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International trade bans may hurt polar bears more than it helps them by alienating key allies in their conservation, according to a new study.

Trade bans hurt Inuit and do nothing to save polar bears: study

January 27, 2015

Polar bears may be an example of an emerging problem: the use of trade bans instead of concrete action against non-trade threats such as climate change, according to a new study co-written by University of Saskatchewan wildlife researcher Doug Clark.

Clark, School of Environment and Sustainability Centennial Chair at the U of S, explains one consequence of this approach is it could cause key stakeholders like the Inuit to lose faith in community-based conservation measures, ultimately diminishing prospects for threatened species.

The research paper, published in the journal Global Ecology

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Sarah Sangster (left) and Linzi Williamson

Going gaga for Gosling

January 23, 2015

If you’re looking to waste time online, nothing beats taking a trip down an internet meme black hole.

Pawel Grochulski, left, and Muhammad Anzar.

Preservation science

January 19, 2015

Freezing and preserving the genetic material of life is an idea that sounds like a sci-fi tale, but it is a process a research scientist at Agriculture and Agrifoods Canada is determined to master with help from colleagues at the Canadian Light Source (CLS).

A U of S study found that milk consumption in elementary schools is on the decline.

Got milk?

January 15, 2015

Chocolate milk may be better than no milk at all, according to a new study from the University of Saskatchewan.

Valerie Verge in her lab at Saskatoon City Hospital.

Nerve knowledge

January 15, 2015

A research team led by Valerie Verge at the University of Saskatchewan has discovered an important molecular worker in the repair shop of the body’s nervous system, a finding that brings them a step closer to new treatments for debilitating nerve injuries.

U of S researchers Dionne Pohler, left, and Barb Phillips teamed up on a project to examine
the effectiveness of the print advertising by Canadian unions.

A perfect union

January 12, 2015

Union membership has been on the decline over the past few decades and researchers have examined myriad reasons for this, from structure to public perception. But nobody, until recently, has considered the role visual marketing plays in the decline and in a potential revival.

John Pomeroy

Mountain measures against climate change

January 7, 2015

Efforts by Kicking Horse Mountain Resort to conserve energy may prove successful in lessening the effects of climate change, said John Pomeroy, Canada Research Chair in water resources and climate change at the University of Saskatchewan.

Graham George and Ingrid Pickering

Up to the Grand Challenge

December 19, 2014

Two University of Saskatchewan research teams have been awarded $224,000 from Grand Challenges Canada to back their efforts to develop solutions to drinking water contamination in the developing world.

Growth in beaver populations has shown to be important for habitat creation and global methane gas emissions.

Return of the beavers

December 17, 2014

Over-trapping nearly wiped out the beaver 100 years ago but the ambitious rodents have bounced back and have created ponds on three continents that cover an area about the size of Switzerland, according to University of Saskatchewan research published in the Royal Swedish Academy of Science journal AMBIO.

Northern flicker dads fly further to recharge over winter.

For the birds

December 17, 2014

For northern flicker dads, a hard summer looking after the chicks means flying a bit farther south than mom, likely to ensure good winter feeding to bulk up for the next year, according to a new study conducted by PhD student Elizabeth Gow and biology professor Karen Wiebe at the University of Saskatchewan.