Seven of Canada's most prized scientific libraries are being shut down, and some of their contents have already been burned, thrown away or carted off by fossil fuel consultancy firms. This development is part of a Harper administration plan to slash more than $160 million in the coming years from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans--or DFO, an agency charged with protecting the country's vast waterways.
One day last summer, federal scientists using the fisheries and oceans library on Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula saw a dumpster on the grounds filled with hundreds of research books and periodicals to be destroyed. “A lot of employees were really shocked,” says Sylvain Guimont, who witnessed the scene and is an official with one of the unions representing federal environment workers. “There’s a concern that research will be lost forever.”
International Program on the State of the Ocean, IPSO, December 31, 2013
London - October 3rd 2013: An international panel of marine scientists is demanding urgent remedies to halt ocean degradation based on findings that the rate, speed and impacts of change in the global ocean are greater, faster and more imminent than previously thought.