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World insect decline; a serious issue for nature and for humans

We may hate them, and some bring deadly diseases, but insects are a vital component of nature.  Their numbers are also in steep decline. A study from the University of Helsinki on insect decline last year began this way, “With »

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Northern lakes risk losing ice cover, affecting drinking water: study

If greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated, almost 5,700 lakes in the Northern Hemisphere could permanently lose their ice cover this century, according to a study by researchers at York University. In the next decade alone, 179 of those lakes could »

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Canadians should brace for polar vortex, Environment Canada warns

The relatively mild winter across Canada is about to get much colder as a polar vortex is set to spill out of the Arctic regions into southern latitudes, bringing with it bone-chilling temperatures, according to Environment Canada senior climatologist Dave »

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Canada commits $55M to stop land degradation and desertification

The international community has a responsibility to act in order to mitigate the effects of climate change and protect biodiversity, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday, addressing a virtual international summit. “Climate change and biodiversity are interconnected,” Trudeau told about »

Environment & Animal Life, International

Canada funds retrieval of tonnes of lost fishing gear

In January 2020, the Government of Canada launched a so-called Ghost Gear Fund to support projects to retrieve lost fishing gear in the ocean. In the space of a year, it’s estimated that over 20 funded projects removed 63 tonnes »

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2020 ties for hottest year on record: E.U. analysis

Late last year, indications were that 2020 was going to be one of the world’s hottest years. Now figures from the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service with its Earth observation satellite programme has announced in a press release today that »

Environment & Animal Life, International

Trump change to bird treaty will decimate birds: conservationists

In 1916, Canada and the United States agreed to a bilateral treaty to end the rampant slaughter of wild birds. Billions of birds travel between the two countries on vast migratory routes. Birds were decimated by hunting and increasing industrial »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life

Canada’s protected areas aren’t necessarily where they’re most needed: Study

While creating environmental protected areas is seen as beneficial and increasingly necessary for a number of reasons, a new study shows that our protected parks don’t really protect those areas providing benefits to Canadian society such as fresh water sources »

Environment & Animal Life, International

Sale of Canadian beluga whales to U.S. aquarium delayed by lawsuit

The capture and captivity of whales and dolphins has come under heavy scrutiny in recent years. Keeping whales and dolphins in captivity as well as import and export of the animals was made illegal in Canada last year. However, the »

Environment & Animal Life, Society

Discarded Christmas trees can provide shelter for birds

At this time of year, Canadians are taking decorations off their Christmas trees and, if they are natural trees, most people will put them on the front lawn to be picked up by municipal service trucks. But conservationists say it »