Climate change

Lori Goldman, right, cheers as MP Richard Cannings signs a pledge for climate action as part of the climate change rally in Penticton on July 29. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western)

MP Cannings signs pledge to for green action at Penticton climate change rally

Dozens gathered to rally against the worsening climate

 

Esquimalt, Nanaimo, Richmond, Rossland, Saanich, Surrey, Tofino, Ucluelet and Victoria all have plastic bag bans. (Pixabay.com)

B.C. cities will no longer need provincial approval to launch single-use plastic ban

More than 20 municipalities in B.C. are developing bylaws banning single-use plastics

 

A sign hangs at an entrance to the Stanko Ranch, Tuesday, July 13, 2021, near Steamboat Springs, Colo. Members of the third, fourth and fifth generations of the Stanko family currently work on the ranch, which includes about 90 head of cattle, but Jim Stanko says due to drought conditions this year, if he can’t harvest enough hay to feed his cattle, he may need to sell off some of his herd. (AP Photo/Brittany Peterson)

As drought cuts hay crop, U.S. cattle ranchers face culling herds

Choices increasingly centered around how herds can sustain drought conditions

 

Firefighters from Mexico walk across the tarmac after arriving on a charter flight in Abbotsford, B.C, on Saturday, July 24, 2021. Ninety-nine firefighters will assist B.C. as the province deals with hundreds of wildfires burning in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Expert: climate change expected to bring longer wildfire seasons and more area burned

4,090 square kilometres scorched so far, about four times B.C.’s year-to-date averages

Firefighters from Mexico walk across the tarmac after arriving on a charter flight in Abbotsford, B.C, on Saturday, July 24, 2021. Ninety-nine firefighters will assist B.C. as the province deals with hundreds of wildfires burning in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Premier John Horgan looks on during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, February 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. wildfires ‘graphic’ evidence of climate change, premier says

‘Climate change is with us, not just intermittently, but all the time’

Premier John Horgan looks on during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, February 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson makes an announcement about in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, July 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

‘Defining issue’: Federal environment minister says extreme weather a wake-up call

Wildfires are raging out of control, forcing residents out of their homes in British Columbia

Federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson makes an announcement about in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, July 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England speaks at a Bank of England Financial Stability Report Press Conference, in London. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth

Mark Carney says climate commitments prevent him from running for Liberals in fall election

‘I think this is the best contribution I can make right now for Canada, arguably the world’

Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England speaks at a Bank of England Financial Stability Report Press Conference, in London. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth
The Mendenhall Glacier, seen in May 2016. (Angelo Saggiomo/Juneau Empire)

Western Canada heat wave accelerates rate of glacier melt, experts say

Most of the glaciers in Alberta and B.C. mountains are projected to disappear by the end of the century

The Mendenhall Glacier, seen in May 2016. (Angelo Saggiomo/Juneau Empire)
Cherries are ripening in Summerland orchards. Because of the recent extreme heat, there are risks of damage to fruit crops, including fruit burning while on the trees. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Extreme heat puts fruit Okanagan crops at risk

Prolonged hot weather results in some fruit burning while still on the trees

Cherries are ripening in Summerland orchards. Because of the recent extreme heat, there are risks of damage to fruit crops, including fruit burning while on the trees. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Recent logging activities in Bigmouth Creek, north of Revelstoke. (Contributed)

Splatsin opposes old-growth logging north of Revelstoke

Splatsin Kukpi7 (Chief) Wayne Christian will be attending a blockade on July 11

Recent logging activities in Bigmouth Creek, north of Revelstoke. (Contributed)
The recent rising water in the Adams River, pictured two kilometres north of Adams Lake, is being attributed to glacier melt. (Lorn McCausland photo)

Rising rivers in the Shuswap raise alarm about accelerated glacier melt

Thompson Rivers University professor says current melting scenario linked to climate change

The recent rising water in the Adams River, pictured two kilometres north of Adams Lake, is being attributed to glacier melt. (Lorn McCausland photo)
Sarah De Francesco, left, Albert Huynh, right, and Leanne Opuyes, back left, cool off in the frigid Lynn Creek water in North Vancouver, B.C., on Monday, June 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Climate change made B.C., Alberta heat wave 150 times more likely, study concludes

‘Everybody’s really worried about the implications of this event, nobody saw this coming’

Sarah De Francesco, left, Albert Huynh, right, and Leanne Opuyes, back left, cool off in the frigid Lynn Creek water in North Vancouver, B.C., on Monday, June 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Hydrogen fuel pump in Vancouver is one of four in B.C. There were 10 stations funded by the B.C. government in 2020. (Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association)

B.C. targets heavy trucking for next hydrogen fuel development

Mixing with natural gas part of Canada’s first hydrogen strategy

Hydrogen fuel pump in Vancouver is one of four in B.C. There were 10 stations funded by the B.C. government in 2020. (Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association)
Four dogs that were treated at a Nanaimo veterinary hospital died of heat stroke this past weekend, says a veterinary technologist. (Stock photo)

4 dogs in Nanaimo die from heat stroke

Pet owners asked to take care amid record-setting heat wave

Four dogs that were treated at a Nanaimo veterinary hospital died of heat stroke this past weekend, says a veterinary technologist. (Stock photo)
People enjoy the heat wave across Vancouver Island during a low tide at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville, B.C., on Friday, July 27, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Heat wave dubbed ‘dangerous,’ ‘historic,’ bakes much of Western Canada

Lytton sets new all-time national high, conditions could persist in the Prairies until week’s end

People enjoy the heat wave across Vancouver Island during a low tide at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville, B.C., on Friday, July 27, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
People dance at English Bay Beach amidst the heat, in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday, June 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. cities prepare for the heat as record-high temperatures loom

Ad hoc network of organizations, municipal governments and health agencies doing what they can

People dance at English Bay Beach amidst the heat, in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday, June 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A motorist with a truck camper travels on the Sea-to-Sky highway between Horseshoe Bay and Lions Bay, B.C., on Friday, April 23, 2021. A new report from Canada’s parliamentary budget officer says the speed at which change needs to happen for how people drive and heat buildings will make it tough for the Liberal government to achieve its latest climate goal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Scale and speed of change needed to achieve Canada’s 2030 climate goal a challenge

Trudeau promised in April that Canada would slash greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 45 per cent

A motorist with a truck camper travels on the Sea-to-Sky highway between Horseshoe Bay and Lions Bay, B.C., on Friday, April 23, 2021. A new report from Canada’s parliamentary budget officer says the speed at which change needs to happen for how people drive and heat buildings will make it tough for the Liberal government to achieve its latest climate goal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Greenwich peninsula portion of Prince Edward Island National Park is seen on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. A new report says Canada could reach one-third of its greenhouse gas reduction targets by making better use of its vast forests, prairies and wetlands. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Study outlines ‘natural climate solutions’ to help Canada meet emissions targets

Report lists 24 nature-based ways for Canada to help cut carbon emissions by 78 million tonnes

The Greenwich peninsula portion of Prince Edward Island National Park is seen on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. A new report says Canada could reach one-third of its greenhouse gas reduction targets by making better use of its vast forests, prairies and wetlands. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
A man attends a climate change protest in Montreal on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. A report by the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices says climate change will add more than $100 billion to Canada’s health-care costs by mid-century. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Climate change health costs to top $100B by mid-century: report

Canadian Institute for Climate Choices report considered air quality, diseases and temperatures

A man attends a climate change protest in Montreal on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. A report by the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices says climate change will add more than $100 billion to Canada’s health-care costs by mid-century. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Mount Sentinel Secondary students have successfully pitched a project that will install solar panels at the school. L-R: Teacher Danny Leeming, students Adriana Wilson, Daniela Sirois and Deity Daunheimer. Photo: Tyler Harper

Student-led initiative leads to solar system approved for Kootenay high school

Mount Sentinel Secondary’s Grade 12 students will raise money every year for additional panels

Mount Sentinel Secondary students have successfully pitched a project that will install solar panels at the school. L-R: Teacher Danny Leeming, students Adriana Wilson, Daniela Sirois and Deity Daunheimer. Photo: Tyler Harper