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Salmon play hidden role in forest growth, researchers find

Vancouver Sun: Salmon play hidden role in forest growth, researchers find Salmon may live in the water, but a new study shows they help shape the forest. A study of 50 watersheds in the Great Bear Rainforest on British Columbia's central coast says bears, fish-catching wolves and other predators haul huge amounts of salmon into the forest that provide a potent "nutrient subsidy" that drives plant growth in the surrounding forest. Nitrogen released by the fish favours some plants -such as the aptly named...

Planet faces great glacier meltdown by 2100: Study

Vancouver Sun: A fifth of the ice in the world's mountain glaciers and ice caps will disappear by 2100, with some regions losing as much as 75 per cent of their ice, according to an international study. In the most detailed assessment yet of glaciers, which are often described as the world's water towers, the study found the European Alps, as well as New Zealand, could lose three quarters of their ice by the end of the century, while high mountainous regions in Asia may lose 10 per cent. In Western Canada...