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             More than half of the tree species in the Amazon face extinction. Or in other words, 57% of the Amazonian trees may fill the criteria to be categorized as globally threatened species. This is what Helen Briggs states in her article “Half of all tree species in Amazon 'face extinction'”. This results in a 25% augmentation of the Earth’s total plant species that is said to be threatened. We all know that the Amazon, the most diverse forest on this planet, is dwindling in size, but have you ever asked yourself how that affects individual species?

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             In the article “As seas rise, saltwater plants offer hope farms will survive”, the author Katy Daigle describes how the flooding of the coastlines in India has affected the agriculture. With climate change happening, more glaciers are melting and the sea levels are rising. This results in the flooding of many coastal farms in the south of Asia. For the 1.26 billion people living in India, relocation is not always an option, especially when food productivity needs to increase by 45% before 2050 if the population wants to be fed.

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In the article “Canada agrees to work to prevent fishing in High Arctic” by The Canadian Press, five of the artic nations have agreed that all future commercial fishing in the central part of the Artic Ocean needs to temporarily stop. The five nations included Canada, the United States, Russia, Denmark and Norway, who all came to the same conclusion that a block on all commercial fishing should be put forth, which would give scientists enough time to complete their research. Unfortunately, when the fishing ban was proposed, only three of the nations supported it.

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              Naomi Oreskes’ article «Exxon’s Climate Concealment", brought to light many interesting aspects of the climate change debate that has been happening between the industry sector, the politicians and the scientists. In her article, Oreskes compares the climate change problem to what similarly happened with the tobacco industry in the second half of the 20th century. The tobacco industry was feeding false information to the government and the public in order to keep its business, despite the fact that they had scientific proof that the product was not healthy.

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Journalist Barrie McKenna discusses the potential of one of Canada’s most abundant natural resources: water. Should Canada consider exporting water to other countries, such as the United States, for profit? McKenna says we should.

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                   A UN report estimates that by 2050, Africa’s population will have escalated to 2.5 billion. The article "How will a population boom change Africa?" presents ideas and solutions that will help the people of Africa deal with the sudden increase in population. 3 main solutions were presented. The first solution is to improve infrastructures and create employment for the young generation. Former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Obadiah Mailafia, argues that the increase in GDP doesn’t necessarily equal better conditions for the citizens.

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