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Adding manure and crop leftovers to leaves and clippings helps earthworms digest them—and speeds up composting by 80 per cent, researchers find.

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October
2019

Scientists have developed a recipe that addresses a growing need for sustainable disposal of urban garden waste in China and could also be useful in North America.

In Beijing, where the research was based, more than 2.3 million tonnes of leaves and clippings from trees, grass and bushes are shipped annually to landfills or burned, which takes an environmental toll, said U of A soil scientist and study co-author Scott Chang.

“While garden waste itself isn’t a form of pollution, different ways of dealing with it have implications,” he explained.

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The formula uses cattle manure and crop leftovers like straw and wheat bran used to grow mushrooms—a diet staple in China.

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September
2019
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Recycling salty water could help control detrimental microbes in Alberta drill sites

Study of two drill sites in Alberta suggests recycling saline water produced by hydraulic fracturing affects microbial growth below ground.

Recycling salty water produced from hydraulic fracturing may be effective for managing microbes at well sites in Alberta, according to a new study by University of Alberta scientists that could help
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September
2019
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U of A grads among most employable in Canada, according to new QS rankings

University ranks second in graduate employment rate and employer-student connections.

The University of Alberta held steady in a ranking that reaffirmed its graduates are among the world’s most qualified and sought-after. The 2020 edition of the QS World University Rankings:
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September
2019
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U of A, City of Edmonton join international network of city-university partnerships

First partnership within Canada will collaborate on projects involving sustainable buildings, elder care and connected vehicle networks.

The University of Alberta and the City of Edmonton will collaborate on three projects using the collective might of an international network of city-university partnerships dedicated to finding
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September
2019
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COMMENTARY || What it takes for Alberta to compete globally

Improving economic productivity needs to be driven by shared desire among sectors to increase Albertans' well-being, argue experts.

Improving Alberta’s economic productivity or competitiveness is not a goal in and of itself. It needs to be driven by a shared desire to increase well-being. So let’s start by clearly defining what’s
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August
2019
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Plant-based alternatives won’t replace meat anytime soon, say experts

Products like Beyond Meat are making a big splash in the market and the media, but changing eating habits will take longer, study shows.

Despite the increasing popularity of plant-based protein alternatives like Beyond Meat hamburgers, a new U of A study suggests that changing attitudes about meat consumption in many western nations
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August
2019
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U of A students look to cut plastic waste with hemp-based feminine hygiene products

Biodegradable menstrual pads could be an answer to single-use plastic ban.

Every year, millions of plastic-lined feminine hygiene products wind up in Canadian landfills, destined to decompose over hundreds of years.  But a small startup led by University of Alberta
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July
2019
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U of A researcher uses canola to create biodegradable cling wrap

Cellulose fibres created from leftover plant straw could open new markets for Canadian canola.

A University of Alberta researcher has found a new use for a canola byproduct, providing potential for diverse markets beyond China.  Canola straw—the fibrous stalk left in the field after the
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July
2019
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Newly discovered cattle genes could be keys to more sustainable beef industry

U of A researchers pinpoint 19 genes linked with feed efficiency, which could help reduce carbon footprint of cattle farming.

A newly discovered series of genes related to feed efficiency could pave the way to making cattle farming cheaper and more sustainable, according to a new study by University of Alberta
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July
2019
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Community energy big renewable opportunity for rural Canada

U of A project could inspire municipalities, landowners and Indigenous communities.

Rural Canadian communities aren’t usually at the centre of conversations about renewable energy, but a University of Alberta environmental sociologist is hoping to help change that. John Parkins
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July
2019
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‘Last chance tourism’ an opportunity to educate people about climate change, study suggests

Visits to disappearing glaciers often motivated by desire to learn how humans are affecting the environment, U of A researcher finds.

In the early morning of Aug. 10, 2012, more than half of Jasper National Park’s Ghost Glacier broke free and crashed into Edith Cavell Pond. The ensuing tidal wave of snow and ice levelled most of
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June
2019
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PhD studies pay off for most graduates, new study shows

Jump in doctoral graduates over past decade offers opportunity for “brain gain” in Canada’s post-secondary sector and beyond.

Grad school might be fear-inducing, given the online proliferation of horror stories of research gone wrong. But for most PhD students at the University of Alberta, the long hours, gruelling