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.
Dr. Brett Favaro is a <a href="http://liberero.ca/" rel="nofollow">Liber Ero</a> postdoctoral fellow (www.liberero.ca). His mission is simple: do science that informs the way we manage our natural resources, especially biodiversity. Primarily a marine biologist, Brett's research examines ways to make commercial fishing more sustainable. However, since many conservation problems are inherently political, he studies environmental policy as well. <br> <br> Brett completed both his Bachelor's of Science and Ph.D at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. He writes about his ongoing research on the <a href="http://libereroblog.wordpress.com/" rel="nofollow">Liber Ero blog</a>.
When the announcement was made that humpback whales would no longer be protected as a "threatened" species in Canada, the public was furious. To many, this represented positive proof that the federal government would do anything to promote the Northern Gateway pipeline -- including meddling with the protection of humpback whales to get them out of the way of development. Our government has a lot to answer for in the area of environmental management, but the outcry in this case is misguided.
04/23/2014 05:19 EDT
The summary of the fifth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report has been released, and it confirms that climate change is real, dangerous, and caused by us. More than 97% of science papers that take a position on climate change support this conclusion.This unprecedented level of scientific certainty has not stopped legions of pundits from rejecting evidence, questioning scientists' motives and qualifications, and proposing ever-sillier ideas that scientists themselves are part of a vast international green conspiracy. If only that were true.
10/03/2013 06:35 EDT
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