The Canadian Press is reporting that Quebec’s Environment Minister Benoit Charette made the announcement on Monday at the COP15 Youth Summit, taking place along side the UN Biodiversity Conference which opens Tuesday December 6th in Montreal.
The Quebec government is updating its list of threatened or vulnerable species for the first time in more than a decade, with 27 species either added or deemed in greater danger.
Among the 16 species being upgraded to threatened are the western chorus frog, the little brown bat and the rusty-patched bumblebee.
Another 11 species are being labelled as vulnerable including the two-spotted ladybug, the fin whale, the water snake and the bobolink, a songbird.
Read More »
Source » The Canadian Press via The Toronto Star
Cloe Logan, writing in the National Observer »
Up to 34,000 people die prematurely in Canada each year due to fossil fuel air pollution, according to a study done by Harvard. Most of those deaths would have been from cardiovascular and respiratory disease, as well as cancer, explained Lem.
Learn More » Science Direct
The report suggest » Aggressive actions should be taken to strengthen the Arctic environmental protect.
Michael Allen, writing in Hakai Magazine »
As the climate warms and sea ice melts, trans-Arctic shipping routes are becoming easier to navigate, a prospect that is enticing to freight companies. These routes can cut up to 9,000 kilometers off a one-way trip between East Asia and Europe compared with shipping through the Suez or Panama Canals—shortcuts that clip roughly 40 percent off the voyage. »