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Old 10-25-2010, 11:13 AM   #1
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Action needed to save ecosystems in peril: report
500 experts paint worrisome picture of state of Canada's biodiversity
By Margaret Munro, Postmedia News October 20, 2010

Action needed to save ecosystems in peril: report
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The news is not all bad. "Over half of Canada's landscape remains intact and relatively free from human infrastructure," says the executive summary.

But far more of the arrows in the report point to downward trends and ecosystems that are of "concern" or are "impaired."

Among the 22 key findings of the biodiversity report:
- - Human impact: Humans now dominate most ecosystems on Earth. In Canada, with more wilderness than most countries, this dominance is not always obvious -- but even in remote areas, human influence is increasingly apparent.
- - Invasive species: Non-native species are destroying valuable wetland and grassland habitat, invading marine intertidal areas, and dominate the Great Lakes. Economic and ecological losses caused have been estimated at $5.7 billion annually in the...
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