Julien Gignac, The Globe and Mail, September 5, 2016
Even though human activity has done harm to the environment, new research has found the traditional lifestyle of First Nations people who inhabited a stretch of coastline in British Columbia is a boon for forest ecology thousands of years later.
The research team surveyed Calvert and Hecate Islands, which are off the central coast of B.C., collecting soil samples and studying the health of the western red cedar trees that grow there.
British Columbia is facing droughts more severe than any in the past 350 years, according to new research that used tree-ring data to reconstruct the coastal climate back to the 17th century.
The study suggests recent droughts in the West – which have dried up streams, led to provincewide restrictions on water use, and triggered intense fire seasons – are likely to be surpassed by more severe events in the next few decades.