Canada Conservation

Misusing Biodiversity Offsets Creates The Illusion Of Sustainability

Dan Kraus | Posted 11.27.2015 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

Under no net loss, the loss of one acre of habitat displaced by development is replaced with one acre of the same habitat. In theory, we should end up with the same features and functions as we had before, and have no loss. Unfortunately, no net loss rarely works this way.

The Boreal Caribou Recovery Plan Will Cut Forestry Jobs

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 11.23.2015 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Without the forest and the economic activity it generates, the North Shore, the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and all the other forest regions of Quebec would not have experienced the same level of economic development that has benefited all Quebecers. However, forestry activity could fall sharply in the fairly near future.

Companies Are Ripping Off Ontario's Water Resources

Mike Schreiner | Posted 11.06.2015 | Canada Impact
Mike Schreiner

It is bad enough that the government allows multinational companies to privatize a public resource, it is even worse that taxpayers are being hosed by charging so little for it. Several industries get a total free ride when it comes to taking our water. Those who do pay for taking water are charged a paltry $3.71 per million litres used. This is not a typo.

Killing More Bears Won't Reduce Human-Bear Conflict

Sheryl Fink | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Impact
Sheryl Fink

Killing more bears will do little to reduce nuisance bears while municipalities continue to allow plastic bags of garbage at curbside. Reducing attractants and learning to live with black bears is the solution -- not the expansion of a poorly monitored, scientifically unsupported and inhumane spring bear hunt.

Why Canada's Forests Matter

Dan Kraus | Posted 09.25.2015 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

Canadians steward not just about nine per cent of all the world's forests, but a whopping 25 per cent of the planet's most intact and pristine forests. Despite everything forests provide to Canada, our collective stewardship of this quintessential Canadian landscape may be falling behind. Canada is one of only a few developed countries continuing to lose forest.

Canada's Old-Growth Forests an Environmental Treasure

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 09.24.2015 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

It's often said that we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. But what about the grandparents of the natural world? Old-growth forests come to mind. They are structurally and ecologically diverse and often remain very stable for centuries, feature multi-layered canopies with various tree species at different stages of their life cycle.

Conservation-Based Planning Will Protect Caribou for Generations to Come

WWF-Canada | Posted 09.24.2015 | Canada Impact

The government of Nunavut adjusted the January 1, 2015 moratorium on caribou hunting on Baffin Island to allow for a hunt of 250 male caribou. WWF does not support this adjustment and is urging the government to consider a precautionary approach to caribou management on Baffin Island until numbers recover enough to allow for a sustainable harvest.

B.C. Says Increasing Wolf Cull Is The Best Plan To Save Caribou

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.20.2015 | Canada British Columbia

The ethical dilemma forces the government to either kill wolves in an attempt to save a species or do nothing and leave the caribou.

Bear Climbed Fence To Get Trash Left At B.C. Music Festival

CBC | Posted 08.06.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Conservation officers are warning Squamish Valley Music Festival goers to pick up their trash that could potentially attract bears.

Cecil the Lion's Killing Should Shine a Spotlight on B.C.'s Barbaric Trophy Hunting

David Suzuki | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada British Columbia
David Suzuki

A beloved animal, tagged for tracking by researchers, crosses the invisible boundary between protected and unprotected area and is killed by a hunter who has paid tens of thousands of dollars for the "experience." That was the fate of Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion, whose killing sparked torrents of online and on-air outrage. But it also happens around the world every day, including in my home province of B.C. It's time to end trophy hunting. In B.C., the government must listen to citizens and conservationists, respect First Nations laws and customs and end the grizzly hunt.

Technological Solutions for a Thirsty World

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.31.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Access to water is one of the biggest challenges facing the planet today. We have to address the underlying causes, like climate change, overconsumption, waste and pollution. However, that alone won't overcome the problem -- not in time for millions of people in need of fresh water. Fortunately there's some incredible technology emerging to recycle or create new sources of water--dowsing rods for the 21st Century. eventy-one per cent of the world's surface is covered by water. But the vast majority of that is ocean--salt water we can neither drink nor use to irrigate our crops.

Working to Bring Back Tigers in Nepal

WWF-Canada | Posted 07.30.2015 | Canada Impact

Five years ago, the world's tiger countries came together in the face of drastic tiger population decline to set an ambitious goal. With as few as 3,200 wild tigers remaining, a 97 per cent decline from historic populations, governments agreed to double the number of wild tigers by 2022 -- the next year of the tiger. Five years into this ambitious campaign, we have started to see some extremely promising results in Nepal, a country which is becoming known for its innovative work to protect charismatic species like the tiger, rhino and elephant.

The Decline of Sharks Spells Trouble for Oceans

WWF-Canada | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Impact

This vast diversity of sharks globally play important roles in keeping our oceans healthy. Removing key species like sharks, can have serious consequences for marine ecosystems, which, because they are connected to everything else, has repercussions for people everywhere.

Canada Protecting Environment At Rate Below Global Average: Report

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada Politics

"We have one of the best opportunities left in the world to protect large natural areas."

Trouble Could Be Brewing for B.C.'s Endangered Killer Whales

Ecojustice | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Two years ago, Ecojustice and our clients celebrated a landmark win for protection of B.C.'s iconic killer whales under the Species at Risk Act. And while there have been some recent signs that these populations may be on the long road to recovery, proposed projects like the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and now the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 expansion pose new threats to their survival.

We Must Protect Our Beloved Beluga Whales

David R. Miller | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

The beluga is primarily known as an Arctic species, where it spends most of its time among the sea ice. As with many Arctic sea ice dependent species, beluga whales are affected by the loss of sea ice caused by climate change. They are being forced to adapt to the changing ecological system.

Killing Animals Shouldn't Be Called "Conservation"

Stephen Hampton | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Impact
Stephen Hampton

Earlier this week, one of the world's last rhinoceroses was killed in the name of saving the species -- at least that's what the hunter who took the shot wants you to think. Eighteen months ago, Corey Knowlton made international headlines when he purchased the "right" to hunt an endangered black rhino in Namibia. The Dallas Safari Club announced that it would be auctioning off the right to hunt the rhino and Mr. Knowlton sprang at the opportunity, spending $350,000 to win the auction. With less than five thousand black rhinos left in the wild, we should be valuing each one and doing our best to keep them alive.

The Big Footprint of Tiny Shrimp

Alex Mifflin | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Impact
Alex Mifflin

I used to eat a lot of shrimp, but based on my travels examining foreign shrimp farms and various unsustainable and sustainable fishing practices, now I am much more selective. Supporting more sustainable options is a good start but with the vast majority of the global shrimp industry based on destructive harvesting methods, widespread change will take a long time.

When Our Daughter Became Sick, We Found Strength in Nature

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 06.28.2015 | Canada Living
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

In 2010, our five-year-old daughter, Lily, was diagnosed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Whenever Lily was released from the hospital, and the weather cooperated, we headed outside. We really started to depend on these adventures, these outdoor excursions, to get us through the bad days and help Lily along her road to recovery. According to the National Environmental Educational Foundation, exposure to nature can reduce stress levels by as much as 28 per cent in children. Health benefits of nature may include reduced anxiety and depression, increased energy and immunity, decreased stress and improved mental health.

Canada Lags Behind In Battle To Save Sharks and Protect the Ocean

Alex Mifflin | Posted 06.06.2015 | Canada Impact
Alex Mifflin

Almost everyone who has seen the gruesome videos of sharks having their fins cut off and their mutilated bodies dumped back into the ocean, barely alive but doomed to drown, is outraged by this barbaric practice. Even more so upon learning that there is no nutritional value in shark fin soup or any shark fin products.

Water Is Life and We Can't Afford to Waste It

David Suzuki | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

How long can you go without water? You could probably survive a few weeks without water for cooking. If you stopped washing, the threat to your life might only come from people who can't stand the smell. But most people won't live for more than three days without water to drink. It makes sense: our bodies are about 65 per cent water. According to the United Nations, about 750 million people lack access to safe water -- that's one in nine!

March 16-22 Is Canada Water Week - Let's Celebrate!

David R. Miller | Posted 05.16.2015 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

Someone recently asked me if I knew what watershed I lived in. I live in the Humber River watershed. My wish for Canada Water Week is that every Canadian across the country knows which watershed they live in.

What Would I Do to Conserve Lake Erie? Rebrand it

Dan Kraus | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Business
Dan Kraus

Someone recently asked me how I would invest a million dollars to help conserve Lake Erie. When I really thought about it, the answer became clear: if I had a million dollars to spend on Lake Erie, I'd hire a public relations firm to remake our collective perceptions and rebrand the world's 11th largest lake.

The Canadian Government Is Failing Endangered Species

Sheryl Fink | Posted 02.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Sheryl Fink

In the past two weeks, the government of Canada has come under fire several times over its complete lack of effort when it comes to the protection of endangered species. The gap between what Canada says -- and what it actually does -- for conservation continues to widen, and it is wildlife who pays the price.

Why Kids Today Need Nature Literacy

Dan Kraus | Posted 01.22.2015 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

I worry a lot about how we don't understand nature anymore. Now I'm not talking about the value of nature or the importance of conservation. That worries me too, but what I'm talking about is the basic understanding of the plants and animals that co-exist with us. I'll call this nature literacy.