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The potential role of beavers in safeguarding against climate change risks has become an interesting point of discussion. RudiErnst/Shutterstock

Beavers can do wonders for nature – but we should be realistic about these benefits extending to people

The role of beavers in safeguarding against our heating climate has become an interesting point of discussion. But just how important remains subject to debate.
Science shows that humans are happier and healthier around other animal and plant species. Artur Debat/Moment via Getty Images

Do humans really need other species?

People wouldn’t last long without the countless other species we depend on for survival.
Community vegetable gardens, such as this one in Pickering, Ont., support health and should be seen as part of the city’s food system. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

A prescription for health: City vegetable gardens produce more than just food

Publicly accessible gardens are an essential part of our food system. It’s important for policymakers to understand that growing food in city gardens is central to health, food security and culture.
Alien pine trees, which use substantially more water than the native vegetation of the Cape Mountains, reduce river flows to dams that supply the city’s water. Martin Kleynhans

Clearing alien trees can help reduce climate change impact on Cape Town’s water supply

Clearing alien trees before the drought hit could have reduced the impact of climate change on water supply during the ‘Day Zero’ drought.
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Why do we love the great outdoors? New research shows part of the answer is in our genes

Our feelings about nature depend on lots of factors, but a new study shows our genes are one of the most important.

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