Alison Wheatley
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Alison Wheatley

IUCN endangered Giant Panda
Endangered Species

Back in June 2016, scientists reported the first animal casualty to climate change. The Bramble Cay melomys, known as a mosaic-tailed rat, is now thought to be extinct as a result of dramatic habitat loss and rising sea levels caused by climate change. This alarming reality will unfortunately become more common

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Saving elephants from poaching
Conservation

CTV News’ investigative journalism gem W5 recently re-aired their excellent show Gambling on Extinction. Working with broadcasters from 15 countries, the producers present an overview of the current sad situation of poaching and international sales of ivory and rhino horns. Every 15 minutes, a wild elephant gets killed by poachers. In

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Conservation

Darcy Dobell, Vice President Pacific Region of WWF Canada, was kind enough recently to share her thoughts about the Great Bear region. WWF Canada is famous for finding the middle ground where two sides of an environmental argument can agree.  Darcy explained that this issue is not just about Great

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Humanitarian

Canada is less than a week away from signing a 31-year trade deal that will give Chinese companies new powers over Canadian economic and environmental policy, as well as our right to speak out about them. We should not forfeit our democratic principles in pursuit of trade expansion. Join the

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GeneralHumanitarian

Hundreds of organizations, politicians, and high profile people darkened their websites yesterday to protest the federal government’s Bill C-38 which limits federal environmental efforts without input from the people the changes will impact the most.  In Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, and St. John’s, environmental leaders and high-profile supporters gathered and spoke

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rhododendron
General

It’s Rhododendron season in Vancouver, and there are lots of Rhodo trees around that are in full bloom.  If you like pinky red ones, check out East 7th and East 8th and McLean Street (near the Commercial & Broadway skytrain station).  VanDusen Garden’s were in gorgeous bloom last weekend, and

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park
GeneralWildlife

Recently, the Okanagan Nation Alliance and the four South Okanagan bands asked the B.C. Government to return to talks to consider the establishment of a national park in the South Okanagan-Similkameen region. “This is one of the most critically endangered ecosystems in Canada,” stated Chloe O’Loughlin, Director of Terrestrial Conservation

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GeneralWildlife

February 2nd, as well as being Groundhog Day, is World Wetlands Day. It’s an important day in Canada partly because there are more wetlands in Canada than in any other country in the world. Canada is home to about one quarter of the world’s such lands, covering 14% of our

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General

There has (rightly so) been a considerable amount of media buzz recently about the Canadian National Women’s Soccer Team winning entry to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.  Congratulations! Hopefully some people also noticed that the Team was also demonstrating their commitment to girls’ issues and rights by wearing

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GeneralWildlife

More than 130 scientists across North America have just signed a declaration calling for permanent protection of Clayoquot Sound’s remaining intact old-growth rainforests. But that might not be enough to protect the area. The B.C. government has received an application for logging in the old growth rainforest of Flores Island

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Conservation

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is cheering the January 11th announcement that a large area of Manitoba’s Boreal Forest will be protected. The vast area on the east side of Lake Winnipeg is home to the Bloodvein First Nation. They worked with the province to develop a land

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Humanitarian

On January 16th, the World Bank and Google announced an agreement aimed at improving the ability of developing countries to access a web-based community mapping tool and data to help better monitor public services, and improve disaster and humanitarian response efforts. The World Bank suggests that most developing countries lack basic local

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General

In 1969, Vancouver Island grew 70% of its own food. Today, they grow less than 5%, according to the Wilderness Committee. And this week the Wilderness Committee will present an opportunity to help stop that agriculture number from shrinking even further. The municipality of North Saanich is deciding what to do

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Climate Change

One major environmental issue left over from 2011 is that Canada stepped out of the Kyoto Protocol. This might lead people to move ahead without the federal government, and handle the related climate change issues on a more local level. According to the David Suzuki Foundation, in December 85 British Columbia

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Birds

Just as people sometimes adjust their tone of voice to be heard in cities, researchers have found that songbirds do as well. In a study published in November’s issue of Behavioral Ecology, researchers from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Migratory Bird Center analyzed how songbirds are affected by both general noise

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