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Forest diseases and pest infections

Balance is what keeps the earth together. As David Suzuki said, our survival is based on an interaction, an equilibrium, between air, water, land and the living. However, for the past decades, climate change started to disturb this natural balance and causing impacts on every aspect of one’s life. For instance, forests have been big victims of those impacts. In fact, for many years, Canadian forests have been living in harmony with the forest pathogens, each one having a positive impact on the other.

Everything you need to know about species conservation

           The Society for Conservation Biology has published a very nice article that goes through every relevant aspect of species conservation. This article will lead you through the basic concepts of what is conservation of the biodiversity, why it is important and how it can be achieved. It also shows using statistics some background information to argue that the problem the planet faces with the loss of species is natural, but that it is greatly enhanced by human behaviour. They explain how that is and when it happened without omitting what are the causes.

"Proofs" Based on a Bad Reputation

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I decided to do a small throwback to last year’s Summer Olympics that took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and talk about this article that was written by Hasani Gittens and published in NBC News, August 14th 2016. This article explains how Ryan Lochte, a member of the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team, was robbed in Brazil after a night-out with his other teammates.

When Russia becomes a Mediator

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The world has seen since a few months a rising of the military tensions between the United States and North Korea. In fact, after a sixth successful nuclear test including one that caused a 6.3 earthquake on September 3rd, North Korea seems on its way to pursue his dream to possess the nuclear bomb. If we know that the US are not against the idea of a military action, China asked for a pacific dialogue between the two belligerents in a way to solve the conflict without creating a war.

 

With Fire and Fury

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Crisis in Bangladesh and Myanmar: 20 Refugees Drown Trying to Get to Bangladesh.

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On August 31st 2017, CBC.ca uploaded an article by Thomson Reuters that talks about the recovery of 20 Rohingya women and children bodies from the Naf River in Myanmar. These people were attempting to flee Myanmar for Bangladesh until their boat capsized in the river and sadly, 20 people drowned from this event.

The Fake Images of the Conflict in Myanmar

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As of September 5th, 2017, the most recent fighting in Myanmar took place in the state of Rakhine, leaving approximately 400 dead and forced 40,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee their homes for Bangladesh, reports Rebecca Ratcliffe in The Guardian.

What Happens When You Put Coral in a Hot Tub?

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On March 15, 2017, Joshua Robertson wrote an article for the Guardian based on the effects global warming has had on the Great Barrier Reef. A new study has shown that global warming has caused a rise in the temperature of the oceans and with this, we have seen now three mass bleaching events to the coral.

Malnutrition is Taking Venezuela Down

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Venezuela is undergoing a dramatic shift that is being caused by the regime of their president, Nicolás Maduro. This crisis of malnutrition is described in an article posted on April 18th 2017, in Americas Quarterly, by Rachelle Krygier. Krygier explains that this time of “scarcity and malnutrition are a direct consequence of [the fall of the Venezuelan economy]”.

Japan: Dangerous Suicide Rate

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In an article published on BBC by Rupert Wingfield-Hayes on July 3rd, 2015, alarming numbers about suicide are listed. In fact, over 2014, more than 25 000 people committed suicide. This means a rate of 70 every day. "Isolation is the number one precursor for depression and suicide," says Wataru Nishida, a psychologist at Tokyo's Temple University. Seeking help for people who need it can be troublesome.