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Posted on October 30, 2013

For many centuries, bamboo has been revered throughout Asia for its uncommon resilience, flexibility and versatility. More recently, the west has adopted bamboo as a paragon of sustainability. In many ways this estimation is justified and undeniable, but of course claiming that bamboo is the perfect, zero-footprint solution would be going too far. Still, compared with any other industrially scaled cash crop, this mighty grass certainly appears to be a leader in its field.


Posted on August 29, 2014

“Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.” — Th. Dobzhansky, 1973.

Wiley-Blackwell publishes a book series on “Conservation Science and Practice” that gives much insight into conservation, ecosystem restoration, reintroduction biology, population and community ecology, and natural resource management, largely in a multidisciplinary context that includes social and economic considerations.

Posted on May 29, 2014

A brand new Maserati was ahead of me. Responding to a shot of gasoline, the rumble of its mufflers pierced my car windows. A few blocks later, I’m beside this polished symbol of testosterone and money. Red light. This is the situation where I can’t resist the opportunity to have some electric car fun.

Posted on April 04, 2014

A Shanghai company has 3D printed 10 small houses, 200 square metres, costing about $5000.

Posted on March 31, 2014

On March 13, 2014, Gerrard Olivotto, a consultant working for the BC government, visited  Sointula, BC to conduct a survey to measure people's reactions to photographs of wind turbines located in various locations and terrains. Mr. Olivotto explained that the information collected will be analyzed and published, and will form the cornerstone of government policy regarding the scale and location of wind energy developments in BC.

Posted on February 11, 2014

The premiere, independent resource for finding North America’s leading environmental papers is newly updated and ready to serve you better.  

With so many mills making ecopaper claims it’s essential that companies promoting sustainable brands choose and use ecopapers that have earned the Environmentally Superior designation from leading environmental organizations. 

Posted on October 17, 2012

Bats don't need pesticides or electricity to kill mosquitoes - they only need a nice place to live.

by J. Cates

Bela Lugosi gave them a bad rep. But bats are good pals. They're a natural, all-purpose insecticide, and incredibly efficient at their job. One of the little critters can eat 500 mosquitos in an hour, and thousands in a single night, and they'll help you clear the air around your home with no chemicals and no electric zappers.

Posted on October 10, 2012

Our report on last issue's Footprint Quiz tells you how well you're doing.

by Norberto Rodriquez dela Vega

The Ecological Footprint concept was developed at the University of BC by Dr. William Rees and Dr. Mathis Wackernagel in 1995. It is a representation of how much of the Earth's biologically productive land is required to produce the food we consume, the wood to build our houses, to give room for infrastructure (roads, services and installations), and to assimilate our wastes.

Posted on October 08, 2012

It makes sense to recycle milk containers like other bottles, cans, and juice boxes instead of paying to let them choke the landfills.

by Ann Johnston

Who ever would have expected such a ground swell! In three months, BC's Southern Gulf Islands Recycling Coalition had submitted 19,270 signatures on its "Include Milk" petition to Joyce Murray, Minister of Water, Land and Air Protection. In June, the Coalition from Mayne, Pender, Galiano, Saturna and Saltspring Islands had decided once again to attempt to get containers for milk, and milk substitutes like soya and rice drinks, included under the Beverage Container Deposit Refund Regulation.


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