Climate change

A defaced road sign of a logging truck is seen near the protest site of Fairy Creek on southern Vancouver Island on Oct. 4, 2021. British Columbia’s forest minister Katrine Conroy says the province is working to implement a strategic review of B.C.’s old-growth management and is working with First Nations and other partners to develop a new long-term strategy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. announces $19 million in funding to Forests Ministry to fight climate change

$15 million will be used to fertilize about 8,500 hectares of forests to increase growth rates

A defaced road sign of a logging truck is seen near the protest site of Fairy Creek on southern Vancouver Island on Oct. 4, 2021. British Columbia’s forest minister Katrine Conroy says the province is working to implement a strategic review of B.C.’s old-growth management and is working with First Nations and other partners to develop a new long-term strategy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A man walks in frigid weather at Rundle Park as emissions rise from the Imperial Oil Strathcona Refinery, in Edmonton, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019. The federal government is pushing legislation to enshrine the right to a healthy environment into law but is giving itself up to two more years to define what that means. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Feds enshrining right to healthy environment but no clarity on what that means

Government will have up to two years after bill takes effect to define that right’s implementation

A man walks in frigid weather at Rundle Park as emissions rise from the Imperial Oil Strathcona Refinery, in Edmonton, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019. The federal government is pushing legislation to enshrine the right to a healthy environment into law but is giving itself up to two more years to define what that means. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A helicopter dumps water on a fire outside Kelowna, B.C., on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. Wildfires in Canadian and Alaskan boreal forests release large quantities of greenhouse gases that exacerbate climate change, a new study says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Curbing Canadian forest fires could be an affordable way to cut emissions: study

North American boreal wildfires could represent 3 per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions

A helicopter dumps water on a fire outside Kelowna, B.C., on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. Wildfires in Canadian and Alaskan boreal forests release large quantities of greenhouse gases that exacerbate climate change, a new study says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Jerry DeMarco is seen during a news conference, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 in Ottawa. Environment Commissioner Jerry DeMarco is issuing five reports today on carbon pricing, transitioning workers away from fossil fuel industries, hydrogen energy, climate-related infrastructure policies and the government’s efforts to cut its own emissions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Carbon pricing too hard on Indigenous groups, small biz, too weak on industry: audit

Environment commissioner: Canada hasn’t done enough to ensure carbon price is applied fairly

Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Jerry DeMarco is seen during a news conference, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 in Ottawa. Environment Commissioner Jerry DeMarco is issuing five reports today on carbon pricing, transitioning workers away from fossil fuel industries, hydrogen energy, climate-related infrastructure policies and the government’s efforts to cut its own emissions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Old-growth logging protestor Howard Breen says he was taken to hospital Sunday (April 24), on the 24th day of his hunger strike. (Courtesy of Save Old Growth)

B.C. man says old-growth protests escalating after brief hospitalization

68-year-old Nanaimo resident was on day 24 of his hunger strike Sunday

Old-growth logging protestor Howard Breen says he was taken to hospital Sunday (April 24), on the 24th day of his hunger strike. (Courtesy of Save Old Growth)
People take part in a climate change protest in Montreal, Nov. 21, 2020. A new project by a team of Simon Fraser University researchers aims to build a tool by monitoring social media that can determine Canadians’ climate distress in real time. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

B.C. researchers developing tool to measure climate distress in real time

Social media data will be key to Simon Fraser University team’s multi-year work

People take part in a climate change protest in Montreal, Nov. 21, 2020. A new project by a team of Simon Fraser University researchers aims to build a tool by monitoring social media that can determine Canadians’ climate distress in real time. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
A couple are dwarfed by old growth trees as they walk in Avatar Grove near Port Renfrew, B.C., Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. First Nations leadership unveils strategy to fight climate change

The strategy contains 27 themes, 63 objectives, and 143 strategic actions

A couple are dwarfed by old growth trees as they walk in Avatar Grove near Port Renfrew, B.C., Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NASA satellites help scientists understand how the Earth is changing. (Associated Press photo)

VIDEO: NASA uses satellites to track climate change

Scientists use satellites to better understand how climate change impacts the planet

NASA satellites help scientists understand how the Earth is changing. (Associated Press photo)
This submitted photo shows Paul Cottrell, wearing the red jacket, helping to disentangle a humpback whale.

A first as the world warms: New forecasts could help predict marine heat waves

Multiple marine heat waves have occurred since 2014 along the Washington coast

This submitted photo shows Paul Cottrell, wearing the red jacket, helping to disentangle a humpback whale.
Vancouver seafood menus are shifting as climate change impacts ocean temperatures, a new UBC study has found. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Jumbo flying squid landing on menus as climate shifts seafood supply: UBC study

Researchers say warming sea temperatures are impacting what we eat

Vancouver seafood menus are shifting as climate change impacts ocean temperatures, a new UBC study has found. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A collapsed bridge on the Griffiths Mxenge Highway after flooding in Durban, South Africa, Wednesday, April 13, 2022. Devastating floods in South Africa this week, as well as other extreme weather events across the continent linked to human-caused climate change, are putting marine and terrestrial wildlife species at risk, according to biodiversity experts. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed, File)

Climate change investments now reduce future costs, report finds

By 2050, two-degree warming is forecast to cost Canada $21 billion a year

A collapsed bridge on the Griffiths Mxenge Highway after flooding in Durban, South Africa, Wednesday, April 13, 2022. Devastating floods in South Africa this week, as well as other extreme weather events across the continent linked to human-caused climate change, are putting marine and terrestrial wildlife species at risk, according to biodiversity experts. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed, File)
Many cities across B.C. recorded the hottest days of their histories during the ‘heat dome’ heatwave that blanketed much of the Pacific Northwest at the end June, 2021. (File photo)

Extreme heat should be labelled a natural disaster, new report urges

University reports says 17 million Canadians live in urban areas most at risk of extreme heat issues

Many cities across B.C. recorded the hottest days of their histories during the ‘heat dome’ heatwave that blanketed much of the Pacific Northwest at the end June, 2021. (File photo)
B.C. cherry farmers and other fruit growers have been challenged by weather patterns. (pixabay photo)

Cherry farmers worried by unseasonably cold temperatures in British Columbia

Helicopters being used to push much-needed warm air over crops

B.C. cherry farmers and other fruit growers have been challenged by weather patterns. (pixabay photo)
The West Pubnico Point Wind Farm is seen in Lower West Pubnico, N.S. on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Energy transition will be challenging in era of public protests, regulatory hurdles

Overhauling Canada’s energy infrastructure quickly an unprecedented expensive and technical challenge

The West Pubnico Point Wind Farm is seen in Lower West Pubnico, N.S. on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
A motorist watches from a pullout on the Trans-Canada Highway as a wildfire burns on the side of a mountain in Lytton, B.C., July 1, 2021. So far in 2022, a cool spring has been keeping the start of the wildfire season in check. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Cool spring keeping start of B.C. wildfire season in check – so far

38 wildfires recorded in 2022 up until April 14, consistent with past years’ numbers

A motorist watches from a pullout on the Trans-Canada Highway as a wildfire burns on the side of a mountain in Lytton, B.C., July 1, 2021. So far in 2022, a cool spring has been keeping the start of the wildfire season in check. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A group of Canada geese stand on railway tracks as a plant operates in the background at Hamilton Harbour in Hamilton, Ont. Tuesday December 10, 2002. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kevin Frayer

Biggest emitters paying smallest price on pollution, critics say

Big companies with higher emissions pay the carbon price only on what they emit above a set limit

A group of Canada geese stand on railway tracks as a plant operates in the background at Hamilton Harbour in Hamilton, Ont. Tuesday December 10, 2002. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kevin Frayer
Minister of Environment Steven Guilbeault speaks during a press conference outside the GLOBE Forum at the Convention Centre in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. As Newfoundland and Labrador awaits word from Ottawa on a proposed new oilfield off the coast of St. John’s, Shears Mercer says he’s not worried — he’s frustrated. CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Gas project off Newfoundland approved if it achieves net-zero emissions by 2050

Environment minister approves Bay du Nord oil project with ‘strongest emissions rules ever imposed’

Minister of Environment Steven Guilbeault speaks during a press conference outside the GLOBE Forum at the Convention Centre in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. As Newfoundland and Labrador awaits word from Ottawa on a proposed new oilfield off the coast of St. John’s, Shears Mercer says he’s not worried — he’s frustrated. CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
The mother tree experiment involves monitoring regrowth after selective harvesting in B.C. forests. (Submitted photo)

Experts are looking into how mother trees can help reduce risk of wildfires in northern B.C.

Network of ‘mother trees’ keeps forests healthy, says UBC researcher

The mother tree experiment involves monitoring regrowth after selective harvesting in B.C. forests. (Submitted photo)
This photo provided by Toyota, shows the 2022 Tesla Model 3, an all-electric SUV that has an estimated maximum range of about 330 miles. (Courtesy of Tesla Motors via AP)

Vehicle reviewer picks 5 SUVs to help you save at the pump

Manufacturers offering consumers a variety of ways to beat the prices at the pump

This photo provided by Toyota, shows the 2022 Tesla Model 3, an all-electric SUV that has an estimated maximum range of about 330 miles. (Courtesy of Tesla Motors via AP)
FILE - Wind turbines stand in front of the rising sun in Frankfurt, Germany, Friday, March 11, 2022. A United Nation-backed panel plans to release a highly anticipated scientific report on Monday, April 4, 2022, on international efforts to curb climate change before global temperatures reach dangerous levels. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

UN warns Earth ‘firmly on track toward an unlivable world’

Report reveals ‘a litany of broken climate promises’

FILE - Wind turbines stand in front of the rising sun in Frankfurt, Germany, Friday, March 11, 2022. A United Nation-backed panel plans to release a highly anticipated scientific report on Monday, April 4, 2022, on international efforts to curb climate change before global temperatures reach dangerous levels. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)