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The Socotra Dragon Tree, Dracaena cinnabari, is one of the archipelago’s unique species. Zaruba Ondrej/Shutterstock

Socotra archipelago: why the Emiratis have set their sights on the Arab world’s Garden of Eden

Long a well-kept secret, the archipelago of Socotra is one of the most biodiverse on earth. But the Emirates have other plans for its main island, with which it has long cultivated ties.
The combined impact of increasing temperatures (2 to 8°C by 2100) and forest development in the mixed boreal forest could modify the growth and distribution of temperate species. (Shutterstock)

Québec’s hardwood trees could move north. Here’s how that could affect the boreal forest landscape

Research shows that the distribution of temperate hardwoods (sugar maple, red maple and yellow birch) could be shifting northward, which would have serious consequences for the boreal forest.
The majestic St. Lawrence River, a jewel of economic, historical and environmental importance, reminds us of the need to preserve this essential ecosystem. (Ludovic Pascal)

Oxygen in the St. Lawrence Estuary is decreasing – and having a major impact on small animals living there

The waters of the St. Lawrence are running out of breath and bottom-dwelling organisms are already feeling the effects. Here’s how ecosystems are reacting.
The industrialization of the fishing industry and changes in the environment have raised many issues about the management of our fisheries. (Fanny Fronton)

Gulf of St. Lawrence: Analyzing fish blood can show us how healthy they are

Blood isn’t sterile, and analyzing the bacteria in it could help assess the health of fish and prevent the collapse of their populations.
Forest fires were mostly started by lightning. Their spread was then exacerbated by a lack of precipitation and abnormally high temperatures. (Victor Danneyrolles)

Québec’s summer 2023 wildfires were the most devastating in 50 years. Is the worst yet to come?

The forest fires of the summer of 2023 in Québec were devastating. It was the worst year in 50 years. But with climate change, the worst may be yet to come.
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Beyond Juukan Gorge: how First Nations people are taking charge of clean energy projects on their land

Australia’s road to net zero must pass through Indigenous-held land, which is likely to host many clean energy projects. First Nations people want partnerships that help them protect their Country.

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