Tag: "animals"

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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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Tuna, Tuskers and Tigers All at Risk

Tuna, Tuskers and Tigers All at Risk

DOHA (AFP) – Atlantic bluefin tuna is in crisis and meets the criteria for a total ban on international trade, the head of the UN wildlife trade organization said this past Saturday in opening a 13-day meeting, reports the AFP. Besides the sharply disputed proposal on bluefin, the Convention will debate the status of African […]

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Op-Ed: Copenhagen Was Just a Sideshow

Dr. Mark Jacquard from Simon Fraser University’s School of Resource and Environmental Management has underscored the urgent need for adaptation to the impacts of climate change. In his op-ed published in the Ottawa Citizen December 23, Dr. Jacquard addresses the events at the recent talks in Copenhagen, and comments on difficulties agreeing on emissions-reductions targets […]

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Climate change creating scores of refugees in sub-Saharan Africa

Climate change creating scores of refugees in sub-Saharan Africa

It is estimated that 10 million people world-wide have been driven out of their homes by the effects of climate change such as rising sea levels, drought, flooding, and other impacts. Sub-Saharan African is acutely feeling the effects of climate change, which is driving Africa’s displacement crisis to new heights. Oxford University professor Norman Myers, […]

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Caribbean Coral deaths blamed on climate change

Climate change is being blamed as a major contributor to flattening of the complex, multi-layered architecture of Caribbean coral reefs, which provide a natural defense against tropical storms and a home to hundreds of species of aquatic flora and fauna. A study published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters, authored in part by researchers […]

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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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BC’s biodiversity “ark” threatened by climate change: report

This past Wednesday was a landmark day for ACT: we released the results of the first session in our five-year series of 10 six-month sessions. ACT’s inaugural session, Communities in Jeopardy: Plant, Animal and Human, ran from September 2007 to April 2008. The report from that session is called Climate Adaptation and Biodiversity: An Ecological and […]

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Climate Change Leads to Increasing Conflicts between Humans and Tigers

The dawn mist was still clinging to the mangroves when the tiger struck. Mohammed Rasul Hussain, 45, had left his hut in southwestern Bangladesh at sunrise three weeks ago, with his younger brother, Sheraz, and paddled across the river and into the vast Sundarbans forest. They moored their boat and set off on foot to […]

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