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Coverage of biodiversity since November 6, 2023.

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. ”..."


East Kootenay solar facility a loss for biodiversity B.C. Wildlife Federation

"...As concerned as we are about the impacts of climate change and fossil fuel consumption, the downsides of this project far outweigh the benefits. The environmental values of the East Kootenay grasslands are simply too great to allow such a massively disruptive project to be built.  ..."


During COVID-19 Lockdowns, Fish Hit the Park Hakai Magazine

"...Scores of tropical fish, a substantial shark population, and colorful corals draw thousands of tourists to Mexico’s Cabo Pulmo National Park each month. That is, except from March through August 2020, when restrictions aimed at stemming the spread of COVID-19 barred people from visiting the protected area in the Gulf of California. As it did around the world, the sudden shortfall in tourism dollars hit the local economy hard..."


Draft policy could be a game-changer for B.C. old-growth protection, conservationist says

"...The framework would also create a provincial Office of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health tasked with improving data collection on ecosystem health and “championing policies and approaches and ensuring accountability” on biodiversity in forestry policy. Several other leading conservation groups in the province have also praised the proposed framework, but they aren't the only ones at the table..."


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..."


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

"...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..."


Biodiversity-tracking platform helps prove supply chains are nature-positive

"...The tool, NatureHelm, provides a subscription-based platform where large corporate entities or individual landowners can track significant species and ecosystem markers on their properties. The platform also provides analysis of how factors are changing over time and recommendations to improve biodiversity outcomes. NatureHelm plans to launch this month..."


Canada on the defensive as global pressure mounts to phase out fossil fuels

"...At the global rate of fossil-fuel production and consumption, the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere will wreak havoc on weather patterns and bring killer heat waves and droughts, severe flooding from rising sea levels and extreme rainfall, and rapid biodiversity loss.  ..."


Media Release: Canada must scale up funding to meet climate and nature targets, urge 22 leading environmental organizations

"...“The fall economic update is a prime opportunity for the government to announce such investments,” said Sabine Jessen, Green Budget Coalition Co-Chair and Senior Strategic Advisor, National Ocean Program at the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. “As repeated floods, fires and smokey air have illustrated, we must accelerate action to mitigate and adapt to climate change and halt and reverse biodiversity loss. ”..."


Scientists urge Canada to keep the chainsaws out of undisturbed forests

"...The letter, penned by the chief scientist for the California-based conservation group Wild Heritage, says although forest degradation does not have a formally agreed upon definition, it’s widely understood to refer to effects on forest ecosystems that might not amount to full-fledged land-use change but that have negative impacts on things such as native species, ecosystem quality and its carbon stores..."


Environmental Organizations Call on Canada to Sign and Ratify New High Seas Treaty Nature Canada

"...“Canada has far and away the longest coastline of any country in the world, and Canadians recognize that protection of ocean biodiversity is vital to the very survival of the human race,” said Akaash Maharaj, Nature Canada’s Director of Policy. “The government of Canada has publicly applauded the High Seas Treaty, but it has yet to sign it, let alone implement it. We ask our leaders to follow their words with deeds..."


FAO report reveals hidden costs of agrifood systems

"...The aim is to help decision makers steer global agrifood systems – the whole industry encompassing food and non-food agricultural production - towards greater sustainability. “In the face of escalating global challenges: food availability, food accessibility and food affordability; climate crisis; biodiversity loss; economic slowdowns and downturns; worsening poverty; and other overlapping crises, the future of our agrifood systems hinges on our willingness to appreciate all food producers, big or small, to acknowledge these true costs, and understand how we all contribute to them, and what actions we need to take,” said FAO Director-General Dongyu Qu. Unhealthy diets, emissions and poverty The report found that the biggest hidden costs, more than 70 percent, are driven by unhealthy diets that are high in ultra-processed foods, fats and sugars, leading to obesity and non-communicable diseases, and causing labour productivity losses..."


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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..."


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..."


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..."


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. ..."


Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about biodiversity.

Biodiversity ecosystems and ecological networks

"...Why is biodiversity and species richness important?..."


Immortal Jellyfish 🪼! This Jellyfish Cannot Die from old Age! It Just Reverts back!

"...Although vulnerable to injury or starvation, the immortal jellyfish stands as an extraordinary exemplar of biodiversity, emphasizing the potential for remarkable biological capabilities..."


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..."


Linking Soil Biology to Soil Health: Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Webinar Series, Episode 2

"...When these soil organism functional groups are in balance and working together, they contribute to ecosystem resiliency that allows the ecosystem to bounce back after a disturbance like a flood or drought as well as resist the negative impacts of these disturbances..."


Academic Research

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

Short Review on Taxation Action in the Sustainability of Green Airports

"...According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 13% of greenhouse gas emissions are caused by the aviation sector, making green airports the most logical choice for sustainable development..."


Grasslands of cleared woodlands have lower invertebrate diversity and different assemblages to remnant woodlands in grazed land

"...Grasslands had significantly lower order richness and abundance of herbivores, pollinators and macroinvertebrates (food for birds) than the woodlands, whereas the riparian forests closely resembled each other in all metrics..."


Toward climate-resilient and biodiverse agriculture in the Mediterranean region: experiences and perceptions of farmers engaged

"...The adoption of intensive conventional practices generates negative outcomes, such as increased greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity loss, and degradation of land, water, and ecosystems..."


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..."


Emerging Global Trends in the Potential of Nanotechnology for Achieving the Net Zero Goals

"...To achieve climate neutrality, nanotechnology is essential because it promotes the creation of cutting-edge, potentially game-changing technologies that have no negative effects on biodiversity and ecosystems..."


Regional habitat suitability for aquatic and terrestrial invasive plant species may expand or contract with climate change

"...The threat of invasive species to biodiversity and ecosystem structure is exacerbated by the increasingly concerning outlook of predicted climate change and other human influences..."


Made-to-Measure: In and Out of Touch with the Old-Growth Forest

"...This transdisciplinary chapter studies how old-growth forests are made-to-measure, moving from close proximity encounters with an indicator organism, being-with-beard lichen, to the internationally defined level and timescale of economic activity and (un)management in categorising forest ecology, wherein various compromises in decision-making may also compromise local ecosystems and the vastness of scale in the biosphere..."


Coral Reefs of the Emirates

"...Coral reefs represent the most biodiverse ecosystem in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and these habitats support high fisheries productivity, an economic resource sector second only to oil, and a burgeoning ecotourism sector..."


Perennial plant species composition and diversity in relation to socioecological variables and agroforestry practices in centra

"...Agroforestry is a viable land-use option to counteract such declines in ecosystem services, including biodiversity and supporting local livelihoods..."


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..."


Afforestation increases microbial diversity in low-carbon soils

"...Afforestation has an important role in biodiversity conservation and ecosystem function improvement..."


Disturbance alters phytoplankton functional traits and consequently drives changes in zooplankton life-history traits and lipid

"...In the light of the current biodiversity crisis that affects in particular freshwater ecosystems, it is crucial to understand the effects of functional diversity loss on phytoplankton-zooplankton interactions in freshwater food webs..."