Category Archives: Sustainability

British Columbia’s Fight For Sustainable Logging

The ECOreport interviews the producer of two short films about British Columbia’s fight for sustainable logging

By Roy L Hales

When Island Timberlands arrived in 2012, they found Cortes island residents waiting behind a blockade. The Vancouver Observer sent a young film maker to cover the story, but Daniel Pierce found more than just another clash between a logging company and local environmentalists. He is still documenting British Columbia’s fight for sustainable logging.
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The Dark Heart of California Water Politics

The ECOreport reposts another story of corporate interests, The Dark Heart of California Water Politics

Originally posted on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

When I was at the March for Science in Sacramento a month ago, a friend asked to get me on video and talk about what is the crux of water issues in California, what is the overriding, central issue behind the different water battles. That’s one that includes the Delta Tunnels, the failure of the state and federal agencies to address environmentalists’ concerns with the safety of the Oroville Dam and spillways, the salmon and other fish collapses and the pollution of our drinking water by agribusiness, municipal and oil waste.

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Five things About Canada’s Carbon Pricing Plan

The ECOreport reposts an Op-ED, Five Things About Canada’s Carbon Pricing Plan

Originally Published on Clean Energy Canada

By Clare Demerse

On Thursday, the federal government published its <a< span=””>< span=””> href=”https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/news/2017/05/the_government_ofcanadareleasestechnicalpaperonpricingcarbonpoll.html”>plans to get a price on carbon in all parts of Canada. The proposal represents a big step forward on a key climate commitment, and the approach Ottawa has chosen is a promising one.

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Fun with Firewood

The ECOreport has a little fun with firewood

By Roy L Hales

Firewood is a vital source of heat energy on Cortes Island. Some think of it as our secret sin. There may be more environmentally conscious people here than any other part of British Columbia, per capita, yet we use a more carbon producing energy source than coal. This is the season when we cut and stack it for the coming winter. It’s also time to have fun with firewood.

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Half the Signatories To Paris Agreement Reaffirm Their Commitment

The ECOreport reposts news from Europe, Half the Signatories To Paris Agreement Reaffirm Their Commitment

Press Release from the European Commission

The European Union and 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific developing countries, who together make up more than half of the signatories to the Paris Agreement on climate change, today reaffirmed their strong and steadfast commitment to full implementation of the agreement, urging all partners to keep up the momentum created in 2015.

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Just Cool It! What We Can Do About The Climate Crises

The ECOreport reposts an announcement about David Suzuki’s new book, Just Cool It!: The Climate Crisis and What We Can Do

From the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki

Most people understand that human-caused climate change is a real and serious threat. True, some still reject the mountains of evidence amassed by scientists from around the world over many decades, and accepted by every legitimate scientific academy and institution. But as the physical evidence builds daily — from increasingly frequent and intense extreme weather events like droughts and floods to disappearing polar ice to rising sea levels — it takes an incredible amount of denial to claim we have no reason to worry.

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Report Predicts Mass Extinction For California’s Native Trout & Salmon

The ECOreport reposts an OP-Ed from California , report predicts mass extinction for California’s native Trout & Salmon

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

If present trends continue, the majority of California’s imperiled native salmon, steelhead and trout are likely to be extinct within 100 years.

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US Budget Cuts Threaten Southern Resident Orcas

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about the Trump Administration’s priorities, US Budget Cuts Threaten Southern Resident Orcas 

Originally Published on Defenders of Wildlife

By Shawn Cantrell, Northwest Program Director

Puget Sound and Southern Resident orcas are under increased threat from an administration seeking to cut critical programs and funding aimed at their protection.

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Chinese Emissions Rise With Increased Industrial Output

The ECOreport reposts news in the fight against rising global emissions, Chinese Emissions Rise With Increased Industrial Output

Originally Posted on Greenpeace Energydesk

By Lauri Myllyvirta

China’s overdependence on heavy industry and construction is not only an environmental hazard — it’s a massive financial risk.

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Tillerson Breathes New Life Into Paris Climate Change Accord

The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed about America’s shifting environmental policies, Tillerson Breathes New Life Into Paris Climate Change Accord 

Originally Posted on Clean Technica

By Tina Casey

Will he or won’t he? In a sequence events worthy of standard television reality fare, President Trump has been building suspense over a final decision on the Paris climate change accord. During his presidential campaign Trump promised to “cancel” US participation in the historic agreement and the clock is still ticking.

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