Disasters

Food for thought

The article “drought-ravaged farmers demand assistance” by Khulekan magubane is about African farmers demanding subsidies on their insurance from the government due to drought affecting their food production outputs. According to the article 71 municipalities have been affected by drought and the National African Farmers Union (NAFU) has stated that the government are doing very little to help. The unionists lobbied for a subsidised insurance plan to be implemented because a natural disaster such as this cannot be controlled by farmers.

Will Our Wine Ever Be the Same Again?

Winemakers are trying to deal with the most difficult problem and industry can face, climate change. In September, CTV News published the article “French winemakers seek climate change-resistant grapes,” which discusses the effects climate change has on the grapes. In Leirgues France, scientists are experimenting with different varieties of grapes to see which types managed to adapt the best in regards to changing weather. As of now, the more mature the grape is, the “prettier” it is.

Damn Developments

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The Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam is one of the richest agricultural regions in the world, and is a major producer of rice for much of Indochina. This delta is home to countless terrestrial and marine animals, and over 18 million people (of which most are low-income farmers). The BBC article Climate Change: Mekong Delta heads for troubled waters explains how the effects of rising sea levels, coupled with the human construction of dams, is putting this ‘pancake flat’ environment in a vulnerable position.

Forest Fires: Driven By Climate Change?

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     British Columbia experienced one of the worst forest fire seasons this year. Destroying nearly 300,000 hectares of forest, these fires not only had a serious impact on trees, but also on the soil stability in certain areas. Fires that burned on steep slopes left the soil weak due to root degradation, causing serious erosion and instability in these areas. These soils are also vulnerable to heavy rainfalls, as they become oversaturated, resulting in erosion and sliding action.

Australian government green lights environmental destruction?

On the 15th of October 2015, the Australian government has given approval for the implementation of one of the world’s largest mines to be constructed in Queensland. Titled the “Carmichael Mine project” when developed will be seven times the size of Sydney harbour and will extract and ship 60 million tonnes of coal annually to India- worth $12bn USD. India's Adani Mining Company will also build two costal coal terminals close to one of the seven natural wonders of the world- The Great Barrier Reef.

Coral bleaching crisis spreads worldwide due to climate change, El Nino

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Global warming and El Nino, which is “an occasional warming of the central Pacific that changes weather worldwide” have caused coral reefs to whiten. This whitening is the killing of coral which is home to many species of wildlife. Although the coral reefs around the world are a very small percentage of the ocean floor, they are home to 25% of ocean wildlife. This problem has happened twice in the past. The US coral reefs are being hit the hardest because of the pattern of warming. Hawaii has been hit the hardest along with areas in Florida, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Haiti.

How to Destroy a Nation

A study in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences shows that the Canadian federal government does not protect endangered fish via the Species at Risk Act (SARA) (1). 

The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) evaluates species based on the available science.  When COSEWIC finds a species that appears to be in serious decline it recommends to the federal government that the species should be listed under SARA.  The government then decides whether or not to accept the recommendation. 

"Quiet" season for forest fires in Ontario

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News sources often publish articles that put a particular spin on a situation, making it appear to be something it isn’t. They do this in order to draw readers in to read about a situation that would not normally attract much attention.  

Thanks Obama: Arctic Drilling Approved

As the race for oil extraction continues, more and more outrageous proposals are being presented to the commanders in chief of our nations, and some might just be approved…

 

Summary

How Droughts Around the Globe Affect Canada

Effect of droughts around the globe on Canada