Environment

A pile of plastic shopping bags. (Black Press file photo)

Surrey moves to ban plastic shopping bags and foam cups, and stiffens tree-cutting fines

Plastic bags bylaw now goes to Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy for approval

A pile of plastic shopping bags. (Black Press file photo)
The on-site team deploys a boom curtain to contain the oil spill near Nootka Island. (Unified Command)

Sea otter, heron treated as team battles active oil slick off Vancouver Island

Animals found covered in oil, response team looking at rehabilitation options

The on-site team deploys a boom curtain to contain the oil spill near Nootka Island. (Unified Command)
An aerial view of the marine oil-spill near Bligh Island in Nootka sound that the Canadian Coast Guard posted in a live social media feed. ( Canadian Coast Guard/Facebook)

Active marine oil slick near Nootka Sound tied to historic 1968 Bligh Island shipwreck

Coast Guard, First Nations, province responding to a slick off northwestern Vancouver Island

An aerial view of the marine oil-spill near Bligh Island in Nootka sound that the Canadian Coast Guard posted in a live social media feed. ( Canadian Coast Guard/Facebook)
Ikea Canada is taking a sustainable approach to Black Friday this year. (Courtesy of Ikea)

Ikea will buy back your gently-used furniture this Black Friday

The furniture giant is flipping Black Friday on its head with a sustainable campaign

Ikea Canada is taking a sustainable approach to Black Friday this year. (Courtesy of Ikea)
A mushroom farm operator faces several charges under the Fisheries Act for two properties in the Bradner area of Abbotsford. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Two Abbotsford mushroom farms charged with polluting local creeks

Owner Quang Quach has previously faced several fines and penalties

A mushroom farm operator faces several charges under the Fisheries Act for two properties in the Bradner area of Abbotsford. (Abbotsford News file photo)
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau plants a tree with sons Xavier and Hadrien (left) during a campaign event in Plainfield, Ont. on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Trudeau’s massive tree-planting promise from the 2019 election has yet to be allocated a budget. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

No budget yet for Liberals’ promise to plant two billion trees by 2030

Alberta Conservative MP Rachael Harder said called the lack of a budget for tree planting ‘shameful’

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau plants a tree with sons Xavier and Hadrien (left) during a campaign event in Plainfield, Ont. on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Trudeau’s massive tree-planting promise from the 2019 election has yet to be allocated a budget. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Upgrades underway at the Sunnyside Reservoir, adjacent to Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest, raised concerns among some residents Tuesday (Oct. 20), however, stewards of the park say everything went off without a hitch. (Tracy Holmes photo)

‘No issue’ with South Surrey reservoir drainage, despite trail user concerns: urban forest steward

Forest visitor taken aback by ‘unprecedented flooding’ of trails

Upgrades underway at the Sunnyside Reservoir, adjacent to Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest, raised concerns among some residents Tuesday (Oct. 20), however, stewards of the park say everything went off without a hitch. (Tracy Holmes photo)
Protesters measure old growth trees set to be logged in Argonaut Creek, north of Revelstoke. The area is habitat for endangered caribou. (Submitted by Wilderness Committee)

B.C. voters prioritize environment in upcoming election: survey

The provincial election is Oct. 24

Protesters measure old growth trees set to be logged in Argonaut Creek, north of Revelstoke. The area is habitat for endangered caribou. (Submitted by Wilderness Committee)
City of White Rock environmental staffer lauded

City of White Rock environmental staffer lauded

Dean Brown recognized with Operator of the Year Award

City of White Rock environmental staffer lauded
An air-quality permit issued for Ebco Metal Finishing LP’s galvanizing plant, at 18699 25 Ave. in South Surrey, has been a source of concern for area residents. (File photo)

South Surrey air-quality appeal delayed – again – by second appeal

Metro Vancouver in July amended the permit issued for Ebco’s galvanizing plant

An air-quality permit issued for Ebco Metal Finishing LP’s galvanizing plant, at 18699 25 Ave. in South Surrey, has been a source of concern for area residents. (File photo)
Lori Schlechtleitner waits as Dave Shorter places a Fukui trap in one of the Blackie Spit salt march channels on Sept. 25. The effort is part of an ongoing project to prevent devastation caused by Invasive European Green Crabs, which have been found in the area as recently as mid-September. (Tracy Holmes photo)

PHOTOS: ‘One of worst’ invasive crustaceans found on South Surrey shoreline

Management of European Green Crab a long-term project: biologist

Lori Schlechtleitner waits as Dave Shorter places a Fukui trap in one of the Blackie Spit salt march channels on Sept. 25. The effort is part of an ongoing project to prevent devastation caused by Invasive European Green Crabs, which have been found in the area as recently as mid-September. (Tracy Holmes photo)
Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum (right) and Delta Coun. Dan Copeland walk across the Nicomekl sea dam following a May 2019 funding announcement, when $76 million was pledged to help Surrey implement aspects of its Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy. (File photo)

Surrey notches win for flood-adaptation strategy

Environment award recognizes city’s preparations ‘for a new reality of coastal flooding risk’

Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum (right) and Delta Coun. Dan Copeland walk across the Nicomekl sea dam following a May 2019 funding announcement, when $76 million was pledged to help Surrey implement aspects of its Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy. (File photo)
GREENSPACE: Cheap, yet deadly - the real cost of fast fashion

GREENSPACE: Cheap, yet deadly – the real cost of fast fashion

Trend toward disposable clothing a step in the wrong direction

  • Oct 1, 2020
GREENSPACE: Cheap, yet deadly - the real cost of fast fashion
Steve Chitty (left) and Rod Downing wave from behind a banner hung on the King George Boulevard Highway 99 overpass in South Surrey on Sept. 25, in support of the Fridays for Future Global Climate Strike. (Michel Touzard photo)

South Surrey banner drop marks Global Day of Action

Fridays for Future effort targeted four city overpasses

Steve Chitty (left) and Rod Downing wave from behind a banner hung on the King George Boulevard Highway 99 overpass in South Surrey on Sept. 25, in support of the Fridays for Future Global Climate Strike. (Michel Touzard photo)
Thick white webbing blanketed parts of Agassiz-Harrison early Tuesday (Sept.29) morning. The webbing seemed to form or fall only in certain areas around the area, and it’s not immediately clear why. (Contributed Photos/Caro Clark)

‘Alien invasion’: Strange webbing creeps in overnight in Agassiz,Harrison

Eerie webbing might be the result of a growth in moth population

Thick white webbing blanketed parts of Agassiz-Harrison early Tuesday (Sept.29) morning. The webbing seemed to form or fall only in certain areas around the area, and it’s not immediately clear why. (Contributed Photos/Caro Clark)
Two children participate in a climate change protest in Montreal, Saturday, September 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Montreal demonstrators demand climate justice a year after Greta Thunberg speech

The demonstration follows the Liberal government’s throne speech Wednesday

Two children participate in a climate change protest in Montreal, Saturday, September 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
ENVIRONOTES: Has humanity’s intelligence outstripped its wisdom?

ENVIRONOTES: Has humanity’s intelligence outstripped its wisdom?

A final column from Roy Strang, who passed away Sept. 13 at age 94

  • Sep 24, 2020
ENVIRONOTES: Has humanity’s intelligence outstripped its wisdom?
LETTERS: Special community members left lasting legacy

LETTERS: Special community members left lasting legacy

Double loss with passing of Roy Strang and Helen Fosnaugh will be felt

  • Sep 24, 2020
LETTERS: Special community members left lasting legacy
Emaciated grizzly found dead on central B.C. coast as low salmon count sparks concern

Emaciated grizzly found dead on central B.C. coast as low salmon count sparks concern

Grizzly was found on Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw territory in Smith Inlet, 60K north of Port Hardy

Emaciated grizzly found dead on central B.C. coast as low salmon count sparks concern
People’s Choice winner: Eileen Harris of Kelowna, bumble bee clinging to grass.

PHOTOS: South Surrey skunk family photo earns honourable mention in BC SPCA contest

Winners of society’s latest wildlife photography contest announced

People’s Choice winner: Eileen Harris of Kelowna, bumble bee clinging to grass.