It’s now official — 2018 has just become British Columbia’s second worst forest fire season in history, second only to last year. Residents have endured weeks of heavy smoke, some have been evacuated from their communities, and some have unfortunately lost their homes. Businesses have suffered as tourists leave or stay away, wineries are concerned about tainted grapes, and even the apiarist w
“To sit with Elders of the human race. All will be revealed.”
-- Led Zepplin, Kashmir
“Me and some of my friends, we were gonna change the world, we were gonna make it better… but it fell apart, and it broke my heart.”
-- Neil Young, Giant on the Land
By John Horgan
For the second year in a row, our province is in a state of emergency.
Caleb Moon is a 29-year-old yard master for a railroad in Spokane, and the creator of the Facebook event entitled, “Blow Spokane’s Smoke Away to Canada.”
Article by Skye C. Cleary, from Aeon
Recent announcements on air quality have stressed the hazards of breathing smoky air to children, old people, and anyone with respiratory issues such as asthma. But it’s bad for everyone, and we should all avoid it, whatever our age and level of health.
In the midst of worldwide record heat, devastating wildfires, droughts, refugee crises, and torrential rains and flooding, some particular disturbing headlines have hit the news. “Planet at risk of heading towards irreversible 'hothouse' conditions” the CBC announced. Similar headlines appeared in other media outlets.
The “mid-life crisis” is a well-known phenomenon, often involving snazzy new sports cars, extra-marital affairs, or other impulsive and rash departures from the norm.