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B.C. snowpack lowest in 50 years

B.C. snowpack lowest in 50 years

The snowpack is averaging 63 per cent of normal across the province as of April 1 — the lowest average since 1970. The data comes as the Ottawa warns of a potentially devastating wildfire season.
B.C. doesn't know where all its groundwater is going. Experts worry as drought looms

B.C. doesn't know where all its groundwater is going. Experts worry as drought looms

VANCOUVER — Growing up on a ranch in the Columbia River Valley, water has always been part of Kat Hartwig's life, and over the years, she's noticed changes.
Province orders Union Bay ship-breaking company to stop release of pollution

Province orders Union Bay ship-breaking company to stop release of pollution

The Environment Ministry has also ordered Deep Water Recovery to take steps to monitor and report discharges from the site, or face penalties up to $300,000 in fines and six months of jail time
Canadian wildfires 'entirely' drove surge in global tree loss in 2023, study says

Canadian wildfires 'entirely' drove surge in global tree loss in 2023, study says

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — A global forest study says Canadian wildfires last year were "entirely" to blame for a worldwide surge in tree losses.
Federal review of forestry sector emissions falling short, environmental groups warn

Federal review of forestry sector emissions falling short, environmental groups warn

A federal review of Canada's forestry sector emissions needs to go much further than currently proposed or it could jeopardize its credibility, nearly a dozen environmental groups said as they ramped up pressure over what they claim is the sector's u
Time for Ottawa to protect Canadians from 'forever chemicals,' toxics experts say

Time for Ottawa to protect Canadians from 'forever chemicals,' toxics experts say

OTTAWA — Nearly a year after Health Canada issued a draft recommendation to designate an entire class of chemicals as toxic, environmental experts say it's time to actually do something about it.
Industrial carbon price cuts three times the emissions of consumer levy: report

Industrial carbon price cuts three times the emissions of consumer levy: report

OTTAWA — Canada's carbon price could slash greenhouse-gas emissions by more than 100 million tonnes a year by 2030, but only about one-fifth of that will come from the consumer carbon price at the centre of Conservative attacks.
'A big deal': B.C. utility regulator rejects plan for mandatory gas hookups

'A big deal': B.C. utility regulator rejects plan for mandatory gas hookups

BC Utilities Commission rejected FortisBC renewable gas proposal on grounds it would lead to 'undue price discrimination.' The commission also rejected a Fortis plan to invest in LNG, while approving several others.
Driven by wildfire smoke, Canada's air quality worse than U.S.: report

Driven by wildfire smoke, Canada's air quality worse than U.S.: report

Canada's air pollution levels last year were worse than those in the United States for the first time since an air-quality firm started publishing its assessments in 2018.
Report puts cost of B.C. coal mine pollution cleanup at $6.4B

Report puts cost of B.C. coal mine pollution cleanup at $6.4B

Environmental group warns Glencore of costly pollution problem it could inherit with Teck coal mine acquisition.