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Protecting Oceans Is Paying Off

Researchers are just starting to learn about the two-metre, scale-free ragfish with cartilage skeleton and flabby flesh found in Alaskan waters, and the faceless fish found in Australian waters, whose eyes, gills and mouth are hidden. That we're still discovering new wonders in the oceans is even more reason to protect them. We have a long way to go, though.
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It's a Slippery Slope for Canadian Species at Risk

We have found that 86 per cent of species considered to be at risk of extinction in Canada are either deteriorating or failing to recover. Despite the fact that many of these species should be receiving protection, the government has largely failed to identify the critical habitat necessary for the species to recover, and as a result this habitat may be going unprotected. This is bad news for biodiversity.
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Wildlife Win in Court, But Lose on the Ground

Of 345 species at risk in Canada, more than 160 have waited far too long for recovery strategies. Thanks to a recent federal court decision, four luckier ones are finally getting overdue plans detailing steps needed to save and protect them. But court victories are just a start. It will take political will to ensure species and their habitats get the protection they need.
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Who's Letting One of B.C.'s Most Imperilled Ecosystems Die?

The Coastal Douglas Fir Zone (CDF) extends throughout the Lower Mainland's Georgia Basin and is recognized by conservation biologists as one of the most biologically unique and lush landscapes in Western Canada. Despite its degradation, the area has yet to see a sustained, coordinated effort by government, non-profits and private land owners to ensure of one of our most treasured native landscapes is conserved for future generations.
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First Nation Unleashes Caribou Plan

VANCOUVER - A British Columbia First Nation has published its own recovery plan for a herd of endangered woodland caribou, in the absence of a federal government plan.The West Moberly band says the So...
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Ontario's Wildlife Needs Continued Protection

The protection of at-risk species, once maintained so well by our government, has taken a backseat to business development. Now when habitat needs to be protected to ensure the survival of a species, government and industry often balk and backpedal. This signals a failure to understand that we depend on nature for our well-being and survival.

Sonar and Whales Are a Deadly Mix

Human-caused noise pollution harms whales, leading to death, stranding, temporary and permanent hearing loss and hemorrhaging around the brain, ears and other tissues. Sonar used in naval training is a major cause of these debilitating and often deadly injuries to whales and other aquatic animals. With their sensitive hearing, marine mammals are particularly vulnerable.
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B.C. Steps Up To Protect Caribou

VICTORIA - The B.C. government is promising to protect 90 per cent of the winter habitat for the northern Caribou, which are considered threatened under the federal Species at Risk legislation.Environ...