How will climate change impact Quebec’s protected areas?


A team of researchers believe that Quebec’s protected areas are poised to become biodiversity refuges of continental importance because of climate change.

Sustainability symposium explores resilience and climate change

Around Campus

The annual Trottier Symposium on Sustainable Engineering, Energy and Design is one of the signs that spring is near. This year’s free symposium runs from April 4-5, and brings together speakers who will focus on “Planning for Resiliency in the Face of Climate Change.”

Sign of the times: Morphing mice adapt to changing climate


New research by McGill biologists shows that milder winters have led to physical alterations in two species of mice in southern Quebec in the past 50 years – providing a textbook example of the consequences of climate change for small mammals.

Summer in October? What’s up with this gorgeous weather?

Entre Nous

Our cold, wet summer, punctuated by extreme weather events around the world, has given way to one of the warmest, most spectacular autumns in memory. So what’s going on? Are the topsy-turvy forecasts just further proof of climate change due to global warming? The Reporter spoke with Eyad Atallah from the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences to find out.

Protecting life’s tangled ecological webs


In a paper published this week in Nature Ecology & Evolution, researchers from McGill and University of British Columbia have developed a new theory to understand how complex ecological networks will reorganize in the future.

What hibernating toads tell us about climate change

Extra! Extra!

The ability to predict when toads come out of hibernation in southern Canada could provide valuable insights into the future effects of climate change on a range of animals and plants.

Experts weigh in on climate change, divestment

Other News

Following a meeting last week with Divest McGill, Principal Suzanne Fortier has published summaries of presentations that five McGill professors made to CAMSR as it deliberated on Divest McGill’s request that the University divest from holdings in fossil-fuel companies.

Geophysics could slow Antarctic ice retreat


The anticipated melting of the massive West Antarctic Ice Sheet could be slowed by two big factors that are largely overlooked in current computer models, according to a new study.

Harnessing the butterfly effect

In Focus

New method could improve atmospheric forecasts over months, decades, and could explain “pause” in global warming.

Arctic beetles may be ideal marker of climate change


McGill researchers believe that Arctic beetles may prove to be ideal markers of climate change, since any changes in climate that affect the soil, plants and animals on which the beetles depend are likely to be quickly reflected in changes in the beetle communities.