Ecology/Environment

26/12/21
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Ideas - CBC
Kim Stanley Robinson

'I absolutely believe capitalism is one name for the problem. It's exploitative,' says the sci-fi writer 

Ideas 53:59Kim Stanley Robinson: The Best-Case Scenario You Can Still Believe In

25/12/21
Author: 
Emma Gilchrist
Pipeline company Coastal GasLink dropped civil contempt charges laid against two journalists who were arrested while reporting on conflict in Wet'suwet'en territory. Photo: Amber Bracken / The Narwhal

Dec. 24, 2021

Amber Bracken and Michael Toledano were detained for three nights, attracting international scrutiny of ongoing RCMP violations of press freedoms

Charges have been dropped against journalists Amber Bracken and Michael Toledano, who were arrested and detained for three nights on civil contempt charges while reporting on militarized police raids on Wet’suwet’en territory in northwest B.C. on Nov. 19. 

18/12/21
Author: 
Rochelle Baker
Federal Fisheries Minister Joyce Murray is cutting the commercial herring fishing allocation to 10 per cent, down from 20 per cent last year, to protect the valuable forage fish and threatened salmon. Photo courtesy of Fisheries Ministry

Dec. 16, 2021

In her first major decision, new federal Fisheries Minister Joyce Murray has reduced the West Coast commercial herring fishery by half.

Wading into the thick of fish politics Thursday, Murray said the decision is based on an abundance of caution given herring are a critical food for endangered salmon stocks — further jeopardized by the double whammy of fire and floods in B.C. this year.

18/12/21
Author: 
Mia Rabson
A car is charged at a charge station for electric vehicles on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. File photo by The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick

Editor: But see "Lithium, Cobalt, and Rare Earths: the Post-Petroleum Resource Race" https://ecosocialistsvancouver.org/article/lithium-cobalt-and-rare-earth... and Lithium-Ion Battery Production Is Surging, but at What Cost? https://ecosocialistsvancouver.org/article/lithium-ion-battery-productio... and more - search lithium here: 

18/12/21
Author: 
Matt Simmons
Suzanne Simard says returning now to the forests where she spent her childhood summers eating dirt is heartbreaking — because they’re gone. Photo by Brendan Ko

Dec. 17, 2021

Everything in an ecosystem is connected. A tiny sapling relies on a towering ancient tree, just like a newborn baby depends on its mother. And that forest giant needs the bugs in the dirt, the salmon carcass brought to its roots by wolves and bears and the death and decay of its peers. It thrives not in isolation, but because of dizzyingly complex connections with other trees and plants through vast but tiny fungal networks hidden below the forest floor.

18/12/21
Author: 
Saul Arbess

With much of BC Timber Sales' old-growth logging on pause, the Province could direct the publicly-owned agency to focus its logging program on second-growth forests using ecosystem-based management.

 

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17/12/21
Author: 
Dogwood
Dec 2, 2021
Here's a little tourist propaganda from the British Columbia Ministry of Greenwash. It celebrates the local results of increasing federal and provincial support for the fossil fuel industry. 
 
14/12/21
Author: 
Vaughn Palmer
A notice to clear the road from RCMP sits in a tree fell across the road block access to Gidimt'en checkpoint near Houston, B.C., on Jan. 8, 2020. PHOTO BY JASON FRANSON /THE CANADIAN PRESS

Dec. 13, 2021

Party brass have worked behind the scenes to tamp down dissent, but some bubbled over in weekend convention

VICTORIA — The B.C. NDP convention on Sunday called for an independent investigation into allegations the RCMP used excessive force against protesters at the standoff over the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

The party accused the RCMP of setting back reconciliation with the Wet’suwet’en Indigenous people, whose hereditary leaders oppose construction of the natural gas pipeline through their traditional territory.

14/12/21
Author: 
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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