During the COVID-19 pandemic, the forest sector was deemed essential to the well-being of Canadians because it directly supplies key sanitary household products and inputs for the production of numerous essential products and services, including medical gowns and non-medical masks.
More than 70% of Indigenous people in Canada live in or near forests and have knowledge spanning generations about their traditional lands. For the past year, the Canadian Forest Service has been working on integrating a collaborative approach based on scientific and Indigenous knowledge co-creation into its practices.
Scientists predict that increasing temperatures and changes in weather patterns associated with climate change will drastically affect Canada’s forests in the near future. With the rate of projected climate change expected to be 10 to 100 times faster than the ability of forests adapt naturally, Canada’s trees are benefitting from a helping hand.
Scientists project that the current area of forest burned annually will double by 2050, and that overall, Canada will see more extreme and unmanageable fires. To help prepare and respond to fires, Canada is looking upward to space.
The design of the Toundra greenhouse is centred around using residuals – in this case, water and CO2 – from the adjacent Resolute Forest Products pulp mill in Saint-Félicien, QC to offset the energy requirements of a large greenhouse.
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