Environment

Save Old Growth announced its impending return to action with a series of vandalism across Vancouver July 28. On Aug. 2, the group ran its first traffic blockade in a month near Stanley Park. (Save Old Growth website/screenshot)

Save Old Growth resumes B.C. traffic disruptions with Vancouver blockade

Environmental group back in action after 1 month pause

 

FILE - Climate activists Elizabeth Wathuti of Kenia, Vanessa Nakate of Uganda and Helena Gualinga of Ecuador attend the climate protest alongside the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, May 26, 2022. A group of top climate scientists say the world needs to think about the ultimate climate catastrophe, human extinction, and how possible it is. They are calling on the world’s main climate science body to look at the ultimate climate catastrophes, no matter how remotely unlikely they are. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka, File)

Chances of climate catastrophe are ignored, scientists say

“I do not believe civilization as we know it will make it out of this century”: B.C. scientist

 

An Oak Bay Police Department (OBPD) car parked outside the office on Monterey Avenue. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tyre Extinguishers: Environmental activists deflate tires on 34 SUVs in Greater Victoria

The group, called Tyre Extinguishers, wants to eliminate SUVs in cities

 

The City of Nanaimo has opted into a voluntary reporting program that collects data on the energy use and carbon footprints of buildings within the city. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo joins reporting program for carbon footprint and energy use in civic buildings

Building Benchmark B.C. is Canada’s largest voluntary building energy reporting program

The City of Nanaimo has opted into a voluntary reporting program that collects data on the energy use and carbon footprints of buildings within the city. (News Bulletin file photo)
Don Allingham talks to Jeff Moore about some of the flood mapping findings. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Mapping of Island river’s floodplain to aid in future flooding risks

Magnitude and complexity of the problem clear, but there’s no quick and easy solution

Don Allingham talks to Jeff Moore about some of the flood mapping findings. (Photo by Don Bodger)
As plastic continues to pollute the ocean, Oceana Canada is calling on the government action (credit Oceana Canada/Elemental).

Plastic predicament: Federal group urges action on packaging legislation in Canada

Oceana Canada is calling on the government to reduce the amount of harmful single-use plastics

As plastic continues to pollute the ocean, Oceana Canada is calling on the government action (credit Oceana Canada/Elemental).
FILE - Wildfires burning hundreds of miles away create smoky conditions Monday, June 13, 2022, in Anchorage, Alaska. Alaska’s remarkable wildfire season includes over 530 blazes that have burned an area more than three times the size of Rhode Island, with nearly all the impacts, including dangerous breathing conditions from smoke, attributed to fires started by lightning. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

Alaska experiencing wildfires it’s never seen before

530 wildfires already recorded this year, worst of season yet to come

FILE - Wildfires burning hundreds of miles away create smoky conditions Monday, June 13, 2022, in Anchorage, Alaska. Alaska’s remarkable wildfire season includes over 530 blazes that have burned an area more than three times the size of Rhode Island, with nearly all the impacts, including dangerous breathing conditions from smoke, attributed to fires started by lightning. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)
A polar bear is seen walking along the road in Churchill, Man. Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009. Climate change and human impacts on the land are behind a growing number of encounters between people and polar bears around the Arctic, new research concludes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Landfills and climate change increasing polar bear-human conflicts in Arctic: report

Climate change diminishing food supply for bears, while making the Arctic more hospitable for humans

A polar bear is seen walking along the road in Churchill, Man. Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009. Climate change and human impacts on the land are behind a growing number of encounters between people and polar bears around the Arctic, new research concludes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Burnaby vet technician Jocelyn Marsh shows off part of her pill bottle return program. (Jane Skrypnek/Black Press Media)

B.C. veterinarian has plan to eliminate millions of pieces of plastic from Canadian clinics

Very simple changes can have a large impact if adopted broadly, Jocelyn Marsh says

Burnaby vet technician Jocelyn Marsh shows off part of her pill bottle return program. (Jane Skrypnek/Black Press Media)
City of Nanaimo reminds residents about the Nanaimo Recycles Trunk Sale, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16 at Country Club Centre. (Submitted photo)

Nanaimo residents reminded about recycle-reuse trunk sale at Country Club Centre

Nanaimo Recycles Trunk Sale will be held Saturday, July 16

City of Nanaimo reminds residents about the Nanaimo Recycles Trunk Sale, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16 at Country Club Centre. (Submitted photo)
The caterpillar of a spongy (formerly gypsy) moth is distinctive, and microscopic at the start of its life. (Courtesy Davey Tree)

These 3 pests with rising populations can decimate Vancouver Island foliage

The spongy moth is dangerous as ever despite government intervention

The caterpillar of a spongy (formerly gypsy) moth is distinctive, and microscopic at the start of its life. (Courtesy Davey Tree)
Extinction Rebellion members, with a model of an oil derrick, protest fossil fuel investment in front of the RBC on Commercial Street on Friday, July 8. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Protesters in Nanaimo set up ‘oil derrick’ outside bank to decry fossil fuel investment

Extinction Rebellion holds march and protest on Commercial Street

Extinction Rebellion members, with a model of an oil derrick, protest fossil fuel investment in front of the RBC on Commercial Street on Friday, July 8. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Photos depicting a 2021 update on trail construction in the Parksville Wetlands area. (Submitted photo)

Parksville will use $127K in grant money for wetlands remediation efforts

Studies needed to determine health of wetlands, according to director of operations

Photos depicting a 2021 update on trail construction in the Parksville Wetlands area. (Submitted photo)
Seaview Elementary School in Lantzville has won the People’s Choice Award in the David Suzuki Foundation’s Future Ground Prize contest. Pictured are Kaylee Doucette, left, Peyton Edwards, Sawyer Canty and Jaiden Slater working in the school’s learning garden. (Submitted photo)

Lantzville school wins people’s choice award in David Suzuki Foundation contest

Seaview Elementary recognized for its environmental initiatives

Seaview Elementary School in Lantzville has won the People’s Choice Award in the David Suzuki Foundation’s Future Ground Prize contest. Pictured are Kaylee Doucette, left, Peyton Edwards, Sawyer Canty and Jaiden Slater working in the school’s learning garden. (Submitted photo)
Nanaimo city council has given the go-ahead to create a community watershed restoration grant to be awarded annually to help groups pay for urban watersheds restoration projects. (News Bulletin file photo)

City of Nanaimo introduces new watershed restoration grant program

Council approves guidelines and criteria for program to support $20,000 worth of projects

Nanaimo city council has given the go-ahead to create a community watershed restoration grant to be awarded annually to help groups pay for urban watersheds restoration projects. (News Bulletin file photo)
A colder, wetter spring may not necessarily mean an influx of mosquitoes in Nanaimo and elsewhere in B.C., says an entomologist at the University of B.C. (Stock photo)

Colder spring may not mean population boom for mosquitoes in Nanaimo

Entomologist discusses weather’s effects on the irritating insect

A colder, wetter spring may not necessarily mean an influx of mosquitoes in Nanaimo and elsewhere in B.C., says an entomologist at the University of B.C. (Stock photo)
The Canadian Coast Guard ship called John P. Tully has been used to bring scientists to the Explorer Seamount — Canada’s largest underwater mountain. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

West Coast expedition off B.C. explores never-before-seen deep-sea habitat

‘We are going to habitats that nobody’s mapped before, that nobody’s seen before’

The Canadian Coast Guard ship called John P. Tully has been used to bring scientists to the Explorer Seamount — Canada’s largest underwater mountain. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
The move to ban single-use plastics will prevent 33 billion units of forks, bags, six-pack rings and other plastics from landfills. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Single-use plastic ban a ‘monumental’ step in protecting Canada’s oceans: advocate

Canada is planning phased-in ban on the manufacture, import, sale and export of plastics

The move to ban single-use plastics will prevent 33 billion units of forks, bags, six-pack rings and other plastics from landfills. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
A northern red-legged frog pictured in 2020. (Photo/Robin Doty Blymyer)

Nature Trust of B.C. protecting nearly 150 acres of rare Gulf Island climate zone

143.5-acres purchase aims to protect endangered species in new conservation zone on Saturna Island

A northern red-legged frog pictured in 2020. (Photo/Robin Doty Blymyer)
Two Save Old Growth protesters blocking Highway 1 at the Columbia River Bridge in Revelstoke. The group’s co-founder Zain Haq says he’s gone into hiding out of fear of deportation. (Josh Piercey/Revelstoke Review)

Save Old Growth organizer fears his climate activism has made him a target for deportation

Zain Haq, who is in Canada on a study permit, says he’s gone into hiding

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Two Save Old Growth protesters blocking Highway 1 at the Columbia River Bridge in Revelstoke. The group’s co-founder Zain Haq says he’s gone into hiding out of fear of deportation. (Josh Piercey/Revelstoke Review)