sábado, 1 de octubre de 2011

Ecosystems - Scientists around world urge protection of boreal forests

More than 75 scientists from around the world are urging Manitoba to protect one of the Earth's largest intact boreal forests. 

The scientists say the forest that straddles the Manitoba-Ontario boundary is a global treasure. 

The scientists say in a letter that the forest must be kept pristine and should be designated a UNESCO world heritage site. 

Jeffrey Wells -- a signatory to the letter -- says he hopes Manitoba voters weigh the evidence carefully before they go to the polls in the provincial election on Tuesday. 

Manitoba's NDP government has plans to build a hydro transmission line down the west side of Lake Winnipeg rather than disturb the forest on the east side. 

But the Conservatives argue the east-side route is shorter, cheaper and would not derail plans to turn the forest into a UNESCO site. 

CTV News 

Source: The Archaeology News Network

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