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It’s time to classify plastics as persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic pollutants

May 29, 2023 – A team of researchers from around the world is urging the international community to recognize the full environmental and health threat of plastics and categorize them as persistent, bio-accumulative and toxic (PBT) pollutants. In a new Viewpoint published in Environmental Science and Technology the researchers argue categorizing plastics, including micro- and […]

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Impact of climate change on tropical fisheries would create ripples across the world

August 7, 2020 – Tropical oceans and fisheries are threatened by climate change, generating impacts that will affect the sustainable development of both local economies and communities, and regions outside the tropics through ‘telecoupling’ of human-natural systems, such as seafood trade and distant-water fishing, says a scientific review from UBC and international researchers. Seafood is […]

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Wildfire smoke has immediate harmful health effects: UBC study

June 24, 2020 – Exposure to wildfire smoke affects the body’s respiratory and cardiovascular systems almost immediately, according to new research from the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health. In a study published today in Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers found that exposure to elevated levels of fine particulate matter during wildfire seasons […]

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As many as six billion Earth-like planets in our galaxy, according to new estimates

June 16, 2020 – There may be as many as one Earth-like planet for every five Sun-like stars in the Milky way Galaxy, according to new estimates by University of British Columbia astronomers using data from NASA’s Kepler mission. To be considered Earth-like, a planet must be rocky, roughly Earth-sized and orbiting Sun-like (G-type) stars. It also […]

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Living near major roads linked to risk of dementia, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and MS

January 24, 2020 – Living near major roads or highways is linked to higher incidence of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis (MS), suggests new research published this week in the journal Environmental Health. Researchers from the University of British Columbia analyzed data for 678,000 adults in Metro Vancouver. They found that living less […]

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Effective fisheries management can reduce extinction risk of marine fish stocks

Aug. 27, 2018 – Numerous studies have highlighted that climate change impacts will put vulnerable marine species at risk of local and even global extinction; however, local actions through effective fisheries management can reduce the probability of those species’ extinction risk by as much as 63 per cent, says a new UBC study. Researchers looked […]

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Human education can hinder negative encounters with the American black bear

Feb. 7, 2017 – The American black bear can rest easier thanks to conservation research conducted at UBC’s Okanagan campus. A recent study indicates that while urban sprawl results in more human-bear interactions, human education can hinder negative encounters. “Unless steps are taken to reduce human-bear interactions, we will see an increase in bears that […]

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