Climate change

Former California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks after unveiling the Doomsday Clock during The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists news conference in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Doomsday Clock moves closest to midnight in 73-year history

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moves clock to 100 seconds to midnight

Former California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks after unveiling the Doomsday Clock during The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists news conference in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Cigarette butt cannisters have collected more than 100,000 butts since they were installed in 2018. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Thousands of cigarette butts collected and recycled from downtown Victoria

Canisters placed throughout the downtown core have made an impact on local litter

Cigarette butt cannisters have collected more than 100,000 butts since they were installed in 2018. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Coun. Sharmarke Dubow has filed a motion asking elected officials in the capital region to take transit as their sole means of transportation for one week. (File contributed/ City of Victoria)

Victoria councillor challenges elected officials to use public transit for a week

Only taking the bus for a week will give more insight into what needs to be done, Dubow says

Coun. Sharmarke Dubow has filed a motion asking elected officials in the capital region to take transit as their sole means of transportation for one week. (File contributed/ City of Victoria)
The loose-leaf tea has traditionally been sold in paper bags, but in the past two months, customers noticed a transition to plastic, Ziploc-style bags instead. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Downtown Victoria tea shop switches to plastic tea bags

Murchie’s Tea and Coffee says the transition is temporary

The loose-leaf tea has traditionally been sold in paper bags, but in the past two months, customers noticed a transition to plastic, Ziploc-style bags instead. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Charlotte Brady (left) and Anastasia Castro head the Kids For Plastic Free Canada. They were two of the students present at a special presentation to the B.C. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy on Tuesday afternoon. (File contributed/ Margaret McCullough)

Vancouver Island students urge province for protection beyond a plastic bag ban

Kids for Plastic Free Canada, Surfridermeet with Minister of Environment and Climate Strategy

Charlotte Brady (left) and Anastasia Castro head the Kids For Plastic Free Canada. They were two of the students present at a special presentation to the B.C. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy on Tuesday afternoon. (File contributed/ Margaret McCullough)
Victoria High students, Annarosa Ventura, Sienna Nargang and Djuna Nagasaki at the B.C. legislature on March 15 for Student Strike 4 Climate. (Lia Crowe/Black Press Media)

Students and teachers to unite in Monday’s climate action rally

A teach-in for climate justice is set to take place at the B.C. Legislature this afternoon

Victoria High students, Annarosa Ventura, Sienna Nargang and Djuna Nagasaki at the B.C. legislature on March 15 for Student Strike 4 Climate. (Lia Crowe/Black Press Media)
Burlington Northern Santa Fe train hauls one of many daily loads of thermal coal from Wyoming along White Rock beach, for export to Asia power plants. Shipments through B.C. ports jumped after California, Oregon and Washington stopped shipments from their ports. (Michael Chu/Flickr)

B.C. VIEWS: Politicians grasp at straws, avoid climate policy reality

It doesn’t matter what parties offer in the fall Canadian election

Burlington Northern Santa Fe train hauls one of many daily loads of thermal coal from Wyoming along White Rock beach, for export to Asia power plants. Shipments through B.C. ports jumped after California, Oregon and Washington stopped shipments from their ports. (Michael Chu/Flickr)
The provincial government is asking residents for input on plastic pollution strategies. (File photo)

Provincial government seeks feedback on plastic pollution strategies

The province launched an online survey on banning plastics and upgrading recycling strategies

The provincial government is asking residents for input on plastic pollution strategies. (File photo)
A group of local advocates is asking Victoria city council to ban single-use containers by January 2020. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

Advocates in Victoria push for the ban of single-use containers by 2020

Locals want Victoria City Council to draft a bylaw to ban disposable takeout containers

A group of local advocates is asking Victoria city council to ban single-use containers by January 2020. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)
Hands Across the Sand participants lock hands and spread out across the shore of Clayoquot Island on May 19. The international movement is a 15-minute peaceful gathering to promote clean energy and ending fossil fuel investments. (Photo: Arya Touserkani / Surfrider Pacific Rim Volunteer)

Hundreds call for a clean energy future at Hands Across the Sand event in Tofino

Surfrider Pacific Rim and Friends of Clayoquot Sound team up to host the peaceful gathering

Hands Across the Sand participants lock hands and spread out across the shore of Clayoquot Island on May 19. The international movement is a 15-minute peaceful gathering to promote clean energy and ending fossil fuel investments. (Photo: Arya Touserkani / Surfrider Pacific Rim Volunteer)
Carbon dioxide is more abundant in the atmosphere than at any other point in humanity’s history. (Luis Sinco/TNS)

Carbon dioxide at highest levels for over 2.5 million years, expert warns of 100 years of disruption

CO2 levels rising rapidly, now higher than at any point in humanity’s history

Carbon dioxide is more abundant in the atmosphere than at any other point in humanity’s history. (Luis Sinco/TNS)
Students gathered at the B.C. legislature for a Friday afternoon “climate strike,” March 15, 2019. Plastic orcas are a regular feature of anti-pipeline protests there. (Keri Coles/Black Press Media)

Victoria Youth head to B.C. Legislature for climate strike

Thousands of students are anticipated for the Friday morning protest

Students gathered at the B.C. legislature for a Friday afternoon “climate strike,” March 15, 2019. Plastic orcas are a regular feature of anti-pipeline protests there. (Keri Coles/Black Press Media)
A giant piece of ice breaks off the Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia Argentina. Environmental Psychologists are working on ways to present climate change science in more effective ways. (Black Press File)

Slaying dragons: getting inside the minds of climate change skeptics

Environmental psychologist explains Dragons of Inaction

A giant piece of ice breaks off the Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia Argentina. Environmental Psychologists are working on ways to present climate change science in more effective ways. (Black Press File)
Vehicles line up for B.C. Ferries sailing at Tsawwassen. Vancouver Island is entirely dependent on petroleum for transportation and tourism, including cruise ships as well as aircraft and ferries. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

B.C. communities push back against climate change damages campaign

Activists copying California case that was tossed out of court

Vehicles line up for B.C. Ferries sailing at Tsawwassen. Vancouver Island is entirely dependent on petroleum for transportation and tourism, including cruise ships as well as aircraft and ferries. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
B.C. Green leader Andrew Weaver and Premier John Horgan autograph a copy of the ‘CleanBC’ plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next two decades, Vancouver cabinet office, Dec. 5, 2018. (B.C. government)

B.C. VIEWS: For 2019, wishful thinking replaces evidence

‘CleanBC’ recycled strategies and gestures don’t help environment

B.C. Green leader Andrew Weaver and Premier John Horgan autograph a copy of the ‘CleanBC’ plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next two decades, Vancouver cabinet office, Dec. 5, 2018. (B.C. government)
Lehigh cement plant in Delta is one of the industries affected by B.C.’s carbon tax, giving a price advantage to U.S. and Asian producers. (Black Press files)

B.C. VIEWS: New climate targets to miss

B.C. has new greenhouse gas target, still no plan to reach it

Lehigh cement plant in Delta is one of the industries affected by B.C.’s carbon tax, giving a price advantage to U.S. and Asian producers. (Black Press files)
Forest fire burns through pine beetle-damaged forest at Eutsuk Lake in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, 2014. (Black Press files)

Climate adaptation needed, B.C. auditor general says

Flooding, wildfire risks need local, provincial action

Forest fire burns through pine beetle-damaged forest at Eutsuk Lake in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, 2014. (Black Press files)