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British Columbia Is Ready For Wave Energy

By Roy L Hales

Since 2001, there have been several inquiries into the plausibility of harnessing the wave energy off Vancouver Island. So far, projects were rejected because of the associated costs. A new report from UVic’s West Coast Wave Initiative (WCWI) suggests British Columbia is ready for wave energy.

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Mega-Sized Drought Coming To BC

By Roy L Hales

Though British Columbia’s hydrologists have fifty years of stream flow data to formulate its’ responses to climate change, a recent study from the University of Victoria shows this is not enough. Tree ring data shows that, since 1658 AD, their have been 16 droughts exceeding anything evidenced in the instrumental record. The most recent and severest of  these events took place in 1958. According to one of the study co-authors, Bethany Coulthard, “It was a cool time and yet we still saw these extreme natural droughts.” Add problems like urbanization, deforestation and rising Global temperatures into the equation and we can expect a mega-sized drought coming to BC.

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Scientists Condemn The Flawed Review Process For Lelu Island

By Roy L Hales

There are more than 130 of them, from Alaska, Russia, the West Coast as far south as California and east to the Atlantic coast. Their joint letter refers to “Misrepresentation,”  “lack of information” and “Disregard for science that was not funded by the proponent.” Scientists Condemn The Flawed Review Process For Lelu Island, at the mouth of British Columbia’s Skeena River, as “a symbol of what is wrong with environmental decision-making in Canada.”
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Academics Set Criteria for BC’s Successful Climate Action

By Roy L Hales

Premier Christy Clark has just received some sound advice in a public letter, as she  prepares for the premier’s conference with Prime Minister Trudeau. Energy economist Mark Jaccard, sustainable energy system specialist John Axsen and atmospheric climate scientist Kirsten Zickfeld were among the signatories. In total, twenty-five of the province’s academics set criteria for BC’s successful climate action.
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