Biodiversity

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Ecosystems Face Unprecedented ‘Climate Change Velocity’

“Over the next century, plants and animals on land might be in for a wild and ultimately devastating ride. Warming temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, and extreme weather and climate events are likely to increase at a rate and magnitude not seen in more than 65 million years, according to a new study published Thursday in […]

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News Media Feature ACT's Fifth Report: Climate Change Adaptation and Canada's Crops & Food Supply

News Media Feature ACT’s Fifth Report: Climate Change Adaptation and Canada’s Crops & Food Supply

On July 3rd, 2013, ACT released its fifth report: Climate Change Adaptation and Canada’s Crops & Food Supply. Local and national news media turned out in force to hear about ACT’s latest report and ask questions, including The Province, The Vancouver Sun, Global News, CBC National News and several radio stations. Click on the links […]

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Is the Emperor Penguin the New Polar Bear? Shifts in Ecosystems and Species Ranges Highlight Climate Changes

Is the Emperor Penguin the New Polar Bear? Shifts in Ecosystems and Species Ranges Highlight Climate Changes

On July 16 the CBC posted an article about entomology expert Dr. Maxim Larrivée finding giant swallowtail caterpillars at the Montreal Botanical Gardens awaiting metamorphosis. With a wingspan of 10-16 cm, the swallowtail is the largest butterfly in Canada and an exciting find. What is truly astonishing is its location. As a result of changing […]

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Hybrid Sharks: Evidence of Species Resilience to Climate Change?

Hybrid Sharks: Evidence of Species Resilience to Climate Change?

A recent article by Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports that Australian scientists have discovered the world’s first hybrid sharks in Australian waters. The article, based on results published in Conservation Genetics, could challenge ideas of how sharks had and continue to evolve; namely, how these species are adapting to cope with warmer temperatures driven by climate […]

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Northern Developments: Oil vs. Conservation

Northern Developments: Oil vs. Conservation

Today’s New York Times web site features a slideshow that highlights an emerging dilemma in Point Hope. Alaska. Climate change is melting permafrost and creating access to the enormous reserves of oil that lie under the ice cap. 13% of the world’s oil is stored in this pristine area. Not to mention minerals and precious […]

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The adaptation-mitigation cocktail, or why policy-makers have hangovers

The adaptation-mitigation cocktail, or why policy-makers have hangovers

In a thoughtful article for FORESTS blog, Emilia Pramova examines the hangover-inducing negotiation between mitigation and adaptation when devising strategies for long-term management of forests. In reference to international climate change meetings, she writes, “Adaptation had long been the neglected child at the climate negotiations dinner table. Discussions had primarily focused on mitigation, in part […]

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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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