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Description: We no longer live in an age where simply restricting local development will ensure the protection of specific species on a given parcel of land (Harper Takes Aim At Development -- March 15). Climate change will unpredictably alter biodiversity patter
Date: 16 March 2007
Author: Hadi Dowlatabadi and Shannon Hagerman
Source: Globe and Mail
We no longer live in an age where simply restricting local development will ensure the protection of specific species on a given parcel of land (Harper Takes Aim At Development -- March 15). Climate change will unpredictably alter biodiversity patterns, even on ''protected'' lands. History shows mining companies routinely get licences to operate in provincial parks, and developers often succeed at removing lands from agricultural reserves. The government's pledge of $225-million, matched dollar for dollar with private donations, is not enough to address development pressures.

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