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The Wilderness Committee just sent out a press release stating that Timberwest’s contract to buy logs from Nanoose Bay Forest — one of the last remaining parcels of rare, endangered Coastal Douglas-fir forests — appears to exceed the licence issued by the province. BC Supreme Court documents filed last week, obtained by

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Today 50 Greenpeace UK activists blocked their Department for Transport with two immobilised cars parked in front of the entrances and a giant handshake. This is because the UK government is trying to scuttle legislation that will block tar sands oil from being sold at UK petrol pumps. Next week,

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Endangered Species

Good news came out of Alaska recently when the Center for Biological Diversity announced that the State of Alaska’s challenge to “Endangered” status of Cook Inlet Beluga Whales had been rejected. On November 21 of this year, a federal judge rejected the state of Alaska’s 2010 lawsuit that tried to strip

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The Wilderness Committee released a statement yesterday expressing deep disappointment in the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s announcement that it will agree to Taseko Mines Ltd.’s request for a new environmental review of its proposed “New Prosperity” gold and copper mine. The mine is to impact Fish Lake, west of Williams Lake

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Taseko’s revised proposal for a Fish Lake gold and copper mine would be even more of “an environmental disaster” than the company’s original proposal and must be turned down for federal public review, ten environmental groups said recently, reports the Sierra Club. The Canadian Environment Assessment Agency (CEAA) is scheduled

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In a rare bit of good news from the environmental activism front, the Wilderness Committee recently announced that Chief Marilyn Baptiste, leader of Xeni Gwet’in community of the Tsilhqot’in Nation, would receive the 2011 Eugene Rogers Environmental Award.  Chief Baptiste was a passionate activist on behalf of the Tsilhqot’in Nation to

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As many as 12,000 Canadian high school students and their teachers will have real-time access to renowned scientist Dr. David Suzuki on November 1 and 2 through a new virtual classroom experience.  The virtual program is being delivered through a partnership between the National Film Board of Canada  and the

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Endangered Species

Court cases play an important role in wildlife conservation. When people disregard the needs of wildlife, such as Canada’s Environment Minister deciding to not recommend emergency protection for woodland caribou, court cases can right the wrong. Thus Ecojustice and CPAWS were recently happy when the Federal Court overturned the Minister’s decision. The

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General

The Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research (IWWR) has been developing and sustaining a premier program of research for Ducks Unlimited’s conservation programs for 20 years now. In March 1991, Ducks Unlimited (DU) scientists had realized that the organization needed to expand its capability to study factors affecting waterfowl populations

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General

Earlier this month the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favour of HR 2018, largely along partisan lines, by a count of 239 to 184. The Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011, nicknamed the “dirty water bill” by many concerned environmental groups, rolls back many safeguards that were part

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Friday File

The Global Risks Landscape 2011 sets out all the risks the authors see in the world on a matrix which positions the various risks by their perceived impact on the global economy and by the perceived likelihood of their happening. It’s part of the Executive Summary of the World Economic

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Conservation

Bushmeat is a growing concern for anyone interested in wildlife conservation. A single market in Pompeya, on the margins of the Napo River in Ecuadorian Amazon, sold around 10 tonnes of bushmeat in a single month. 60% of the bushmeat sold animals were large mammals, the most charismatic animals around.

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Conservation

The Alaska Congressional delegation recently introduced legislation to exempt the Tongass and Chugach National Forests in Alaska from the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, reports EarthJustice. The Roadless Rule currently protects 9.3 million acres in the Tongass and 5.6 million acres in the Chugach from logging and new roads, while providing flexibility

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Endangered Species

A new report has just been released by the International Boreal Conservation Science Panel called “Keeping woodland caribou in the boreal forest: Big challenge, immense opportunity”. The report emphasizes that recovery is achievable but the challenges are substantial. The decline of woodland caribou stems primarily from loss of their boreal forest

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Friday File

Whether or not you’re heading for a national park this weekend, Ian Shive’s online presentation of national park photos is worth a viewing. The Nature Conservancy is kindly hosting the display in its Mark Godfrey Selects section. Along with the photos, Mark Godfrey interviews Ian Shive about his photography. When asked,

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