Environment

Save Old Growth announced the return of their highway blockades as of June 13 during the 2022 Thrifty Foods Victoria Day Parade. A new group, Clear The Road, which is frsutrated with the regular blockades is now pursuing a class-action lawsuit against Save Old Growth. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. commuters consider lawsuit over logging protest highway blockades by Save Old Growth

Drivers have missed appointments and work shifts, lost out on money, says Clear The Road group

Save Old Growth announced the return of their highway blockades as of June 13 during the 2022 Thrifty Foods Victoria Day Parade. A new group, Clear The Road, which is frsutrated with the regular blockades is now pursuing a class-action lawsuit against Save Old Growth. (Black Press Media file photo)
Honey bees flit in and out of their colony atop an apartment building in Vancouver’s West End. (Jane Skrypnek/Black Press Media)

VIDEO: Vancouver rooftops home to a new breed of honey bee: one made to survive

Ensure Hive Future breeding queen bees to be resistant to deadly mites

Honey bees flit in and out of their colony atop an apartment building in Vancouver’s West End. (Jane Skrypnek/Black Press Media)
The Broombusters Invasive Plant Society wants the province to officially label the invasive species Scotch broom as a noxious weed. (File photo)

Group launches sweeping campaign for B.C. to label Scotch broom a noxious weed

Province also asked to help stop spread of the invasive plant species

The Broombusters Invasive Plant Society wants the province to officially label the invasive species Scotch broom as a noxious weed. (File photo)
The Campbell River Estuary Conservation Area. (Photo/Nature Conservancy of Canada).

Federal goal to conserve 25% of land by 2025 achievable – with work: advocate

Protecting land requires time and money, says B.C. Vice President of conservation organization

The Campbell River Estuary Conservation Area. (Photo/Nature Conservancy of Canada).
Bailey Repp, Wildsight, communications specialist in an ancient inland temperate rainforest in the Seymour River in October, 2021. (Eddie Petryshen / Wildsight)

Wildsight receives funding for rainforest and caribou conservation project

The $19,000 funding is part of the 2022 BC Conservation and Biodiversity Awards

Bailey Repp, Wildsight, communications specialist in an ancient inland temperate rainforest in the Seymour River in October, 2021. (Eddie Petryshen / Wildsight)
David Suzuki at Grizzly Plaza in Revelstoke on May 27. (Josh Piercey/Revelstoke Review)

Low-carbon adventure: David Suzuki journeys across Canada in electric vehicle

Suzuki, his wife Tara Cullis, and a film crew made a pit-stop in Revelstoke on May 27

David Suzuki at Grizzly Plaza in Revelstoke on May 27. (Josh Piercey/Revelstoke Review)
A fly fisherman casts on the Kootenai River, downstream of the Koocanusa Reservoir, near the Montana-Idaho boundary and Leonia, Idaho, on Sept. 19, 2014. The agency that mediates disputes between Canada and the U.S. over shared waters is pleading with the federal Liberals to join an investigation into contamination from British Columbia coal mines.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP - The Spokesman Review, Rich Landers

International commission asks Canada to join probe of selenium flowing from B.C.

Ottawa has already rejected a similar request from the Ktunaxa First Nation

A fly fisherman casts on the Kootenai River, downstream of the Koocanusa Reservoir, near the Montana-Idaho boundary and Leonia, Idaho, on Sept. 19, 2014. The agency that mediates disputes between Canada and the U.S. over shared waters is pleading with the federal Liberals to join an investigation into contamination from British Columbia coal mines.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP - The Spokesman Review, Rich Landers
Bioform’s Rami Younes (right) and Jordan MacKenzie (left) showing a sheet of the bioplastic. (Credit: Kai Jacobson/UBC Applied Science)

UBC scientists aim to put plastic in the past with 2 new inventions

Biodegradable product could replace plastic, unique coating could extend its life

Bioform’s Rami Younes (right) and Jordan MacKenzie (left) showing a sheet of the bioplastic. (Credit: Kai Jacobson/UBC Applied Science)
A sign opposing coal development in the eastern slopes of the Livingston range south west of Longview, Alta., Wednesday, June 16, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta town endorses community-developed policy saying no to coal mining in Rockies

High River has joined 30 organizations in signing a document pushing prohibition of coal in Alberta

A sign opposing coal development in the eastern slopes of the Livingston range south west of Longview, Alta., Wednesday, June 16, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
The Galloway Lands proposed residential development map. (Image from gallowaylands.com)

Galloway Lands proposal to go to public hearing mid-June

The public hearing will take place on June 14, 15, and 16 on Zoom

The Galloway Lands proposed residential development map. (Image from gallowaylands.com)
NWP Coal is the company pushing the Crown Mountain project. (Photo courtesy of NWP Coal)

NWP Coal completes environmental assessment document for mining project near Sparwood

The environmental assessment had been delayed for about a year

NWP Coal is the company pushing the Crown Mountain project. (Photo courtesy of NWP Coal)
One of the Elk River Alliance’s five new interpretive signs aimed at improving Elk River health and environmental literacy. The sign at Annex Pond is labelled ‘Managing Your Stormwater Pollution’. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

New ERA signs in Fernie aim to increase Elk River health, environmental literacy

New signs have been posted by the Elk River Alliance in collaboration with the Ktunaxa Nation

One of the Elk River Alliance’s five new interpretive signs aimed at improving Elk River health and environmental literacy. The sign at Annex Pond is labelled ‘Managing Your Stormwater Pollution’. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The Sparks Lake wildfire shown on June 30, 2021. Beginning in 2022, the B.C. government will provide communities with at least $38,000 a year to fight climate change. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

B.C. communities to receive new annual climate action funding

Each to recieve at least $38,000 annually for next 3 years

The Sparks Lake wildfire shown on June 30, 2021. Beginning in 2022, the B.C. government will provide communities with at least $38,000 a year to fight climate change. (BC Wildfire Service photo)
Kimberley mayor Don McCormick defended the Galloway Lands proposal going to public hearing at a May 13, 2022, RDEK board of directors meeting. The motions to send the two bylaw amendments forward passed 9-6.

RDEK sends Galloway Lands proposal to public hearing in dramatic turnaround

The Regional District of East Kootenay directors had recommended the night before not to proceed

Kimberley mayor Don McCormick defended the Galloway Lands proposal going to public hearing at a May 13, 2022, RDEK board of directors meeting. The motions to send the two bylaw amendments forward passed 9-6.
Reto Barrington of Handshake Holdings, the Galloway Lands development proponent, presents to the Regional District of East Kootenay Planning and Development Services Committee on May 12, 2022, in favour of his proposed bylaw amendments proceeding. The committee voted 9-6 to recommend the proposal not proceed.

RDEK planning committee recommends Galloway Lands proposal not proceed

After a gruelling meeting, the Regional District of East Kootenay recommended 9-6 to not proceed

Reto Barrington of Handshake Holdings, the Galloway Lands development proponent, presents to the Regional District of East Kootenay Planning and Development Services Committee on May 12, 2022, in favour of his proposed bylaw amendments proceeding. The committee voted 9-6 to recommend the proposal not proceed.
Dandelions growing at the Community EcoGarden in Fernie. Wildsight Elk Valley is promoting No Mow May for the third year in 2022. (Photo by Mary Cosman)

Wildsight challenges people not to mow their lawns this May for the bees

The challenge is meant to give bees more pollenation options through the spring

Dandelions growing at the Community EcoGarden in Fernie. Wildsight Elk Valley is promoting No Mow May for the third year in 2022. (Photo by Mary Cosman)
The Regional District of East Kootenay board of directors voted on Jan. 14, 2022 to send the Galloway Lands development proposal bylaw amendments application back to staff to address issues with the proposal.

RDEK to hear delegates, make recommendation on Galloway Lands today

The RDEK will be hearing 14 delegates on the issue, and make their recommendation for the board

The Regional District of East Kootenay board of directors voted on Jan. 14, 2022 to send the Galloway Lands development proposal bylaw amendments application back to staff to address issues with the proposal.
Marine biologist Colin Foord, rear, and musician J.D. McKay work at their Coral Morphologic lab, Wednesday, March 2, 2022, in Miami. They have been on a 15-year mission to raise awareness about dying coral reefs with a company that presents the issue through science and art. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Coral reefs provide stunning images of a world under assault

Coral Morphologic shows real-world example of how coral communities can adapt at busy port of Miami

Marine biologist Colin Foord, rear, and musician J.D. McKay work at their Coral Morphologic lab, Wednesday, March 2, 2022, in Miami. They have been on a 15-year mission to raise awareness about dying coral reefs with a company that presents the issue through science and art. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
This 2021 image provided by LeighAnn Ferrara shows Ferrara’s young son as he watches a rabbit on a grassy patch of his White Plains, N.Y., yard, which is surrounded by planting beds of flowers, vegetables and trees. Many people are converting parts of their grass lawns into more diverse plantings. (LeighAnn Ferrara via AP

North America’s love affair with the lawn is getting messy

Some homeowners seeing a well-manicured lawn as an anachronism, even a threat

This 2021 image provided by LeighAnn Ferrara shows Ferrara’s young son as he watches a rabbit on a grassy patch of his White Plains, N.Y., yard, which is surrounded by planting beds of flowers, vegetables and trees. Many people are converting parts of their grass lawns into more diverse plantings. (LeighAnn Ferrara via AP
While some people may participate in No Mow May, the Nature Conservancy of Canada urges everyone to take the next step in naturalizing backyards or balconies. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
While some people may participate in No Mow May, the Nature Conservancy of Canada urges everyone to take the next step in naturalizing backyards or balconies. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)