Sustainable Development: The 6 Impact Assessment Stages

How can we ensure sustainable development? The answer is impact assessment, but what does it entail and how can it be done properly? Bram F. Noble, a professor at the University of Saskatchewan, wrote a comprehensive yet concise book about the concept: Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment – A Guide to Principles and Practice. In … Continue reading Sustainable Development: The 6 Impact Assessment Stages

How Sustainable is Our Agricultural Industry?

The city and the countryside are considered as opposing landscapes by many, associating one with urban pollution and the other with forests and abundant wildlife. However, much of the country greenery consists of pastures and plains covering rolling hills and vast expanses of flat land. Can this landscape be thought of as nature? The rural … Continue reading How Sustainable is Our Agricultural Industry?

What Are Sustainability Goals and Why Do They Matter?

Humanity’s actions have reached a pivotal point in terms of altering the Earth’s regenerative capacities. This time is called the Anthropocene, referring to the strength of humanity’s impact on the planet since the beginning of the Industrial Era. A variety of cascading effects on ecosystem services are occurring due to the rapid depletion of resources … Continue reading What Are Sustainability Goals and Why Do They Matter?

Conservation in New Brunswick: What Is the Macro-Level Problem With Microplastic Pollution?

In July 2019, I had the opportunity to participate in a conservation mission with the Québec-Labrador Foundation (QLF) in Tabusintac, New Brunswick. We visited various nature reserves recording bird species, as I mentioned in a previous article called Bird Population Sustainability: How Can You Enjoy the Practice of Birding?. In addition, we joined several community-based … Continue reading Conservation in New Brunswick: What Is the Macro-Level Problem With Microplastic Pollution?

Climate Change Sustainability: What Is the Problem With Permafrost?

The study of permafrost is still a relatively new scientific discipline, with research producing complex results that have many environmentalists and geologists in a state of confusion. Essentially, permafrost refers to ground containing soil, sand, gravel, and ice in the form of an active layer and a permanent layer. The active layer is variably thin, … Continue reading Climate Change Sustainability: What Is the Problem With Permafrost?

A Book Review: How Sustainable is Wildlife Management in Canada?

A great book with a great cup of coffee Oh Canada, our home and native land. Humanity often forgets that we do not merely share land amongst ourselves. There are other sentient beings that depend on everything the landscape has to offer as well: wildlife. How can Canada’s environmental policy and law be characterized in … Continue reading A Book Review: How Sustainable is Wildlife Management in Canada?

The Practice of Birding: How Can You Help Bird Population Sustainability?

This is Seymour – A frequent and friendly visitor of the Québec-Labrador Foundation’s (QLF) Montréal Office. Seymour is one of the many birds that I had the delight of viewing this summer thanks to my Communications and Conservation Internship at QLF. The foundation supports community-based approaches to conservation education, promoting the sustainable development of natural … Continue reading The Practice of Birding: How Can You Help Bird Population Sustainability?

Nature in Canada: Forest Tent Caterpillars

The Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario have witnessed an explosion of forest tent caterpillars this summer. This type of caterpillar can be found throughout North America, but especially within the eastern region of the continent. These gray, dark brown, or black caterpillars have distinctive white spots down the middle of their bodies that are … Continue reading Nature in Canada: Forest Tent Caterpillars

American Toads: How Sustainable Are Amphibian Populations?

This Fall, I took a course in Conservation Biology, which provided me with the opportunity to ask my professor, David Green, what species of toad I happened to stumble upon in my yard last summer. According to him, an expert in the field of amphibian research, this is a female American Toad, scientifically known as … Continue reading American Toads: How Sustainable Are Amphibian Populations?

Nature in Canada: Painted Lady Butterflies

Throughout the late summer and early fall, Montréal was greeted with a gorgeous influx of painted-lady butterflies, also scientifically known as Vanessa cardui of the Nymphalidae family. They were visible fluttering about over nearly every floral surface, with their distinctive brown upper-hind white-spotted wings and beautiful 42 to 66-millimetre yellow and salmon coloured wingspan. These … Continue reading Nature in Canada: Painted Lady Butterflies