Environment

Dzawada'enuxw First Nation to push for removal of fish farms

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CBC - A coastal First Nation in B.C. is vowing to challenge the B.C. government's new approach to fish farm tenures, which would give First Nations a say over where these operations can set up on the West Coast.
 
The province announced Wednesday that starting in 2022, fish farms will need First Nations approval to renew their tenures.
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Populations of widely spread tree species respond differently to climate change

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Science Daily - A new Portland State University study shows that not all populations of a single, widely spread tree species respond the same to climate change, something scientists will need to consider when making climate change projections.
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International attention turns to the Humboldt Archipelago, now a Mission Blue Hope Spot

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Mission Blue - The Humboldt Archipelago has been declared a Hope Spot by international non-profit Mission Blue in recognition that the area is one of the most bio-diverse and ecologically important parts of the Chilean coast and the southeast Pacific. The Humboldt Archipelago is the finest example of Humboldt Current kelp forests in the world, and is home to 80% of the world’s endangered Humboldt penguin population, as well as many other sea birds species, sea lions, sea otters, dolphins and orca. It is also a summer feeding ground for endangered blue, fin and humpback whales. The Humboldt Archipelago contains ancestral fishing grounds for local communities and is a growing pole for ecotourism, backed by a community that calls for sustainable development and education.
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Antarctica: plastic contamination reaches Earth's last wilderness

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Guardian - Plastic and traces of hazardous chemicals have been found in Antarctica, one of the world’s last great wildernesses, according to a new study.
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Can the world's largest rewilding project restore Patagonia's beauty?

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Guardian - During an elegant dinner in the wilds of Patagonia, Kris Tompkins suddenly remembered the fresh guanaco carcass down the road. She rose from the table and drove us to the nearby grasslands of Patagonia national park, gushing about the possibility of staying up all night with a torch in hope of spying a mountain lion come to feast on the dead llama-like creature.
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Kristine McDivitt Tompkins named UN Environment Patron of Protected Areas

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United NationsAmerican environmentalist and President of Tompkins Conservation, Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, was designated UN Environment Patron of Protected Areas today, during an event at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
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Chilean villagers claim British appetite for avocados is draining region dry

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Guardian - British supermarkets are selling thousands of tonnes of avocados produced in a Chilean region where villagers claim vast amounts of water are being diverted, resulting in a drought.
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Costa Rica to ban fossil fuels and become world's first decarbonised society

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The IndependentCosta Rica’s new president has announced a plan to ban fossil fuels and become the first fully decarbonised country in the world.
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IFOP launches innovative oceanographic information site

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FIS - The Institute of Fisheries Development (IFOP) has launched a novel oceanographic information site called Chonos, which provides information on currents, temperature and salinity of the sea in Chilean Patagonia, as well as connectivity statistics between water plots through climate scenarios.
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CryoSat reveals retreat of Patagonian glaciers

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European Space Agency - While ESA’s CryoSat continues to provide clear insight into how much sea ice is being lost and how the Antarctic and Greenlandic ice sheets are changing, the mission has again surpassed its original scope by revealing exactly how mountain glaciers are also succumbing to change.
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