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B.C. salmon prices set to skyrocket with climate change

Yahoo

Smoke-filled air envelops southern B.C.

MSN

How to maximize your vacation happiness

Op/Ed

BBC

What makes a tweet believable?

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CBC News

Metro Vancouver air quality comparable to Beijing

Vancouver Sun

Study to examine health of animals in captivity

Vancouver Sun

Global warming exacerbates B.C. wildfire severity

 

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B.C. salmon prices set to skyrocket with climate change
Yahoo

A new study co-authored by Rashid Sumaila of UBC’s fisheries research unit says rising water temperatures are causing declines in salmon stock and if left unchecked, there could be a 21 per cent decline in sockeye, a 10 per cent decline in chum, and a 15 per cent decline in sablefish by 2050.

As water continues to warm, fish naturally will migrate north to cooler Arctic waters, but there they could swim into fatally acidic waters, Sumaila said.

Similar articles appeared on CBC News and Global News.

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Smoke-filled air envelops southern B.C.
Yahoo

Blazing wildfires and meteorological factors have combined to envelop B.C.’s South Coast with smoke in the past couple days and set off air quality advisories for the area. Fine particles from the smoke can get into the lungs and bloodstream and make breathing difficult, says UBC public health professor Chris Carlsten. He recommends staying indoors, preferably in places with filtered air or airconditioning. Masks can be hit or miss–they have to be properly fitted to be useful, Carlsten said.

Similar articles appeared on CTV News, MSN and Castanet.

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How to maximize your vacation happiness
MSN

Vacations tend to have short-lived impact but there are ways to get the most happiness out of them. UBC psychologist Elizabeth Dunn suggests seeking out truly unique experiences and avoid comparing your vacation with similar vacations taken by your friends.

“Experiences seem to be [most]  beneficial when they provide a unique opportunity that isn’t easy to compare with other options,” Dunn said.

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What makes a tweet believable?
BBC

UBC journalism professor and former BBC journalist Alfred Hermida recommends looking for tell-tale words and punctuation to determine the authenticity and value of tweets. “At times of stressful events, such as a plane crash or natural disaster, swear words tend to suggest a message comes from someone in the middle of it all,” Hermida writes in an op-ed for the BBC. While news sites try hard to avoid spelling mistakes and grammatical errors, these could actually indicate the veracity of reports in social media.

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Metro Vancouver air quality comparable to Beijing
CBC News

Air quality in some places in Metro Vancouver has dropped to levels comparable to those found in polluted Chinese cities such as Beijing, and experts say people with health conditions should stay indoors.

“People with pre-existing heart or lung conditions, with diabetes, pregnant women, the very young, the very old … those are the people we’re most concerned with,” said UBC population and public health professor Michael Brauer, adding that even healthy people should avoid exerting themselves outdoors.

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Study to examine health of animals in captivity
Vancouver Sun

A team of researchers led by UBC marine biologist David Rosen are formulating criteria to determine the health of whales, dolphins and porpoises in captivity. They are also studying how captivity affects these cetaceans.

Rosen will work with animal behaviour and physiology experts, veterinary specialists and staff who regularly deal with animals.

A similar article appeared in Metro News.

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Global warming exacerbates B.C. wildfire severity
Vancouver Sun

Global warming will extend and intensify the forest fire season, and will also affect sockeye salmon runs and ski resorts, says UBC forestry dean John Innes.

According to UBC forestry professor Lori Daniels, B.C. was hit by forest fires in early July rather than near the end of the month, when it usually occurs. She added that warmer conditions will become the new norm in the future.

Similar articles appeared in Salon and Metro News.

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