Posts tagged Ray Ford

The high road

The high road

We used to toss bricks over the wall at each other. Now, in a groundbreaking alliance, the aggregate sector and conservation groups, led by Ontario Nature, make common cause on a green certification standard for gravel. By Ray Ford

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The new farm

The new farm

Ontario’s agricultural landscape has gone industrial as big box, high-tech greenhouses, impervious to seasons, weeds and weather, replace field crops. How food grows on… by Ray Ford photography by Evan Dion Outside the fumes from Inco’s superstack blend into an overcast sky, and the restive summer atmosphere is limbering up for a thunderstorm. But here […]

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Frogs to the rescue

Frogs to the rescue

By Ray Ford It’s designed to benefit human health, but a new high-tech medical sensor could also be a boon to wildlife, including the horseshoe crab and an endangered shorebird, the red knot. Developed at Princeton University, the electronic sensor scans medical devices and drugs for bacterial contamination. Until now, horseshoe crab blood has played […]

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Sanctuary for Shorebirds

Sanctuary for Shorebirds

The glorious James Bay saltwater coastline is a birdwatcher’s paradise. But as the northern landscape hovers on the cusp of transformation, how much longer can this magical margin of the province withstand the dual threats of climate change and industry?
By Ray Ford

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Farming for the future

Farming for the future

More heat may increase food production. It might also accelerate plant diseases, spoilage and soil erosion. How can farmers prepare for global warming? By Ray Ford

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Wolfsong

Wolfsong

Lonesome or aggressive, mournful or spirited, few sounds in nature thrill and mystify like the nocturnal dirge of this top predator. A guide to the meaning of wolf howls

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Last of the Caribou

Last of the Caribou

We are witnessing the disappearance of one of our most iconic inhabitants of the boreal forest, a species some describe as the “grey ghosts”: if industry and logging continue to carve into the forest, Ontario’s woodland caribou may be gone by the end of the century by Ray Ford Tugging on his toque and mitts […]

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