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June 22, 2016

Art, Science and Traditional Knowledge

Finding Understanding of the Thawing Northern Landscape In Canada’s north, climate change is not just manifested in more storms and hotter summers. As the world warms up and permafrost melts, the landscape itself is transforming. Life for northerners is transforming with it, as they experience climate change through shifts in everything they do and have always understood. Scientists’ understanding of climate change, on the other hand, is couched in hard data, things that are physically quantifiable: temperature increases, greenhouse gases, water vapour loss. The challenge for Graham Strickert, adjunct faculty at Yukon College and research fellow at the University of Saskatchewan's... Read more
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March 14, 2016

Mine Life Cycle

Dr. Amelie Janin is solving northern problems with northern expertise. As Industrial Research Chair in Mine Life Cycle at Yukon College, Dr. Janin is working with industry and students to develop environmental technologies in mine research and innovation. The objective is to develop research leadership to address northern challenges and opportunities within the mining industry. Resource development and the environment are important and often competing entities in the North, and Dr. Janin’s research is bridging this gap. The college’s research team is exploring northern bioremediation at mine sites, metal uptake in northern constructed wetlands, and other “green” mining techniques of... Read more
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March 14, 2016

Cleaning up Contamination at Mine Sites

Bioremediation is a promising technique that can assist in mine closure and reduce heavy metal contamination of mine sites. Yukon College researchers have been working to advance bioreactors from the lab to the field through applied research. Pilot-scale bioreactors, or constructed wetlands, were introduced to the Minto mine site in central Yukon by Dr. Amelie Janin, Yukon Research Centre’s Industrial Research Chair in Mine Life Cycle, and her students. Yukon College students worked in both the lab and the field, with one student coordinating the experimental design and purchase of research materials while two other students built the pilot bioreactor... Read more
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March 14, 2016

Treating Mine Tailing Effluents in Northern Wetlands

A company proposing a major copper mine development in central Yukon has partnered with the Yukon Research Centre (YRC) to evaluate potential uptake of heavy metals in selected northern wetland plant species. Research results will help to mitigate concerns about heavy metal uptake by plants in the Casino project area in central Yukon and the spreading of contaminants into the environment through wildlife. The research undertaken by students and faculty at Yukon College, will also contribute to plans for the closure and reclamation of the proposed Casino mine’s tailings management facility. This facility aims to use constructed wetlands as a... Read more
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