World Wildlife Fund

Endangered Habitat, Past and Present

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This week at Terra Informa we deep dive into a recent World Wildlife Fund report on conservation lands across Canada, hear from University of Alberta professor Rene Belland about less promoted endangered species, and visit an archive from 2010 about a public land sale known as “Potatogate”.

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WWF asks “how much is enough?”

Terra Informer Hannah Cunningham goes in depth on a recent World Wildlife Fund report that asks how much land is needed to conserve at-risk species and how Canada has been handling the challenge. The report is titled “Wildlife Protection Assessment: A national habitat crisis”  and and maps out key ecological gaps in Canada’s existing protected area network while highlighting places that should be considered high-priority areas for protection.

Rene Belland talks Porsild’s Bryum

Terra Informer Hannah Cunningham interviews University of Alberta professor and “Moss Boss” Dr. Rene Belland about endangered species that don’t get the same attention as our polar bears and killer whales, but are no less at-risk. Watch this video from the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute about the recovery of an endangered species of green, cushy, water-loving moss named Porsild’s Bryum to see the Moss Boss in action!

Public Land sales and Potatogate

We revisit an archive from 2010 featuring Terra Informers Alex Hindle and Ian Mackenzie, with an interview of Alberta Wildlife Association conservation specialist Carolyn Campbell about a proposed sale of endangered prairie grasslands. The story investigates the massive sale of 16,000 acres of Crown grass lands to private developers – known as POTATOGATE. The sale tried to be secretive, but was unearthed by engaged citizens and media, who responded with fury. Did the land sale go through? Listen to find out or read about the history of Public Land sales in Alberta here.

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Do Personal Actions Matter?

Pacific ocean plastic on an Oregon public beach (Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/circle_face/8000357312/)

Pacific ocean plastic on an Oregon public beach (Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/circle_face/8000357312/)

On this week’s show we ask a big question: how much of an effect can we really have at an individual level?

We take you first to a story about a woman who decided to challenge herself to live without plastic for a year: an absolutely monumental task. Next, we’re looking at those global awareness campaigns we always hear so much about, specifically Earth Hour. What kind of impact do they really have? And last but not least, we look at energy efficiency. How can we make a very practical means of combatting climate change more appealing?

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