The effect of climate change on habitats and species

The Toronto Star has created an excellent web-based, visual “project” describing how temperatures will increase and the effect of those increases on habitats and species.

Take a moment to explore it: The Great Global Species Shake-up.

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Canada’s intact forests: world’s largest!

Canadian Geographic has just released a short article that certainly begs the half-full-half-empty glass question, or, this case, forests. Over 90% of Canada’s intact* forest is boreal forest, making it, at 300 million hectares, the largest intact forest in the world. However, the same can’t be said for some the species-rich southern forests which have almost eliminated. And, sadly, Alberta has only 16% of it’s intact boreal forestremaining. So, much to celebrate, but also much to consider.

*intact = a forest area of 50 000ha or larger.

100 Wild Islands, NS – great ecotourism potential

Spectacular, Caribbean-like vistas and clear water define this wild and little-known corner of Nova Scotia. But with increased media attention, and more and more people looking for unspoilt places to visit, hopefully the islands can have the proper safeguards in place to keep them natural.

100 Wild Islands website

CBC article: The secret Caribbean vistas right off Nova Scotia’s coast

CBC article: Nature trust ‘astounded’ by response to 100 Wild Islands campaign

Infographic: Canada’s protected areas

Canadian Geographic has just released an infographic updating Canada’s protected areas.

Canadians can be proud of our protected areas – national parks and many (but not all) provincial parks – but we still have a long ways to go! To date, our 7500 protected areas add up to 11.7% of our area BUT this is still far short of the UNEP target of 17% by 2020. We’re doing better at protecting land area, with 11.5% protected, but Great Lakes and marine areas have only 1.5% protected. Furthermore, some areas of the country, such as the Prairies and the lower Great Lakes region, are still very poorly represented. In a recent press release, though, the Government of Canada has “committed that at least 17 per cent of land and inland water will be conserved by 2020”.