Though worries about the pandemic remained top of mind for many Canadians this year, it’s hard to ignore concerns related to the planet’s well-being. In 2021, our contributors chronicled challenges faced by flora and fauna in the deserts of Mexico, the forests of Nova Scotia, and tributaries of the Fraser River.
The Walrus featured environmental reporting on questions both large and small: What will the climate crisis’s tipping point be? Where does the cactus sitting on your windowsill come from?
These are the conversations we were having this year about the natural world and our impact on it.
“Hemlocks are one of eastern Canada’s iconic tree species. But they’re under threat from a nearly invisible invader. For @thewalrus, I explored why this has scientists turning back to biocontrol, a practice with a long (and sometimes fraught) history.” – @moiradonovan READ THE FULL THREAD HERE
“Peatlands—from bogs to marshes—have long been maligned. Doctors once attributed malaria, cholera, and various chills and fevers to the miasma that emanates from these soggy lands, writes Edward Struzik (@Kujjua). ” – @thewalrus READ THE FULL THREAD HERE
“This week on The Conversation Piece: @carlyziter, an assistant professor in biology from @Concordia, explains how to live better in a city, it’s fundamental to take urban nature into account. ” – @thewalrus READ THE FULL THREAD HERE
“In the early 1990s, commercial lithium-ion batteries hit the market. Rechargeable batteries paved the way for devices like laptops and phones that can be recharged by plugging into a wall. These batteries are more green, but they still come at a cost.” – @thewalrus READ THE FULL THREAD HERE
“British Columbia’s wild salmon are facing an existential threat—one estimate says some populations have plummeted by as much as 93 percent since the early 1990s. @maxbinkscollier investigates what’s killing Canada’s wild salmon. ” – @thewalrus READ THE FULL THREAD HERE
“Did you know there are 60,000 large dams around the world blocking rivers from naturally flowing? @AmericanRivers is working to change that. Our guest on this week’s episode has removed over 100 obsolete dams in her time with the nonprofit. ” – @WhatAboutWater_ READ THE FULL THREAD HERE
“How many glaciers need to melt and corals reefs need to die before climate change is taken seriously? @AndriMagnason explains what the tipping point of the climate crisis will be. #ClimateChange #Environment” – @thewalrus READ THE FULL THREAD HERE
“Catch me representing @ThreadingChange at 4 panels this September. Very thankful for opportunities with @UNFCCC, @WCEF2021, and @thewalrus to represent youth around the world on #sustainablefashion and the #circulareconomy!” – @sophiaayangg
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