Environment

Bioform’s Rami Younes (right) and Jordan MacKenzie (left) showing a sheet of the bioplastic. (Credit: Kai Jacobson/UBC Applied Science)

UBC scientists aim to put plastic in the past with 2 new inventions

Biodegradable product could replace plastic, unique coating could extend its life

 

A sign opposing coal development in the eastern slopes of the Livingston range south west of Longview, Alta., Wednesday, June 16, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta town endorses community-developed policy saying no to coal mining in Rockies

High River has joined 30 organizations in signing a document pushing prohibition of coal in Alberta

 

RiverBlue will be playing at the White Rock Community Centre on Friday, May 27. (Photo: White Rock Social Justice Film Society)

Documentary on impact of fashion on the planet screening in White Rock

The White Rock Social Justice Film Industry runs monthly screenings of documentaries

 

Future route of the 84 Avenue connector in Newton, at the southern end of Bear Creek Park. (Submitted photo)

City of Surrey loses court bid to have 84 Avenue petitioners pay its legal costs

City argued petitioners ‘acted as private citizens and were pursuing their personal and political goals’ in asking court to stop construction of 84 Avenue connector

Future route of the 84 Avenue connector in Newton, at the southern end of Bear Creek Park. (Submitted photo)
The Sparks Lake wildfire shown on June 30, 2021. Beginning in 2022, the B.C. government will provide communities with at least $38,000 a year to fight climate change. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

B.C. communities to receive new annual climate action funding

Each to recieve at least $38,000 annually for next 3 years

The Sparks Lake wildfire shown on June 30, 2021. Beginning in 2022, the B.C. government will provide communities with at least $38,000 a year to fight climate change. (BC Wildfire Service photo)
The Lower Mainland Green Team, joined by more than two dozen community volunteers, removed six cubic metres from White Rock’s West Beach on May 14, 2022. (Contributed photo)

‘Noticeable reduction’ to invasive species on White Rock’s West Beach

Green Team program manager lauds results of hard work, community support

The Lower Mainland Green Team, joined by more than two dozen community volunteers, removed six cubic metres from White Rock’s West Beach on May 14, 2022. (Contributed photo)
A public meeting regarding amendments sought to Weir Minerals’ air-quality permit in South Surrey has been set for May 26, 2022. (File photo)

Meeting set regarding Weir Minerals’ request to increase emissions in South Surrey

Community invited to May 26 forum at Semiahmoo Fish & Game Club

A public meeting regarding amendments sought to Weir Minerals’ air-quality permit in South Surrey has been set for May 26, 2022. (File photo)
Members of the Lower Mainland Green Team will be tackling invasive Himalayan blackberry on White Rock’s West Beach this weekend. (Contributed photo)

Green Team returning to tackle invasive plants on White Rock’s waterfront

Community invited to pitch in to removal of Himalayan blackberry

Members of the Lower Mainland Green Team will be tackling invasive Himalayan blackberry on White Rock’s West Beach this weekend. (Contributed photo)
Marine biologist Colin Foord, rear, and musician J.D. McKay work at their Coral Morphologic lab, Wednesday, March 2, 2022, in Miami. They have been on a 15-year mission to raise awareness about dying coral reefs with a company that presents the issue through science and art. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Coral reefs provide stunning images of a world under assault

Coral Morphologic shows real-world example of how coral communities can adapt at busy port of Miami

Marine biologist Colin Foord, rear, and musician J.D. McKay work at their Coral Morphologic lab, Wednesday, March 2, 2022, in Miami. They have been on a 15-year mission to raise awareness about dying coral reefs with a company that presents the issue through science and art. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
This 2021 image provided by LeighAnn Ferrara shows Ferrara’s young son as he watches a rabbit on a grassy patch of his White Plains, N.Y., yard, which is surrounded by planting beds of flowers, vegetables and trees. Many people are converting parts of their grass lawns into more diverse plantings. (LeighAnn Ferrara via AP

North America’s love affair with the lawn is getting messy

Some homeowners seeing a well-manicured lawn as an anachronism, even a threat

This 2021 image provided by LeighAnn Ferrara shows Ferrara’s young son as he watches a rabbit on a grassy patch of his White Plains, N.Y., yard, which is surrounded by planting beds of flowers, vegetables and trees. Many people are converting parts of their grass lawns into more diverse plantings. (LeighAnn Ferrara via AP
The rubber base layer that will go under the playing green surface, donated by Tire Stewardship B.C. to the White Rock Lawn Bowling Club in May 2022. (Submitted photo to the Peace Arch News)

White Rock Lawn Bowling Club is making strides for a greener future

Tire Stewardship B.C. donated a new recycled rubber base layer for club’s playing green

The rubber base layer that will go under the playing green surface, donated by Tire Stewardship B.C. to the White Rock Lawn Bowling Club in May 2022. (Submitted photo to the Peace Arch News)
While some people may participate in No Mow May, the Nature Conservancy of Canada urges everyone to take the next step in naturalizing backyards or balconies. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
While some people may participate in No Mow May, the Nature Conservancy of Canada urges everyone to take the next step in naturalizing backyards or balconies. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Don Davidson pictured at Pigeon Lake Alta, on Sunday May 1, 2022. 2022. Thousands of Alberta cottagers and homeowners are waiting nervously to see if a provincial regulator will allow a large feedlot to be developed near the popular and environmentally fragile recreational lake. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Proposed cattle feedlot threatens popular but fragile Alberta lake, residents say

G&S Cattle of Ponoka, Alta., wants to pen 4,000 cattle about four kilometres west of Pigeon Lake

Don Davidson pictured at Pigeon Lake Alta, on Sunday May 1, 2022. 2022. Thousands of Alberta cottagers and homeowners are waiting nervously to see if a provincial regulator will allow a large feedlot to be developed near the popular and environmentally fragile recreational lake. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
A man walks in frigid weather at Rundle Park as emissions rise from the Imperial Oil Strathcona Refinery, in Edmonton, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019. The federal government is pushing legislation to enshrine the right to a healthy environment into law but is giving itself up to two more years to define what that means. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Feds enshrining right to healthy environment but no clarity on what that means

Government will have up to two years after bill takes effect to define that right’s implementation

A man walks in frigid weather at Rundle Park as emissions rise from the Imperial Oil Strathcona Refinery, in Edmonton, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019. The federal government is pushing legislation to enshrine the right to a healthy environment into law but is giving itself up to two more years to define what that means. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
H.T. Thrift Elementary students help remove invasive plants during an Earth Day (April 22, 2022) effort organized by the Lower Mainland Green Team. (Contributed photo)

PHOTOS: White Rock Earth Day effort removes ‘tubs’ of plants

Volume of invasives cleared from Ruth Johnson Park could fill 88 bathtubs

H.T. Thrift Elementary students help remove invasive plants during an Earth Day (April 22, 2022) effort organized by the Lower Mainland Green Team. (Contributed photo)
Ryan Cootes, Erin Bremner-Mitchell, Bill Collins and Mike Williamson of Cascadia Seaweed Corporation are here seen holding up seaweed grown in Barkley Sound in July 2020. The company will receive up to $533,475 to determine the potential of three types of seaweed as an alternative feedstock for cattle. (Cascadia Seaweed Corporation/Submitted)

B.C. company chewing on the possibilities of seaweed as cattle feed

Vancouver Island’s Cascadia Seaweed will receive up to $533,475 from federal government

Ryan Cootes, Erin Bremner-Mitchell, Bill Collins and Mike Williamson of Cascadia Seaweed Corporation are here seen holding up seaweed grown in Barkley Sound in July 2020. The company will receive up to $533,475 to determine the potential of three types of seaweed as an alternative feedstock for cattle. (Cascadia Seaweed Corporation/Submitted)
Old-growth logging protestor Howard Breen says he was taken to hospital Sunday (April 24), on the 24th day of his hunger strike. (Courtesy of Save Old Growth)

B.C. man says old-growth protests escalating after brief hospitalization

68-year-old Nanaimo resident was on day 24 of his hunger strike Sunday

Old-growth logging protestor Howard Breen says he was taken to hospital Sunday (April 24), on the 24th day of his hunger strike. (Courtesy of Save Old Growth)
Howard Breen, of Nanaimo, shown in this undated handout image, says he has been on a hunger strike for 23 days and won’t stop protesting against old-growth logging until B.C.’s forests minister agrees to a public meeting. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Save Old Growth **MANDATORY CREDIT**

B.C. man wanting public meeting has ‘death-watch monitors’ on Day 23 of hunger strike

68-year-old activist protesting the logging of old growth forests

Howard Breen, of Nanaimo, shown in this undated handout image, says he has been on a hunger strike for 23 days and won’t stop protesting against old-growth logging until B.C.’s forests minister agrees to a public meeting. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Save Old Growth **MANDATORY CREDIT**
The Lower Mainland Green Team and students from Earl Marriott Secondary removed invasive plants from White Rock’s Ruth Johnson Park in June 2021. (Contributed file photo)

Students dig in to White Rock park for Earth Day

Green Team’s invasive-plant removal continuing at Ruth Johnson Park

The Lower Mainland Green Team and students from Earl Marriott Secondary removed invasive plants from White Rock’s Ruth Johnson Park in June 2021. (Contributed file photo)
This submitted photo shows Paul Cottrell, wearing the red jacket, helping to disentangle a humpback whale.

A first as the world warms: New forecasts could help predict marine heat waves

Multiple marine heat waves have occurred since 2014 along the Washington coast

This submitted photo shows Paul Cottrell, wearing the red jacket, helping to disentangle a humpback whale.