From NYC People’s Climate March: In September, world leaders are going to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution. With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend …

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I recently spent a few days up in beautiful, isolated northern-central BC, near Bella Coola, the “gateway to the Great Bear Rainforest”. My husband and I, and our moms, spent time enjoying the sights along the Atnarko River and the forests, including a trek back to see the Nuxalkmc petroglpyhs. This journey will be further explored in a book and …

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According to Think Progress, a tailings pond leak near Mount Polley copper and gold mine was breached, spilling 1.3 billion gallons of slurry into nearby waterways. Tailings ponds hold a mix of water, minerals, and chemicals, forming “mining waste”. Included in the chemicals are arsenic, mercury, and sulfur. The immediate gush was into Hazeltine Creek in the Cariboo. The leak …

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Moon Willow Press, which runs BC Rainforest, is working on a special project, named The Enchanted Rainforest, to culminate in 2015-2016. This rainforest project will celebrate the Pacific Northwest Temperate Rainforest with a video/school project, printed book, and e-book and will include information from our Great Bear Rainforest Series as well as contributor quotes and stories. You are invited to …

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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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