Time for a Break

Well it’s coming up to the end of July, which means it’s time to take a break. From blogging, yes, but not from writing in general. This week I have an article out in the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC) magazine, about four great NCC destinations across Canada. I was happy I could include a…

Bring on the Apocalypse: Learning from Future Scenarios

I’ve been thinking a lot about how we can use art (in my case, writing) to better understand our potential (environmental, economic, etc.) future. The LA Review of Books recently published the transcript of a panel on The Art and Activism of the Anthropocene, with authors Helen Phillips and Amitav Ghosh and photographer Nathan Kensinger. The…

On Accuracy in Science Storytelling

You’ve probably heard of Peter Wohlleben’s book, The Hidden Life of Trees. It purports to reveal the science of trees and forests, and to show how they’re much like humans. It’s been a huge bestseller, with critics and readers alike raving about it being a “paradigm-smasher.” What you probably haven’t heard, however, is that—in his…

Your Job Isn’t Who You Are

*Updated 1 Nov to add thanks to @jryancs.  It’s fall. The big leaf maples are shedding their leaves—a profusion of yellow, orange, and red covers the trail on our forest walk. I stay alert to the possibility of crossing paths with the bear that’s been wandering around our neighbourhood, but my ears are full of…

Environmental Regulation and Resource Development in British Columbia

This past week, Evidence for Democracy (E4D) released a report on the state of government research capacity and oversight in British Columbia. The results weren’t pretty. Government scientists feel that they don’t have enough resources to fulfill their mandates, with negative impacts on environmental regulation. Because of budget shortfalls, they increasingly rely on external professionals,…