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Videos from Columbia Basin Trust

Videos from Columbia Basin Trust

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) supports efforts by the people of the Basin to create a legacy of social, economic and environmental well-being and to achieve greater self-sufficiency for present and future generations. Check out two great videos on their website: Communities Adapting to Climate Change: A Tale of Two Communities; and stories and views of […]

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'Vanishing of the Bees' screening and Q&A at SFU Tuesday August 9

‘Vanishing of the Bees’ screening and Q&A at SFU Tuesday August 9

Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives! Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every […]

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Change is in the Air: Seeing Trends, Coalition Works to Help a River Adapt

Change is in the Air: Seeing Trends, Coalition Works to Help a River Adapt

A unique coalition of tribal government leaders, private partners and federal and local agencies in Washington State is working to help the Nisqually River watershed and its inhabitants adapt as its ecosystems shift due to climate change. An article by Leslie Kaufman in the NY Times says the coalition is reserving land farther in from […]

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Leaving a warming Arctic: First-hand account of climate change and the effect on bowhead whales

Leaving a warming Arctic: First-hand account of climate change and the effect on bowhead whales

Kate Stafford, an oceanographer at the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington, writes a blog from the NY Times entitled “Scientist at Work, Notes From The Field”. Writing from Alaska where she is finalizing in a visual census of bowhead whales, Kate gives a first-hand account of the how the changes in climate […]

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Clean Air Task Force Leads Meeting of Eight Nations to Plan Response to Arctic Climate Changes

Clean Air Task Force Leads Meeting of Eight Nations to Plan Response to Arctic Climate Changes

On May 4, 2011, the US-based Clean Air Task Force held an online briefing to update the news media on the state of Arctic climate changes, and recommend possible courses of action for the Arctic Council. The briefing precedes a May 12 meeting in Nuuk, Greenland of Foreign Ministers from the eight countries surrounding the […]

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Polar bears' plight intensifies

Polar bears’ plight intensifies

Polar bears have been the canary in the ‘climate change’ coal mine for climate change for years now. The media, scientists, politicians, researchers, campaigners have all used the plight of these arctic bears as attention-grabbing indicators of impending changes in our climate, resulting in a certain amount of viewer fatigue. But as current news shows, […]

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Biodiversity crisis: we still need to take action!

Biodiversity crisis: we still need to take action!

It’s been almost two decades since biodiversity loss due to human behaviour and a changing climate was internationally recognized as a crisis. From the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 to last month’s Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Japan, governments have had ample time to take action and curb rapid species extinction, habitat loss, and […]

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Potentially Deadly Fungus Spreads Across Canada & US

Potentially Deadly Fungus Spreads Across Canada & US

A potentially deadly strain of fungus is spreading among animals and people in the northwestern United States and here in British Columbia, report Reuters. “Cryptococcus gattii” usually only effects those with compromised immune systems, such as transplant and AIDS patients, however the newly-identified strain is different, according to researchers. Findings presented in a new document […]

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