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Boreal Forest Conservation and the Paris Climate Agreement
The Paris Agreement on Climate Change, signed by Canada and 195 other countries, has been greeted with much fanfare and enormous relief. After decades of mounting scientific evidence for the negative impacts of a changing climate – on people, wildlife and all ecosystems from forests to oceans – the highest levels of government are finally recognizing climate change as an immediate threat.
New Report: Fish and Hydroelectricity in Yukon

A new Report warns of  the potential for major negative impacts on fish and fish habitat caused by large hydroelectric dams, like that currently under evaluation through the Next Generation Hydro initiative. The Report, which focuses on north-western Canada, notes that substantial destruction of fish habitats caused by such a dam, along with additional threats and effects will be either very expensive or impossible to mitigate.

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2015 Annual Report

It’s the story of the century: how will climate change reshape our planet’s natural systems? We tackle that story from a couple of unique perspectives in our just released annual report. It’s a great read with many stunning visuals that help to remind us what is at stake across Canada. With the Paris climate talks starting this week, we wanted to send a message about why world leaders need to come up with a plan for strong action to reduce emissions and why we need to continue to work to protect large intact wild areas right here at home.

Upsidedown and Underground: Going to Bat for Bats
WCS Canada has teamed up with cavers across western Canada in an effort to stop the spread of White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) by launching the BatCaver program. Bats in North America face catastrophic declines due to a fungal pathogen causing WNS. Typified by a white fungus growing on the nose of bats, the disease kills the animals while they hibernate and has spread across eastern North America, with up to 99 percent mortality of bats in any given winter roost.
Castle Wildland Provincial Park

On September 4, 2015 the Government of Alberta designated 1080 km2 as a Provincial Park and Wildland Provincial Park. Known as the "Castle Special Area", this designation is key to conserving wildlife and their habitats in Alberta, and WCS Canada scientist Dr. John Weaver played an important role in its protection.

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