This week on Terra Informa, we take a look at the United State’s plans to tackle climate change, and we visit a very special friend from the world of Hogwarts. Also, we’re revving up for Fundrive, CJSR’s fundraising event that’s coming up at the end of this month!
America’s Climate Plan
Nine months ago, the world was anticipating the U.S’s decisions on climate change. It had been almost four years since his ambitious Cap and Trade bill died in the Senate. Four years since the talk-but no walk at the Copenhagen climate summit. And the decison on Keystone XL pipeline had been delayed a number of times.
In June 2014, the White House finally made a big climate announcement. And with the UN aiming for a major international climate agreement in 2015, there could be more on the way this year.
Mae Stevens shares her insights on the plans with Trevor Chow-Fraser.
Project Hedwig Takes Wing
Even if you haven’t read J K Rowling’s Harry Potter books, you’ve probably heard of Gryffindor, Voldemort and quidditch. Harry Potter has been an integral part of many a childhood, and is entrenched in our pop culture consciousness. Some of the most iconic images from the books and the movie adaptations have spilled out into the real world.
In Edmonton, a group of Harry Potter fans have taken their passion for the books and turned it into a way to support literacy, youth emergency services, and wildlife rehabilitation.
Chris Chang-Yen Phillips traveled to one of their events at Edmonton’s Stanley Milner Public Library. He spoke with Andrea Guay-Colpitts from PotterWatch, and Carly Lynch from the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton to bring you this fantastical story.
Herb Walk: Plants, People, and Planetary Peace
September 18, London, Ontario, The Living Center
Learn about the many common, renewable, edible and medicinal wild plants growing in your neighborhood. What are the edible species that fill our ecosystems during our growing season? The walk costs $25, and if you’re interested, click here to register.
City of Ottawa Wildlife Speaker Series
September 18 7-9 PM, Ottawa, Ontario, Ben Franklin Place
People and deer have a long history together. White-tailed deer are valued as a game species, and for their grace and beauty, but they can also become a pest to farmers and gardeners. Motor vehicle collisions involving deer are a major safety concern, especially during the fall.
The City of Ottawa has invited experts from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to present information on white-tailed deer ecology and biology to improve our understanding of these wild neighbours. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Evolution of Animal Complexity, a Developmental Perspective
September 18 4PM, Edmonton, Alberta, CCIS 1-160
Recent advances in total genome sequencing raise fascinating questions about the relationship between genomic complexity and morphological complexity. These questions are particularly intriguing for living animal groups that diverged early in life’s history. Dr. Mark Martindale will discuss recent discoveries in both ctenophores (comb jellies) and cnidarians (sea anemones and jellyfish) that suggest a new way of thinking about the evolutionary origins of new animal body plans.
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