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Quebec adding 27 species to lists of those vulnerable and threatened

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.

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Source » The Canadian Press via The Toronto Star


Rapid ice melts caused by climate change have increased the commercial feasibility of sailing trans-Arctic routes much earlier than expected

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. »

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