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The Conundrum of change

The Conundrum of change
(April 20, 2017) By Don ReidHuman beings often have a conflicted view of change. We like certainty and stability. In conservation, however, we have learned that living with certain changes is essential because they create the conditions for many species to thrive. Lately, however, climate warming is creating new and different kinds of changes, often taking place more rapidly than we are accustomed to.Click here to read more. 

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Naturally Resilient: A strategy to adapt to climate change or business-as- usual?

Naturally Resilient: A strategy to adapt to climate change or business-as- usual?
(April 20, 2017) To address climate change in Ontario, Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) developed a Climate Change Action Plan identifying a number of actions, across multiple ministries aimed at reducing the magnitude and/or rate of greenhouse gas emissions. These range from the creation of a low-carbon and zero emission transportation sector to reducing fossil fuel use in buildings and homes to developing carbon offset programs using managed forests and agricultu...

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WCS Canada Annual report 2016

WCS Canada Annual report 2016
(April 01, 2017)  At WCS Canada, we are working to help wildlife survive – and thrive – across our huge country. Our gorgeous new annual report captures both the beauty of wildlife and the challenges we face in ensuring their survival across Canada.  From caribou to ice seals, we explain how WCS Canada scientists are using the insights gained from long hours in the field to shape conservation and land-use plans and to help species survive. We also look at how we can take...

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Enhancing the protection of fish and fish habitat in Canada: A critical opportunity to breathe new life into failing policy

Enhancing the protection of fish and fish habitat in Canada: A critical opportunity to breathe new life into failing policy
(March 27, 2017) Although fish and fisheries are an integral part of Canada’s history, culture, and economy, protection for fish and fish habitats has been declining in Canada for at least a decade. The Fisheries Act is Canada’s oldest environmental law and an important piece of legislation that gives the Government of Canada the authority to manage fisheries and protect fish habitat. However to be effective, the Fisheries Act must be modernized, include evidence-based a...

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Big Bat Find in Alberta’s Boreal Forest

Big Bat Find in Alberta’s Boreal Forest
(March 22, 2017) A joint effort between WCS Canada’s BatCaver and Alberta Environment and Parks has led to the discovery of the largest bat hibernation cave ever recorded in Alberta, outside the Rocky Mountains.The newly-discovered cave is being used for hibernation by several hundred Little Brown Myotis bats, listed as Endangered under Canada’s Species at Risk Act. The cave was formed by weak sulphuric acid dissolving bedrock, making conditions in the narrow, muddy cave impossible to fully inspect h...

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Big Bat Find in Alberta’s Boreal Forest

(March 16, 2017) ***PRESS RELEASE***  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Big Bat Find in Alberta’s Boreal Forest • Alberta’s largest-known hibernation site outside of Rocky Mountains discovered • Hundreds of endangered bats roosting in cave • Site information vital as disease devastating bats moves westHigher resolution images of the photos below are available at:https://www.wcscanada.org/Portals/96/images/Alberta Hibernaculum Discovery Photos.zipPlease ensure pho...

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Comments on Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan

Comments on Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan
(March 16, 2017) In June 2016, Ontario’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change released Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan. This five-year plan outlines how the Government and its partners will fight climate change and is focused actions to reduce greenhouse gases (mitigation) and help move Ontario towards a low-carbon economy.One of the actions in the Plan focuses on the role of land to reduce emissions. For example, trees and plants absorb carbon dioxide, a key greenhouse gas, and st...

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Premier Announces Ban of Off-Highway Vehicles from Castle Wildlands, Alberta

Premier Announces Ban of Off-Highway Vehicles from Castle Wildlands, Alberta
(February 13, 2017) Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has announced the final boundaries and new protection measures for the Castle Wildlands and Provincial Park in southwest Alberta. The Wildlands Park will encompass nearly 80,000 hectares, while the adjacent Provincial Park will cover 25,500 hectares. These areas border Waterton Lakes National Park to the south. In the management plan, Premier Notley made the crucial decision to prohibit Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV) in much of the area later this spring ...

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B.C. Has Only a Small Window to Help Bats

B.C. Has Only a Small Window to Help Bats
(January 25, 2017) The recent discovery in northwest Washington State of bats infected with white-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease that has devastated bat populations in eastern North America, is a wake-up call. When WNS finds its way to BC, it is likely to bring with it major economic impacts both agricultural and forestry. Bats are voracious consumers of insects and if their numbers decline like they have in the east, there is big trouble ahead.Bats play vital roles in pest control. At least one species of ...

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WCS Applauds New International Agreement to Protect Polar Regions

(January 19, 2017) New “Polar Code” will help minimize effects of development on wildlife in changing Arctic and Antarctic watersNew standards will help safeguard wildlife, and for the Arctic, the local communities that rely on them for food securityNew York (January 19, 2017) – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) commends the International Maritime Organization and partners for the development and implementation of the “Polar Code,” a binding international agreeme...

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