Observations on local and not so local environmental events, including people and their surroundings.
Win a trip to the Great Bear Rainforest!
Forest Ethics Advocacy is sponsoring this competition
Got talent? The Great Bear Rainforest needs you to participate in our 'Great
Bear's Got Talent' contest! The winner gets an all-expense paid trip for two
from Vancouver into the Great Bear Rainforest.
is working with Greenpeace and Sierra Club BC to raise awareness about the Great
Bear Rainforest - home to thriving schools of salmon, grizzly bears, coastal
gray wolves, bald eagles and iconic species like the white Spirit Bear. An
outpouring of public support will inspire the provincial government and other
organizations to complete the forest safeguards the Great Bear needs to survive
it works: You createan artful and stirring homage to this
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celebrate the magic of the Great Bear Rainforest to qualify. You can also
participate by voting for the winning piece. Click
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The contest is housed on Facebook but you don’t
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generates the most Facebook votes and gets the seal of approval from a team of
judges, you’ll win a trip from Vancouver to the Kitasoo-Xai’Xais First
Nations owned and operated Spirit Bear Lodge, in the heart of the Great Bear
more about the contest and get started now.
Show us what’s
possible. Celebrate the Great Bear Rainforest.
Vancouver Island is surrounded by clean, cold water. The
Pacific Ocean cradles the island moderating its climate and providing
livelihoods for many in the fishing industry. One of the successful, modern
fisheries is raising of scallops in the Georgia Strait in Qualicum Bay.
Vancouver Island Scallops have developed a method for
farming the delectable little morsels and until the past few years, been very
successful at it. The scallops are started in the hatchery and when they have
attached to lines are put in nets and placed in the ocean waters. Scallops are
filter feeders so they get their food from plankton floating in the cold
waters. It usually takes about three years before a scallop is ready for
Scallops are called bivalves(two shells). The shells are
made up of chalky material high in calcium carbonate. You know what a scallop
shell looks like if you’ve ever seen the Shell Oil symbol. That’s it.
Unfortunately for the scallops and their shellf…
Most of us are aware of the part that Styrofoam and plastic
bags have played in contributing to the load of plastics in the oceans. Have
you ever wondered what happens to the stuff of tires when they wear down? The
tiny bits that wear off your tires and those of all those other “rubber” tires
around the world mostly ends up in the oceans.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature(IUCN) has
published a report that points to two big polluters – tiny plastic particles
from modern tires and synthetic clothing.
Both contribute about 30% of the overall plastic load being
funneled into our oceans today. These two sources alone are estimated to add
about 9.5 million tonnes annually to our waters.
The IUCN lists the top seven plastic polluters and surprisingly
plastic shopping bags don’t make the list. Following are the seven worst
polluters according to the group. ·Tires – many are not made of rubber any longer
but are a complex mixture including plastics·Synthetic textiles – the gr…
Gas flaring wastes gas and adds to atmospheric warming
The current practise of flaring off methane that is routine
in many gas and oil operations may soon be a thing of the past. Researchers
associated with the University of Washington, Pullman, have developed a new
technique which makes it far less expensive to convert the methane so that it
can be used more easily.
Researchers Jean-Sabin McEwen and Su Ha have tweaked the
catalytic reaction to make the conversion more economical. “Right now, we just waste all those gases,” said Ha.
“If we can efficiently and effectively convert methane from shale or gas fields
to electric power or useful products, that would be very positive.” A large
percentage of the US methane is currently flared off. Methane is a potent
greenhouse gas and contributes a large percentage of the world’s atmospheric
greenhouse gases. One molecule of the gas contributes over 30 times the warming
effect of one molecule of carbon dioxide. Methane
is a useful gas, making up…