Forestry

29/01/23
Author: 
Amanda Follett Hosgood
Iris Energy’s Prince George bitcoin mining operation, which opened in September, sits on 12 acres of land near the Fraser River. The facility employs about 15 people and draws 50 megawatts of electricity. Photo provided by Iris Energy.

Jan. 19, 2023

Cryptocurrency operations have been taking up residence in forestry towns. Amidst a turbulent market, the province is hitting pause.

When most people think about bitcoin, they likely think of a shiny new tech industry that operates somewhere in “the cloud.”

18/01/23
Author: 
Ben Parfitt
Logs piled up awaiting conversion to wood pellets at a factory now owned by multinational Drax Group. Photo from Stand.earth.

Jan. 18, 2023

The closure of a Prince George pulp mill is yet another warning we’re running out of trees.

17/01/23
Author: 
Rob Miller
The brave new frontier of artificial intelligence could bring the promise — and chaos — we have seen with social media. Photo by Tara Winstead/Pexels

 

". . . I asked ChatGPT what it thought about clearcutting old-growth forests."

 

Jan. 17, 2023

06/01/23
Author: 
Scott Neigh
Image: The Breach

"While material gains are crucial, they are far from the only way that movements build towards a better world. Also important are the increased confidence and capacity that can result even from collective struggles that have not yet won definitive victories. "

Dec. 22, 2022

23/12/22
Author: 
David Broadland
This satellite photo of logging west of Kelowna covers an area of 63 square kilometres. The 220,000 square kilometres of primary forest in BC that is being converted to clearcuts, logging roads and plantations is 3,500 times greater than the area shown here (click image to enlarge). For context, the entire state of Washington covers 184,827 square kilometres.

Dec.13, 2022

The BC government is committing a 220,000-square-kilometre, biodiversity-killing, climate-destabilizing fraud on its own citizens and the international community.

THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF WRITING over the past year about the “Big Lie” in American politics: A deliberate, gross distortion of the truth, repeated over and over, even in the face of evidence that what’s being claimed is false.

23/12/22
Author: 
Natasha Bulowski
A processor strips the bark and branches from a log in Copper Canyon on Vancouver Island, B.C. Photo by David Stanley / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Dec. 23, 2022

Canadian environmental groups have levelled another greenwashing complaint — this time at the largest certification scheme for sustainable forestry in North America.

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certifies 115 million hectares of forest within Canada’s borders for companies.

14/12/22
Author: 
Rob Miller
We know these ancient forests are worth more standing. We understand the consequences of losing them. There is a sense of urgency for change. We need binding agreements from international negotiations like COP15. Photo via Flickr

Dec. 14, 2022

During Biodiversity Day at COP27, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault committed $855,000 to ensure non-profit environmental groups and Indigenous partners can participate at COP15, the UN biodiversity conference in Montreal. This funding levels the playing field as industries increasingly send their paid representatives to participate in the negotiations.

30/11/22
Author: 
Marc Lee and Ben Parfitt
Climate-related disasters like 2021 flooding in the Fraser Valley will take an increasing economic and human toll. Photo via City of Abbotsford.

Nov. 30, 2022

In BC, 2021’s heat, fire and floods cost the economy $10.6 billion to $17.1 billion, a report calculates.

When Don and Mary Nowoselski moved from Dawson Creek in northeast British Columbia to the Creston Valley 30 years ago, they were looking for a little less winter.

A bit of land tucked near the U.S. border in a fertile valley in the province’s East Kootenay region seemed to fit the bill, and the couple settled into a new life that included an expanding cherry orchard operation.

24/11/22
Author: 
Rochelle Baker & Jennifer Osborne
RCMP officers arrest Fairy Creek protesters following a pepper spray incident in August 2021. Photo by Jen Osborne

Nov. 24, 2022

At least one police officer joined protesters, journalists and politicians raising alarm bells over RCMP enforcement tactics during the peak of conflict at the Fairy Creek old-growth blockades in B.C. during the summer of 2021.

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