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Recycling via blue box programs. Photo © William Mewes, via flickr & creative commons

Transition to a Zero-Waste economy will require
sacrifices and global change

The Hartland landfill faces a revenue shortage. The $107 tipping fee covers the costs of running the dump and the region’s Blue Box recycling program. Although the Powers-That-Be are considering solutions, shortfalls in user-pay income at the dump will likely continue. As more and more items are diverted from the Read more →

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 →

Ferry across Georgia Strait. Photo © JamesZ_Flickr

Clean coast living provides no escape from dirty air

On a recent trip to Vancouver, a great yellow tongue of dirty air greeted us as the ferry surged into Georgia Strait. Stretching out from Vancouver, the tongue licked at the shores of Galiano and Mayne islands. “We’re travelling right into it,” Nature Boy said. “Gotta love these temperature inversions.” Read more →

Pacific banana slug: secret origin of the slime-fountain of youth. Photo © Jitze Couperus, www.couperus.org

Slugs and snails may provide the secret to perpetual youthfulness

Years ago, when commiserating about my squeamishness for slugs, Nature Boy speculated that these terrestrial molluscs might yet surprise us. “Perhaps scientists will discover remarkable youth-preserving compounds in the slime, and we’ll start eagerly smearing slugs on our faces.” You have no idea how sorry I am to report it Read more →