Fundrive: Studying, and Eating, Insects

On Halloween night, Terra Informa went LIVE for our Fundrive episode and helped the station surpass its $105,000 fundraising goal! Thanks so much to our amazing donors! If you missed hearing the show live, or just loved it so much that you need to listen to it again, we’ve got you covered. And the best part? This episode is all about bugs.

First, we chatted with University of Alberta palaeontology grad student Emily Moore about giant Mesozoic Era insects. Then we jump from the distant past into the future, where crickets could become a significant source of sustainable protein. We spoke with Silvia Ronzani and Claudio La Rocca of Camola Sustainable Bakery, who use cricket flour in all their baked goods including their delicious bugscotti. Grossed out? Intrigued? Listen here:

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Photo by: Max Pixel.

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Chasing Climate on an Angry Planet

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This week, we sat down with George Kourounis, a world-renowned storm chaser, adventurer, and host of the international TV show Angry Planet. His work has taken him around the world to document extraordinary natural events like tornadoes and bizarre wildlife phenomena. Terra Informer Dylan Hall spoke with George Kourounis about the different calibers of fear he’s experienced in his amazing career, documenting the Fort McMurray wildfire days after the city was reopened, and documenting climate change.

George will also be speaking about this and more this week right here in Edmonton! The event takes place Wednesday, November 8 at 7 PM at the University of Alberta, in the CCIS building’s room 1-430. And the tickets are free! That’s tomorrow for you Edmonton listeners! Go to climateimages.eventbrite.ca to register.

 

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Photo by: Cai Tjeenk Willink

Something’s not “Right” with the Right Whale Population…

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This week, we’re going live for a one-hour special for FunDrive, our home station’s annual fundraiser. Stay tuned in the next two weeks for a recording of that show. But we still have news to share and a fantastic archive interview you need to hear!

If you live in Edmonton and have been to West Edmonton Mall you are probably familiar with ‘the whale’. You know, the one that was prolific in the 90’s and caused mass dismay when it was put into storage? There was cause for celebration in 2015 when the mall reintroduced the big bronze whale into its natural habitat among bustling shoppers. This metal mall whale is a small replica of the right whale that can be found, not at a mall in Edmonton, but in the Atlantic ocean. If you’re fond of that kind-of-dirty but iconic mall whale you might be sad to hear that this has been a tough year on the oceans’ Right Whale population. In August, the bodies of more than 9 right whales have floated to the surface along the Atlantic coast.

Terra Informer Amanda Rooney spoke with Sean Brilliant, the Canadian Wildlife Federation‘s senior conservation biologist, about right whales and what can be done to help conserve this iconic Canadian species and why it matters. Sean also told us about the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s campaign to reduce single use plastics – one of the greatest threats to ocean life.

 

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Painting: La Baleine (c. 1840) – Unknown

Preventing Grizzly Deaths on Canada’s Railway Tracks

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Over the past fifteen years, there’s been a big spike in the number of Grizzly Bears in Banff National Park being killed by one surprising force: trains. We spoke with University of Alberta professor, Dr. Colleen Cassady St. Clair, and researcher Jonathan Backs, about their five year study into why this is happening, and how they are working to get the grizzly bear population back ~on track~

Stay tuned for our upcoming fundrive episode! If you tune in live to CJSR 88.5 fm and call in to donate you will be entered to win a number of cool prizes. Support community radio and keep our communities vibrant!

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Photo by: Roderick Eime on flickr

Growing super plants with fish!

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Have you ever wondered what the heck aquaponics is? Is it the same as hydroponics and isn’t that just some kind of high tech way to grow pot? As it turns out, while there is definitely a relation to hydroponics, but it’s nothing to do with Mary Jane, although aquaponic systems do seem like a smoking good idea.

A unique form of agriculture with aquatic growing systems that combine fish and plants into one symbiotic environment, aquaculture technology is sustainable, incredibly water efficient, and super cool. Stay tuned to learn all about it with us, as Charly Blais and Andrea Gallivan chat with Edmonton-based designer and entrepreneur Jonathan Luckhurst of Sea to Sky Aquaponics whos main focus has been bringing aquaponics to students across Canada.

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Photo by: Bryghtknyght in Brooks, Alberta

Wolves in Alberta’s Athabasca Oilsands

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Interested in environmental research? Wolves? Moose? Wolves eating moose? The oilsands? Maybe a bit of monkey chat? Well we’ve got an episode for you!

This week on Terra Informa, we have an full episode interview with researcher Eric Neilson, on his on the effects of human disturbance in the Athabasca oilsands region, on the hunting behaviour of wolves.

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Photo by: Doc List (Flickr)

RiverFest 2017 and Bioremediation

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This week on Terra Informa, we delve into the recent EPCOR RiverFest, chat with a man who trekked the entire River Valley, and look back on an archive piece about bioremediation.

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EPCOR RiverFest

A couple of weeks ago, Edmonton had its very first River Valley festival, the EPCOR RiverFest, which ran from September 15-17, 2017. Terra Informer Jason Wang speaks with Larry Wall, Executive Director of the River Valley Alliance, the nonprofit organization who put on the event, about this community celebration of the natural treasure of the Capital Region. He also talks to Hank Van Weelden, a local adventurer who trekked the entirety of Edmonton’s river valley during the festival to raise awareness about the need to conserve this landscape, as well as the recreational activities available.

Leila Darwish on Bioremediation

In a time when spills, leaks, and environmental disasters are becoming more and more common, how do we clean up in a way that’s both reasonable and responsible? Prevention, of course, is always the best policy, but even the best laid plans go awry, and when they do, one answer is often overlooked: bioremediation. Tasmia Nishat speaks with community organizer Leila Darwish, author of Earth Repair, about the healing potential of sunflowers and oyster mushrooms backyard contamination, big spills, and everything in between.

 

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Photo by: Jeffrey Hansen-Carlson

Bat Issues and Sustainability Classes

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This week on Terra Informa we bring you two stories. First we discuss the challenges facing bats today and then bring you to a new school pilot project centered around reducing single-use plastics.

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Have you ever wondered how bats fit into our urban environment? This week we talk with Erin Lowe from the Alberta Community Bat program about the challenges facing bats and how to live with them happily. 

Listen further and you will hear Laura Bamsey and Marnie Olson talk about the impact sustainability pilot projects can have on students and the environment. Learn about the power of awareness and early education, and how the elements society has collaborated with the lonely whale foundation to bring these programs to life.

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Photo by: Radu Privantu