There is no opportunity for wildlife to recover if their habitat is lost, says Dan Kraus, a conservation biologist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Solving climate change wonâ€™t protect species if, in our race to reduce carbon emissions, their habitat disappears.
If thereâ€™s one thing this crisis doesnâ€™t need, itâ€™s another voluntary, non-legally binding charter that doesnâ€™t require action from participating nations.
Companies currently permitted to explore for deposits or hold on to discoveries in Arctic waters have waited in uncertainty since December 2016 over whether they can continue to operate.
WWF-Canada and four other conservation organizations, represented by Ecojustice, are calling on the federal government to use the tools available to it in the Species at Risk Act and enact an emergency order to provide immediate protections for southern resident orcas.
'Sharks are integral to the well-being of marine ecosystems. They are also, unfortunately, highly vulnerable to human exploitation. Scientific research has shown that shark populations are rapidly declining at a critical rate, threatening many shark species with extinction.'