Category Archives: Environment & Natural Resources

Ancient, hydrogen-rich waters discovered deep underground at locations around the world

TORONTO, ON — A team of scientists, led by the University of Toronto’s Barbara Sherwood Lollar, has mapped the location of hydrogen-rich waters found trapped kilometres beneath Earth’s surface in rock fractures in Canada, South Africa and Scandinavia. Common in … Continue reading

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University of Toronto chemists identify role of soil in pollution control

TORONTO, ON – Scientists have long known that air pollution caused by cars and trucks, solvent use and even plants, is reduced when broken down by naturally occurring compounds that act like detergents of the atmosphere. What has not been … Continue reading

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Nation’s “personality” influences its environmental stewardship, shows new study

TORONTO, ON — Countries with higher levels of compassion and openness score better when it comes to environmental sustainability, says research from the University of Toronto. A new study by Jacob Hirsh, an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour & Human … Continue reading

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U of T scientist to play key role on Mars 2020 Rover Payload Mission

TORONTO, ON — NASA announced last week that the next rover, being sent to Mars in 2020, will carry seven highly sophisticated instruments to conduct unprecedented science and exploration technology investigations on the Red Planet. The instruments were selected from … Continue reading

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New study shows a genetic link between feeding behaviour and animal dispersal

TORONTO, ON – New research from the University of Toronto Scarborough shows that animal dispersal is influenced by a gene associated with feeding and food search behaviours. The study, which was carried out by UTSC Professor Mark Fitzpatrick and PhD … Continue reading

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Researchers discover ‘epic’ new Burgess Shale site in Canada’s Kootenay National Park

KOOTENAY NATIONAL PARK, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Yoho National Park’s 505-million-year-old Burgess Shale – home to some of the planet’s earliest animals, including a very primitive human relative – is one of the world’s most important fossil sites. Now, more than … Continue reading

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Research shows that reported oil sands emissions greatly underestimated

TORONTO, ON – A new comprehensive modeling assessment of contamination in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region indicates that officially reported emissions of certain hazardous air pollutants have been greatly underestimated. The results of the assessment, which was carried out by … Continue reading

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Antarctic neutrino-hunting project IceCube named Breakthrough of the Year by Physics World

TORONTO, ON – International high-energy physics research project IceCube has been named the 2013 Breakthrough of the Year by British magazine Physics World. The Antarctic observatory has been selected for making the first observation of cosmic neutrinos, but also for … Continue reading

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New long-lived greenhouse gas discovered by University of Toronto chemistry team

TORONTO, ON – Scientists from U of T’s Department of Chemistry have discovered a novel chemical lurking in the atmosphere that appears to be a long-lived greenhouse gas (LLGHG).  The chemical – perfluorotributylamine (PFTBA) – is the most radiatively efficient … Continue reading

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Environmental Science experts to teach and train in environmentally-friendly, sustainable building

TORONTO, ON — The University of Toronto Scarborough broke ground today (Oct. 8) on the technologically advanced Environmental Science and Chemistry Building (ESCB). Since the new building will be home to environmental sciences, UTSC is walking the talk: targeting LEED Gold … Continue reading

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