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Coverage of biodiversity since December 29, 2021.

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Four ways to increase biodiversity in your own backyard

"...In the last several years, major flooding, extreme weather and wildfires have propelled climate change into the mainstream. But despite our increased awareness of environmental issues, the vitally important topic of biodiversity loss has received comparatively little attention. Biodiversity is the incredible variety in organisms on our planet, including the diversity between individuals, species and ecosystems..."

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Global biodiversity project in Guelph receives $24 million in federal funding

"...“BIOSCAN will inventory multicellular species, probe their interactions and dynamics, and enable researchers to help protect natural resources, ecosystems and human health,” the U of G said. These projects include work in Costa Rica to examine the advantages of organic pineapple farming on insects and birds. A study is also being done with researchers in Ghana to help control malaria-carrying mosquitoes..."

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Cropped, 12 January 2022: Brazilian deforestation; Wildfires rage; UK ‘rewilding’ scheme

"...Massive and destructive fires have swept across parts of the US and South America in recent weeks. These fires have been unusual in their timing, speed and destructiveness. While they are fuelled in part by climate change-driven drought, forest management tactics and other human decisions have played a role as well, experts say..."

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Old Growth Logging Protests Halt Traffic in Nanaimo

"...“The Provincial Government has to say, ‘we are putting a moratorium on old-growth logging until we can figure out a solution to this problem and try and re-grow some of these forests’ – which are incredible carbon sinks and biodiversity reservoirs and there’s just not enough of them left. ”..."

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Extinction Rebellion blocks Nanaimo's Nicol Street

"...Vic Brice, an Extinction Rebellion Nanaimo spokesperson, said in the release that a stop to old-growth logging is “grounded in climate and biodiversity scientific evidence and is widely supported by the public in British Columbia. ”..."

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From the Field: Working with nature to transform lives

"...8 January 2022Economic DevelopmentSo-called “nature-based solutions” are an important element in tackling the climate crisis, but they also play a major role in addressing other challenges, from food security, to health, and sustainable development..."

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‘Birding on the Rez’: Kahnawake joins national bird count | APTN News

"...“So far I’ve observed 42 different species of birds, so it’s pretty cool to think you have that much just in your own backyard,” says Onawa Jacobs with the Kahnawake Environmental Protection Office..."

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South Surrey's Edgewood Park recognized for pollinator meadow

"...According to a news release issued by the city Thursday, the award recognizes “the city’s commitment to ecological land care practices in caring for the space in a way that increases biodiversity values; supports plant and soil health; protects air and water quality; takes steps to minimize waste and energy consumption and avoids the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides..."

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Zoo experiments detect dozens of animals from airborne DNA

"...Animals are constantly shedding DNA into their environment, traces of which can then be detected in soil and water – and now, perhaps even air. Two new studies collected air samples from zoos and were able to identify a range of animals living in and around the facilities, which could eventually be used as a non-invasive way to track biodiversity. No matter how stealthy an animal is, it’s going to leave behind some trace of its presence..."

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Faces of the Fraser – Rivers Run Through Us with Dr. Eric Taylor

"...The Fraser River Discovery Centre presents ‘Faces of the Fraser’ featuring Dr. Eric Taylor, professor of Zoology and Director of the Fish Collection at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum on Thursday, January 13th. — ‘Faces of the Fraser’ is a webinar series that connects our communities to the people who live and work on the mighty…..."

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Scientists say they're able to pull animal DNA out of thin air

"...Two new studies have shown that environmental DNA can be collected from the air and used to detect a variety of animals, offering what scientists say is a "novel, non-invasive approach" to monitoring biodiversity..."

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Looking to dispose of your Christmas tree? Try tossing it in the backyard

"...Instead of dragging your tree out to a waste disposal facility or a wood chipper, simply drag it out to your backyard. Prop it up against another tree, against a fence, or just lay it in your garden. Knight says you can even “redecorate” the tree with pine cones filled with peanut butter, strings of peanuts and suet for birds to enjoy..."

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Jobs in biodiversity

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Senior Communications Specialist

"...Urban Forest strategy, Biodiversity strategy and City-wide consultations, and provides support to Park Board assets such as Community Centers, destination parks and golf courses..."

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Assistant Professor: Human Dimensions of Biodiversity Conservation

"...Biodiversity Conservation Department Food and Resource Economics Program | Associate Dean Academic Portfolio | Faculty of Land and Food Systems (Sumeet Gulati) Posting End Date December 31, 2021..."

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Coordinator North West Biodiversity And Monitoring Unit (1)

"...Biodiversity and Monitoring unit where you will lead a team of technical staff in the delivery of provincial fishery, forest and wildlife monitoring and assessment programs to inform sound..."

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Sustainability - Senior Manager, Environmental Impact

"...Experience in quantifying climate, water and biodiversity impact of product including: GHG emissions, energy use, water use/waste water..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention biodiversity.

E093: How Energy Infrastructure Affects Wildlife: Should Biodiversity Offsets Be Used?

Duration: 55:58

"...Janice Baird is currently the Principal at Earth & Every, an environmental advocacy startup..."

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Lush and abundant biodiversity—in a desert city

Duration: 54:32

"...Reese Baker has a vision for greening urban landscapes—and he wants to make Santa Fe an example of how to do it, by catching rainwater from roofs, streets, and parking lots, and channeling it into gardens, trees, and soil. ..."

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Making Conservation Better

Duration: 54:18

"...In this episode we delve deeper into the conservation sector and explore what conservationists need to be better at, to save more species, habitats and sites.   ..."

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RealAg Radio, Dec 7: Dairy dispute, beef industry asks, and an Agronomic Monday

Duration: 54:42

"...It?s an Agronomic Monday here on RealAg Radio! On today?s show you?ll hear host Shaun Haney and our resident agronomist Peter ?Wheat Pete? Johnson chat about all things agronomy, including: World Soil Day was on Saturday ? the theme was preserving soil biodiversity, which leads to the question: how do Canada?s soils and practices measure. ..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about biodiversity.

Biodiversity ecosystems and ecological networks

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

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Tanya Berger-Wolf: How your nature photos can help protect wild animals | TED

"...Learn how your everyday photos, alongside the work of passionate citizen scientists, could help drive conservation decisions, and slow or even reverse damage to biodiversity worldwide..."

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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..."

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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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Academic Research

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

Overview on the Impact of Human Activity on Protected Areas

"...This chapter is thus designed to highlight the relevance of protected areas biodiversity and ecosystem services in this era of climate change..."

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Growing Menace of Microplastics in and Around the Coastal Ecosystem

"...Such harmful impacts are very much visible in various forms like air pollution, water pollution, toxic chemicals, waste generation and management issues, and degradation of land..."

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Usage of wild-Growing Plants as Foodstuff

"...These plants make it possible to ensure food security in areas or periods of food shortages..."

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Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Conservation

"...A single species?humans?has exacerbated pressure to ecosystems, which are the foundation of our survival, through rampant deforestation, uncontrolled expansion of agriculture, intensive farming, mining, and infrastructure development, along with the exploitation of wild species..."

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Has the European Union entered a bioeconomy transition? Combining an output-based approach with a shift-share analysis

"...Moreover, the EU Green Deal announced in 2019 targets a transition towards a low-carbon sustainable model of growth, food and energy security, biodiversity and natural resource management, where it is envisaged that the bioeconomy will play a key role..."

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Climate-Smart Silviculture in Mountain Regions

"...The crucial task of management is to adapt forests to environmental uncertainties using various strategies that should be undertaken to enhance forest resistance and resilience, as well as to maintain forest biodiversity and provision of ecosystem services at requested levels..."

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How to Make Policy-Makers Care about ?Wicked Problems? such as Biodiversity Loss??The Case of a Policy Campaign

"...They are in an especially difficult situation as regards the so-called ?wicked? or ?diffuse? problems such as climate change and biodiversity loss (Millner and Olivier, 2015; Sharman and Mlambo, 2012; Zaccai and Adams, 2012)..."

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Examining/Interrogating the Literature on the Impact of Human Activity on Protected Areas and the Pathway for a New Conceptual

"...The significance of protected areas in biodiversity conservation, zoonotic diseases control, local economic development, and the ecosystem services which sets the relevance of their protection and contribution towards sustainable development arenas is discussed..."

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Empirical analysis of the relationship among urbanization, economic growth and ecological footprint: evidence from Eastern Euro

"...However, due to lack of clarity in its relationship with economic growth, ecosystem services, biodiversity and human well-being, serious academic and political attention on environmental sustainability has not really reflected on ecological footprint..."

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Assessment of forest cover changes using multi-temporal Landsat observation

"...Monitoring the changes in forest cover has become an important tool for forest management due to its impact on climate change, desertification, soil erosion, and flooding..."

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Climate-Smart Forestry in Brazil

"...Nevertheless, the deforestation rate, with a consequent loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services, represents critical challenges, attracting worldwide attention..."

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Fish Communities Over the Danube Wetlands in Serbia and Croatia

"...Wetland ecosystems are recognized to play a crucial role in the conservation of fish biodiversity..."

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