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Bottled water. Photo © Steven Depolo, creative commons

Water resources require careful handling
even on the Wet Coast

We can relax. The Sooke Reservoir is filled to capacity—once again, and at last. The series of storms that recently charged across the region did the honours. Together, they dropped 83 per cent of the rainfall we typically see in all of a March in the month’s first nine days, Read more →

Waves breaking on the Ogden Point breakwater, Victoria, BC. Photo by Stewart Butterfield.

We can’t escape effects of rising sea level

Someday, our hilltop house may be waterfront property. It won’t happen soon—certainly not this century, and maybe not even this millennium. However, if global warming continues, the surf may indeed break at the bottom of our driveway. Nature Boy can’t wait. When I point out the timelines don’t work with Read more →

High-altitude krumholtz in British Columbia, photo by Kevin Teague

More than weather determines tree-line forest growth

Information Forestry, December 2012— British Columbia is home to some of Canada’s highest-elevation forests. In the very highest of these—growing at treeline in or near the true alpine—evergreens hug the ground, twisted and bent by wind and snow pack, with vertical leaders repeatedly pruned by severe winter temperatures, ice, and wind. Read more →

dead salmon, by Christopher Porter

Cowichan River woes foreshadow future climate effects

Victoria Times Colonist, November 17, 2012—October’s turn in weather, bringing rain after months of sun and heat, has at last raised water levels  on the Cowichan River and cleared the way for the salmon. How nice that something can enjoy the end to the glorious summer we had. Just six weeks Read more →

western spruce budworm, by William Ciesla, Forest Health Management International

Ocean-temperature effects suppress caterpillar’s infestations on Vancouver Island

Information Forestry,  December 2007— A century-long ocean-warming trend may explain the rarity of western spruce budworm outbreaks on southern Vancouver Island since the 1930s, according to a study by Canadian Forest Service scientists Alan Thomson and Ross Benton. Mild winter temperatures, linked to a rise in sea temperature, have de-synchronized Read more →

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