Giant tortoise found in Galapagos is from species previously considered extinct, Ecuador confirms


Ecuador confirmed on Tuesday that a giant tortoise found in 2019 in the Galapagos Islands is a member of the species Chelonoidis phantasticus that was considered extinct a century ago. Galapagos National Park is preparing an expedition to search for more of the tortoises in an attempt to save the species.


CN Rail fined $100K for spraying herbicide on tracks without clearance, damaging vegetation


CN Rail has been fined $100,000 for spraying harmful pesticide over 150 kilometres of track in northwestern B.C., damaging vegetation near the Skeena River.


West Kootenay man screws up the courage to save a skunk with a beer can stuck to its head

Skunk with a beer can stuck on its head

Nelson, B.C., home-care aide Michael Jeffery discovered a skunk stumbling on the road last weekend with its head stuck in an empty beer can that was cut in half. He had a little internal debate about whether he could rescue the animal without getting sprayed.


Conservation group calls for mandatory speed limits for ships to protect right whales

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Oceana, an independent advocacy group, says that for the second year in a row, it found that a majority of vessels sailing through the Gulf of St. Lawrence exceeded the 10-knot voluntary speed limit during the first week it was in effect.


Ski lifts that carry cargo? Ropeways replace polluting trucks while generating clean power

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In this week’s issue of our environment newsletter, we look at an emerging technology that both helps mining companies and reduces emissions and examine the increasing popularity of floating solar panels.


Photo of massive tree being hauled down Vancouver Island highway sparks global outrage

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B.C. Ministry of Forests confirms tree was cut on North Island in 2020, months before new protections for giant trees came into effect.


Here’s the dirt: How moose poop is helping this biologist understand the ecosystem

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Graduate student Makayla Swain is studying the effects of moose impacts on forests in N.L. — and one of their biggest effects comes in the form of poop. Because moose are not native to Newfoundland, the landscape is affected by their very presence, and by what they leave behind.


Farmed fish the source of virus spread among wild salmon, B.C. study suggests

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Evidence shows a debilitating virus found in British Columbia salmon was transferred from Atlantic fish farms, which then spread from Pacific aquaculture operations into wild fish, says a study published Wednesday.


Rare fossils show these worms were roommates more than 500 million years ago

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Scientists have uncovered rare fossil evidence of an inter-species relationship between two different types of worms more than 500 million years ago in what is now the Canadian Rockies. It’s one of the oldest examples in the fossil record of symbiosis, a close, long-term interaction between two species.


Federal government to launch $2.6B home retrofit program today

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The government of Canada is launching a new program today that offers Canadians grants of up to $5,000 to pay for energy-saving home upgrades.