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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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The steadily increasing cost of doing nothing, by Deborah Harford

The steadily increasing cost of doing nothing, by Deborah Harford

By Deborah Harford As published in the June 15, 2011 Embassy feature: Climate Security: Preparing for a future of increasing uncertainty on page 19. When we talk about security we mean a number of things, key among these being physical safety and economic stability. Both forms of security depend on systems that protect and support […]

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Yangtze river drought in China points to the need for climate change adaptation planning

Yangtze river drought in China points to the need for climate change adaptation planning

An article published this week in the UK’s Guardian newspaper – ‘China crisis over Yangtze river drought forces drastic dam measures’ – warns that Asia’s biggest river, the Yangtze, is suffering its worst drought in 50 years. The extreme dry spell is damaging crops, threatening wildlife and aquatic ecosystems, and raising widespread alarm about China’s […]

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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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ACT’s Deborah Harford to speak at Projecting Change Film Festival

ACT’s Deborah Harford to speak at Projecting Change Film Festival

ACT’s Executive Director Deborah Harford will be speaking at the Projecting Change Film Festival. “The Great Squeeze: Surviving the Human Project” directed by Christophe Fauchere, will be playing at the Fifth Avenue Cinemas Saturday, April 24 at 2:30pm. For tickets and more information, visit the Projecting Change Film Festival Website here. Saturday, April 24, 2:30pm […]

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Kenya attempting mass relocation of species to combat drought-stricken country

Kenya attempting mass relocation of species to combat drought-stricken country

Kenya wildlife rangers are attempting a historic mass relocation of zebra and wildebeest across the country in an attempt to provide food for starving carnivores. Extreme drought in the region has caused many herbivores such as zebra and wildebeest to die, leaving little to no prey for hyenas and lions to feed on. The starving […]

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