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George Soares says being able to walk his dog across what is normally a riverbed is 'sad and great at the same time,' providing new areas to explore while prompting concerns about the province's ongoing drought. (Andrew Kurjata/CBC)

Mar. 31, 2024

Families, pets explore the sand and rock normally buried under the Fraser, Nechako rivers' rushing water

Water in the Fraser River where it meets with the Nechako — itself not much more than a trickle in some spots — is at an all-time low, according to the River Forecast Centre.

Seth Klein, Melissa Lem, Liz McDowell and Ashley Zarbatany
The gas we burn in our homes and buildings for heating, hot water and cooking is responsible for about 12 per cent of BC’s greenhouse gas emissions. Photo via Wikimedia.

Mar. 29, 2024

A recent survey shows strong support for government reining in methane use and making heat pumps more affordable.

Andrew Nikiforuk
John Pomeroy crunched sobering data. ‘It’s going to make it challenging to decide who gets the water, when do they get it and who can’t have it.’ Photo via University of Saskatchewan.

Apr. 3, 2024

The noted hydrologist projects a harsh shift in the region’s climate and water supply.

Rochelle Baker
The B.C. government has flagged support for the federal fossil fuel emissions cap while delaying its own provincial plan after giving environmental approval to the FortisBC Tilbury LNG jetty project. File photo of Tilbury LNG site

Apr. 2. 2024

The B.C. government is trying to sugar-coat bad climate news with good after making back-to-back fossil fuel announcements last week, environmental groups say.

On Thursday, B.C. pledged to roll out a “backstop” regulatory emissions plan in 2026 in case the federal government’s proposed oil and gas emissions cap isn’t implemented, is scrapped or doesn’t meet provincial reduction targets.

Simon Little & John Hua
bridge collapse

Mar. 26, 2024

The ship strike and tragic collapse of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge early Tuesday morning has put a spotlight on the potential risks faced by two of Metro Vancouver’s key spans.

Andrew MacLeod
The RNG facility at the Keystone Sanitary Landfill in Dunmore, Pennsylvania. Fortis wanted the province’s utilities commission to allow it and other sources of non-local RNG to play a big role in the province’s future energy supply. Photo via Archaea Energy.

Mar. 22, 2024

The company’s climate-friendly goals relied on ‘squirrely’ accounting, says one advocate.

Zoë Yunker
Sources for renewable natural gas include landfills, cow farms and wastewater. Why is FortisBC buying it in Pennsylvania? Collage for The Tyee by andrea bennett. Foreground photo via Shutterstock. Background photo via Archaea Energy.

Mar. 18, 2024

The company banks its future on a type of methane called renewable because it’s from organic waste. Does it meet the climate test? First in a series.

Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs
Gitanyow  totems

Mar. 14, 2024


Gitanyow Lax’yip, March 14, 2024: Premier Eby’s push for the expansion of LNG development directly contradicts his promises on climate action, exacerbating the very crisis he claims to combat. The Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs (GHC) condemn the Premier’s hypocrisy and dismissal of their plea to assess the impacts of the Ksi Lisims LNG project thoroughly.

Natasha Bulowski
Active logging of old-growth trees near Babine Lake, B.C. Photo provided by Conservation North

Mar. 13, 2024

Two new reports find B.C.’s old-growth forests are still on the chopping block despite claims to the contrary by the provincial government and a U.K.-based corporation.

Government data leaked to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) shows B.C.’s Ministry of Forestry rejected more than half the proposed logging deferrals recommended by an expert panel with a mandate to protect important old-growth forests.


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