Category Archives: Sustainability

Wildfires Are A Wake-Up Call

The ECOreport reposts another OP-ED about the accelerating pace of climate changes, wildfires are a wake-up call.

From the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki

Wildfires are sweeping B.C. Close to 900 have burned through 600,000 hectares so far this year, blanketing western North America with smoke. Fighting them has cost more than $230 million — and the season is far from over.

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Overshooting The Earth’s Capacity

The ECOreport reposts an OP-Ed about overshooting the earth’s capacity and what we can do about it

From the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki

August 2 was Earth Overshoot Day. Unlike Earth Day or Canada Day, it’s not a time to celebrate. As the Earth Overshoot Day website explains, it marks the time when “we will have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the whole year.” That is the definition of unsustainable and means we’re using up the biological capital that should be our children’s legacy. We would require 1.7 Earths to meet our current annual demands sustainably.

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Brown Accuses Cap-And-Trade Opponents of Political Terrorism

The ECOreport reposts news from California, where Governor Brown Accuses Cap-And-Trade Opponents of Political Terrorism

Originally posted on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

At Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay with the San Francisco skyline right behind him on July 25, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 398 by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), controversial legislation that extends California’s cap-and-trade program for another ten years until 2030.

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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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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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Jerry Brown Announces Global Climate Action Summit

The ECOreport reposts news from California, where Jerry Brown Announces Global Climate Action Summit

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

California Governor Jerry Brown announced yesterday,  via video message at the Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg, Germany, that the state will convene the “world’s climate leaders” in San Francisco in September 2018 for a “Global Climate Action Summit.”

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Environmentalists Challenge Trump Administration’s Delta Tunnels Decision

The ECOreport reposts news from California, Environmentalists Challenge Trump Administration’s Delta Tunnels Decision

Originally Posted on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

Fishing and environmental groups yesterday filed two lawsuits challenging the Trump administration’s biological opinions permitting the construction of the controversial Delta Tunnels that were released Monday.

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Canada Facing Increased Flooding

The ECOreport publishes another Op-ED about climate impacts, Canada Facing Increased Flooding

From the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki,  with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Communications Specialist Theresa Beer.

Spring flooding in Canada this year upended lives, inundated city streets and swamped houses, prompting calls for sandbags, seawalls and dikes to save communities. Ontario and Quebec’s April rainfall was double the 30-year average. Thousands of homes in 130 Quebec municipalities stretching from the Ontario border to the Gaspé Peninsula flooded in May. Montreal residents raced to protect their homes and families as three dikes gave way and the city declared a state of emergency. The Ontario government had to boost its resources for an emergency flood response.

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Canada Is 1.7 Degrees Warmer Than In 1948

The ECOreport Looks At A Joint Health Canada & Science Media Centre of Canada report, Canada is 1.7 degrees warmer than in 1948

By Roy L Hales

Average global temperatures keep rising. While 2016 is the warmest year on record, the previous record was set in 2015 and, before that, 2014.  A new joint report from Health Canada and the Science Media Centre of Canada (SMCC) puts this into perspective.  Canada is 1.7 degrees warmer than in 1948.

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