What’s turning northern forests into tinder? Biggest reason is climate change, but that’s not all.
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
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
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
Red tide: Massive, ‘incredibly thick’ toxic algae bloom in Pacific now stretches from California to Alaska
Drought and extreme wildfires the new normal in B.C., says climate scientist
CBC News, Aug 3, 2015
Climate change is a growing concern in British Columbia as drought and wildfires continue to parch much of the province.
It was the hottest June on record for many places around the world, including here in B.C. where at least 64 temperature records were shattered during an intense heat wave.
Climate scientists say we may have to get used to it. Read the rest of this entry
Indigenous Resistance & Survival into the 21st Century
by Zig Zag, March 2011, WarriorPublications.wordpress.com
Today, the global system is in decline, if not outright crisis. It is suffering from industrial pollution, resource depletion, war, and increasing social conflict. The greatest potential danger, however, lies in the damage done to the earth’s ecosystem. Read the rest of this entry