Christopher Cheung and Michelle Gamage
Flooding is natural to the Lower Mainland. But with climate change and communities building so close to the water, people are increasingly exposed to disaster. Photo of Highway 1 near Chilliwack during the November 2021 floods courtesy of the BC government via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

June 13, 2022

The Lower Mainland flooded in 1948. The next disaster will be worse. A Tyee series.

[(Tyee) Editor’s note : This is the first feature in a six-part series exploring life and risk on the Lower Mainland’s floodplain, the stretches of flat land in the region by the Fraser River and the coast. Stay with us this week as the series unfolds.]

Nina Larson
The WHO accused the tobacco industry of various means of environmental damage, from widespread deforestation to spewing out plastic and chemical waste.

May 31, 2022

The tobacco industry is a far greater threat than many realise as it is one of the world's biggest polluters, from leaving mountains of waste to driving global warming, the WHO said Tuesday.

The World Health Organization accused the industry of causing widespread deforestation, diverting badly needed land and water in poor countries away from food production, spewing out plastic and chemical waste as well as emitting millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Illustration: Eva Bee/The Guardian

May 19, 2022

Massive food producers hold too much power – and the regulators scarcely understand what is happening. Sound familiar?

For the past few years, scientists have been frantically sounding an alarm that governments refuse to hear: the global food system is beginning to look like the global financial system in the run-up to 2008.

AFP in Delhi
Fire broke out at the Bhalaswa landfill in New Delhi on 28 April. Photograph: Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images

Apr. 28, 2022

Power stations face coal shortages while burning landfill chokes residents in New Delhi

Millions sweltered in a dangerous early summer heatwave across India and Pakistan that has led to power and water shortages as annual furnace-like temperatures hit South Asia.

In New Delhi, a burning rubbish dump choked residents for a third day on Thursday as temperatures crossed 45C (113F) in parts of the region. Forecasters warn it will get even hotter this weekend.

Oliver Milman
The record increases in methane suggest it is being leaked from oil and gas drilling operations. Photo by Kurayba/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Apr. 12, 2022

This story was originally published by The Guardian and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Vijay Prashad, Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.
Almagul Menlibayeva (Kazakhstan), Transoxiana Dreams, 2010.

Apr. 1, 2022

Patrick Greenfield
AT the UN biodiversity conference, Geneva, delegates try to negotiate a Paris-style agreement for nature, their first in-person meeting in two years. Photograph: Mike Muzurakis/IISD/ENB

Mar. 23, 2022

Campaigners warn time running out for governments to halt and reverse the destruction of wildlife and ecosystems that support the planet

Time is running out for governments to reach an ambitious Paris-style agreement for nature, say campaigners, who warn that crucial negotiations to protect biodiversity are moving at a “snail’s pace”.

Dana Nuccitelli

Yves here. The UN assumes that farms around the world will need to feed 2 billion more people by 2050. I suspect Mother Nature/the Jackpot will dent those numbers.

John Dorn

Dec. 14, 2021

First our warming climate caused the winters to be milder, and then the pine beetles were able to survive over the winter, and then the pine forests were overwhelmed by the beetles, and then the province let the foresters harvest the pine trees to salvage the crop, and then the wildfires came and burnt through the debris fuel, and then the atmospheric rivers dropped months’ worth of rain in a few hours, and then there were no trees to hold back the water, and then the creeks and rivers overflowed, and then the town of Merritt was evacuated to Kelowna and Kamloops.


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