Ecology/Environment

20/03/23
Author: 
Michelle Gamage
Deep-sea pink sea urchins aggregate to feed on decaying seaweed. To adapt to climate change, they’ve been expanding their habitat by an average of 3.5 metres per year. Photo by Ocean Networks Canada/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Mar. 17, 2023

But what happens when there’s nowhere left to go?

Species are heading up steep slopes on land and underwater to escape the effects of climate change.

19/03/23
Author: 
Robin McKie
A savanna elephant in Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa. The total biomass of savanna elephants was estimated in the study to be half that of the 2m tonnes cats collectively weigh. Photograph: Arterra Picture Library/Alamy

Mar. 18, 2023

The total weight of Earth’s wild land mammals – from elephants to bisons and from deer to tigers – is now less than 10% of the combined tonnage of men, women and children living on the planet.

A study by scientists at Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science, published this month, concludes that wild land mammals alive today have a total mass of 22m tonnes. By comparison, humanity now weighs in at a total of around 390m tonnes.

16/03/23
Author: 
Michael Ekers, Estair Van Wagner and Sarah Morales
Large swaths of private forest lands — especially on Vancouver Island — aren’t protected from harmful logging practices. Photo by TJ Watt.

Website editor: This is an important article about logging, climate change,  Indigenous rights and more in BC.

Mar. 16, 2023

A gap in government protection is undermining Indigenous rights and environmental protection.

14/03/23
Author: 
Lisa Friedman
A section of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, which spans the state from north to south, near Valdez.BLM Photo/Alamy

Mar. 14, 2023

 

Hello! I’m Lisa and I follow environmental policy for The Times. There was a big win for fossil fuels this week, so the newsletter team invited me in to talk about what Big Oil is thinking and what we might expect from the industry going forward.

11/03/23
Author: 
Michael Bramadat-Willcock
Gitxsan blockade of CN rail lines near New Hazelton in early 2020 erected in support of Wet’suwet’en opposition to the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline. (File photo)

Mar. 9, 2023

Community-Industry Response Group not welcome on Gitxsan lands, say chiefs

Gitxsan hereditary chiefs issued a notice this week prohibiting the RCMP’s ‘militarized squadron’ called the Community-Industry Response Group (C-IRG) from Gitxsan lands centred in the Hazelton area, effective immediately.

“While we embrace safety measures for our community, the militarized squadron of the RCMP [the C-IRG] funded to the tune of $50M, have been sent to terrorize our people at the barrel of a gun during peaceful protests and blockades,” the notice reads.

10/03/23
Author: 
Amanda Follett Hosgood
RCMP C-IRG officers face off against occupants at Gidimt’en Camp in June 2022. At the time, police were conducting sweeps through the camp multiple times a day. Photo by Amanda Follett Hosgood.

Mar. 10, 2023

Documents Reveal ‘Rural Policing’ Money Is Going to the C-IRG

An RCMP unit under investigation by a federal commissioner will receive 15 per cent of the funding promised for safer communities.

09/03/23
Author: 
Kai Nagata
A proposed gas pipeline in B.C. would run through the Skeena watershed. Photo by Brian Huntington / Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition

Mar. 9, 2023

B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman will soon decide the fate of Enbridge’s Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission Project — and possibly his government. First approved in 2014, the 48-inch pipeline would carry fracked gas across a complex patchwork of sovereign territories to a new LNG terminal on the coast.

09/03/23
Author: 
Michelle Gamage
‘The irony is that [the LNG Canada plant will] be BC’s largest source of pollution but will be paying less in carbon tax than regular British Columbians filling up at a gas station,’ says Sven Biggs, Canadian oil and gas programs director. Photo via Shutterstock.

Mar. 9, 2023

BC Budget Hits Snooze on Climate Action

If governments around the world take our approach, says one expert, ‘we’re fried.’

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