Tag Archives: BC WIldfires

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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Wildfires Spark Call For Pipeline Moratorium

The ECOreport reposts news of a declaration by oneof British Columbia’s indigenous peoples,  Wildfires Spark Call For Pipeline Moratorium

Press Release from the Secwepemcul’ecw Assembly

CHASE, BC – Secwepemc elders, youth, children and families are calling for an immediate shutdown of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline in light of the forest fires raging through their territory. They fear the pipeline poses a serious safety hazard. They also say the unprecedented increase in fires is evidence of global warming created, in part, by Alberta tar sands oil transported by Kinder Morgan.

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Alberta’s Most Devastating Inferno

The ECOreport reposts an analysis of the Fort McMurray Wildfire: Is Alberta’s most devastating inferno the result of climate Change? Or just another Wildfire? 

Originally Published on University of Alberta News

By Bryan Alary

Record heat, tinder­-dry conditions contributed to Alberta’s most devastating inferno, says UAlberta wildland fire professor. Expect more extremes in the future.

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The Climate Revolution We set In Motion

Ray Grigg argues that the record temperatures, drought & wildfires across the West Coast this summer are all part of The climate revolution we set in motion

Originally Published on the Common Sense Canadian

By Ray Grig

Wildfires are ripping across California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska during this summer of 2015, the result of unprecedented droughts and record temperatures. Millions of hectares are being burned along with hundreds of homes. Fire-fighting costs are multiplying, the economic damage is soaring and the environmental consequences are foreboding.

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Fire at World’s End

A double-hitter from Tom Dispatch.com: first an overall description of the wildfires that are plaguing the West Coast, then Subhankar Banerjee’s report on Fire at World’s End.

Tomgram: Subhankar Banerjee, Fire at World’s End

Normally, Americans love breaking records. (“We’re number one! We’re number one!”) But the latest records to come out of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration should make anyone’s heart sink. Here’s how the World Meteorological Society put the news in a recent press release: “The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for January to June 2015, as well as for the month of June, was the hottest such period on record.” June itself was a global record-setter for warmth, as had been May and March in this thermometer-busting year, and February might also have squeaked into the number-one spot in recorded history. If so, four of the six months of this year were uniquely, grimly warm. And batten down the hatches since this is now officially an El Niño year in which surface water temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean are heating up significantly, possibly to historic levels, and global weather and storm patterns could be affected in major ways.

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Premier’s Energy Strategy: A Big Step Backwards

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The World needs to keep its carbon emissions in check, in order to escape the worst ravages of Climate Change. Europe is doing it’s part and is presently close to 20% below the 1990 benchmark set by the Kyoto Accord. Canada has done very little. According to the most recent reports, our emissions are presently 19% above 1990 levels and climbing. Last week the nation’s provincial leaders reached a compromise solution. Today’s radio interview has a simple description for the Premier’s Energy Strategy: A Big step backwards.
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BC’s fire situation appears to be improving

By Roy Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Though the number of active wildfires increased to 240, of which 17 are classified as “active fires of note,”the province was no longer covered by smoke. Port Hardy’s evacuation order has been rescinded. There was rain in some of the most critical areas last night and today. Aside from Whistler, which is still “5” (moderate), the province’s Air Quality Health Index has dropped to 2’s and 3’s. BC’s fire situation appears to be improving.

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The Fires – Is This Climate Change?

The ECOreport looks at the drought and wildfires, now stretching from California to Alaska,  and asks: the fires – Is this Climate Change?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Across the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Victoria, a brownish haze clings to the Olympic Peninsula’s shore.  There are reports of ash raining from the sky in Vancouver, Salt Spring Island and Nanaimo.  The sun was a reddish-brown color in Qualicum Beach. There are severe wildfires along the West Coast, from Alaska to California. There may be more than drought behind the fires: Is this Climate Change?

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The Ministry’s Answers

A Response to Questions from the BC Sierra Club report “BC forest wake-up call”

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1One June 8, Sierra Club BC released their report  BC forest wake-up call.  I responded by requesting an interview with Jens Wieting, of the Sierra Club, and shooting off a list of questions to the Ministry of Forests. As I published my interview with Wieting yesterday, it seems appropriate to publish the Ministry’s answers as a Q&A today.

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