A new study in Nature warns that Southern Resident killer whales are at risk of extinction.
Legal and environmental groups across British Columbia urged local governments to send climate accountability letters earlier this year.
The hiring of an external counsel and First Nations consultations mark the government's first major steps towards preventing the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
"There could be [great white sharks] in B.C. waters if we maintain the status quo and do not mitigate carbon emissions," said William Cheung, a UBC Associate Professor.