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Coverage of wetlands since October 12, 2023.

Alberta Energy Regulator won't reconsider approval for Suncor expansion into wetland Globalnews.ca

"...The McClelland Lake complex, about 90 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, Alta. , was excluded from development in 1996 because of its environmental value. That exclusion was lifted in 2002 for the part of the wetland within an oilsands lease then owned by True North Energy..."

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Delta Waterfowl Working to Expand Successful Shallow Wetlands Incentive Program

"...To help slow down wetland habitat losses across prairie Canada, Delta Waterfowl is considering how to emulate Manitoba’s successful Shallow Wetlands Incentive Program for Alberta and Saskatchewan—provinces with millions of small wetlands—to ensure the breeding duck habitat in prairie Canada remains viable and continues to produce ducks. Shallow prairie wetlands serve as territorial pair ponds that drive carrying capacity for breeding ducks and provide important food resources for nesting hens. Studies show that 10 one-acre wetlands attract 21 breeding pairs of ducks, while one 10-acre wetland attracts only seven pairs..."

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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..."

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

"...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..."

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Some homes are being built to stand up to hurricanes and cut emissions, too

"...A person’s home is one of the biggest ways they can reduce their individual carbon footprint. Buildings release about 38% of all energy-related greenhouse gas emissions each year. Some of the carbon pollution comes from powering things like lights and air conditioners and some of it from making the construction materials, like concrete and steel..."

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Pembina Pipeline CEO needs certainty on Trans Mountain before considering an offer Globalnews.ca

"...In addition, Trans Mountain is currently negotiating with oil companies the pipeline tolls– fees oil shippers pay to move oil on the pipeline. Those tolls are the way the pipeline earns revenue, and will have a direct impact on the amount a prospective buyer is willing to pay. It's also unclear how large an equity stake might be sold to Indigenous communities during Phase 1 of the process..."

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Trans Mountain pipeline work blocked in B.C. over environmental non-compliance Globalnews.ca

"...The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) on Thursday ordered the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion project to stop work in a wetland area near Abbotsford, British Columbia, after inspectors found several environmental and safety-related non-compliances..."

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The Nature Trust of BC Rallies Public Support for the Protection of Critical Wildlife Habitat Across Northern BC

"...“Northern BC’s unique terrain and ecology is diverse, from rainforest and riparian ecosystems to wetlands. However, they are united in their importance for climate and biodiversity. These ecosystems provide vital habitat and breeding grounds for migratory birds as well as countless other species of fish and wildlife..."

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First Person: Farmers running out of water in Punjab, India

"...Combining tradition with technologyVishvajeet Singh Jyani: Over the years, we have noticed that the rainfall and weather patterns have been quite erratic. The canal water and groundwater we depend upon has also become unreliable. At our family farm, the main motto is, “traditional wisdom with modern technology”..."

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DFO monitoring an invasive crayfish species found in N.S. lake

"...Near Lower Sackville, N. S. , the DFO and SMU experts have found dozens of red swamp crayfish for the first time in Canada..."

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Lough Neagh: How climate change intensified toxic algae on the UK’s largest lake

"...These cyanobacteria – a type of bacteria that can photosynthesise – naturally inhabit freshwater ecosystems.  ..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention wetlands.

Fires in the Pantanal wetlands

Duration: 29:47

"...This month, Brazil has seen some of its highest recorded temperatures..."

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4/2/21 - Climate Action Pursuit, Baby Wild Animals

Duration: 03:30

"...Delta College is serving as a host institution for Climate Action Pursuit..."

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Megan Milliken Biven: Mississippi Dredging

Duration: 29:00

"...Source: Sea Change Radio..."

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1. Wetlands with Marc Boardman

Duration: 19:35

"...First of let me start by wishing you all well during the horrible events from COVID-19..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about wetlands.

2023 Not-for-Profit (small to medium) Nature Inspiration Award—Natural Assets Initiative

"...Natural Assets Initiative is the 2023 Nature Inspiration Award for Not-for-Profit (small to medium)..."

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We are rewilding a quarry - here’s why

"...We've been given a chance by our friends at Rewilding Portugal to help restore an old quarry and help transform it into a thriving wetland sanctuary..."

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Burning Pantanal | What’s Behind the Fire?

"...Human activity such as deforestation and cattle ranching is encroaching on this precious ecosystem and causing it permanent damage..."

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What Happened to the Forest We Flooded?

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

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Academic Research

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

A critical review on phytoremediation of environmental contaminants in aquatic ecosystem

"...This review, thus focuses on the various contaminants found in aquatic ecosystems, their treatment by various phytoremediation processes, some successful phytoremediation studies conducted so far for remediation purposes, and myriad types of constructed wetlands utilized for attenuating pollution levels in various types of wastewaters to bring them down to permissible levels..."

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Nexus of household livelihood dependence and conservation approach to wetlands: a study of North Himalayan wetland in India

"...Since antiquity it has been seen that the wetland ecosystem not only contributes a considerable proportion of welfare to the local people in terms of food, fuel wood, timber, drinking water, irrigation water, etc..."

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Enhancing Blue-Green Infrastructures for Flood and Water Stress Management: A Case Study of Chennai

"...) minimises the flood risks as well as water stress including other urban ecosystem services (UES) to derive multiple benefits regarding ecological, socio-economic and overall urban well-being..."

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DNA barcode-based survey documents underestimated diversity and intricate phylogeographic patterns of aquatic Heteroptera in an

"...Lake Skadar with its surrounding springs, wetlands and larger affluents is among the most diverse freshwater ecosystems in the Mediterranean region and a key biodiversity/endemism hotspot in Europe..."

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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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A national-scale assessment of land use change in peatlands between 1989 and 2020 using Landsat data and Google Earth Engine?a

"...Ireland needs to meet its 2030 climate energy framework targets related to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from land use, land use change and forestry, including wetlands..."

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Inland Surface Waters Quantity Monitored from Remote Sensing

"...Most of the world's water demand relies on continental surface waters (rivers, lakes, wetlands and artificial reservoirs) while less on underground aquifers and seawater desalination..."

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Soil Salinity and Water Level Interact to Generate Tipping Points in Low Salinity Tidal Wetlands Responding to Climate Change

"...In this study, we examined the effects of soil porewater salinity and water level on changes in net primary productivity (NPP) and greenhouse gas fluxes [GHG: methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), and carbon dioxide (CO2)] in LSTW using a wetland biogeochemistry model, Tidal Freshwater Wetland Denitrification and Decomposition (TFW-DNDC)..."

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A comprehensive assessment to offer optimized remediation method for mercury contamination in Musa Bay by using hybrid Fuzzy AH

"...Musa Bay, the largest wetland in Iran and one of the most important Hg-polluted media, plays a significant role in the ecosystem of the area and supports many forms of life..."

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Characterization of saline soil for the halophytes of largest inland saline wetland of India using geospatial technology

"...Importantly, agricultural diversion, illegal encroachment, pollution, and invasive species could cause these lakes to dry up completely or partially by 2025..."

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Performance evaluation of three constructed wetland-microbial fuel cell systems: wastewater treatment efficiency and electricit

"...Constructed wetlands (CWs) have proven to be effective and environmentally friendly for removing pollutants, while microbial fuel cells (MFCs) offer the potential for electricity generation..."

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Origin, Selection, and Succession of Coastal Intertidal Zone-Derived Bacterial Communities Associated with the Degradation of V

"...Terrestrial microbial consortia were reported to play fundamental roles in the global carbon cycle and renewable energy production through the breakdown of complex organic carbon..."

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