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The U.S. president may think global warming is a hoax perpetrated by China, but his administration has concluded Earth’s average temperature will rise 4 C over pre-industrial levels by 2100 if we fail to address the causes. Overwhelming scientific evidence concludes that such a rise would be catastrophic for humanity and many other animals and plants on this small blue planet.

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The U.S. president may think global warming is a hoax perpetrated by China, but his administration has concluded Earth’s average temperature will rise 4 C over pre-industrial levels by 2100 if we fail to address the causes. Overwhelming scientific evidence concludes that such a rise would be catastrophic for humanity and many other animals and plants on this small blue planet. The 500-page statement detailing this frightening scenario, prepared by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, wasn’t a warning, though. It was meant to justify the president’s decision to stall federal fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks. The…

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The Canadian Senate just passed Bill S-203 that would ban whale and dolphin captivity and Bill S-238 that would ban the import and export of shark fins in Canada. The next step for these bills is to head to the House of Commons where it has to pass to become law. Bill S-203 was introduced in December 2015 by Liberal Wilfred Moore (now retired from the senate), and was supported by Green Party Leader Elizabeth May. This bill has deemed it a Criminal offence with a hefty fine of $200,000 for keeping and breeding marine mammals in captivity. Activists are hoping that eventually all of…

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News that Environment and Climate Change Canada is considering “priority threat management” to assess endangered species is troubling. The method is often used to inform a “triage” approach in which some species are abandoned to focus resources on others ranked higher priority. The federal government is legally required to oversee recovery of all species at risk, not just those it chooses to prioritize.

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News that Environment and Climate Change Canada is considering “priority threat management” to assess endangered species is troubling. The method is often used to inform a “triage” approach in which some species are abandoned to focus resources on others ranked higher priority. The federal government is legally required to oversee recovery of all species at risk, not just those it chooses to prioritize. It makes sense to model recovery measures at an ecosystem scale and forecast budgets accordingly, in part to determine the most cost-effective ways to advance recovery efforts. But economic models shouldn’t be used to determine that it’s…

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WWF-New Zealand says that today’s new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on the science of keeping average global warming below 1.5°C shows both the real challenges we face and the opportunities we have to unlock a safe climate future. David Tong, WWF-New Zealand senior campaigner, said “This is a landmark global moment. The world’s top scientists have confirmed that it is still 100% possible to keep climate change below 1.5°C. Together, we can ensure a safe climate future remains possible. “The difference between 1.5°C and 2°C is huge. For our Pacific neighbours, it’s an existential difference. Climate change…

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During the month of October, Divetech is focusing its efforts on conservation issues which concern the dive community. In conjunction with Eco Divers and Vivo restaurant, Divetech are hosting a Coral Conservation workshop on Sunday 28thof October 2018, all proceeds from which will go the Eco Divers Coral Reef Foundation. Ocean and reef conservation is a hot topic across the global media. The constant reminder of coral bleaching, lionfish invasion and plastic pollution has put this high on the agenda for all divers. Joanna Mikutowicz, owner of Divetech Grand Cayman, has been a leader in the Cayman Islands fighting for…

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