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Canada: Killer whales could replace polar bears as the top predator in Hudson Bay, researcher says
The food chain in Hudson Bay is drastically changing as killer whales take advantage of less sea ice and eat their way into Manitoba, a researcher in Arctic mammal populations says.
Steven Ferguson, a researcher with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the University of Manitoba, will be presenting his findings in Winnipeg this week at ArcticNet 2016, the largest single gathering of scientists focused on the rapidly changing Arctic.
"We are seeing a lot more killer whale activity in Hudson Bay and they are a top predator. They are really a magnificent, interesting predator — highly efficient," Ferguson said.
Read in full at www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/killer-whales-eating-their-way-further-into-manitoba-1.3880806
#Canada #Arctic #climate #oceans #whales #orca #bears Fisheries and Oceans Canada University of Manitoba
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6 hours ago ·
Mexico to get its largest ever protected area
The new Mexican Caribbean Biosphere Reserve, estimated to cover more than 5.7 million hectares, will be spread across several municipalities, including Isla Mujeres, Benito Juárez, Puerto Morelos, Solidaridad, Cozumel, Tulum, Bacalar and Othón P. Blanco, according to Mexico News Daily.
President Enrique Peña Nieto will announce the creation of the reserve on Monday at the opening of the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) being held in Cancun, Mexico, this week.
Currently, Mexico has about 24 million hectares of protected area. The creation of the Mexican Caribbean Biosphere Reserve will increase this area to nearly 30 million hectares, a step towards fulfilling Target 11 of Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Under target 11, governments must improve the state of biodiversity by conserving “at least 17 percent of terrestrial and inland water, and 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas” by 2020.
The marine portion of the reserve, which will cover an area of about 5.725 million hectares, includes coral reefs and coastal lagoons that are home to over 500 species of fish, and over 1,900 species of fauna and flora, local media reported. The land portion of the reserve will cover about 28,589 hectares of coastal areas and wetlands.
Full story on Mongabay.com at news.mongabay.com/2016/12/mexico-to-get-its-largest-ever-protected-area/
Image: Male ruby brittle stars atop a brain coral, Gulf of Mexico, by NOAA/NOS/NMS/FGBNMS ... See MoreSee Less
6 hours ago ·
Australia: Delays on palm oil labelling 'hastening deforestation and orangutan deaths'
Environmentalists have warned that Australia’s repeated delays on mandatory palm oil labelling are allowing deforestation and the destruction of orangutan habitats to continue unabated.
A proposal requiring palm oils to be specifically listed on food labels has now been under consideration by Australian and New Zealand ministers for more than five years.
The problems with palm oil - learn more in these EIA reports:
* Who Watches the Watchmen? - ht.ly/5tlB306F1ox
* Permitting Crime: How palm oil expansion drives illegal logging in Indonesia - ht.ly/BtOn306F1sC
The changes would prevent palm oil from being listed generically as “vegetable oil”, helping to inform consumers, limit demand for unsustainable palm oil products, and reduce the devastating impact that plantations have on rainforests and orangutan habitats, particularly in Indonesia and Malaysia.
The proposal again came before the Australian and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation late last month, but any decision was put off until at least April.
Read in full at www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/dec/05/australias-delays-on-palm-oil-labelling-hastening-def...
#Australia #NewZealand #Indonesia #Malaysia #palmoil #orangutans #deforestation
Image: Archive shot of surviving orangutan in devastated forest area cleared for oil palm, West Kalimantan, Indonesia (c) IAR Indonesia - Alejo Sabugo ... See MoreSee Less
7 hours ago ·