Ecology/Environment

19/05/21
Author: 
Chris Campbell
This Anna's Hummingbird was spotted near where Trans Mountain crews are working to clear the way for a pipeline.  Donna Clark

May 13, 2021

A fundraising campaign has been started

A group that pushed the federal government into halting logging in Burnaby due to risks to bird nests is now fundraising to expand its network.

18/05/21
Author: 
Oliver Milman
 Forest - The world is still experiencing an overall loss of forests ‘at a terrifying rate,’ researchers say. Photo by Robert Balog / Pixabay

May 18th 2021

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

An area of forest the size of France has regrown around the world over the past 20 years, showing that regeneration in some places is paying off, a new analysis has found.

18/05/21
Author: 
Rochelle Baker
Old growth tree - Fairy Creek blockade activists in the Caycuse camp expect RCMP arrests by Tuesday morning. File photo by Will O'Connell

May 17th 2021

Fairy Creek old-growth activists are worried the RCMP will move into protest camps and make arrests with impunity while denying media and other legal observers the ability to scrutinize their enforcement of an injunction order on southwestern Vancouver Island.

17/05/21
Author: 
Stefan Labbé
 Coquitlam Reservoir supplies up to 40 per cent of Metro Vancouver's water — in the coming decades that's expected to double. (via UVIC Environmental Law Centre)

May 15, 2021

Metro Vancouver has banked at least 60% of the region's future water supply on the Coquitlam Reservoir. But as it moves to secure municipal water for the next half-century, the fate of an Indigenous community and the river they live on is at stake.

On a recent sunlit afternoon, Heidi Walsh stepped onto the observation deck of a century-old concrete tower overlooking 600 square kilometres of mountain forest. 

17/05/21
Author: 
Charles Mandel
Research and development to support the advancement of small modular reactors and advanced reactors. Photo by Canadian Nuclear Laboratories / Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

 May 12th 2021

John Gorman believes in a nuclear future — which, given his background, might come as a surprise. Before becoming president and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Association, Gorman worked in positions where he championed solar, wind and hydro, renewable energy sources with a lot less baggage.

07/05/21
Author: 
International Energy Association

For example, the report states that a typical electric car requires six times the mineral inputs of a conventional car, and an onshore wind plant

requires nine times more mineral resources than a gas-fired power plant. Since 2010, the average amount of minerals needed for a new

unit of power generation capacity has increased by 50% as the share of renewables has risen.

And that doesn’t include materials for backup power due to low capacity factors and intermittency.

And less than 1% of lithium is currently recycled.......

02/05/21
Author: 
William Janeway
Demostrators with the youth-led Sunrise Movement gather in San Francisco to call on House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to support the formation of a select committee to advance a Green New Deal. (Photo: Peg Hunter/flickr/cc)

April 14, 2021

Whether it is called "Build Back Better" or a "Green Industrial Policy" or, indeed, a Green New Deal, it is imperative to reject the false dichotomy of "jobs against climate."

Metaphors matter. As a metaphor, the "New Deal" has been mobilized both in response to climate change and in support of President Biden's rescue and infrastructure initiatives. It needs examination if it is to go from serving as a mere slogan to defining a coherent program. Compelling invocation of the New Deal turns on:

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