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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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Massive Oil Slick Reaches Louisiana Coast

Massive Oil Slick Reaches Louisiana Coast

A massive oil slick from BP’s drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, has reached the coast of Louisiana. A fire and explosion occurred on the rig April 20, killing eleven crew members. It sank two days later. The event could become the worst U.S. environmental disaster in decades, threatening to eclipse even the Exxon Valdez in scope, […]

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Deep and Prolonged Freeze in Mongolia Leaves Millions of Livestock Dead

Mongolia is suffering the worst winter most locals can ever remember. Aid agencies are calling it a ‘slowly unfolding disaster’ as record low temperatures continue to devastate nomadic herder communities, reports the BBC. The government says over 4.5 million animals have died as a result of the extreme temperatures, sometimes dipping as low as -40oC. […]

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Climate change #1 health risk of 21st century

A new report by University College London and The Lancet, dubbed the ‘Stern Report for Health’, warns that we have seriously underestimated health risks associated with global climate disruption. “The big message of this report is that climate change is a health issue affecting billions of people, not just an environmental issue about polar bears […]

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Canada’s security and climate change: Harper government missing the mark?

Stephen Harper’s Conservative government is failing to grasp the security risks that climate change threatens for Canadians, according to a recent article by Margaret Purdy, research associate in the Centre of International Relations at the University of British Columbia, and Leanne Smythe, PhD candidate in political science at UBC, published in the Toronto Star. The […]

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SFU study highlights importance of adaptive capacity for fishery-dependent nations

SFU researcher Nick Dulvy, a Canada Research Chair in marine biodiversity and conservation, has co-authored a new report published this month in the journal Fish and Fisheries. Dulvy, together with an international team of biologists and geographers, studied 132 countries and their dependence on fish for protein and income, as well as their social and […]

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Australia Turns to the Sea for Drinking Water

Australia Turns to the Sea for Drinking Water

The worst drought in a century, especially in Australia’s most populated and fastest growing regions, has forced state governments to make expensive, and in some quarters unpopular, decisions to secure water supply.As rainfall dwindles, new dams are a less-than-promising prospect, so governments have looked to the boundless resource surrounding the country — the sea — […]

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Report Focuses on Human Rights Concerns Resulting from Climate Change

A new report discusses human rights concerns raised by anthropogenic climate change and by the strategies devised to address it. Climate Change and Human Rights: A Rough Guide, produced by the International Council on Human Rights Policy, indicates areas where climate change will have direct and indirect human rights impacts, and where human rights principles […]

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