Environment

Deemed as an historic milestone for conservation, it was the result fo a partnership between the provincial Spotted Owl Breeding and Release Program and Spuzzum First Nation. (BC Gov News)

Wild B.C. population of critically endangered spotted owl jumps from 1 to 4

Conservation made possible due to partnership between Spuzzum First Nation and provincial government

Deemed as an historic milestone for conservation, it was the result fo a partnership between the provincial Spotted Owl Breeding and Release Program and Spuzzum First Nation. (BC Gov News)
A new study says the population of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales continued its downward trend this year, partly because only 15 calves were born in 2022. (Photo by The Canadian Press)

Population of North Atlantic right whales continues decline

Decline of North Atlantic whale has slowed, but it continues

A new study says the population of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales continued its downward trend this year, partly because only 15 calves were born in 2022. (Photo by The Canadian Press)
Environmental activist David Suzuki speaks during a rally in Vancouver, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Suzuki says he will retire next spring from his long-running post as host of CBC’s “The Nature of Things.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Environmental activist David Suzuki speaks during a rally in Vancouver, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Suzuki says he will retire next spring from his long-running post as host of CBC’s “The Nature of Things.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Teck and Nupqu, a Ktunaxa-owned company, partnered to plant 2.4 million seedlings in the Elk Valley area in 2022. (Photo contributed by Teck)

Teck and Ktunaxa partner to plant 2.4 million seedlings in 2022

The trees were planted as part of Teck’s goal to be nature positive

Teck and Nupqu, a Ktunaxa-owned company, partnered to plant 2.4 million seedlings in the Elk Valley area in 2022. (Photo contributed by Teck)
Container ship MV Kingston is being escorted from its anchorage off Victoria to Duke Point in Nanaimo. (Photo: Transport Canada)

MV Zim Kingston showed West Coast it’s not prepared to handle marine cargo spills

Parliamentary committee wants response gap plugged in wake of 2021 fire and spill off Victoria

Container ship MV Kingston is being escorted from its anchorage off Victoria to Duke Point in Nanaimo. (Photo: Transport Canada)
A white sturgeon is seen in B.C. waters after being captured during sampling by the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society in an undated handout photo. Three British Columbia First Nations want the provincial and federal governments to live up to nine-month old court decision that said there is “overwhelming” evidence a dam on the Nechako River is killing endangered sturgeon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

B.C. First Nations seek action on sturgeon deaths, after court blamed declines on dam

First Nations claim mismanagement say quick action needed to protect their rights and the sturgeon

A white sturgeon is seen in B.C. waters after being captured during sampling by the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society in an undated handout photo. Three British Columbia First Nations want the provincial and federal governments to live up to nine-month old court decision that said there is “overwhelming” evidence a dam on the Nechako River is killing endangered sturgeon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
People enjoy the outdoors in very dry conditions in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. Large numbers of trees in the park are dead or dying, due to drought conditions and an ongoing outbreak of western hemlock looper moths. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Drought and moths push the trees of Vancouver’s Stanley Park to the brink

Large numbers of browning trees appear dead or dying in Vancouver’s signature park

People enjoy the outdoors in very dry conditions in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. Large numbers of trees in the park are dead or dying, due to drought conditions and an ongoing outbreak of western hemlock looper moths. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Cod fill a box on a trawler off the coast of Hampton Beach, N.H., in an April 23, 2016 file photo. A new audit of Canada’s efforts to protect aquatic species at risk of going extinct says the federal government is biased against listing commercially valuable fish as needing protection. THE CANADIAN PRESS /AP/Robert F. Bukaty

VIDEO: Environment commissioner warns Canada failing to protect commercially valuable fish

Fisheries and Oceans Canada extremely slow to act on recommendations, commissioner says

Cod fill a box on a trawler off the coast of Hampton Beach, N.H., in an April 23, 2016 file photo. A new audit of Canada’s efforts to protect aquatic species at risk of going extinct says the federal government is biased against listing commercially valuable fish as needing protection. THE CANADIAN PRESS /AP/Robert F. Bukaty
A bull kelp forest is seen underwater near Victoria in a May 13, 2015, in this handout image. Kelp forests, which can grow 20 to 30 metres tall from the ocean floor, provide food and shelter for thousands of marine species while absorbing carbon from the atmosphere. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Liam Coleman, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Scientists have developed a technique to restore kelp forests for future generations

Climate change and other factors are chopping away at the undersea forests

A bull kelp forest is seen underwater near Victoria in a May 13, 2015, in this handout image. Kelp forests, which can grow 20 to 30 metres tall from the ocean floor, provide food and shelter for thousands of marine species while absorbing carbon from the atmosphere. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Liam Coleman, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Icebergs are seen from outside Croaker Bay on Devon Island, Canada, on Friday, July 11, 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Arctic Ocean acidifying up to four times faster than any other sea on Earth

Acidification linked to the loss of sea ice and will have unknown repercussions for life in the area

Icebergs are seen from outside Croaker Bay on Devon Island, Canada, on Friday, July 11, 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
The Giant Mine site is shown during a site surface tour of the Giant Mine Remediation Project near Yellowknife, Northwest Territories on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Angela Gzowski

Gold, arsenic and murder: $1-billion cleanup underway at notorious N.W.T. gold mine

Efforts ongoing to clean up Giant Mine, one of the most contaminated places in Canada

The Giant Mine site is shown during a site surface tour of the Giant Mine Remediation Project near Yellowknife, Northwest Territories on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Angela Gzowski
Members of Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force help load boxes of water into an airplane at an airbase in Komaki, central Japan, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, as they were preparing to take off for Australia on their way to Tonga to transport the emergency relief goods, following Saturday’s volcanic eruption near the Pacific nation. Japan’s Defense Ministry said it would send emergency relief, including drinking water and equipment for cleaning away volcanic ash. (Kyodo News via AP)

Tonga volcano blast was unusual, could even warm the Earth

January eruption shot millions of tons of water vapor high up into the atmosphere

Members of Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force help load boxes of water into an airplane at an airbase in Komaki, central Japan, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, as they were preparing to take off for Australia on their way to Tonga to transport the emergency relief goods, following Saturday’s volcanic eruption near the Pacific nation. Japan’s Defense Ministry said it would send emergency relief, including drinking water and equipment for cleaning away volcanic ash. (Kyodo News via AP)
Quatsino First Nation’s community hall was full on Tuesday evening as BHP made a public apology to the nation regarding the Island Copper Mine’s operations. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

Global firm apologizes to B.C. First Nation for damage caused by copper mine

Decommissioned open pit mine was located in Quatsino First Nation traditional territory

Quatsino First Nation’s community hall was full on Tuesday evening as BHP made a public apology to the nation regarding the Island Copper Mine’s operations. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Bonny Glambeck and Dan Lewis of Clayoquot Action collect fish farm samples. (Photo credit: Jérémy Mathieu / Clayoquot Action)

Ottawa is scaling back its promise to phase out open net-pen salmon farms, critics say

3 expansions approved since phase-out promise made

  • Sep 19, 2022
Bonny Glambeck and Dan Lewis of Clayoquot Action collect fish farm samples. (Photo credit: Jérémy Mathieu / Clayoquot Action)
A group from Parks Canada and First Nations along with others gather in a circle to discuss the clam bed restoration project underway while on the Salish sea garden tour on Russell Island, a 32-acre Gulf Island National Park near Salt Spring Island, B.C., Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

VIDEO: Restoring the culinary and cultural bounty of ancient Indigenous sea gardens in B.C.

Indigenous leaders are looking to gain approval for clam harvesting using their sea garden method

A group from Parks Canada and First Nations along with others gather in a circle to discuss the clam bed restoration project underway while on the Salish sea garden tour on Russell Island, a 32-acre Gulf Island National Park near Salt Spring Island, B.C., Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Elk River Alliance volunteers are pictured during the 2021 Elk River Cleanup. (Submitted file)

Elk River Alliance to host 2022 shoreline cleanup

The ERA is inviting people out to this year’s Elk River cleanup

Elk River Alliance volunteers are pictured during the 2021 Elk River Cleanup. (Submitted file)
Water flows along the All-American Canal Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022, near Winterhaven, Calif. In November 1922, seven land-owning white men brokered a deal to allocate water from the Colorado River, which winds through the West and ends in Mexico. During the past two decades, pressure has intensified on the river as the driest 22-year stretch in the past 1,200 years has gripped the southwestern U.S. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

100 years after compact, Colorado River nearing crisis point

‘The law of the river is not suited to what the river has become’

  • Sep 12, 2022
Water flows along the All-American Canal Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022, near Winterhaven, Calif. In November 1922, seven land-owning white men brokered a deal to allocate water from the Colorado River, which winds through the West and ends in Mexico. During the past two decades, pressure has intensified on the river as the driest 22-year stretch in the past 1,200 years has gripped the southwestern U.S. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
High water levels are washing out Highway 307, this campground at Otter Falls and leading to several hundred residents being evacuated from the area just north east of Winnipeg, Tuesday, May 24, 2022. A coalition on climate adaptation and disaster resilience says air conditioning should become a human right on par with winter heating as climate change brings more risks of extreme heat waves across Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Canada needs to consider air conditioning a human right: Climate Proof

Coalition on climate adaptation says Canada needs hard targets on disaster resilience

High water levels are washing out Highway 307, this campground at Otter Falls and leading to several hundred residents being evacuated from the area just north east of Winnipeg, Tuesday, May 24, 2022. A coalition on climate adaptation and disaster resilience says air conditioning should become a human right on par with winter heating as climate change brings more risks of extreme heat waves across Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
The Vancouver Aquarium says one of its Stellar sea lions has given birth to a healthy pup. The male pup (right), named Natoa, and his first-time mom, Rogue, are doing well.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Vancouver Aquarium

Stellar sea lion pup in Vancouver aids research to rebuild species in Alaska

Alaska has seen a decline or disappearance of up to 75 per cent of its wild sea lions

The Vancouver Aquarium says one of its Stellar sea lions has given birth to a healthy pup. The male pup (right), named Natoa, and his first-time mom, Rogue, are doing well.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Vancouver Aquarium
Tofino expects to break ground on a $78 million sewage treatment facility this month. (Westerly file photo)

B.C. tourism mecca finally poised to stop pumping raw sewage into the ocean

Shovels expected to hit the ground this month on Tofino’s much-delayed $78M sewage treatment facility

Tofino expects to break ground on a $78 million sewage treatment facility this month. (Westerly file photo)