Ecosystem

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 15, 2012

Life is at its most abundant where land and water meet, whether the water is salty or fresh.

Story and photos by Maggie Paquet

Two ecosystem types are among Earth's most important and most abused: estuaries and wetlands.

Posted on October 14, 2012

Has the web of life been broken, beyond any hope of repair?

by Maggie Paquet ©

Back in autumn 1999, newspapers and at least one national magazine carried an article by Tom Reimchen of the University of Victoria Biology Department on the links between bears, salmon, and forests in the coastal ecosystems of British Columbia.

Posted on October 14, 2012

Non-profit conservancies can work with land holders to protect critical areas.

by Sheila Harrington

Land trusts are non-profit, often charitable, conservancies that work with land holders to protect areas that are critical to the health and survival of threatened animals, plants, and wetlands, as well as areas of cultural or historical significance.

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 09, 2012

The Ecology Action Centre (EAC) of Halifax Nova Scotia, with support from the Sierra Legal Defence Fund, is taking the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to court. The Centre is proceeding with a legal action to protect Canada's marine fish habitat. They have brought an application for judicial review of a variation order issued by the Regional Director-General of DFO. The variation order would re-open the Canadian side of the highly productive and ecologically sensitive fishing ground called Georges Bank to groundfish draggers.

Posted on September 25, 2012

The global water crisis is the greatest ecologi­cal and human threat humanity has ever faced.…By 2030, global demand for water will exceed supply by 40% – an astounding figure foretelling of terrible suffering.

Excerpts from a speech by Maude Barlow to the Environmental Grantmakers Association

Posted on September 15, 2012

In the far northwest corner of British Columbia, the Taku River watershed, lying to the south of the town of Atlin and east of the Alaska Panhandle from Skagway all the way south to Juneau Alaska, could offer our last best chance to preserve a virtually intact watershed. The Taku River is fed by a number of rivers and their tributary streams from mountains ranging up to 2500

Posted on September 14, 2012

by Colin Graham

Five years ago a group of leading biologists met at Willach in Austria to discuss how much global warming plants and animals could stand. One degree Celsius per century was their estimated maximum.

Posted on September 14, 2012

Research at Carnation Creek has improved our society's understanding of ecological, biological and physical processes in Pacific Northwest watersheds.

by Wendy Kotilla

Nestled in the Southeast corner of Barkley Sound on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, Carnation Creek is a small watershed with a unique and diverse history. The rugged terrain of the 12 square kilometre watershed was shaped by the last period of glaciation in the Pacific Northwest.

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