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Posts tagged with ‘biodiversity’ (39)

No man's water

Posted by Samia Madwar on Friday, February 17, 2012

The oceans offer a wealth of genetic resources that can be cultured to produce anything from anticancer drugs and painkillers to chemicals used in cosmetics. But who owns those resources, and how they can be equally distributed among countries, remains vague. 
The question of governing waters that do not fall under any national jurisdiction makes capitalizing on marine genetic resources difficult, said Marjo Vierros of the United Nations University's Institute of Advanced Studies at a symposium ...

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Canada's biodiversity woes

Posted by Ainslie Cruickshank on Thursday, February 2, 2012

When it comes to protecting the biodiversity of our oceans, Canada has fallen behind most other developed countries according to the final report by an expert panel convened by the Royal Society of Canada.

The report, released Feb. 2, examines the effects of fisheries, fish farming, and climate change on Canada’s oceans, and assesses the Government’s response to these threats. 

Speaking at an online press conference, Jeffrey Hutchings, the chair of the expert panel and the Canada research ...

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Caribou conservation is complex

Posted by Samia Madwar on Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Photo: Liv Vors

That much at least is clear in Environment Canada’s recovery strategy for boreal caribou, a subpopulation of Woodland caribou that is listed as Threatened under the federal Species At Risk Act registry. The ministry released a draft recovery plan in late August for public review for a period of 60 days.

October 25 was to be the last day for members of the public to offer their input on the recovery strategy.

But last week, Environment Canada announced it would extend the period until Feb. ...

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CG Presents Two New Photo Contests!

Posted by Graham Lanktree on Friday, May 20, 2011

Photo: Mario Cliche

The CG Photo Club is proud to present the 4th Wildlife Photography of the Year Contest and the Great Canadian Railway Photo Contest.

Submit your shots today for a chance to win great cash prizes and more!

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Whalesong Travels Globe like Latest U2 Tune

Posted by Hannah Doucet-Roche on Friday, May 20, 2011

Photo: flickr/VicBurolla and all that improbable blue

Songs can be used to woo lovers, to change the world or just to entertain. In these pursuits, musicians often write tunes that are similar to other successful songs.

Humpback whales, it has been discovered, take a similar tact.

According to a study reported online last month in the journal Current Biology , at any given time within a population, male humpbacks all sing the same mating tune.

"Our findings reveal cultural change on a vast scale," says Ellen Garland, a graduate student at ...

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