Oh how I love some mythology that comes along with my favorite trees. Out front we have a Rowan tree, Sorbus aucuparia. It’s called a Mountain Ash around here, but I prefer Rowan as it’s an Old Norse name for tree, or raun. Celtics also called it the Traveler’s Tree. The tree has a lot of other names too: variations …

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According to The Globe and Mail, David Suzuki, Neil Young, Feist, and Margaret Atwood will be touring all the provinces to promote environmental awareness in Canada. Here is the promotional video:  

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We have been very busy this summer promoting our other project, a site that has been cataloging nature and climate themed fictional books as well as notable nature essays since August 2013. Our newest branch of this site is a new community discussion group for writers and readers of environmental-themed books, whether cli-fi, sci-fi, speculative, literary, or non-fiction. All are …

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BC-based Cli-Fi Books is expanding its focus to “Nature Fiction” in order to include other nature-themed books and prose. Though the current domain will not change, the archive is now also directing the NatureFiction.com URL to its site. This expansion will hopefully attract more readers and authors since the climate change community is still fairly small and sometimes exclusive. The …

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Preemptive to a short holiday, here is a summary of rainforest news: Cedars Threatened by Climate Change, Logging Would Be First Alaska Tree Ever Given Federal Protection: Biological Diversity reports that Conservation groups filed a formal petition today to protect yellow cedar trees under the Endangered Species Act because of ongoing threats from climate change and logging. Vast swaths of …

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Updates: Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford has given Engbridge’s Northern Gateway federal approval, subject to the 209 recommendations already made by the Joint Review Panel–this after several years of planning and preparation. The news is heavy for those of us categorically opposing the pipeline due to: First Nations objections to these twin pipelines in their territories; a future of supertankers …

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New: Short story submission form As announced today at the Vanpoet’s blog, we will be hosting Vancouver’s 3rd annual 100,000 Poets for Change event–an event that takes place around the world in hundreds of cities simultaneously. This year, unlike in past years, we will be hosting a virtual event in the form of a short story contest. The contest begins …

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Recently CBC reported that an undercover employee at Chilliwack Cattle Sales, Canada’s largest dairy farm, videotaped other employees blatantly abusing cattle at the business. The undercover agent was from Mercy for Animals Canada, an advocacy organization dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices and policies. The video has a strong content warning as it shows …

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Population genetic structure of gray wolves (Canis lupus) in a marine archipelago suggests island-mainland differentiation consistent with dietary niche Authors: Astrid V Stronen12*†, Erin L Navid3†, Michael S Quinn4, Paul C Paquet56, Heather M Bryan567 and Christopher T Darimont567* Background Emerging evidence suggests that ecological heterogeneity across space can influence the genetic structure of populations, including that of long-distance dispersers …

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Spirit of the Coast is a three-month canoe paddle that began this past Sunday in Fort Langley and will end in Alaska. The trip, led by wilderness guide Chris Cooper, will encompass 1,300km up through BC in order to raise awareness of the beautiful coast. The trip is not about a protest, but about celebration. According to Cooper: Spirit of …

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