Tag: "biodiversity"

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Clean Air Task Force Leads Meeting of Eight Nations to Plan Response to Arctic Climate Changes

Clean Air Task Force Leads Meeting of Eight Nations to Plan Response to Arctic Climate Changes

On May 4, 2011, the US-based Clean Air Task Force held an online briefing to update the news media on the state of Arctic climate changes, and recommend possible courses of action for the Arctic Council. The briefing precedes a May 12 meeting in Nuuk, Greenland of Foreign Ministers from the eight countries surrounding the […]

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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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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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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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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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What’s the connection between potholes and penguins?

Recent criticism that Canada’s municipal leaders are wasting time discussing issues that are “a little far afield from matters of city hall”, at an upcoming leader’s conference in Whistler, BC is missing the point. The keynote speaker for the conference, Jean Lemaire, Quebecois biologist and oceanographer, will make a presentation on the impacts of climate […]

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