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Coverage of biodiversity since February 21, 2024.

Ecotrust Canada's project lineup for 2024

"...Last year, we worked with Indigenous communities to develop land-based natural climate solutions projects that will conserve biodiversity and provide sustainable livelihoods. In our efforts to secure funding for these initiatives, we assisted our partners in submitting applications to the Nature Smart Climate Solutions Fund, a federal program with a 10-year $1. 4 billion investment in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Canada..."

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Enhancements focus on ecosystem health

"...The project vision is to return Bummers Flats to a naturalized, selfsustaining ecosystem, driven by natural flood pulses and processes, said Matthew Wilson, Head of Conservation Programs. Dynamic processes will create a mosaic of wetland habitats with varying characteristics, enhancing the landscapes for many native species, including plants, invertebrates, amphibians, birds and mammals..."

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Q&A: What does the EU nature restoration law mean for climate and biodiversity?

"...In this Q&A, Carbon Brief explains the aims of the nature restoration law, the challenges it faced, its scientific backing and what it will mean for climate change and biodiversity loss in the EU..."

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Immediate threat to Canadian waters: Heres what the Invasive Species Centre wants you to know about grass carp

"...The session will have information booths from the Invasive Species Centre, the Federation of Ontario Cottagers Association, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Blue Fish Canada, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and the Fishn Canada Show, the ISC said in the release..."

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Hartlen Point dispute between DND, environmental activists enters House of Commons

"...The dune-covered spit of land has been a hot-button issue in Halifax ever since the DND shared its plans to build a warship testing site on the undeveloped coastal lot back in 2021. Its a place that has long been popular with hikers, birdwatchers and surfersalong with rabbits, deer, bobcats and harbour seals. The Nova Scotia Bird Society calls it one of the best mainland migrant traps in Nova Scotia, and according to eBird, a global crowdsourced inventory of bird species and where to find them, its among the 11 most biodiverse bird habitats in all of Canada..."

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UN states meet to tackle the world's environmental crises

"...At the gathering, member states discuss a raft of draft resolutions on a range of issues that the assembly adopts upon consensus. If a proposal is adopted, it sets the stage for countries to implement what’s been agreed on. “None of us live on an island..."

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Activists ask UNEA to order the global industry to abide by resolutions on safe environment

"...According to Dr Million Belay, the Coordinator for the Alliance for Food Sovereignty for Africa (AFSA), agriculture is one of the main sources of environmental degradation and pollution globally. As a continent, we need to shift towards sustainable agriculture, heal our soils which synthetic fertilizers have acidifed, move away from agrochemicals, some of which have been banned for use in their countries of origin, he said..."

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Ontario groups alarmed by changes to Endangered Species Act

"...Conservationists say the changes prioritize development interests over the protection of at-risk plant and animal species. A letter signed by 68 provincial conservation organizations outlining those concerns was sent last week to Andrea Khanjin, Ontario's minister of environment, conservation and parks. Canada's National Observer reached out to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) for details about the proposed amendments but did not receive comments in time for publication..."

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UN member states are meeting to plan how to tackle the world's environmental crises

"...NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) The worlds top decision-making body on the environment is meeting in Kenya's capital on Monday to discuss how countries can work together to tackle environmental crises like climate change, pollution and loss of biodiversity..."

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Drawing a line in the sand as communities adapt to climate change

"...SDG 15: SUSTAINABLY USE ECOSYSTEMSCombat desertification and restore degraded land and soilEnsure conservation of mountain ecosystems to enhance their capacity to provide benefits essential for sustainable developmentPromote fair, equitable sharing of and access to benefits related to genetic resources useEnd poaching and trafficking of protected species and address demand and supply of illegal wildlife productsMobilize and increase financial resources to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity and ecosystems and to fund sustainable forest managementEscalating forest losses, land degradation, and species extinction pose severe threats to the planet and people..."

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UN kudos for Canadian project to climate-proof coastal estuaries

"...A West Coast conservation group is getting global kudos for its work protecting the heart of coastal ecosystems. The Nature Trust of British Columbia’s project to study and climate-proof 15 key estuaries on Vancouver Island, the central coast and Haida Gwaii has been recognized by the United Nation’s Ocean Decade program, the federal government announced Wednesday. The UN’s global ocean campaign, ending in 2030, aims to revolutionize science and wield it to safeguard the ocean from global warming and pollution while devising strategies to feed the world and drive economic development fairly and sustainably..."

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Oil and gas companies give up rights to West Coast offshore permits

"...“As a British Columbian, I'm very happy about the relinquishment of the permits,” Wilkinson told Canada’s National Observer, noting the move reflects most West Coast residents’ desire to protect the natural environment. “I think it's a big step forward,” he added. “It provides more certainty and clarity and is focused on helping us do what’s needed from an ocean protection and conservation perspective..."

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Jobs in biodiversity

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Environment Sustainability Consulting Intern (Available May - August 2024)

"...emission vehicles, climate resilience, policy and regulatory landscape, environment, and biodiversity etc..."

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Analyste principal des politiques environnementales / Senior Environmental Policy

"...ecological transition, with a focus on climate mitigation, adaptation and resilience, as well as biodiversity conservation and protection..."

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Planner I

"...Prepares reports and technical memos and presentation materials to support policy development, watershed plans..."

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Postdoctoral Researcher

"...ecological information across scales to monitor and model ecosystem and biodiversity change..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention biodiversity.

Alex Antonelli on learning from nature's biodiversity to adapt to climate change

Duration: 28:18

"...With the world's biodiversity being lost at an alarming rate, Alexandre Antonelli, Director of Science at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, has made it his life's mission to protect it..."

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Pests & Predators Podcast, Ep 22: Biodiversity benefits: on the farm and beyond!

Duration: 11:53

"...Along the lines of think before you drink and call before you dig, farmers should be scouting before they… tear out old fence lines and shelterbelts or fill in potholes..."

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COP15 agreement secures Canadian agriculture industry's access to technology, crop protection

Duration: 12:29

"...This month, representatives from nearly 200 countries, met in Montreal for the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity..."

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Zoos and Conservation

Duration: 29:07

"...When's the last time you went to the zoo? This week, Sonak Patel is joined by guest Jamie Dorgan of the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo to discuss the evolution of zoos and their role in biodiversity conservation. ..."

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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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How beavers can fully revitalise a farm

"...The rewilding membership that restores nature across a wide range of ecosystems..."

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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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Circular design for food: six short stories

"...This collection of six short stories screened at the COP28 Future Economy Forum Pavilion Cinema Club will take you on a regenerative production journey, from Africa and Latin America to India and the United Kingdom, and will explore how, by applying circular design strategies, we can create a food system that builds biodiversity and soil health, delivers clean air and water, and positively contributes to tackling climate change..."

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Academic Research

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

Swiss Agricultural Life Cycle Assessment: A method to assess the emissions and environmental impacts of agricultural systems an

"...This paper focuses on emission models for gaseous N, nitrate leaching, P emissions to water, soil erosion, pesticides, heavy metals, emissions from animal production and impact assessment methods for soil quality and biodiversity..."

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Conservation of freshwater biodiversity in North Africa under future climate and land-cover changes

"...Using water beetles as surrogates of freshwater biodiversity, we present a novel approach to identify priority basins for the preservation of freshwater biodiversity in Morocco, using Species Distribution Models to identify potential biodiversity hotspots under future climate change scenarios, and estimates of future Land Cover dynamics..."

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Sustainable farm work in agroecology: how do systemic factors matter?

"...The latter was applied to ten case studies to test its relevance, affirming positive outcomes of agroecology on SFW, such as improved food sovereignty, biodiversity conservation, and social inclusiveness, but also showing trade-offs, including increased workload and potential yield reductions..."

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The impact of heavy metal concentrations on aquatic insect populations in the Asan Wetland of Dehradun, Uttarakhand

"...Aquatic insects, particularly sensitive to water quality, are emphasized as key indicators of environmental health, illustrating the importance of understanding and managing the influences on wetland ecosystems..."

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The steppes demonstrate higher productivity but lower diversity in Inner Mongolia than Mongolia: driven by climate or land use?

"...The contrast vegetation pattern between MG and IM may be related with their difference in overgrazing history and grassland management strategies..."

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Development of a macroinvertebrate-based biotic index to assess water quality of rivers in Niger State, North Central Ecoregion

"...The increasing pollution of lotic ecosystems in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in Nigeria, poses a threat to water quality, public health and biodiversity..."

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Analysis of Factors Influencing Plant Diversity in Urban Wetlands Based on a Structural Equation Model

"...The implementation of ecologically sound wetland design methods can foster their biodiversity while augmenting overall ecosystem services..."

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A Systematic Review of the Effects of Multi-purpose Forest Management Practices on the Breeding Success of Forest Birds

"...Summary In order to foster effectiveness of MPF for forest birds, future research should focus on a set of under-researched interventions and regions, as well as on ecosystem-wide experiments accounting for functional links between bird abundance, demographics, nest predation, and food supply..."

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Scientific Investigation of Antifouling Activity from Biological Agents and Distribution of Marine Foulers?Coastal Areas of Tam

"...This study focuses on the marine foulers that are present around the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu which will be helpful for the researchers to discover the suitable anti-foulers from a biological source, which will be very useful to protect the marine ecosystem and marine economy..."

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