Earth and Environmental Sciences

State of the Mountains highlights highs and lows of climate change

State of the Mountains highlights highs and lows of climate change

While many know of the canary in the coal mine analogy, a team of researchers are using Canada’s mountain ranges as their canary. And, like the coal miners, they say Canadians should be worried.

UBCO sustainability researchers share tips for keeping parks pristine this Labour Day long weekend

UBCO sustainability researchers share tips for keeping parks pristine this Labour Day long weekend

The last long weekend of the summer is approaching and many will seek refuge in nature. However, this doesn’t bring comfort to all. Conservationists and border communities on provincial and national parks are concerned about increased visits and cavalier attitudes toward protected spaces.

Expert Q&A: Wildfire season in the Okanagan Valley

Expert Q&A: Wildfire season in the Okanagan Valley

Summer is upon us in the Okanagan Valley, and unlike summers in recent past, the majority of the Okanagan’s fire danger rating is sitting at low to moderate.

Do our mountains matter?

Do our mountains matter?

New reporting led by UBC researchers is examining how changing conditions of Canada’s mountainous regions may impact the rest of the country.

Experts Advisory: Earth Day, 49 years later

Experts Advisory: Earth Day, 49 years later

Almost 50 years ago, millions gathered to protest the negative impacts of industry and development on the world. Since then, the tradition has continued with Earth Day, a global celebration that is recognized by more than one billion people in 192 countries. It is a day of civic and political action to focus on environmental issues such as biodiversity, sustainability, pollution, climate change and clean energy.

Expert Q&A: Floods, fires and the Okanagan Valley

Expert Q&A: Floods, fires and the Okanagan Valley

After a winter with below-average temperatures, Okanagan residents are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel—and it just so happens to be the sun.

Amazon’s mysterious methane finally accounted for

Amazon’s mysterious methane finally accounted for

In a new study published in Nature, a team of international researchers have discovered the answer to a scientific mystery that has gone unsolved in the Amazon Rainforest for the past 10 years.

Forests are the key to fresh water

Forests are the key to fresh water

Freshwater resources are critical to both human civilization and natural ecosystems, but UBC researchers have discovered that changes to ground vegetation can have as much of an impact on global water resources as climate change.

UBC researcher seeks to protect where the wild things walk

UBC researcher seeks to protect where the wild things walk

UBC research is paving the way for a route that will serve as a pilot project to protect green space and allow wildlife to move throughout the Okanagan Valley.

Student juggles search and rescue role while scoring top grades

Student juggles search and rescue role while scoring top grades

Saving lives and acing school just an ordinary day for this student