Environment

Massive Sitka spruce tree discovered on Vancouver Island

This tree is eleven feet wide and ranks tenth in the Big Tree Registry in British Columbia.

Over $2.4 million will be invested to develop clean ocean technology at UVic

It will be used to commercialize marine renewable energy technologies and find more environmentally friendly transportation solutions.
Beaver

Beaver cull on Pender Island temporarily suspended as residents take action

Though the number of beavers is in the single digits, their dams have caused water to build up behind a man-made dam, threatening its structural integrity.

Goldstream salmon run experiencing historically low numbers

The numbers could pick up as the run continues, but the sharp decline is worrying. 

Turn Down the Heat week in Victoria starts today

'Tis the season to bundle up in your coziest sweaters, and cocoon yourself in your favourite blanket.
Killer Whale

Killer whale community may go extinct unless drastic measures are taken

A new study in Nature warns that Southern Resident killer whales are at risk of extinction.

Learn how to reduce your waste with the Queen of Zero Waste living

If you've been wanting to switch to a zero waste lifestyle but didn't know where to start, here's your chance to find out more! 
Gorge Creek sewage dumping

Crews pinpoint source of sewage leak into Gorge Creek

Authorities have decided to resume normal operations of the storm water collection system. 

Victoria’s first 100% Zero Waste store opens in Chinatown

Time to break out the mason jars!

City of Victoria to ask fossil fuel companies to pay their share of climate...

Legal and environmental groups across British Columbia urged local governments to send climate accountability letters earlier this year.
Smoke Victoria

Wildfire smoke is returning to Victoria’s skies today

So far, no air quality warnings have been issued.
First Nations salmon farm occupation

First Nations protesters have occupied a fish farm off the coast of Vancouver Island...

A group of First Nations people, led by hereditary Chief Ernest Alexander Alfred, has peacefully occupied a salmon farm. Located 17km east of Alert Bay, near Swanson...
Salmon Run

Hundreds of thousands of Atlantic Salmon have escaped from a fish farm in the...

Fish farm owners blamed high tides due to the solar eclipse, but that explanation doesn't seem to hold water.
kinder morgan pipeline

BC NDP government to take legal steps to challenge Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion

The hiring of an external counsel and First Nations consultations mark the government's first major steps towards preventing the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
Air Quality Victoria

Air Quality in Victoria Reaches “High Risk” Level

Wildfire smoke has drifted over Victoria, making for some beautiful photos but also reducing our air quality considerably.
Gorge Creek sewage dumping

Deliberate sewage dumping contaminated Gorge Creek and led to swim fest’s cancellation

Lab results from the creek confirmed the presence of fecal coliform and e-coli.
Smoky Victoria Sunset

19 amazing photos of Victoria’s smoky skies

If you've been outside in Victoria today, you'll notice that our regularly scheduled blue-sky programming has been interrupted by a smoky haze. We've compiled a collection...
Smoke Haze Ferry

BC Wildfire smoke drifting over to Vancouver Island today

Smoke has started to creep over the Georgia Strait.
Great White Shark

Climate change could bring great white sharks to British Columbia

"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.

New Pacific Marine Circle Route Book Launch on July 19th

Want to explore Southern Vancouver Island this summer? Look no further. The Pacific Marine Circle Route offers a phenomenal day or weekend trip through plenty...
James Bay cruise ship

Air pollution in James Bay hits record low

The BC Lung Association revealed that Sulphur Dioxide levels in James Bay have hit a record low.

The Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail is now open for hiking!

Looking for new hiking route this summer? The Capital Regional District (CRD) has got your back. The Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail is now open for...

Harbour Air adds solar panels and beehives to airport green roof

We're not the only buzz in town!

Volunteers picked up 555 lbs of debris off Esquimalt Lagoon beach (PHOTOS)

Do us all a favour, and keep your butts off the beach!
Bear sighting

Police warn of “comfortable” bear roaming Saanich neighbourhood

Some Saanich residents had an unexpectedly eventful weekend

Bald eagle adopts orphan red-tailed hawk chick in Sidney (VIDEO)

Watch Sidney's unlikeliest foster family in action!

Volunteers take charge of cleaning up derelict vessels in Cadboro Bay when city says...

If you’re in the area on May 13th, head on down to Cadboro Bay to help your community.

Lights out: The rare ‘Black Moon’ will happen this Friday in Canada

The final day of September will bring a rare lunar event that hasn't occurred since March of 2014, a Black Moon. We’ve got blue moons...

Unprecedented number of humpbacks sighted off Victoria

According to the Pacific Whale Watch Association there has been an unprecedented number sightings of large groups of humpback whales near Victoria recently. Humpback whales were...

103-year-old Orca and family visit Victoria waters over weekend

On Sunday, June 05, Victoria Buzz took part in the annual Whale Researcher Tour with Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tours as part of World Oceans Day...

Flick the switch for Earth Hour – Saturday March 19th

British Columbians from throughout the province will be turning off lights and powering down electronics during Earth Hour 2016. Saturday, March 19,  2016, between 8:30...

Hotter, Drier Summers? Implications And Adaptations For B.C.

As a part of Uvic Ideasfest, a presentation and panel discussion on hydro-climatic change in B.C. is being held tonight, March 10, titled, "Hotter, Drier...

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