PRESERVE WHAT’S LEFT: RILEY SCANLAN WEIGHS IN ON NOVA SCOTIA’S ECOLOGICAL FORESTRY STATUS

“The few areas of remaining old forest are wonders to explore. However, I fear the combined effects of industrial forestry, climate change and invasive species will quickly eradicate what is left.” Riley, Westwood Lab member and Master of Environmental Studies candidate at Dalhousie University, submitted a short response to Lindsay Lee’s June 6 opinion pieceContinue reading “PRESERVE WHAT’S LEFT: RILEY SCANLAN WEIGHS IN ON NOVA SCOTIA’S ECOLOGICAL FORESTRY STATUS”

PUSHING POLICY AT IAIA 22 TO REDUCE FRESHWATER IMPACTS FROM BC’S MINES

Recent Master of Resource and Environmental Management graduate and future member of the Westwood Lab, Ben Collison, joined Dr. Alana Westwood in Vancouver, British Columbia from May 4 – 7 to attend the International Association of Impact Assessment Conference (IAIA 22) alongside hundreds of impact assessment specialists from around the world. The conference was hostedContinue reading “PUSHING POLICY AT IAIA 22 TO REDUCE FRESHWATER IMPACTS FROM BC’S MINES”

Lamenting the loss of the Acadian forest that I never got to know: Riley Scanlan shares her opinion

Riley, member of the Westwood Lab and student in the Master of Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University, submitted an opinion letter to the SaltWire to share her perspectives on old-growth forest in Nova Scotia. In the article she expresses how different her experience on the forest is in comparison to her mentors’ experience a fewContinue reading “Lamenting the loss of the Acadian forest that I never got to know: Riley Scanlan shares her opinion”

Biodiversity, future, and extinction: Alana Westwood comments on the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity report

More than 50 researchers from 23 countries collaborated in the report, which highlights that countries must act as soon as possible to allow global biodiversity to be recovered. The document presents an updated assessment on how the biodiversity milestones and goals of the global biodiversity framework can be achieved. Dr. Alana Westwood (not involved inContinue reading “Biodiversity, future, and extinction: Alana Westwood comments on the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity report”

CBC’S INFORMATION MORNING: INTERVIEW WITH ALANA WESTWOOD DISCUSSING CARBON

The word carbon is everywhere. But chances are, unless you are a scientist, you might not really know what carbon actually is and how it moves around the planet: in air, land and water. Dr. Alana Westwood weighs in and explains what carbon is, what it does for living things and why burning too muchContinue reading “CBC’S INFORMATION MORNING: INTERVIEW WITH ALANA WESTWOOD DISCUSSING CARBON”

NOVA SCOTIA’S GENERAL ELECTION AND THE ENVIRONMENT: ALANA WESTWOOD WEIGHS IN

An election has been called in Nova Scotia! With climate change top of mine for many and a time of transition in forestry, this election is key for charting out the province’s environmental future. Ongoing media coverage includes interviews with lab head Dr. Alana Westwood about environmental priorities for this election. She told CBC NewsContinue reading “NOVA SCOTIA’S GENERAL ELECTION AND THE ENVIRONMENT: ALANA WESTWOOD WEIGHS IN”

ALANA WESTWOOD AND SALLY OTTO ON CANADA’S ECOLOGICAL DEBT: iPOLITICS

Westwood Lab Head, Dr. Alana Westwood, and Dr. Sarah Otto from University of British Columbia published an opinions article in iPolitics, “Rebuilding from a pandemic should strive to pay off Canada’s ecological debt”. Citation: Westwood, A. & Otto, S. (2020). Rebuilding from a pandemic should strive to pay off Canada’s ecological debt. iPolitics.