On March 3rd, after the Watershed Sentinel went to press, I went over to the Courtenay head office of Compliance Coal, owners of the Raven coal mine. I had been told the office looked empty and peering thorough the window, it did.
It has been a very long haul since we took the plunge last June and paid for our solar equipment, manufactured in China, to be transported across the US border to our home in Kaslo, BC. Free trade has really destroyed our own manufacturing economy, but that is a whole other conversation.
The failure of the Mt Polley tailings facility vindicated Karl Terzaghi and Ralph B. Peck, the two great engineers who founded the science and art of geotechnical engineering. They always warned that the undetected geological feature, stratum, or layer was the cause of failure. This is exactly what happened at the part of the embankment that failed at the Mt Polley mine—the original site investigation failed to identify or characterize a layer of glaciofluvial clay. Subsequent work failed to establish correctly the strength of the layer. And that layer failed when the load from the...
Modern-day humans seem to hate predators, often without realising that we are predators ourselves. In fact, it is likely the main reason we have engaged in killing off as many as we can ever since we evolvedinto an upright, fully bipedal species. Why? To my mind, there are two primary reasons: competition and fear.
In countries where electricity and water are scarce, keeping food from spoiling is a challenge. According to the United Nations, 45 percent of crops grown in developing countries end up going bad before getting to market or being consumed. That food becomes trash, wasting soil, water, seeds and labor and often contributing to famine.
A lake is not a thing; it is a process. A lake is a dynamic living system, a flow of energy and nutrients, a home for its inhabitants, always evolving, forever shifting moods.
We think of right-wing evangelical religion as an influence in American politics, but, unrecognized by the public and mostly unreported, it is a powerful influence on the Conservative caucus. That would explain the destruction of environmental policies and those omnibus bills.
1) It is historic. John Kerry was right to use the phrase in his New York Times oped announcing the deal: for the first time a developing nation has agreed to eventually limit its emissions, which has become a necessity for advancing international climate negotiations.
Technology increasingly impacts the way we live. We’re not talking about the WiFi devices that allow you to control your home from wherever you are, or a personal camera-toting drone – those are already on the market for under $200. Here are three technological developments which seem fated to have the same level of impact on our lives as the personal computer.
Quebec rejects TransCanada’s application for Energy East exploratory drilling near Beluga habitat.
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