15 Jun '12, 1am

Science Matters: Endangered species face one-two government punch

Endangered Species Act in 2007 , legal experts and advocates lauded it as one of the strongest environmental laws in North America. Ontario's leadership was commendable, as it established a strong legal benchmark to protect wildlife at risk in the province, such as caribou, snapping turtles , and rare Carolinian forests, only a few years before the world came together to celebrate the 2010 United Nations International Year of Biodiversity. Although biodiversity loss receives less attention than issues such as climate change, it threatens the very life-support systems of our planet: clear air, clean water, and productive soil. This is not a problem of some far off tropical rainforest nation or our overfished oceans. Scientists say Ontario is particularly vulnerable to biodiversity decline and has a global responsibility for stewardship. A study in the renowned scientific jo...

Full article: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/science-matters/2012/06/...

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