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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

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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

Red tide: Massive, ‘incredibly thick’ toxic algae bloom in Pacific now stretches from California to Alaska

Climate change is a growing concern in B.C., says scientist

Fires burn near Kelowna, BC, July 5, 2015.  Photo by Michael Dill.

Fires burn near Nelson, BC, July 5, 2015. Photo by Michael Dill.

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

Apocalypse Now (or never)!

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