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Biodiversity

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Coverage of biodiversity since July 27, 2021.

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Request made to Town of Coaldale to change signs meant to offer wetland information

"...“Many of the common species that people would normally see here are not on the signs,” he said. “The majority of species of birds that are on this sign, (it's) highly unlikely to see them here. ”Town administration suggested working alongside Schaupmeyer to track the wetlands biodiversity growth, but it didn't address his issue with the signs..."

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Take care of your mental health this summer by cycling and hiking the Greenbelt

"...Whether it’s hiking, jogging, cycling or even a light stretch, outdoor activity can contribute to a boosted immune system through Vitamin D, lessened anxiety, better sleep and higher self-esteem. Luckily, we have the Greenbelt. Surrounding the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt was founded in 2005 to protect some of Ontario’s most important farmland and vulnerable natural ecosystems..."

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A rare species thought to be extinct is clinging to survival, study finds

"..."They are mostly brown but they can change to quite beautiful blues and greens with little dots all over them and that's probably a way of communicating with each other," said the study's lead author Krystal Tolley, a professor and research leader in the Leslie Hill Molecular Ecology Laboratory at the South African National Biodiversity Institute, in a statement. "Other chameleon species can be hysterical, hissing and biting, but pygmy chameleons are gentle and just beautiful. "..."

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Environmentalists, with help of public, categorize biodiversity in Saint-Jacques Escarpment

"...Along the lush four-kilometer stretch of the Saint-Jacques Escarpment, UrbaNature Education's biologist Marc-Antoine Poulin taught participants about the smallest critters on the forest floor. The Saturday morning bug walk is one of several workshops the environmental education group is hosting this weekend..."

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Sink or swim: Can island states survive the climate crisis?

"...Most research indicates that low-lying atoll islands, predominantly in the Pacific Ocean such as the Marshall Islands and Kiribati, risk being submerged by the end of the century, but there are indications that some islands will become uninhabitable long before that happens: low-lying islands are likely to struggle with coastal erosion, reduced freshwater quality and availability due to saltwater inundation of freshwater aquifers. This means that small islands nations could find themselves in an almost unimaginable situation, in which they run out of fresh water long before they run out of land..."

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Greater Victoria Green Team to remove invasive species in Oak Bay's Uplands Park

"...“Environmental and human health depends on our connection to community and to nature and this has never been clearer than during the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said..."

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Kootenay Conservation Program concerned by declining Great Blue Heron population

"...Herons breed within a kilometre of slow-moving rivers, lakes and wetlands with rich food sources, often in colonies (known as heronries or rookeries), but occasionally as single pairs, Trigg explained. Herons need big trees to support the stick nests they build, and older deciduous and coniferous stands buffered from disturbance are preferred. Herons are sensitive, and human activity and Bald Eagle harassment and predation result in nest abandonment and/or low productivity..."

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Regenerative agriculture takes centre stage in new initiative BC Gov News

"...The Government of B. C. is launching a Regenerative Agriculture and Agritech Network (RAAN) that will help farmers adopt the latest technology to increase profitability and environmental sustainability, while strengthening the provincial food system..."

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Canada invests $25 million into natural carbon storage in drought-stricken Prairies The Narwhal

"...In a press release, the ministry said protecting nature will encourage natural carbon sequestration in the landscape, along with supporting biodiversity and making communities more resilient to climate change..."

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Surrey council chooses industry over climate change concerns in Campbell Heights

"...Meanwhile, opponents cited concerns about developing a large swath of green space, which can act as a buffer to climate change impacts, such as intensified heat waves such as the one suspected to have killed dozens of local residents last month. As well, residents cited concerns about the developments destroying the Brookswood aquifer beneath and removing water from the salmon-bearing Little Campbell River, which runs through the proposed industrial-business park..."

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LETTER – Comox Valley resident pens an ode to trees as a climate change solution

"...The BC Government recently announced a B. C. Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy to help fight climate change, at a cost of $105 million..."

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Wildlife Wednesday: The world’s loneliest whale, nest quest, serious suckers and “the worst” plant invasion

"...While in the process of repelling the same biodiversity threat in Eastern Canada, the Nature Conservancy of Canada is sounding the alarm over invasive phragmite reeds in our northern wetlands. Found in watery habitats, Phragmites australis (better known as the European common reed) toxifies soil and kills nearby plants necessary for species’ survival. Their stalks can also be a fire hazard in the winter..."

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Jobs in biodiversity

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Senior Water Resource Engineer - Park Board, Green Infrastructure - City of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)

"...Develop guidance materials and processes related to capital design, construction, establishment, operations and maintenance, monitoring and performance evaluation plans for green infrastructure in parks..."

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Environmental Sustainability Specialist

"...circular economy principles, biodiversity and ecosystem management, and climate mitigation and adaptation is required, along with considerable knowledge of research and analysis techniques in..."

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Private Lands Stewardship Coordinator

"...Invasive Alien Species (IAS) as threats to biodiversity conservation goals, and; 4) representing the Department on provincial and regional technical committees and partnerships focused..."

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Weston Family Senior Scientist

"...habitat connections and wildlife corridors through settled and working landscapes; and Address the spread of pernicious invasive species at a landscape level in order to maintain biodiversity values..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention biodiversity.

Making Conservation Better

Duration: 54:18

"...In this episode we delve deeper into the conservation sector and explore what conservationists need to be better at, to save more species, habitats and sites.   ..."

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RealAg Radio, Dec 7: Dairy dispute, beef industry asks, and an Agronomic Monday

Duration: 54:42

"...It?s an Agronomic Monday here on RealAg Radio! On today?s show you?ll hear host Shaun Haney and our resident agronomist Peter ?Wheat Pete? Johnson chat about all things agronomy, including: World Soil Day was on Saturday ? the theme was preserving soil biodiversity, which leads to the question: how do Canada?s soils and practices measure. ..."

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The global movement to restore nature's biodiversity | Thomas Crowther

Duration: 11:24

"...Source: TED Talks Daily..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about biodiversity.

Biodiversity ecosystems and ecological networks

"...Why is biodiversity and species richness important?..."

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Regenerative Farming in Kenya | Circular food systems in East Africa 1/5

"...In this film, hear from two innovative farms in Kenya as they demonstrate how their regenerative farming practices have had a beneficial impact on nature and rural communities, while at the same time helping combat biodiversity loss and climate change..."

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Mr. Bruce Knight: Catalyzing a National Ecosystem Services Market

"...Knight explains the history of the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) and details how ecosystem service markets can add incentives to motivate farmers and ranchers to improve soil health..."

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Soil Health Basics: Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Webinar Series, Episode 1

"...If a cotton producer adopts a soil health management system, they will help the cotton industry meet, and exceed, their key performance goals related to increased soil carbon and land use efficiency, and decreased greenhouse gas emissions, soil loss, water use, and energy use..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about biodiversity relevant to the latest news.

How does a nature-based solution for flood control compare to a technical solution? Case study evidence from Belgium

"...The case study analysis reveals similar flood security, lower costs, more ecosystem services benefits and higher biodiversity values associated with the NBS option in comparison to the technical alternative..."

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Bird taxonomic and functional responses to land abandonment in wood-pastures

"...Although used for grazing and production of various forest goods, wood-pastures harbour a rich biodiversity and are usually considered as High Nature Value Farmlands..."

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Climate change impacts on China?s marine ecosystems

"...Globally, climate change impacts on marine ecosystems are evident in physical, chemical, and biological processes, and are generally more extensive in faster warming regions..."

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Vegetation and Associated Environmental Conditions of the High-altitude Let?eng-la-Letsie Palustrine Wetland, a Ramsar Site in

"...This will ensure the conservation of biodiversity, sustainable ecosystem service delivery and compliance with the Ramsar Convention requirements..."

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Biodiversity of periphytic cyanobacteria and algae assemblages in polar region: a case study of the vicinity of Arctowski Polis

"...This study was carried out on periphytic cyanobacteria and algae assemblages of microbial mats in streams and small water bodies during the Antarctic summer of 2019 in the vicinity of Ecology Glacier (King George Island, Antarctica)..."

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Quantifying movement of multiple threatened species to inform adaptive management of environmental flows

"...With increasing demands for freshwater and consequent declines in biodiversity, managers are faced with the problem of how to adaptively manage e-flows for multiple stakeholders and species whose flow requirements may overlap or vary..."

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Palaeoecology and conservation of endangered hidden species; example of the liverwort Riella (Riellaceae)

"...We suggest that in the biodiversity hotspots of lower latitudes, more attention has to be paid to taxonomic identification of species to reveal the hidden part of the biodiversity for defining better conservation strategies for vulnerable aquatic ecosystems such as the seasonal wetland systems..."

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Leverage points to foster human?nature connectedness in cultural landscapes

"...Cultural landscapes are rapidly changing, posing a threat to ecosystems and biodiversity, but also to human?nature connections..."

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Effect of PAHs on nitrogen-fixing and sulfate-reducing microbial communities in seagrass Enhalus acoroides sediment

"...Biological nitrogen fixation by diazotrophs in the rhizosphere sediment can introduce "new" nitrogen into the ecosystem..."

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Taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic beta diversity in the Inner Mongolia grassland

"...Beta diversity, which measures the variation in community composition along environmental gradients, has great significance for biodiversity conservation and nature reserve construction..."

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