Animals

Climate Variation and Marine Food Chains

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Over the past century, our marine ecosystems have been rapidly changing. This has altered the population dynamics of various species and had critical ecological consequences. A new study in the journal, Science Advances has found chemical clues in the skin cells of dolphins that suggest changes in  the length of the marine food chain. Because dolphins occupy the upper level of the food chain, they accumulate chemical information about the species that occupy the rest of the food chain.

Thinking About Conservation and the North Atlantic Right Whale

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              The North Atlantic Right Whale suffered a brush with devastation as it was found nearly extinct in the mid 1900’s. As of today, it is estimated a mere 500 whales are still alive (Kraus et Al; 2016). The article in question examines current innovation and conservation techniques revolving around the NARW. Its main actors are fishermen and fisheries, regulators such as federal/provincial governments, and researchers of the species themselves.

Blue's Clues Comes to Life: the Case of the Strangely Coloured Dogs

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People often say that dogs are man’s best friend. I know that, for me, this saying is all too true; I don’t know what I would do without my dogs. So when pollution has direct impacts on our loveable canine companions, that is a sign that something must be done. The article I chose is called “The blue dogs of Mumbai: industrial waste blamed for colourful canines” by the Guardian authors.

Animal Rights

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Global News article, Video shows brutal treatment of animals at Canada Goose supplier written by Erica Alini underlines how animals are mistreated in big corporations whose products come mainly from animals. She talks specifically about the mistreatment of geese by the Canadian Goose company who uses their feathers in the jackets and real fur around the hood. In the video, viewers can see men grabbing the geese by the neck or piles of geese on top of each other inside I tiny cage trying to get out.

Iceland’s Mackerel now MSC Certified – Elements of Greenwashing?

     Mackerel is a flourishing fish species that made its home in Iceland in the early 2000’s (MSC, 2017). An article posted on October 31, 2017 by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) stated that Iceland is the latest country to obtain MSC certification as a sustainabley managed mackerel fishery. Assessments by the independent certifiers SAI Global were conducted to ensure sustainability in the fishery. Mackerel continues to increase in popularity, and in 2016 the total catch in Iceland was 170,516 tonnes (MSC, 2017).

Plate Up for the Planet

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Plate Up for the Planet

According to The Vegan Society, veganism is “a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose”. Veganism is an easy way to live a healthier lifestyle, help the environment, all while saving the lives of  many innocent animals.

Health impact of veganism



Beavers: Friend or Foe?

Beavers may be an iconic symbol of Canada, though the rodent is not always welcome. Due to higher levels of rain, there have been an increased number of beaver dams appearing in the Greater Sudbury area (Samson, 2017). Samantha Samson (2017) reports that home owners and industries are experiencing increased flooding due to the accidental breaking of the beaver dams. This has created a positive feedback loop of increased flooding, as the increase in rain brings more beavers, their dams break as the amount of rain increases.

Waste Reduction

Matthew Hill, Umrick Singh, Luka Guenette-Larocque & Nicolas Curotte

Waste Reduction

Born for Their Coat

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Born for Their Coat