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12 Arctic Journal
Tara Warkentin went to the Arctic on a student science expedition and it opened her eyes

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6 Bank of Canada Lawsuit
Joyce Nelson on how huge amounts of the public debt are unnecessary transfers to the big banks

8 The Value of Nature
Beavers are worth $1 billion a year

10 What Justin Did
How the new government is doing on its promises

28 Journey to the Future
Guy Dauncey’s new book, reviewed by Delores Broten...

On the shuttle bus to the third day of COP21, the global climate summit held in Paris last month, I struck up a conversation with a German-French couple in their early 20s. We had one of those nice traveler connections, and by the time we got to the huge convention center, we took photos of each other in front of the sign announcing the Conférence sur les Changements Climatiques 2015.

Extraordinary progress in the past decade has brought 1.6 per cent of the world’s ocean to a category of “strongly protected,” researchers say in a new analysis, but the accomplishments are still far behind those that have been achieved on land – and those that are urgently needed.

An outright ban on the common use of plastic “microbeads” from products that enter wastewater is the best way to protect water quality, wildlife, and resources used by people, a group of conservation scientists suggest in a new analysis.

From our deck the world reveals itself slowly detail by detail these summer mornings when morning becomes the ultimate painter. There’s a sublime elegance to the way things come together. Light chases shadow into recess and what emerges stands stock still in the slow spill of sunlight as though surprised at its properties and definition.

When he retired from the public service in October, 2014, Wayne Wouters should have been far more well-known across Canada than he was.  The pundits offered a few summations of his 37-year career as a bureaucrat, but they largely avoided mentioning, or even giving credit to, the hugely important role that Wouters played in the Harper government.  

This December, the world will gather in Paris for COP 21, the United Nations Conference on Climate Change. This is a historic gathering, and the last chance for perhaps another decade for the nations of the world to truly and meaningfully come to an agreement to seriously reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Expectations are high.

And if you call on me, I’ll come running like a coyote, because we’re a pillar indeed, a lighthouse when you’re out to sea. — Nahko and the Medicine People

When David Suzuki came to Comox, BC in June as a stop on his Celebrating Coastal Connection tour, greeted by enthusiasts of all ages, the Watershed Sentinel took the opportunity to sit down for a chat about the economy and the state of the world.