Ecology/Environment

06/04/22
Author: 
Damian Carrington
Microplastics now contaminate the entire planet, from the summit of Mount Everest to the deepest oceans. Photograph: David Kelly

Apr. 6, 2022

Particles discovered in tissue of 11 out of 13 patients undergoing surgery, with polypropylene and PET most common

Microplastic pollution has been discovered lodged deep in the lungs of living people for the first time. The particles were found in almost all the samples analysed.

The scientists said microplastic pollution was now ubiquitous across the planet, making human exposure unavoidable and meaning “there is an increasing concern regarding the hazards” to health.

30/03/22
Author: 
Charlie Carey
Aerial spraying of herbicides, like this helicopter seen in the Prince George Forest District, are part of a proposed South Coast Pest Management Plan from BC Timber Sales.James Steidle

Mar. 24, 2022

The five year Pest Management Plan, which covers Squamish to Hope, targets native hard woods and Indigenous medicines and food in efforts to increase lumber output.

A proposed BC Timber Sales Pest Management Plan is gaining attention and fierce push back, as the provincial agency seeks to use aerial and ground spraying of herbicides to increase commercial lumber output.

30/03/22
Author: 
Jeremy Lent
Teaser Photo by Dimitry Anikin on Unsplash

Mar. 29, 2022

The neoliberal ideology of unrestrained markets has led to a global crisis. Humanity now faces an existential threat as the result of global dominance by corporations, whose ultimate goal is at odds with human flourishing.


Originally published March 14, 2022 in Inside Over as “The world on the brink of the abyss. Looking at the real danger.”

26/03/22
Author: 
Judith Lavoie
Nuchatlaht Ha’wilth (Hereditary Chief) Jordan Michael says logging has destroyed old-growth forest and salmon streams on Nootka Island, but the province won’t recognize Nuchatlaht First Nation’s right to manage the territory. Photo via Nuchatlaht First Nation.

Mar. 22, 2022

The nation is in BC Supreme Court to claim title to heavily-logged land the province says they ‘abandoned.’

As Archie Little anticipated the groundbreaking Indigenous title case that began in B.C. Supreme Court yesterday, March 21, he emphasized the phrase supporters are using to describe the legal battle between the tiny Nuchatlaht First Nation and the provincial and federal governments.

25/03/22
Author: 
Andrea Palframan - RAVEN
RAVEN - Victory for Beaver Lake Cree

Mar. 18, 2022

Beaver Lake Cree set powerful precedent for Indigenous access to justice in Canada’s Supreme Court

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24/03/22
Author: 
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”.

15/03/22
Author: 
Amanda Follett Hosgood
An image taken by enforcement officers with BC’s Environmental Assessment Office in October shows a muddy plume of water from a Coastal GasLink worksite entering the Clore River, east of Kitimat.

Feb.  25, 2022

The pipeline firm was penalized for violations including allowing sediment to flow into sensitive watersheds.

Coastal GasLink has been ordered to pay a $72,500 fine for environmental violations that continued for at least a year along its 670-kilometre pipeline route through northern B.C.

04/03/22
Author: 
Primary Author: Mitchell Beer
tpsdave/Pixabay - Storm Surge

Mar. 2, 2022

This story includes details on the impacts of climate change that may be difficult for some readers. If you are feeling overwhelmed by this crisis situation here is a list of resources on how to cope with fears and feelings about the scope and pace of the climate crisis.

02/03/22
Author: 
John Woodside
Ditching fossil fuels is a key part of tackling climate change and keeping our planet fit for human life, but Bay Street and Big Oil are standing in the way. Artwork by Ata Ojani / Canada's National Observer

March 2, 2022

Climate change is already threatening everyone on the planet.

For everyone alive today, this is an inescapable truth. We are on a road to extinction. Until we bring greenhouse gas emissions down to zero everywhere in the world, the planet will continue to warm. The only question is, how long will we stay on this path?

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