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Amur Leopard threats PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bernardo Duran   
Tuesday, 27 January 2009 01:41

Amur LeopardPoaching of leopards and their prey species: Poachers include both poor local villagers and newly rich Russians, mainly from the city of Vladivostok, as well as Chinese nationals who illegally cross the border into Russia. Russian hunters kill many more deer than is officially allowed and Amur leopards are sometimes shot or killed in snares as well. Since 2002, skins or corpses of nine Amur leopards killed by poachers have been found in Russia and at least two leopards have been killed in China.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 15 February 2009 23:30
 
Big-Fish Stocks Fall 90 Percent Since 1950 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bernardo Duran   
Sunday, 08 February 2009 00:36

Big FishOnly 10 percent of all large fish—both open ocean species including tuna, swordfish, marlin and the large groundfish such as cod, halibut, skates and flounder—are left in the sea, according to research published in the scientific journal Nature.

"From giant blue marlin to mighty bluefin tuna, and from tropical groupers to Antarctic cod, industrial fishing has scoured the global ocean. There is no blue frontier left," said lead author Ransom Myers, a fisheries biologist based at Dalhousie University in Canada. "Since 1950, with the onset of industrialized fisheries, we have rapidly reduced the resource base to less than 10 percent—not just in some areas, not just for some stocks, but for entire communities of these large fish species from the tropics to the poles."

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The Great Bear Rainforest on the coast of British Columbia PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bernardo Duran   
Tuesday, 27 January 2009 18:19

The Great Bear Rainforest Representing one quarter of the world’s remaining temperate rainforest, the Great Bear Rainforest stretches along the mainland coast of British Columbia to the Alaska border, covering an area the size of Switzerland.

This forest is tucked amongst majestic mountain fjords creating a cool, misty world of soaring eagles and towering cedar, fir and spruce trees. Home to wild runs of salmon, delicate green ferns and soft carpets of moss, the biomass (weight of organic matter) of this forest is four times greater than comparable areas in the Amazon jungle.

But it is the bears that give this forest its name. Grizzly bears, black bears and the elusive Kermode or spirit bear, a white variety of the black bear, all thrive in this lush rainforest.

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Water Ultraviolet Disinfection PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bernardo Duran   
Tuesday, 27 January 2009 17:26

Drinking Water in Metro VancouverCoquitlam Ultraviolet Disinfection (2006 – 2010)
In 2005, in response to changes to the Canadian Drinking Water Quality Guidelines, the GVWD Board approved an upgrade of the Coquitlam facility to include ultraviolet (UV) primary disinfection. A combination of ozone and UV treatment is an effective way to eliminate Giardia and Cryptosporidium. This project may also replace the need for more filtration at Coquitlam, which has significantly less potential for turbidity than sources at Seymour or Capilano.

Existing Primary Disinfection
Existing facilities at Seymour and Capilano presently use chlorine for primary disinfection. However, these facilities will be phased out when the SCFP is brought on line in 2008 and the twin tunnels project is completed in 2009.

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Over populated and spreading PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bernardo Duran   
Tuesday, 27 January 2009 23:49

Over PopulatedAs of January 2009, the world's population is estimated to be about 6.756 billion. According to population projections, this figure continues to grow; the 2008 rate of growth has almost halved since its peak of 2.2% per year, which was reached in 1963. World births have levelled off at about 134-million-per-year, since their peak at 160-million in the late 1990's, and are expected to remain constant. However, deaths are only around 56 million per year, and are expected to increase to 90 million by the year 2050. Since births outnumber deaths, the world's population is expected to reach nearly 9 billion by the year 2040.

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Population Estimates

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Forest Decline - A rush to judgment PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bernardo Duran   
Tuesday, 27 January 2009 17:41

Forest DeclineAccording to the World Resources Institute, the world has lost about half of its forest cover. Most of this loss – about 450 million hectares -- has taken place during the last 30 years. Almost exclusively, modern deforestation takes place in tropical areas. Every year, tropical deforestation, reaching some 15 million hectares, generates 4.6 gigatons of carbon dioxide – equivalent to 20% of global emissions from fossil fuels – results in the degradation of some 12 million hectares of fertile land and the loss of 8,000 to 28,000 species. Tropical deforestation directly threatens some 400 million people -- including 50 million forest indigenous people -- depending on them for their daily subsistence.

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