Climate change fuels accumulation of pollutants in Chinook salmon, killer whales
University of British Columbia researchers studying the marine food web of the Northeast Pacific Ocean have found that the exposure and accumulation of chemical pollutants, such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and organic mercury, will be exacerbated under climate change.
Sep 11, 2018
Reefs help protect vulnerable Caribbean fish from climate change
New research from UBC’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries suggests that larger reef areas may help protect the Caribbean’s coral reef fish communities from the impacts of ocean warming.
Mar 15, 2018
As summers get warmer, more rain may not be better than less
Warm, wet summers are historically unusual and could bring unexpected disruptions to ecosystems and society, according to new research from the University of British Columbia.
Feb 28, 2018
Herbivores help protect ecosystems from climate change
Plant-eating critters are the key ingredient to helping ecosystems survive global warming, finds new UBC research that offers some hope for a defence strategy against climate change.
Oct 11, 2017
Some marine species more vulnerable to climate change than others
Certain marine species will fare much worse than others as they become more vulnerable to the effects of climate change, a new UBC study has found.
Sep 26, 2017
Warmer waters from climate change will leave fish shrinking, gasping for air
Fish are expected to shrink in size by 20 to 30 per cent if ocean temperatures continue to climb due to climate change.
Aug 21, 2017
Climate change jaw dropper: Great white shark could one day prowl B.C. waters
Great white sharks could one day be swimming in British Columbia waters, according to William Cheung, associate professor at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries at UBC.
Jul 25, 2017
The future of climate policy under Trump
While Canada’s climate policy is steadily moving in the direction of carbon pricing, policy south of the border is in disarray with the Trump administration taking office this month.
Jan 10, 2017
UBC experts on first ministers meeting
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is meeting with premiers and Indigenous leaders today to discuss a plan to combat climate change. Trudeau and the premiers also plan to discuss health care.
Dec 9, 2016
UBC researchers use augmented reality to teach kids about climate change
While Pokémon Go has helped to bring augmented reality to everyday life, UBC researchers are using similar technology to teach high school students about climate change.
Sep 13, 2016
Future fisheries can expect $10-billion revenue loss due to climate change
Global fisheries stand to lose approximately $10 billion of their annual revenue by 2050 if climate change continues unchecked, and countries that are most dependent on fisheries for food will be the hardest hit, finds new UBC research.
Sep 7, 2016
Evolution drives how fast plants could migrate with climate change: UBC study
New research from the University of British Columbia suggests evolution is a driving mechanism behind plant migration, and that scientists may be underestimating how quickly species can move.
Jul 28, 2016
New UBC degree focuses on climate-proofing cities
With more than half the world’s population living in urban areas, cities need urban foresters who can deal with the unique challenges to help build sustainable, green communities.
Sep 24, 2015
Fish will have to find new habitats or perish if global warming is left unchecked
Climate change is forcing fish out of their current habitats and into cooler waters and many more species will soon be affected if climate goals are not met, say scientists.
Jul 2, 2015
Seafood supply altered by climate change
Seafood will come from further abroad in the future and many people will not be able to enjoy the same quantity and dishes due to climate change and ocean acidification, according to UBC scientists.
Jun 30, 2015
Freshwater and ocean acidification stunts growth of developing pink salmon
Pink salmon that begin life in freshwater with high concentrations of carbon dioxide, which causes acidification, are smaller and may be less likely to survive, according to a new study from UBC.
Jun 29, 2015
Canada pledges to cut greenhouse gases by 30%: UBC experts available for comment
UBC experts are available to comment on the federal government’s announcement that it will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent.
May 15, 2015
Western Canada to lose 70 per cent of glaciers by 2100
70 per cent of glacier ice in British Columbia and Alberta could disappear by the end of the 21st century, creating major problems for local ecosystems, power supplies, and water quality, according to a new study by UBC researchers.
Apr 6, 2015
Significant impact on water resources by land use change: UBC study
A UBC-Chinese Academy of Sciences joint study shows that land cover plays as significant a role as climate change on the hydrology of watersheds.
Mar 3, 2015
Heart problems triggered by climate change could devastate Chinook salmon stocks
Chinook salmon can acclimate to a warmer environment with subtle changes to cardiac functions, but only up to a point.
Dec 22, 2014