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Coverage of nature since November 19, 2023.

LETTER: Lawsuit against big oil will only drive up fuel prices

"...Why would any right-thinking quasi-political body give a thought to legal action without first approaching the said companies to determine if there is a means by which the parties might work together on a mutual solution? Big oil isn’t alone in creating climate change. We have a shared responsibility. Now suppose big oil is found culpable in a suit contemplated by the CRD..."

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King Charles to COP28: World ‘far off track' from meeting climate goals

"...He instead spoke about how to involve multilateral organisations and the private sector, the role of the insurance sector and speeding up innovation in renewable energy. Charles cited the impact of climate change globally, including floods in India and Pakistan and severe wildfires in the United States, Canada and Greece..."

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Extracting Coca-Cola: An Environmental History

"...Elmore outlines how Coca-Cola established similar low-cost and low-commitment relationships to source ingredients like caffeine—initially from agricultural giant Monsanto, then from decaf coffee maker General Foods—or to abdicate social responsibility, such as the endless plastic and aluminum waste their products generate. More broadly, the story of Coca-Cola told from a natural resources perspective demonstrates how, like consumer goods and agriculture, food and beverage production at scale was and is an extractive enterprise with substantial social and environmental impact..."

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The CHFCA is excited to welcome Greenfield Global as a new member

"...Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Greenfield Global is family-owned and operated and has been awarded “Canada’s Best Managed Companies” Platinum-level designation since 2015. Greenfield’s low-carbon ethanol helps industry decarbonize and meet net-zero targets, while its team of researchers and engineers continue to innovate and produce other sustainable fuels and chemicals such as green hydrogen, green methanol, sustainable aviation fuel, and renewable natural gas. The company’s mission statement is to unlock the potential of people, partnerships, and nature to accelerate sustainable solutions for the health of the planet..."

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Nearly one-third of tailings dams close to protected areas: study

"...“Our findings suggest that mine waste threatens biodiversity within protected areas all over the world, including eight active tailings storage dams in Australian protected areas, recognized by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature,” Bora Aska, lead author of the paper published in Nature Sustainability, said in a media statement. “Given the size of tailings facilities, we're concerned about the future risks of failures in areas important to biodiversity and conservation of species. ”..."

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Halifax explores new emergency roads for subdivision ravaged by summer wildfire

"...The report, which was commissioned in the summer, recommends that council approve a plan for staff to move ahead with the engagement, planning, and design process for a new emergency-only connection between the Westwood Hills subdivision and the nearby Highway 103. “Highway 103 is an attractive option for an emergency egress due to its high-capacity nature — during an emergency, with appropriate traffic control, a connection to Highway 103 would have the potential to enable a significant number of residents to evacuate the subdivision with a low risk of encountering congested traffic conditions,” the report read. Staff identified three potential locations for the new exit by studying the topography, connection lengths, property ownership, highway access, and maintenance requirements for the proposed area..."

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Oil and gas well drillers want federal funding to help industry decarbonize Globalnews.ca

"...The drilling sector's emissions reduction efforts have not been as high-profile as those of the oilsands industry, which is proposing a $16. 5-billion carbon capture and storage project in northern Alberta that it says will help it reach net-zero emissions from production by 2050. But Scholz said there are many things oil and gas drillers can do to lower their carbon footprint, from rig electrification to hydrogen fuel blending to investing in battery energy storage systems for oil well drilling sites..."

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The Whale That’s Known Only by the Sound of Its Voice Hakai Magazine

"...The underwater microphone first picked up the distinctive ping around 4:00 a. m. In the water off Hawai‘i, there it was: the unknown whale’s signature call..."

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Expert report imagines possible futures for this ecologically rich slice of Nova Scotia

"...These ecosystems are habitats for biodiversity; protect, businesses and residences from coastal flooding; and, have cultural values for Indigenous communities and Acadian heritage among many others. However, they are increasingly threatened by the impacts of climate change, making their management more complex and uncertain in the future..."

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Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park at risk with reservoir option: Foundation CEO Globalnews.ca

"...Another option is decommissioning the existing Ghost Dam and relocating it. A third option would be to create a dam near Morley on the Stoney Nakoda First Nation. “The challenge we have with this project is it actually would offer the least value of the alternatives,” Farkas said..."

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Carbon-lowering contracts will get $7B from fall fiscal update Globalnews.ca

"...The Liberals' recent move to pause the carbon price for three years on home heating oil was seen by some pundits as a sign that even they were backing away from one of their signature policies, introducing further uncertainty to the system. The fall update also promised some movement on previously announced tax credits for the clean-tech transition, with legislation to create tax credits for carbon capture and storage and clean technology expected in the next few weeks. The document also says a long-awaited Indigenous loan guarantee program will be established to allow Indigenous communities to access the capital they need to be involved in major energy projects..."

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ComiCon makes return to Kelowna after wildfires cancelled previous event

"...Hundreds of superheroes, villains, princesses and aliens filled the Rutland Centennial Hall for Kelowna ComiCon on Saturday. The event was originally scheduled for August, but it was put on hold due to wildfires burning throughout the region..."

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Silent Spring

"...This fortieth anniversary edition celebrates Rachel Carson's watershed book with a new introduction by the author and activist Terry Tempest Williams and a new afterword by the acclaimed Rachel Carson biographer Linda Lear, who tells the story of Carson's courageous defense of her truths in the face of ruthless assault from the chemical industry in the year following the publication of Silent Spring and before her untimely death in 1964. ..."

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Jobs in nature

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Ecological Restoration Program Coordinator

"...private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain..."

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Senior Financial Analyst

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Student Interpretive Guide/Park Maintenance Support - Summer 2024 (Irving Nature Park)

"...Providing nature interpretation to children and adult visitors, as well as youth and community groups..."

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Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Economics of Climate-Smart Agriculture

"...Nature of Work: This research contributes to two pan-Canadian projects focused on the promotion of climate-smart agriculture: ACTIVATing genomics to accelerate..."

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Podcasts

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Sounds of the Cape

Duration: 26:28

"...This week we're out in the wild and noisy spaces in and around Cape Town, South Africa. ..."

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Photographing nature beyond the limits of human perception | Doris Mitsch

Duration: 05:47

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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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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about nature.

Elephants Saved from Poaching Learn to Trust Again | Planet Earth III Behind The Scenes | BBC Earth

"...Elephants are now thriving in Zakouma National Park thanks to a ban on poaching..."

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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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Completing the Picture: Designing a food system that’s positive for nature and our climate

"...The transition to renewable energy is critical in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, but it’s only half the story..."

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Academic Research

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

Approaches to Implementing Ecosystem Climate Projects in Russia

"...At the initial stage of the formation of the Russian carbon market, only reliable and transparent projects should be allowed to be implemented (reforestation and afforestation with mixed species; improved forest management of managed forests; management of previously unmanaged forests; restoration of wetlands/grass ecosystems; conservation of soil carbon of agricultural lands; biochar application to soils)..."

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The Promethean Fate of Economy: Will Hydrogen Really Be Prometheus III?s New Gift to Humanity?

"...This gift, thanks to the fact that green hydrogen is an easily storable raw material, a clean fuel, a vector and a means for accumulation of energy, can contribute, as already pointed out by Jeremy Rifkin, to overcome, at European level, the problems of exhaustion of non-renewable energy resources, of pollution, of climate change, of security and independence of energy supplies, of economic recovery after covid-19 pandemic and Ukrainian war, of lack of democracy in energy generation..."

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Decarbonization via Nature-Based Solutions: National Policy and International Practice

"...Realizing this potential requires significant targeted work to adjust the regulation and reprioritization of forest management?from extracting wood from forests for processing to integrated forest management, including quantification and monetization of forest carbon sequestration ecosystem services..."

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Transition Metal Oxide-Based Nanomaterials for Advanced Energy Storage

"...Due to distinctive configurations of d electron, the synergistic effect of multi-metal atoms, low cost, and outstanding electrochemical stability nature of TMO-based nanomaterials, the energy storage mechanism of electrochemical supercapacitors, batteries, and fuel cells can be enhanced significantly..."

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The Emirates at 2050: Balancing Development and Environmental Stewardship

"...To chart a more sustainable course for the Emirates by 2050, the paper proposes policy recommendations such as adopting a national strategy for sustainable development, strengthening environmental policies, investing in urban planning and design, promoting sustainable water management, encouraging use of nature-based solutions, addressing climate change, fostering environmental education, supporting research in environmental sciences, encouraging national and regional cooperation, promoting sustainable business practices in the private sector, and monitoring the progress of environmental policies..."

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A Review of Knowledge on the Impacts of Multiple Anthropogenic Pressures on the Soft-Bottom Benthic Ecosystem in Mediterranean

"...exploitation of natural resources, habitat destruction, climate change, pollution and alien invasive species ? on the soft-bottom benthic ecosystem in Mediterranean coastal lagoons (period 2000?2022), and to identify perspectives for future research that can contribute to the improvement of monitoring programs..."

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"...Energy Harvesting from diverse renewable energy sources has experienced rapid growth due to the adverse environmental impacts of using fossil fuels..."

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Assessing the energy trap of industrial agriculture in North America and Europe: 82 balances from 1830 to 2012

"...However, most of these agricultural energy studies have focused only on external inputs at the crop level, concealing the important role of internal biomass flows that livestock and forestry recirculate within agroecosystems..."

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Genetic diversity in Stryphnodendron adstringens (Mart.) Coville (Leguminosae, Caesalpinioideae, Clade Mimosoid) and its correl

"...Biodiversity is organized in three fundamental hierarchical levels in nature: diversity of genes within species, diversity of species in communities, and diversity of ecosystems..."

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Balancing Systems with Distributed Sources of Electricity Using the Analysis of Exchange Processes in Microgrid

"...The active increasee in the share of renewable energy sources in the Microgrid forces the adoption of new work rules and increased flexibility, that is, the ability to ensure the balance of supply and demand, to implement new technological solutions, which requires a detailed analysis of energy exchange processes..."

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A comprehensive assessment to offer optimized remediation method for mercury contamination in Musa Bay by using hybrid Fuzzy AH

"...Musa Bay, the largest wetland in Iran and one of the most important Hg-polluted media, plays a significant role in the ecosystem of the area and supports many forms of life..."

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A Natural History of the Emirates: An Introduction

"...A Natural History of the Emirates summarizes this knowledge, providing a current and comprehensive overview of the UAE?s natural environment, emphasizing its unique ecosystems, diverse flora and fauna, and human interactions with these fragile habitats..."

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