Biodiversity

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Some Scientists State That Species Will Need to be Moved to Survive Climate Change

With climate change increasingly threatening the survival of plants and animals, scientists say it may become necessary to move some species to save them. “When I first brought up this idea some 10 years ago in conservation meetings, most people were horrified,” said Camille Parmesan, a biology professor at the University of Texas.”But now, as […]

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Pine Beetles May Take Root in Alberta

Mountain pine beetles appear to be on their way to becoming a permanent fixture in Alberta’s forests, provincial officials say. There were hopes that low winter temperatures in early 2008 would reduce Alberta’s infestation, but a provincial government assessment states that populations of the voracious tree pest remain high in several areas. “Pine beetles may […]

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EU to Take Steps to Avoid Soil Degradation in the Face of Climate Change

The European Commission recently hosted a high-level conference on the relationship between soil and climate change, and the role of soil management in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Organic matter plays a fundamental role supporting soil fertility, retaining water, sustaining biodiversity and regulating the global carbon cycle. But organic matter is in decline, and the […]

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New Recommendations from Nicholas Stern Present Way Forward on Mitigation and Adaptation

New Recommendations from Nicholas Stern Present Way Forward on Mitigation and Adaptation

A new document, Key Elements of a Global Deal on Climate Change, prepared by Lord Nicholas Stern propose a plan on moving forward both in mitigation and adaptation. Stern, best known within the realm of climate change for the production of the Stern Review for the British Government, is the IG Patel Professor of Economics […]

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New Report Makes Recommendations Dealing with Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change

A new study, Indigenous and Traditional Peoples and Climate Change, produced by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature seeks to better understand the potential impacts of climate change on the livelihoods and cultures of indigenous and traditional communities. It goes on to developing related recommendations, including: formulate policies that actively involve indigenous and […]

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Wildlife Highway Designed to Help Animals Adapt to Climate Change

The Severn Vale Living Landscape project ambitious £500,000 five-year project is aimed at ensuring creatures such as the otter, water vole and wading birds can survive in a changing environment.The project will be developed at the Severn Vale in Gloucestershire, UK, one of the country’s most important wetland sites and a priority area for conservation. […]

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AIACC Program Aims to Help Developing Countries with Adaptation

The Assessments of Impacts and Adaptations to Climate Change (AIACC) program is a global initiative developed in collaboration with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the United Nations Environment Programme/World Meteorological Organization and is funded by the Global Environment Facility. By funding collaborative research, training and technical support, AIACC aims to enhance the scientific […]

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Adaptation and Mitigation Must Join Forces

Living in British Columbia provides many stark examples of the impacts of climate change. Impacts ranging from the retreat of glaciers throughout the Coast Mountains to the devastating impact of the pine beetle in huge swaths of our forests speak to an ever-more-urgent need to address climate change.Traditionally, efforts surrounding climate change have taken one […]

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