty would hurt humanity

Canada is the solution for reliable, affordable, environmentally responsible energy supply

Fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty would hurt humanityAnti-oil-and-gas activists want the world to believe that the ongoing use of natural resources like gas and oil is an imminent threat to human society as bad as the atomic bomb. They’re wrong. Modern life relies on oil and gas for transportation, home heating/cooling, food supply, and everyday products like your cellphone, computer and clothes.…

$1.25-million project tackles clubroot resistance in canola

Researchers and agriculture company battle the crop-damaging disease and train new scientists

$1.25-million project tackles clubroot resistance in canolaA $1.25-million research project is tackling clubroot resistance in canola to help battle new strains of the crop-damaging pathogen. Funded by agriculture company BASF, University of Alberta plant scientists Stephen Strelkov and Sheau-Fang Hwang will work to identify new sources of pathogen resistance that can be bred into canola seeds. New strains of clubroot, a soil-borne disease that attacks the…

Eat less meat, save the environment and pay less at the grocery store

Flexitarians have decreased risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes and reduced risk of cancer

Eat less meat, save the environment and pay less at the grocery storeFor a number of years, I talked about becoming a vegetarian. I could see the health and environmental benefits, but completely removing meat seemed a bit extreme for my tastes. I recently discovered flexitarianism, a vegetarian diet where one eats meat occasionally. I limit my intake of meat and seafood, but I can still enjoy…

Decarbonization – How the world has lost its mind

Decarbonization – How the world has lost its mindEpisode #14 continues our Decarbonization series, the first of three featuring David Yager (bio below). The series was produced by KEI Network for Troy Media. We welcome your comments below.  David Yager David Yager is an oil service executive, entrepreneur and long-time writer. He has worked in the oil industry since 1970, and from…

F1 driver Sebastian Vettel’s oil sands criticism rife with hypocrisy

Car racing relies on oil and gas. Canada should be the choice supplier, rather than nations like Saudi Arabia

F1 driver Sebastian Vettel’s oil sands criticism rife with hypocrisyGerman Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel sat on a podium in Montreal last week in gear emblazoned with his sponsor logos – including Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) oil giant Saudi Aramco, owned by the tyranny state of Saudi Arabia – and told reporters that Alberta’s oil sands is “criminal.” He had arrived earlier…

Canadian technology lowering emissions from oil and gas drilling

Faster drilling, alternative fuels, engine automation are just the beginning as industry keeps innovating

Canadian technology lowering emissions from oil and gas drillingWhen Nicole Romanow looks at drilling rigs from 30 years ago, she’s impressed by the change and innovation that has occurred in Canada’s oil and gas industry – and what is yet to come. That’s because as team lead for sustainability strategy at Canadian drilling company Ensign Energy Services, she understands the level of equipment…

Decarbonization – The impediments of passion and politics

Decarbonization – The impediments of passion and politicsToday’s guest is Yogi Shulz (see his bio below). This episode explores decarbonization for addressing climate change and specifically discusses the impediments of passion and politics. The series was produced by KEI Network for Troy Media. We welcome your comments below.  Bios of today’s moderator and guest: Yogi Schulz Yogi Schulz was a founding…

My neighbour the osprey in all its grandeur

These magnificent birds often nest in odd places, such as the light standards and hydroelectric towers

My neighbour the osprey in all its grandeurThe waterfront of Port Perry, Ont., is hosting new neighbours. Two osprey have taken up residence right in the middle of town on the waterfront. These magnificent birds inspire awe but often nest in odd places, such as the light standards and hydroelectric towers. A pair has nested for years at the ball fields at…

Oil sands industry aggressively cleaning up tailings ponds

All six mining projects with legacy tailings reduced their volumes in 2021

Oil sands industry aggressively cleaning up tailings pondsNew technologies and practices are improving the environmental performance of Canada’s oil sands industry, with producers removing more than 270 million cubic metres of “legacy tailings” from the environment over the last five years. The successful reduction of legacy tailings – tailings that were in storage before 2015 – is contributing to a slower pace…

Decarbonization – Reason over emotion

Decarbonization – Reason over emotionToday’s guest is Yogi Shulz (see his bio below). This episode explores decarbonization for addressing climate change and specifically discusses how reason should trump emotion. The series was produced by KEI Network for Troy Media. We welcome your comments below.  Bios of today’s moderator and guest: Yogi Schulz Yogi Schulz was a founding partner…

Forestry grad harvests his passion for the outdoors into a career

Fergus McSween is applying his new knowledge of forests, plants and animals to help protect them

Forestry grad harvests his passion for the outdoors into a careerFergus McSween loves the outdoors. Growing up in Calgary, he spent much of his youth outside the city, roaming Alberta’s forests as a Scout, on school outdoor education trips, or camping with friends and family. “Nature is so peaceful and tranquil. It’s a place where I can be myself, turn my brain off and just…