Preamble With COP21 in full swing in Paris, I thought I’d postpone any discussion of Canada’s contribution, or of the result of that conference, and instead present some thoughts on why climate change is the most wicked of wicked environmental problems, and why it has taken us so long to get to this point. And … Continue reading
Coral Bleaching Every now and then I cast my eye around to see what is happening to coral reefs, hoping to find some good news. For several months now, NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch program has been predicting a worsening bleaching season as 2015 rolls out. The on-again, off-again el Niño that was being forecast through … Continue reading
Tailings ponds, troublesome externalities, tepid regulations and tipping points; what the Mount Polley Mine tells us about Canada’s environmental crisis.
Tailings Ponds It happened early on Monday 4th August. The tailings pond dam at the Mount Polley Mine in central British Columbia gave way. Ten million cubic meters of contaminated water and 4.5 million cubic meters of metals-laden sands and silts washed out into Hazeltine Creek, the outlet for Polley Lake. Hazeltine Creek flows southeast … Continue reading