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Global warming isn’t a partisan issue — or it shouldn’t be. The many experts issuing dire warnings about the implications of climate disruption work under political systems ranging from liberal democracies to autocratic dictatorships, for institutions including the U.S. Department of Defense, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and numerous business organizations and universities. In 1988, when NASA scientist James Hansen reported to Congress that evidence for human-caused global warming was near undeniable, conservative politicians including the U.K.’s Margaret Thatcher, U.S. President George H.W. Bush and Canada’s Brian Mulroney agreed that action was needed. In my home province of B.C., a…

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This eye-spy style book is the “Where’s Waldo” of the fish world! It is soft-cover and features 11 searches for fish of the northeast Pacific Ocean. Each search is spread across two pages to be 17″ wide by 11″ high (43 cm x 28 cm). All photos were taken by The Marine Detective around NE Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The book also includes sketches of the fish species by Andy Lamb of Coastal Fishes of the Pacific Northwest. In addition to being fun, the book is intended to add to the knowledge of just how diverse and colourful life is in these cold,…

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When faced with conclusive evidence of a major threat to citizens, a true leader would do everything possible to confront it. So, what was the U.S. president’s reaction to a U.S. scientific report compiled by more than 300 scientists and endorsed by a dozen different agencies, including NASA, NOAA and the defence department, that warned climate change poses a dire threat to the American economy, way of life and human health? “I don’t believe it,” Trump told reporters. Should we believe a president who displays profound ignorance about climate science and claims he has “a natural instinct for science”? Or…

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A collaboration between the fishing industry, government, iwi, and environmental groups – today announced that a trial using on-board cameras to monitor accidental capture of seabirds by fishers in the Hauraki Gulf would be extended for a third year. The trialling, which began in 2016, is aimed first at testing how well cameras can monitor seabird by-catch compared to human observers; and second at gathering more robust data on how many seabirds are being caught. Takoketai/Black Petrel is a threatened seabird that nests nowhere else on Earth apart from Aotea/Great Barrier Island and Hauturu/Little Barrier Island. The collaborative group, called…

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This week students at Fernhurst Junior School, beach cleaned in their local area. A group of young Ocean explorers who have been taking part in an undersea exploration as part of a Fernhurst University project were armed with litter pickers to clean up their stretch of local coastline. This junior school has a big drive and motivation to make a difference in the World and a thirst for learning about conservation and the marine environment. One staff member, Mrs Chanvin, organises litter picks in the morning on school grounds to not only clean up the premises and role model good…

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Errors in a recent ocean warming study illustrate global warming’s complexity. They also show the depths to which climate science deniers will stoop to dismiss or downplay evidence for human-caused climate change. The study by researchers from the U.S., China, France and Germany concluded, “ocean warming is at the high end of previous estimates” and global warming might be advancing faster than scientists thought. British researcher Nic Lewis, who has a math and physics background, found discrepancies, which he noted on a skeptic’s blog. The scientists acknowledged the errors and offered a correction to the study, published in Nature. The controversy…

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At the recent International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting, governments highlighted the plight of Māui dolphins, expressed concern over their lack of protection, and called on New Zealand to do more. The just-released formal record of the meeting includes a decision by the IWC to express “particular concern” for Māui dolphins’ survival. This is the first time that countries have raised the plight of the critically-endangered Māui dolphins during a full inter-governmental session. Until now, Māui dolphins have been a concern for the IWC’s Scientific Committee, who have repeatedly urged the New Zealand government to protect them from human threats. Footage…

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Canadian climate change opinion is polarized, and research shows the divide is widening. The greatest predictor of people’s outlook is political affiliation. This means people’s climate change perceptions are being increasingly driven by divisive political agendas rather than science and concern for our collective welfare.

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Canadian climate change opinion is polarized, and research shows the divide is widening. The greatest predictor of people’s outlook is political affiliation. This means people’s climate change perceptions are being increasingly driven by divisive political agendas rather than science and concern for our collective welfare. Over the past year, the Alberta Narratives Project gathered input from a broad range of Albertans (teachers, faith groups, health professionals, farmers, artists, industry, environmentalists, etc.) to better understand how they feel about public discourse on global warming. Participants said they want less blame and a more open, balanced and respectful conversation. Many don’t see themselves…

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The eight-part Natural History series will launch globally on Netflix on 5 April 2019 World-renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough will serve as the voice of upcoming Netflix original documentary series Our Planet, which will premiere on Netflix on 5 April 2019. The ambitious series has been created in collaboration with Silverback Films, whose director Alastair Fothergill was the creator of the critically acclaimed original Planet Earth and Blue Planet series, and WWF, the world’s leading conservation organisation. The ground-breaking, eight-part series will showcase the planet’s most precious species and fragile habitats, revealing amazing sights on Earth in ways they’ve never…

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