Update on state of Canada’s mountain regions looks at human scale of ecological disaster wrought by changing climate.

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Zac Robinson remembers hiking through B.C.’s Monashee Mountains last August and, on a cloudless day, staring directly into the sun.

What made his look upwards a possibility was the smoke collecting from more than 560 B.C. forest fires all burning in unison, making the air quality in Western Canada the most hazardous in the world.

“It was dark and eerie, it was wild, and it shaped our conversations, which turned from the fire and the smoke to how fire is connected to larger processes at work that are pushing change in the alpine,” said Robinson, a mountain historian at the University of Alberta, who was leading a dozen students through a skills course as part of the Alpine Club of Canada’s summer-long general mountaineering camp.

“We would wake up in the morning and brush ash off our tent that had accumulated in the night. Then...

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May
2019

Local food community joining forces to meet increasing demand

Collaboration more effective than competition among local food stakeholders looking to scale up distribution, U of A researcher finds.

A collaborative initiative among local food stakeholders could help address the growing consumer
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May
2019

How to prepare in case of an evacuation or losing power

Tips from U of A experts to help people prepare for emergencies.

This is an updated and edited version of a story originally published May 4, 2018. No one wants
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May
2019

How barbecuing evolved

Open-flame grilling associated with American culture has a far more complex history, says cultural studies expert raised in U.S. barbecue belt.

When you fire up the grill this summer, you may think you’re enjoying the most quintessential of
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May
2019

New research has potential to revolutionize diamond exploration

Study identifies lherzolite, previously only peripherally associated with diamond formation, as a source rock for diamond deposits.

A startling discovery has the potential to change diamond exploration in Canada and around the