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Coverage of habitat degradation since December 16, 2022.

The Iberian lynx is back from the brink of extinction, thanks to conservation efforts

"...MADRID (AP) Things are looking up for the Iberian lynx. Just over two decades ago, the pointy-eared wild cat was on the brink of extinction, but as of Thursday the International Union for Conservation of Nature says it's no longer an endangered species..."

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Federal government decision expected on controversial B.C. fish farms

"...Murray said then that wild salmon face multiple threats, including climate change, habitat degradation and overfishing, and the decision was meant to reduce the challenges for wild salmon that swim past the farms..."

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After three decades of labour, non-profit finds much to love

"...Environment Canada initiated the Atlantic Coastal Action Program in 1991 to help Atlantic Canadians restore and sustain local watersheds and adjacent coastal areas, while bringing different groups to the table to solve a range of environmental issues. In Cape Breton, it was the Sydney tar ponds that led to the creation of the group in 1992. "We owe our beginnings to the Sydney tar ponds, which was one of the worst toxic sites in North America," says Aikens, adding that 17 ACAPs were created in various parts of Atlantic Canada, with many of them located near major environmental challenges..."

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What would the salmon say?

"...My niece, Noa Mayer, and her colleagues were finding water temperatures of 18 to 20 C — temperatures where sockeye would start failing to migrate when the time comes. The lab where she’s doing her PhD research – the UBC Pacific Salmon Ecology and Conservation Lab — has found 20. 8 C to be lethal for some lower Fraser populations..."

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Crown Mountain Coking Coal Public Comment Period B.C. Wildlife Federation

"...“The mine footprint is on and directly adjacent to bighorn sheep, mountain goat, grizzly bear, wolverine, lynx, elk, moose and mule deer habitat. The loss of this habitat is irreplaceable through mitigation. The Elk Valley is already faced with a massive water quality/selenium crisis and this will undoubtedly add to that..."

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Taking Flight: The Conservation of Endangered Bird Species in British Columbia

"...The threat of logging looms larger with shorter rotation times in forest harvests, leaving many forests insufficiently mature for the needs of the northern goshawk before they are logged. To combat this pressing issue, The Nature Trust of BC proactively protects large tracts of goshawk habitat. One example of their conservation success is the Meteor Lake Wetland-Bog property in the Upper Fraser River watershed..."

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Fisheries Department to close 15 fish farms off B.C.'s coast to protect wild salmon

"...She said the decision came after extensive consultations with First Nations, the industry and others, and the department is taking a "highly precautionary" approach to managing salmon farming in the area. Murray said she called First Nations and industry representatives Friday before announcing what she said was a difficult but necessary decision to protect wild salmon from the potential risks posed by farmed fish. What people are reading Calls for Trudeau to step down during ‘Freedom Convoy’ traced back to Russian proxy sites By Caroline Orr | Analysis | February 16th 2023 "There have been some assessments from DFO that suggest minimal risk and there's also been science since that main assessment that has been suggesting that there may well be risk from the viruses and sea lice from the farms," she said..."

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Fisheries Department confirms closure of 15 Discovery Islands salmon farms

"...Aquatic science biologist Shawn Stenhouse releases a Atlantic salmon back into its tank during a Department of Fisheries and Oceans fish health audit at the Okisollo fish farm near Campbell River, B. C. Wednesday, Oct..."

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Ottawa to shut 15 salmon farms off B.C.'s coast to protect wild fish Globalnews.ca

"...Murray says the decision came after extensive consultations with First Nations, the industry and others, and the department is taking a “highly precautionary” approach to managing salmon farming in that area. She says there are multiple stressors on wild salmon, including climate change, habitat degradation and both regulated and illegal fishing. More to come…..."

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Rare Pender Island habitat slated for ‘mega-mansions' to become nature preserve

"...“It was urgent to make sure that this place didn’t get clear cut to put in all these mega-mansions along the coastline,” Doll, who works as director of Raincoast’s forest conservation program, told Black Press Media. “It wasn’t like the housing was going to be accessible to average people … so it wasn’t fulfilling any social need while putting the ecology of the area at risk. ”..."

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Discover Lake Ontario: The Lake of Shining Waters Nature Canada

"...Despite being the smallest of the Great Lakes, Lake Ontario is the most urban and populous. This means that it is also the most vulnerable of all the Great Lakes. The lake and its inhabitants, people and animals alike, are threatened by pollution, habitat degradation, wetland loss, invasive species, and climate change..."

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Two U.S. towns declare rights for critically endangered southern resident killer whales

"...The proclamation declared that southern residents have a right to life, free and safe passage, adequate natural food and freedom from conditions causing physical or mental harm, including habitat degradation from noise and pollution..."

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Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about habitat degradation.

Japanese Giant Salamander Encounter! #animal #wildlife #japan

"...This makes them critically important for maintaining a balanced trophic pyramid and ensuring the overall health of the ecosystem..."

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The Tropical Giant on the Brink of Extinction

"...That's far easier said than done though, with threats ranging from habitat degradation and overharvesting to invasive species and disease..."

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Our Strange Plan to Fully Rewild This River

"...With us, you will restore nature and fight climate change every month ..."

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We Built Fake Beaver Dams to Rewild this Dead River

"...The rewilding membership that restores nature across a wide range of ecosystems..."

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Academic Research

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

Consequences of Coastal Wetlands Reclamation and the Need for Integrating Impact Assessment of Invasive Alien Plants Species an

"...We examine quantitative methods for cause-effect evaluation of three major biodiversity loss drivers: biodiversity/habitat loss, greenhouse gases GHG warming and nutrient enrichment/eutrophication, which are pertinent to IAPS, and coastal armoring in wetlands..."

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The Emirates at 2050: Balancing Development and Environmental Stewardship

"...To chart a more sustainable course for the Emirates by 2050, the paper proposes policy recommendations such as adopting a national strategy for sustainable development, strengthening environmental policies, investing in urban planning and design, promoting sustainable water management, encouraging use of nature-based solutions, addressing climate change, fostering environmental education, supporting research in environmental sciences, encouraging national and regional cooperation, promoting sustainable business practices in the private sector, and monitoring the progress of environmental policies..."

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An overview of the ecological roles of Mediterranean chondrichthyans through extinction scenarios

"...Fisheries, climate change, and habitat degradation are triggering the depletion of marine animal populations worldwide..."

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150 years of anthropogenic impact on coastal and ocean ecosystems in Brazil revealed by historical newspapers

"...We found evidence of anthropogenic impacts involving overfishing and bycatch as early as the 19th century, well before the commencement of scientific studies and collection of fisheries landing data in the region..."

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Importance of Serpulid Reef to the Functioning of a Hypersaline Estuary

"...Biogenic reefs provide important ecological functions and services to coastal and marine environments, supplying high levels of biodiversity, providing refuge and foraging habitat, and supporting fisheries..."

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Precision, Applicability, and Economic Implications: A Comparison of Alternative Biodiversity Offset Indexes

"...The rates of ecosystem degradation and biodiversity loss are alarming and current conservation efforts are not sufficient to stop them..."

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The biology and ecology of coral rubble and implications for the future of coral reefs

"...Structural complexity provided by the living coral reef framework is the basis of the rich and dynamic biodiversity in coral reefs..."

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Gastropods in Small Water Bodies of the Western Balkans?Endangerments and Threats

"...The most significant threats to the diversity of freshwater gastropods in small streams are habitat degradation (physical destruction of habitats due to mini hydropower plants construction, hydro-technical works related to flood protection, faulty forest management excavation of material), and water abstraction..."

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Anthropogenic threats and habitat degradation challenge the conservation of palm genetic resources?an appraisal of current stat

"...This genetic erosion could considerably reduce the adaptation potential and persistence of taxa under climate change, which could pervasively impact the functioning of tropical forest ecosystems..."

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Agroforestry orchards support greater butterfly diversity than monoculture plantations in the tropics

"...Large-scale deforestation in the tropics, triggered by logging and subsequent agricultural monoculture has a significant adverse impact on biodiversity due to habitat degradation..."

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Ecological quality, rarity and risk assessment of the wildlife habitats at the Meighan watershed in central Iran

"...The results highlight the significance of land conservation and protected areas in maintaining the habitat quality and reducing the risks associated with habitat degradation and biodiversity..."

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