Trees Moderate Urban Wind Speeds & Keep Pedestrians Comfortable

The ECOreport reposts a Vancouver study that shows trees moderate urban wind speeds & keep pedestrians comfortable

Originally Published on UBC News

Even a single urban tree can help moderate wind speeds and keep pedestrians comfortable as they walk down the street, according to a new University of British Columbia study that also found losing a single tree can increase wind pressure on nearby buildings and drive up heating costs.

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Why Does Ontario Pay So Much For Electricity?

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED from the other side of the energy debate, Why Does Ontario Pay So Much For Electricity?

Originally Published on the Fraser Institute

By Taylor Jackson, Ashley Stedman, Elmira Aliakbari & Kenneth P. Green

Electricity is an essential part of our modern lives. It powers our economy, generating the economic activity that underpins our high living standards. It also allows Canadians to enjoy the comforts of modern life, from warm homes and warm meals to internet access and entertainment. The full enjoyment of these benefits depends on electricity remaining affordable for people across the income spectrum.

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Is Strathcona Regional District Prepared For A Major Emergency?

The ECOreport asks the local Protective Services Coordinator about floods, fires and earthquakes, Is Strathcona Regional District Prepared For A Major Emergency?

By Roy L Hales

In light of the wildfire situation in British Columbia’s interior, it seemed like a good time for an update on our area’s emergency preparedness. So I asked Shaun Koopman, the district’s Protective Services Coordinator, “Is Strathcona Regional District prepared for a major emergency?”

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Whale Tales

The ECOreport asks about whale tales and other wildlife sightings on the Cortes-Quadra ferry 

By Roy L Hales

In light of the wildfire situation in the interior of our province, it seemed like a good time for an update on the Strathcona Regional District’s emergency preparedness. Only there were three humpback whales along the route, as I crossed over to Quadra Island to meet with the district’s Protective Services Coordinator. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen whales along this route, but they were still whales in the area when I returned four hours later. So I asked I asked Jessica Towers, who works on this ferry, if she had any whale tales.

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Fighting Climate Change Through Urban Ecosystem Restoration

The ECOreport reposts news of a new study, Fighting Climate Change Through Urban Ecosystem Restoration

Originally Published on SFU News

By Ian Bryce

Flooding and extreme heat are projected to increase over the next few decades and will be extremely costly to manage. But a new study from Simon Fraser University shows how cities working together to restore and maintain ecosystems can be cheaper than building hard infrastructure to respond to climate change, and provides additional benefits such as buoyant property values and community health.

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America’s Vulnerable Infrastructure

The ECOreport reposts another OP-Ed from a former senior analyst in the DOE, America’s Vulnerable Infrastructure

Originally Published on Thoughts of a Lapsed Physicist

By Allan Hoffman

This article is on a topic I have touched on before in this blog – the vulnerability of our infrastructure. The purpose of the article is twofold: to gather in one place my various thoughts on infrastructure vulnerability, and to issue a call for action to reduce this vulnerability before our infrastructure is compromised and we have to pay an unacceptably high price. This concern is valid for the U.S. and for other countries highly dependent on infrastructure.

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Mapping Hot Spots For BC’s Salmon-Hungry Bears

The ECOreport reposts news of a study Mapping Hot Spots For BC’s Salmon-Hungry Bears

Originally Published on UVic News

Tracking the salmon-eating habits of grizzly and black bears for nearly two decades has revealed some surprising results for UVic geography PhD candidate and Raincoast scientist Megan Adams. She hopes the study will inform land-use managers on how the bear-salmon system goes well beyond coastal areas and into interior habitats of British Columbia. She says understanding where and how much salmon bears eat is critical to their conservation.

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Congressional Attacks On The Endangered Species Act

The ECOreport reposts another OP-ED from the ongoing struggle in the United States, Congressional Attacks On The Endangered Species Act

Originally Published on Defenders of Wildlife

By Mary Price

They’re at it again. Today Congress reviewed six bills over the course of two legislative hearings in both the House and Senate that would undermine the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This is just the latest chapter in the ongoing assault against the ESA by one of the most anti-wildlife Congresses we’ve seen in decades.

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Perry Toots The Wind Power Horn

The ECOreport reposts a report from the US Government’s ongoing energy conflict, Perry Toots the Wind Power Horn

Originally Posted on Clean Technica

By Tina Casey

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry is playing some serious mind games with the Trump Administration, or at least so it seems. Tension is mounting over the immanent release of a new grid study that is supposed to support President Trump’s pro-coal rhetoric, but just yesterday Perry used his own @SecretaryPerry account to tweet a whopper of a shoutout to the US wind energy industry.

Err…so, what gives?

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Young Activists Protest Oregon Natural Gas Pipeline

The ECOreport reposts another report of the conflict between Young Activists Protest Oregon Natural Gas Pipeline

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

Youth climate justice leaders from Oregon and California, including members of the Hoopa Valley, Yurok, and Siletz tribes, challenged the Liquid Natural Gas Pipeline as a threat to climate, water and communities on July 14, at 12:30 pm in Vogel Plaza in downtown Medford, Oregon.

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