National Newswatch

Is it time for Canada and the world to create carbon parks?

Nov 2 2019 — Dan Kraus — Parks and protected areas have been established across Canada to conserve many things we value. Banff National Park was originally established in 1885 to protect hot springs and breathtaking scenery for tourists. In 1893, Algonquin Provincial Park was set up to protect forested headwaters from settlement and land clearing. Over the last 134 years, more […]

Spending time in nature can benefit your health!

Jul 28 2019 — Erica Thompson — During the summer, many Canadians long to experience the great outdoors but research shows fewer of us are doing so these days.  A recent survey commissioned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) found that 87 per cent of respondents felt happier, healthier and more productive when connected to nature. But 74 per cent said […]

Our bird populations need your help

Jun 21 2019 — Kathryn Folkl — As summer emerges Canadians are enjoying nicer weather and the sights and sounds that nature brings us. But bird songs, once a familiar sound, are become increasingly faint whether at the local park or in our own backyard. The 2019 State of Canada’s Birds Report has been issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada on […]

Think globally, conserve locally

May 9 2019 — Dan Kraus — This week, representatives of 132 governments around the world released a United Nations report that issues a stark warning:  the accelerating deterioration of nature is jeopardizing humanity’s collective future. The report is the most comprehensive-ever study of life on Earth. 455 scientists, researchers and experts have determined that the loss of global biodiversity — the […]

Three lessons about nature from your old Christmas tree

Dec 24 2018 — Dan Kraus — People living in the northern hemisphere have brought trees and boughs into their homes during the winter for thousands of years. The evergreens that we decorate with during Christmas can represent a celebration of holidays and a reminder that spring will come again. I’m a Christmas tree traditionalist, and will never give up the ancient […]

We all have a role in nature conservation

Apr 25 2018 — Dan Kraus — Earth Week is a time to promote awareness and appreciation for our environment, sustainable living and earth awareness. There’s nothing like the potential loss of Earth’s rich biodiversity and planetary life support systems to make one feel, well, a little overwhelmed. Our individual actions can seem like small roles on a very big stage. The […]

10 environmental success stories and indicators in 2017

Dec 28 2017 — Dan Kraus — Nature conservation and current issues, from climate change to protecting north Atlantic right whales, can seem overwhelming. However, there were some positive areas over the past year. Here are 10 stories from 2017 from Canada and around the world that show progress: Protected areas continues to grow Many countries are edging closer to international targets […]

Nature Conservancy of Canada’s work must continue

Aug 29 2017 — Dan Kraus — On August 30 2017, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) will mark exactly 20,000 days of conservation. This milestone provides an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the work done by NCC and our partners each day, and the conservation we need to accomplish in the 20,000 days to come. Since the countdown began in […]

How the Great White North can change the world: Canada’s role in global biodiversity conservation

Jun 4 2017 — Dan Kraus — As a northern nation that was mostly covered by glaciers only 10,000 years ago, Canada has fewer species than tropical countries where the evolution and emergence of new species has been operating in stable environments for hundreds of thousands of years. Tiny Panama has 10 times more tree species than Canada. Brazil has hundreds of […]