Category Archives: Apocalypse Now

‘New salmon run:’ Planes now fly in fish as Yukon chinook decline

Salmon Chinook 1

Chinook salmon.

‘It is funny, but it’s also sad,’ says Duane Aucoin of the Teslin Tlingit Council

The Canadian Press, August 2, 2016

Salmon no longer collect in the nets along the Teslin River where the Tlingit people have harvested them for
thousands of years. Now, they come from the sky.

“It’s the new salmon run,” Duane Aucoin, member of the Teslin Tlingit Council, said recently. Read the rest of this entry

Toxic ‘red tide’ in Chile prompts investigation of salmon farms

Chile red tide sardines

Dead sardines washed up on a beach in Chile, May 2016.

Algal bloom ‘of biblical proportions’ has led to protests and health emergency as concerns raised over dumping of rotting salmon in ocean

by Jonathan Franklin, The Guardian, May 17, 2016

Chilean authorities are investigating the country’s salmon-farming industry after an algal bloom carrying a virulent neurotoxin spread for hundreds of miles along the rugged coastline of Patagonia, triggering a health emergency and angry protests by fishermen.

The huge “red tide” has grown rapidly over recent weeks, in what has been described as the country’s worst environmental crisis in recent years: dozens of people have been poisoned by the algal bloom which makes seafood toxic and has deprived thousands of fishermen of a living.

Read the rest of this entry

Fort Mac Blaze: Brace for New Era of Infernos

Tar Sands Ft McMurray burned homes

Homes and cars burned in Fort McMurray, May 2016. Photograph by Scott Olson/Getty Images

What’s turning northern forests into tinder? Biggest reason is climate change, but that’s not all.

By Ed Struzik,  TheTyee.ca, May 7, 2016

A sudden shift in the wind at a critical time of day was all it took to send a wildfire out of control through Fort McMurray, forcing more than 80,000 people out of their homes in what has become the biggest natural disaster in Canadian history.

Earlier this week, Darby Allen, the regional fire chief for the area, minced no words when he was asked what might happen now that more than 1,600 homes have been destroyed. Read the rest of this entry

Tree-ring data suggest B.C. is facing harshest droughts in 350 years

New study predicts significant declines in B.C. native fish catches due to climate change

World’s lakes are warming surprisingly quickly due to climate change

toledo-water-problems

Lakes around the world are warming, and that’s expected to lead to an increase in algae blooms like this one on Lake Erie in 2011, which made tap water undrinkable in places like Ohio. (NOAA/Associated Press)

Canadian lakes, including those that are ice-covered in winter, are warming twice as fast as others

By Emily Chung, CBC News, Dec 17, 2015

Lakes around the world are warming surprisingly quickly due to climate change, threatening the global water supply. And lakes in Canada are some of the fastest-warming in the world, a new study shows. Read the rest of this entry

‘We are moving into unchartered territory at a frightening speed’: Greenhouse gases hit new high

In this Nov. 24, 2014 file photo, smoke streams from the chimneys of the E.ON coal-fired power station in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The U.N. weather agency says levels of carbon dioxide and methane, the two most important greenhouse gases, reached record highs last year.  Martin Meissner/ Associated Press

In this Nov. 24, 2014 file photo, smoke streams from the chimneys of the E.ON coal-fired power station in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The U.N. weather agency says levels of carbon dioxide and methane, the two most important greenhouse gases, reached record highs last year. Martin Meissner/ Associated Press

by The Washington Post, November 9, 2015

Greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere reached another grim milestone earlier this year as carbon dioxide levels surpassed the symbolic threshold of 400 parts per million across much of the planet, the premier global meteorological association confirmed in a report to be released Monday.

Figures compiled by the World Meteorological Organization showed strong growth — and new records — in the concentrations of all three of the most important heat-trapping gases, continuing a long-term trend with ominous implications for climate change, the group said. Read the rest of this entry

B.C.’s iconic Adams River salmon run off to a ‘grim’ start

Coywolf: New coyote-wolf hybrid sees explosion in numbers

Coywolf, also known as an easter coyote. Photo: Wikimedia

Coywolf, also known as an eastern coyote. Photo: Wikimedia

‘It’s an amazing contemporary evolution story that’s happening right underneath our nose’

by Zachary Davies Boren, The Independent,  Nov 1, 2015

In one of the great success stories of interspecies animal breeding, the coyote-wolf hybrid ‘coywolf’ can now count its numbers in the millions.

This new animal, which has emerged in the eastern part of North America over the last century or so, is better than both its predecessors. Read the rest of this entry

Situation ‘Dire’: Low Coho Salmon Returns Close Quinault Fisheries

Coho salmonby Indian Country Today, Oct 29, 2015

Low returns of wild coho salmon are prompting the Quinault Indian Nation to close all its fisheries in Grays Harbor and Queets River and to declare an economic disaster because of the resulting hardship on fishermen and their families.

The tribe attributed the low returns to the so-called Godzilla El Niño that is under way in the Pacific, exacerbated by a “blob of warm water off the coast,” the Quinault said in a statement describing what it called a dire situation. Read the rest of this entry