Ocean acidification and new diseases tied to warming ocean waters are significant threats to the viability of B.C.’s shellfish aquaculture sector.
The B.C. government is urging residential, agricultural, and industrial water users to try to conserve as a number of salmon streams on the island are reaching critically low levels.
“You only have to look out the window right now to see the effects of climate change,” Erik Krogh, Vancouver Island University air quality researcher, as smoke from U.S. wildfires smothers southern British Columbia.
Rural residents needing to travel outside their community for healthcare often face steep out-of-pocket costs. The problem is compounded by a provincial assortment of subsidy programs that cause regional disparities and hinder equal access to medical care across the country, say experts.
Significant out-of-pocket expenses makes it clear rural residents are facing obstacles getting the medical care they need outside their community, say advocates.
Global warming is likely to significantly reduce the areas suitable for the farming of Atlantic salmon along the West Coast, according to a recent UBC study.
Linnaea Farm’s seed library will preserve Cortes Island’s stock of heritage seeds, but it will also help the local community, and others across Canada, to improve food security and resiliency to climate change.
The once common treasures of the tidal pool are at risk of being eradicated along the Pacific coastline from a deadly combination of disease and warming oceans due to climate change, says biologist Alyssa Gehman.