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We all know how key it is to preserve the blue gold (water) and the fantastic beasts (wildlife), but how to do so? Come have a beer (the bubbly gold) and discover how scientists plan to preserve our environment!
Dams of our planet: Where are they and what the heck are they doing there?
Penny Beams (Master of Science candidate - Department of Geography at McGill University)
People have been building dams for thousands of years. These dams benefit people by storing drinking and irrigation water, generating electricity, and mitigating some of the worst impacts of flooding. The story isn’t all rosy, though. Dams interfere with the normal functioning of their surrounding ecosystems, and can displace people when they create a large reservoir. In this interactive presentation, we’ll investigate patterns in why and when dams have been built, and examine their impacts from local to global.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Save Them: Planning for Parks and Protected Areas
Erin Crockett (PhD Candidate - Department of Natural Resource Sciences at McGill University)
Our planet is home to over 10 million species. Yet climate change, land-use change (e.g. clearing forests for agriculture), and other stressful changes are affecting where certain species can and cannot survive. To help prevent species from going extinct, countries around the world have signed international agreements to increase the number of parks and protected areas. But where should these new parks go? This talk will explore techniques that scientists use to prioritize regions for new parks and protected areas, and will highlight priority regions to help sustain Earth's fantastic beasts.