Maple Ridge News, Jan. 7, 2015, by Tom Fletcher: VICTORIA – Inspired by her holistic ranching background, Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon has launched a province-wide environmental education program for high school teachers and youth leaders.
Victoria Times Colonist (Editorial), Jan. 23, 2015 : In considering the heroes and villains among Vancouver Island’s early European settlers, Capt. Walter Colquhon Grant would definitely fall in the latter category. It was he who gets the credit for introducing Scotch broom to the Island.
International Business Times, Jan. 19, 2015 by Jenny Michelle Panganiban: Pest control is integral in crop production to ensure optimum yield. For many years, people have been exploring ways to protect crops from harmful insects and invasive plants. In a new study, ecologists at the University of Copenhagen's Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences have demonstrated how weed control can be done more efficiently by changing seeding patterns and crop density. This technique makes crops dominate over weeds in plantations. The researcher team observed how sowing wheat and corn in grid patterns restrained weed growth.
MIT Technology Review, Jan. 20, 2015 by Andrew Rosenblum: Drones carrying cameras or infrared sensors have already found favor with farmers, police forces, and extreme sports enthusiasts. Now engineers are testing versions of the tiny craft that can do more than just observe.
Market Business News, Jan. 20, 2015, by Marie Singer: As a result of global warming, northern forests in the decades to come will look quite different as a new set of trees appear and thrive, while the existing ones find it harder to cope, say researchers from the University of Minnesota.
Phys.org, Jan. 21, 2015, by Janet Lathrop: A new study, the first comprehensive assessment of native vs. non-native plant distribution in the continental United States, finds non-native plant species are much more widespread than natives, a finding that lead author Bethany Bradley at the University of Massachusetts Amherst called "very surprising."
Pique Newsmagazine, by Leslie Anthony: Contemplating a Caribbean vacation to escape Whistler's uninspiring winter? You might want to add a crash course on chikungunya (chicken-goon-ya) to that list of pre-trip preparations.
Powell River Peak, Jan. 21, 2015, by Paul Galinski: A program to treat invasive species has had successes and challenges, Powell River Regional District directors were told recently.
Vancouver Sun, Jan. 20, 2015, by Larry Pynn: The B.C. government is considering new legislation to coordinate the attack against a costly and ever-growing threat posed by the introduction of non-native plants, animals and diseases.
Global News, Jan. 21, 2015 by Tamsyn Burgmann: Canadian snowbirds towing pleasure boats back to Western provinces from winter getaways in the United States are in danger of bringing back some unwelcome guests — two invasive aquatic species.