Environment

Schneider Electric, Tree Canada and Oak Bay parks plant trees Oct. 26 in a community service event that added young trees to the shores of Bowker Creek. (Bowker Creek Salmon Recovery/Facebook)

Oak Bay creek gets its grove on with tree planting event

Tree Canada partnership sees Schneider Electric staff volunteer to plant trees

Schneider Electric, Tree Canada and Oak Bay parks plant trees Oct. 26 in a community service event that added young trees to the shores of Bowker Creek. (Bowker Creek Salmon Recovery/Facebook)
FILE - Lobster fishermen work at sunrise in the Atlantic Ocean, Sept. 8, 2022, off of Kennebunkport, Maine. Scientists, lawyers and government officials are gathered in Jamaica the week of Nov. 1, 2022 to debate deep sea mining as part of a two-week conference organized by the International Seabed Authority, an independent body created by a United Nations treaty. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Hunt for deep sea minerals draws scrutiny amid green push

UN’s International Seabed Authority is global custodian for deep ocean waters outside any country

FILE - Lobster fishermen work at sunrise in the Atlantic Ocean, Sept. 8, 2022, off of Kennebunkport, Maine. Scientists, lawyers and government officials are gathered in Jamaica the week of Nov. 1, 2022 to debate deep sea mining as part of a two-week conference organized by the International Seabed Authority, an independent body created by a United Nations treaty. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
Friends of Mount Douglas Park Society president Darrell Wick plants trees alongside volunteers during a 2020 tree appreciation event in Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich promotes natural intelligence with tree planting event

Residents gather Saturday to celebrate the urban forest

Friends of Mount Douglas Park Society president Darrell Wick plants trees alongside volunteers during a 2020 tree appreciation event in Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)
Outgoing Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps (left) and former mayor Gretchen Brewin plant a Garry Oak tree in the Mayor’s Grove in Beacon Hill Park during a past event. Beacon Hill Park will be busy this Sunday for Victoria’s tree appreciation event. (File photo by Derek Ford)

Victoria tree appreciation event will take place at Beacon Hill Park this Sunday

The event will feature tree tours, tree planting and kids’ nature activities

Outgoing Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps (left) and former mayor Gretchen Brewin plant a Garry Oak tree in the Mayor’s Grove in Beacon Hill Park during a past event. Beacon Hill Park will be busy this Sunday for Victoria’s tree appreciation event. (File photo by Derek Ford)
A solar farm is pictured in Wasserleben near Wernigerode at the ‘Harz’ mountains, Germany, Thursday, July 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

VIDEO: Climate questions: What are the solutions?

Hundreds of potential solutions being explored

A solar farm is pictured in Wasserleben near Wernigerode at the ‘Harz’ mountains, Germany, Thursday, July 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Volunteers removed the equivalent of 75 bathtubs worth of invasive species from View Royal’s Nursery Hill Park on Saturday (Courtesy Greater Victoria Green Team)

Victoria green thumbs gathered to plant over 250 native plant at Nursery Hill Park

46 Green Team volunteers and TD employees banded together on Saturday (Oct. 29) to plant trees

Volunteers removed the equivalent of 75 bathtubs worth of invasive species from View Royal’s Nursery Hill Park on Saturday (Courtesy Greater Victoria Green Team)
Pohue Bay on Hawaii’s Big Island is pictured April 11, 2022. (Trust for Public Land via AP)

Hawaii’s Big Island gets warning as huge volcano rumbles

Eruption not considered imminent for Mauna Loa, which last erupted in 1984

Pohue Bay on Hawaii’s Big Island is pictured April 11, 2022. (Trust for Public Land via AP)
Songhees esteemed elder and knowledge keeper Florence Dick speaks to participants. (Photo by Margaret Lidkea/Friends of Uplands Park)

Decades of conservation work in Oak Bay park draws international attention

Conservation coaches lunch and learn at Willows, Cattle Point

Songhees esteemed elder and knowledge keeper Florence Dick speaks to participants. (Photo by Margaret Lidkea/Friends of Uplands Park)
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
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*
Rain gardens are landscape features designed to capture stormwater runoff from hard surface areas such as roofs, roads and parking lots. Photo courtesy the Capital Regional District

How to capture rainfall today, to save and use tomorrow

Rainwater harvesting can protect our aquatic ecosystems, and reduce water consumption

  • Oct 3, 2022
Rain gardens are landscape features designed to capture stormwater runoff from hard surface areas such as roofs, roads and parking lots. Photo courtesy the Capital Regional District
Local volunteer Katherine Pulak plants a native conifer sapling at Saxe Point Park during a TD Tree Day event, hosted by the Greater Victoria Green Team and the Township of Esquimalt, on Saturday, Oct. 1. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Out with the invasive, in with the native: Greater Victoria Green Team takes to Esquimalt

Approximately 200 trees, shrubs planted at Saxe Point Park

Local volunteer Katherine Pulak plants a native conifer sapling at Saxe Point Park during a TD Tree Day event, hosted by the Greater Victoria Green Team and the Township of Esquimalt, on Saturday, Oct. 1. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
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
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