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Environment & Animal Life, International

Multi-million dollar Canadian effort launched to clean oceans of ‘ghost gear’

Fund to support 22 Canadian and four international efforts Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) defines ghost gear as “any fishing equipment or fishing-related litter that has been abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded and is some of the most harmful and »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Politics

Conservation groups urge more protection for critically endangered right whales

International conservation groups are calling on Canada and the United States to beef up measures designed to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales from ship strikes and entanglements in fishing gear. The call comes as the International Union for Conservation »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology

International Earth observation and biodiversity body moves to Montreal

A global research network dedicated to improving monitoring of the planet’s biodiversity says it plans to relocate its headquarters from Leipzig, Germany, to Montreal to take advantage of the city’s scientific research environment and growing expertise in artificial intelligence (AI). »

Environment & Animal Life, Indigenous, International, Society

Environmental activists face high risk of violence and assassination: study

Activists defending their communities and the surrounding environment against development of extractive industries and land grabs for agrarian use face high rates of criminalization, physical violence and murder around the world, according to a study published this month in the »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life

Forest fires rage in Quebec, below average in B.C.

Imagine a wildfire bigger than the island of Montreal, or say bigger than the Isle of Man, or Guam, or Ibiza.  Canada’s  central province of Quebec has been subjected to a couple of weeks of extreme heat and that’s meant »

Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics

Ottawa invests $5M in wildland fires research

With wildland fires growing in frequency and intensity across the country, the federal government will be investing $5 million towards the development of a Wildland Fire Research Network in Canada, Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan announced Wednesday. To increase Canada’s »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life

Cleanup after ‘monster’ storm ravages southern Alberta

Things were looking fairly good this season for farmers across a large area of southern Alberta, Then came the weekend. A ‘monster’ hail storm, with some funnel clouds seen, tore across the prairie province destroying crops, many of them entirely. »

Environment & Animal Life

Rare white grizzly bear dazzles visitors to Banff National Park

Visitors to Banff National Park in Alberta have been treated to the sight of a very rare white grizzly bear recently. Parks Canada officials say the sub-adult grizzly and its more conventionally coloured sibling have been known to them since »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life

Ships ignore voluntary speed limit set to protect endangered whales: report

A conservation group is calling on the federal government to extend mandatory maritime speed limits designed to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales off Canada’s Atlantic coast after analysis of vessel traffic data showed that most captains ignore the »

Environment & Animal Life

Montreal’s whale likely killed by ship, veterinarians suggest

At the end of May, a unique sight was to be had in the St Lawrence river at Montreal.  A large humpback whale was seen cavorting in the old port to the delight of many residents who came to see »