Serena Renner, Tyee contributor, and Zoë Yunker
The blockade in the Fairy Creek watershed has faced criticisms for not receiving support from Pacheedaht First Nation, whose territory includes the watershed. Photo: Will O'Connell

Mar 26, 2021

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Simon Frankson emerged from his sleeping bag at 4 a.m., just in time to join the fray.

Chris Campbell
An Anna's Hummingbird in a nest.Melissa Hafting photo

Mar. 27, 2021

But the company says it's added a buffer to protect them

One of the world's smallest birds are in danger in Burnaby due to work on the Trans Mountain pipeline project, say local environmentalists.

On Tuesday, March 23, two Anna's Hummingbird nests were confirmed in the woodland corridor of the Brunette River watershed in an area slated to be cleared for Trans Mountain pipeline construction, according to Sara Ross, one of the nest-finders and a Burnaby resident.

Yasmine Ghania
Nova Scotia MP Lenore Zann (right) and Dr. Ingrid Waldron (left) pictured in the Nova Scotia legislature in 2017. Waldron was a driving force behind Zann’s environmental racism bill. Zann photo / Facebook

March 24th 2021

Conservative and Bloc Québécois MPs say they are against a proposed private member’s bill that aims to address environmental racism.

Bill C-230, sponsored by Liberal MP Lenore Zann, headed to second reading in the House of Commons on Tuesday.

The bill would require the federal government to collect data on locations affected by environmental hazards, and to examine their connections to race, socioeconomic status and health.

Carl Meyer
File photo of air pollution in Toronto at a manufacturing complex. United Nations Photo / Kibae Park

March 25th 2021

Air pollutants have cost Canada $120 billion per year, according to recently released figures from Health Canada, a toll that roughly equals the value of all oil and gas exports.

The health burden from pollutants in the air that come from industrial activities like oil and gas extraction, mining, manufacturing, construction, and transportation — as well as natural events like forest fires — contributed to 15,300 premature Canadian deaths in 2016, the most recent year figures are available.

Migratory Bird Conservation Partnership
Migratory birds - C. M. Burge / Getty Images

Mar 24, 2021

From the air, California’s Central Valley looks like an enormous patchwork quilt, squares of green and gold fields stitched together by grey threads of roads and highways. This region is known as “the breadbasket of the world.” The rich alluvial soil produces a quarter of the nation’s food. Close to 20% of all the rice grown in the U.S. comes from here.

Steve Rose
The Loess plateau, in China, in 2007, left, and transformed into green valleys and productive farmland in 2019. Composite: Rex/Shutterstock/Xinhua/Alamy

Mar. 20, 2021

‘Our biggest challenge? Lack of imagination’: the scientists turning the desert green

In China, scientists have turned vast swathes of arid land into a lush oasis. Now a team of maverick engineers want to do the same to the Sinai

Peter Ewart

Mar. 18, 2021

The effects of climate change on the forests, landscapes, jobs and communities of British Columbia are increasingly evident across the province, including infestation by insects such as the pine beetle (which has killed millions of hectares of Interior pine forest), severe wildfires, drought, flooding, and other problems.  The pine beetle epidemic alone has resulted in the loss of thousands of forestry jobs and the closure of dozens of mills, and climate change is having other negative effects on both the forests and economy.

Primary Author Tim Radford
Ice shelf - NASA/JPL-Caltech/UC Irvine

MARCH 7, 2021

Antarctic warming is accelerating: at least one of the southern continent’s ice shelves has been melting faster than ever. The polar summer of 2019-2020 set a new record for temperatures above freezing point over the George VI ice shelf off the Antarctic Peninsula.

The finding is ominous: the ice shelves form a natural buttress that slows the rate of glacier flow from the continental bedrock. The faster the glaciers flow into the sea, the higher the hazard of sea level rise.


On March 1st, eight water and land protectors (now known in the press as the Secwépemc 8) appeared either in Kamloops Supreme Court or by phone.

The next hearing is scheduled for March 15th at 2 PM in Kamloops Supreme Court (or by phone for the arrestees who reside in the Lower Mainland). The dial-in number and passcode will be shared, once they are available, and anyone from the public is welcome to join the call as an observer, but is not permitted to speak.

The accused are - 

Water and land protectors arrested on Oct. 15th


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