Posted on January 02, 2014
I’m a 26-year-old musician and I’m part of a generation that has inherited a profoundly serious problem – the global environment is tapped out and on the verge of collapse. Our oceans are heavily polluted and overfished, climate change is happening faster and more aggressively than most scientists anticipated,
Posted on October 16, 2012
From the Brim to the Dregs.
by Liza Morris
We have all heard stories of abundant runs of salmon, innumerable towering old growth trees and frequent teeming pods of whales in and around the Georgia Strait. However, in the past decades, the serious decline in various species has become drastic.
Posted on October 08, 2012
by Dr. Irene Novaczek
from: "Environmental Impact of the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry,"
During drilling and extraction of gas deposits from the sea floor, releases of gas into the marine environment are inevitable. Gas is dumped into the sea mixed in with produced water, may leak from pipelines, tankers and underwater storage tanks, or may be released during catastrophic well blowouts, explosions and smaller accidental spills. Spills and blowouts occur due to drilling equipment failure, corrosion of pipelines, human error, earthquakes, ice, storms, shipping accidents etc.
Posted on October 03, 2012
by Delores Broten
In 1986, nearly one quarter of the shellfish beaches in Puget Sound, a major portion of the great Salish Sea which separates Vancouver Island from Washington State and the BC mainland, were suddenly classified as contaminated with sewage pollution. That's a familiar story to residents of coastal Canada, whose cities and towns have an unpleasant habit of dumping raw or partially treated sewage into the ocean.
Posted on October 03, 2012
The proposed Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) network consists of core no-take areas prohibiting fishing, exploration and extraction of oil, gas, and minerals, open net cage aquaculture, bottom trawling, dumping, and dredging.
by Shannon Cowan
The skipper of the Kumbaya slows the engine as we pass the eastern side of Sonora Island. Congregated topside, four artists brandishing cameras and sketchbooks rush to capture the seascape, transferring to film and paper the warm light peering over nearby mountains. Here on BC's south-central coast, the proposed site of the province's first network of "no-take" marine protected areas (MPAs), the fish are still jumping, the water is still sparkling, and over on the shores of the northern gulf islands, brightly painted houses take in the hulking vista of the Coast Mountains.
Posted on August 17, 2012
Steadily increasing levels of seawater acidity could re-shape strategic food chains in the polar and sub-Antarctic marine ecosystems earlier than predicted, according to research published in Nature.
“Within 50 to 100 years, there could be severe consequences for marine calcifying organisms, which build their external skeletal material out of calcium carbonate, the basic building block of limestone,” says Australian scientist, Dr Richard Matear of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).