World’s orca experts demand noise reduction in Salish Sea

The number of Salish Sea orcas off the Southern B.C. coast has been dwindling for 15 years without a recovery plan from the federal government. In March, when the final plan was released, it fell short, containing only weak recommendations to save this group of whales teetering on the edge of survival. Without some real changes in their critical habitat, there’s a very real possibility that these orcas could disappear… continue reading

Big funding for little fishes

They say there’s plenty more fish in the sea. Thanks to some new funding for scientific monitoring, we’re about to find out. In April, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced $2.4 million in funding to carry out a full-scale capelin survey during the fall of 2018 in offshore Newfoundland and Labrador (NAFO Divisions 2J3KL). Capelin – a forage fish that’s an extremely important source of food for humpback and fin whales,… continue reading

Canada’s marine protection plans are all over the map

Today is World Oceans Day, with just six months to go for the government to complete a tough assignment: protecting five per cent of Canada’s marine areas by December 31, 2017. With the deadline looming, it’s time to check in on the progress towards these targets. How is Canada doing? Why marine protection Marine protected areas (MPAs) are safe havens where ocean life can recover from human impacts. They support… continue reading

Massive plunge in wildlife expected by 2020. Here’s why, and what you can do

Every two years, the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London report on the health of the planet with an updated index of wildlife populations. This year, the numbers are especially bleak: Populations have already declined on average by 58 per cent between 1970 and 2012. And unless we act quickly, we risk a decline of 67 per cent by 2020. That’s more than two-thirds of wildlife on… continue reading

15 ways Canada can help wildlife thrive again

The Living Planet Report 2016 released today shows the world is on track to lose 67 per cent of wildlife populations by 2020. Here are 15 things Canada can do to help stop that from happening. 1. Declare the Arctic’s Lancaster Sound a National Marine Conservation Area. Now that Shell has relinquished nearby oil and gas exploration permits, nothing stands in the way of a marine protected area with expanded… continue reading

New tool prevents conflict between wildlife and renewable energy. Here’s how

WWF-Canada has developed a new tool to build habitat protection into the renewable-energy development process, so that conflicts with wildlife can be prevented before significant investments are considered. Renewables for Nature, an interactive digital tool, makes it easy to identify areas where renewable-energy potential is high and conflict with nature is comparatively low. While the tool is most valuable for renewable energy planners, I invite you dive in. Where would… continue reading

Getting personal: why the head of RSA Canada is committed to conservation

As a father, Martin Thompson wants his three young children to inherit a healthy planet. As the president and CEO of RSA Canada — one of the country’s largest insurance companies — he also has compelling bottom-line reasons to support sustainability. “Climate change is probably one of the biggest risks our business faces,” he says. As Martin explains, burning fossil fuels not only heats up the planet, it also creates… continue reading

Celebration of Eid-Al Fitr 2017 Worldwide

Obeying the order of Allah (God) Muslims around the world fast an entire month of Ramadan with praying and doing good activities. After the Ramadan has ended as a reward of fasting Eid-Al Fitr was given to all Muslims. Eid-Al Fitr means ” festival of breaking the fast”. It’s one of the biggest celebration in the Islamic calendar. Islamic calendar requires moon’s appearent to start a new month. So the… continue reading