Fires, Drought, Melting Glaciers: Tribal Climate Experts Hope We Haven’t Passed the Tipping Point
Richard Walker, Indian Country Today, August 24, 2015
Mother Earth is teaching a lesson. Or giving us a scolding.
The message, according to those working for climate change solutions: We have to change the way we live, the way we use the land and waters.
In the drought-stricken west, more than 1.3 million acres of parched wildlands are being consumed by fire. Year-to-date, the total number of acres consumed by wildfire—a record 7,210,959—exceeds the 10-year average by 2.2 million acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
As salmon vanish in the dry Pacific Northwest, so does Native heritage
, Washington Post,
As a drought tightens its grip on the Pacific Northwest, burning away mountain snow and warming rivers, state officials and Native American tribes are becoming increasingly worried that one of the region’s most precious resources — wild salmon — might disappear.
Native Americans, who for centuries have relied on salmon for food and ceremonial rituals, say the area’s five species of salmon have been declining for years, but the current threat is worse than anything they have seen. Read the rest of this entry
Sockeye face ‘catastrophic’ collapse in South Okanagan
Only 18,000 sockeye expected to return to B.C.’s South Okanagan
CBC News, July 28, 2015
A potentially catastrophic collapse of the sockeye salmon run is unfolding on the Columbia River system this year.
Scientists once predicted that about 100,000 sockeye would return to spawning grounds in the rivers and streams in British Columbia’s South Okanagan region.
In fact, it was supposed to be one of the largest sockeye runs in recent history, said Okanagan Nation Alliance fish biologist Richard Bussanich. Read the rest of this entry