Research & Reports

KEEPING OUR COAST CLEAN:

Research & ReportsJan 13, 2016

In November 2015, Prime Minister Trudeau publicly gave Ministers in his Cabinet a mandate to formalize an oil tanker moratorium on the north coast of British Columbia. West Coast Environmental Law has been an outspoken advocate for a legislated oil tanker prohibition on the Pacific north coast for many years, and we have been getting a lot of questions about this issue and its possible implications. This backgrounder addresses many of the frequently asked questions.Read More

Witnessing extinction – Cumulative impacts across landscapes and the future loss of an evolutionarily significant unit of woodland caribou in Canada

Research & ReportsMar 10, 2015

Habitat change is a major driver of species distribution and persistence, but there have been few recorded extinction events for terrestrial mammals across Canada. Currently, we are observing the decline, extirpation, and perhaps extinction of several evolutionarily significant units of woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou), an iconic and cultural keystone species.Read More

Alexandra Morton: Canada is changing its laws for dirty salmon

On the January 10, 2015, hurricane-force winds hit the coast of Norway. Over 100,000 farm fish escaped during the storm, including 63,000 North American steelhead. Sport fishermen, furious that these foreign fish were teeming through the fjords near ... Read More

Fighting Over Herring- the Little Fish that Feed Multitudes

Research & ReportsFeb 12, 2015

The Pacific herring—an oily, silvery, schooling fish—is rarely high on the list of marine animals people fret about. But for the second straight year, the Canadian government has ignited a skirmish in British Columbia by moving to let fishing nets ... Read More

Gulls switch to trash-diet as fish stocks run low

Research & ReportsNov 11, 2014

Gulls tucking in to discarded food or flocking around landfills has become a familiar sight. Now data spanning 149 years has shown that substituting fish for less nutritious food is linked to population declines and lower fertility in glaucous- ... Read More

B.C. Wolf Management Plan 2014

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Grey Wolf (Canis lupus; hereafter wolf) was designated as Not at Risk by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) because it has a widespread, large population with no evidence of decline over the ... Read More

Ben Parfitt and David Hughes: Where will all the water come from for LNG?

Research & ReportsFeb 24, 2014

One glaring problem with the provincial government’s strategy to turn B.C. into a LNG-exporting juggernaut is that it scuttles any chance B.C. has to be a climate-change leader. But equally problematic is how our government’s economically dubious ... Read More

Carbon footprint of B.C. LNG boom could rival Alberta’s oilsands

Research & ReportsJan 13, 2014

This month, provincial MLAs are preparing for the upcoming legislative session, in which they will debate rules for carbon pollution and taxes for liquefied natural gas (LNG) development. The connection between LNG development and carbon pollution ... Read More

Economic Impact of Bear Viewing and Bear Hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia

Washington, DC -- A new study released today finds that bear viewing ecotourism in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest “generates far more value to the economy” in terms of revenue, taxes, and jobs than the older and more well-established ... Read More

Land Based Spill Preparedness and Response in British Columbia

Page 5 "Response is currently focused on higher risk environmental emergencies, limiting support for B.C.’s prevention and preparedness activities (such as training and reviews of operations). Additional challenges include timely response to remote ... Read More

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