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First Nations and others along Northern Gateway route say NO

According to Huff Post Canada last Friday, a First Nations collective–Nadleh Whut’en, Nak’azdli, Saik’uz, Takla Lake, Tl’azt’en and Wet’suwet’en–said an overwhelming no to the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, a quarter of which would go through their territories. Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, the National Energy Board and the Department of Fisheries …

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The Urge for Going

With spring arriving in the lower mainland and the first cherry blossoms finally blooming, it is time to enjoy the outdoors more. So I’ve been taking long walks at lunch during the work day, which means 3-4km hikes among nature trails and back roads around campus. I’m set with Joni …

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Pacific scallops dying out from ocean acidification

Burning fossil fuels leads to an increase of carbon dioxide emissions in our atmosphere, of which 30-40% are absorbed by the oceans–leading to ocean acidification. Interaction of water and the absorbed carbon can form carbonic acid; dissolving carbon dioxide in seawater increases the hydrogen ion concentration in the ocean, which …

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Starfish dying off the Pacific coast

Sea star wasting disease (or starfish wasting disease) is not completely understood, though it is thought to be correlated with higher than usual water temperatures. The disease starts with lesions and ends with body fragmentation and death. The symptoms are shared with otherwise unhealthy starfish–for instance, those stuck in high …