By Matt Simmons, The Narwhal, Local Journalism Initiative reporter
Sleydo’ Molly Wickham was composed and quiet as she stared out the window of a helicopter flying over vast stretches of TC Energy’s Coastal GasLink pipeline on Wet’suwet’en territory (yintah). Below, a wide swath cut through forests and wetlands, crossing creeks and rivers.
A wing chief of the Gidimt’en clan, Sleydo’ was part of a small group on a monitoring flight to document the contentious project’s impacts as soaring temperatures rapidly melted last winter’s heavy snowpack.
Continue reading ‘Heartbreaking’: an overhead view of Coastal GasLink sediment spills into Wet’suwet’en waters, wetlands →
Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Canada may have the longest total coastline in the world, but it still doesn’t have a solid understanding of the role nearshore ecosystems can play in sinking greenhouse gas emissions to combat the climate crisis, marine ecologist Julia Baum says.
“We’re not really accounting for ocean climate solutions right now, which is ironic because we have three oceans.”
That will change with the launch of an ambitious research initiative to produce a national assessment of the “blue carbon” storage capacity of Canada’s salt marshes, seagrass meadows and kelp forests, said Baum, a principal investigator and University of Victoria professor.
Continue reading Researchers look to Canada’s oceans to sink planet-warming carbon →
Cortes Currents published a factually incorrect story about the proposed Anvil Lake logging road on Tuesday, August 30, 2022.
Few people knew this, because I pulled the story before it was broadcast on Cortes Radio.
Nick Reed, a local resident, told me, “The concern is mainly the wetlands that this road has to go through, and what effect that will have on Gunflint (and Anvil) Lakes. It is the last wetland on the southern part of Cortes.”
Mark Lombard, general manager of the Cortes Forestry General Partnership (CFGP), responded, “The CFGP never builds roads through wetlands.”
Continue reading Confusion around the proposed Anvil Lake logging road →
National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The advance of the climate crisis, marked by its extremes — droughts or deluges, fires or floods — makes abundantly clear the human habit of trying to contain and control water isn’t working.
For her new book, Water Always Wins, National Geographic Explorer Erica Gies criss-crossed the globe, witnessing some of the unanticipated results of modern society’s preference for engineered solutions.
Continue reading Reflections on the extraordinary power of slow water →
The Friends of Cortes (FOCI) have just released their summer program of daily offerings for 2022.
“It’s about educating people about the natural environment, but also really having people getting out there, having fun and enjoying themselves. So whether it’s locals or visitors, we’re really pleased to welcome anyone who wants to come along,” explained Helen Hall, Executive Director of FOCI.
Continue reading Summer offerings from FOCI →