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Raging Wildfires in Chile

Raging Wildfires in Chile

Over 180,000 hectares of land have been affected in central Chile over the past week. Currently, there are 35 "out-of-control" fires that firefighters and aircrafts are battling to extinguish. Chile's arid, 40 degree weather along with strong winds make it the perfect setting for wildfires to spread in. So far, 256 people have ...

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The Perils of Black Ice

The Perils of Black Ice

 

Black ice is a thin, transparent layer of ice that can be found on pavements, roads, bridges and overpasses. The reason why it is called "black ice" is its appearance on top of asphalt - which makes the ice itself appear black in colour. Black ice can form after a rainfall event, fog event, or when ...

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Contaminated Drinking Water

Yesterday the City of Moncton, a city located in the northeastern region of New Brunswick, Canada, issued a precautionary boil water order. This happened shortly after a major water main break occurred Tuesday at 6pm. The order was labelled as precautionary since there is a potential for water contamination.

 

The city of Moncton has issued a precautionary water boil advisory to residents in the areas marked in yellow.

 

Residents located within the ...

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Flood Risk Management

Floods can happen at any time of the year. In the Winter, large chunks of ice can obstruct or block a river's flow. This causes an overflow of water over the river banks, causing flooding. Snow starts to melt and cause run-off in the Springtime. During the Summer months, intense periods of thunderstorms can ...

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Canada Target 1

Canada Target 1 is a project created with the intension to achieve biodiversity targets by 2020 through traditional ecological knowledge by the Indigenous peoples of Canada as well as scientific knowledge. The goal of Canada Target 1 is to create more conservation areas to have a lasting effect on biodiversity. The project was started in ...

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Stormwater and Graywater Uses

Stormwater occurs as a result of heavy rainfall or snowfall and can act as surface run-off into nearby lakes, rivers or soak into the soil. Stormwater run-off is capable of polluting nearby rivers and lakes based on the contaminants it picks along the way. Some of these pollutants include fertilizers, pesticides, oil, and soap which ...

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The Importance of Soil Health

December 5th marked World Soil Day which was started by the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) in 2002. Only in 2013 did the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) endorse this day, making it recognizable on an international level. 

World Soil Day celebrates and brings awareness to the benefits soil has for us ...

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Wells and Water Quality

When it comes to drinking water quality, people tend to think about the water coming from drinking water treatment plants, travelling through our pipes and ultimately into our homes. However, 13-14% of Canadians (most who live in rural areas) rely on wells or cisterns for their drinking water. By law, well owners are responsible for ...

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Ambience Joins Forces with Heron Instruments

Ambience is proud to announce our new partnership with Heron Instruments, a water-monitoring technology company based in Dundas, Ontario.

Together, Ambience and Heron are developing a new line of smart water monitoring products to meet increasing demand for dependable data and analytics. These solutions will supportmunicipal drinking water and wastewater utilities, industrial partners, andgroundwater and ...

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