Wasting Sea-Stars and Maude Barlow’s Blue Future

Curling swirl of a wave seen from underwater; aqua and red tints.

It’s a wet and wild episode on this week’s Terra Informa. West Coast correspondent Melati Kaye brings us a ghoulish story about a precious ocean creature that is—literally—disappearing before our very eyes. From such dark waters we’ll drift into the murky depths of resource wars, privatization and other contentious issues of water security. Fortunately, our guide is crystal clear: prolific author and Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow.

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Wasting Sea-Stars

Two months ago, news came that starfish were “wasting away” in Vancouver’s Howe Sound. Now scientists from Alaska to San Diego are scrambling to understand what is killing off sea stars along the entire Western American seaboard. To find out more, Terra Informa contributor Melati Kaye stopped in at the Vancouver Aquarium—where research into the matter first started.

To learn more, read the blog post published by the Vancouver Aquarium over here on the Aqua Blog.

Maude Barlow’s Blue Future

When we think about water security and sustainability in Canada, the first name that comes to mind is Maude Barlow. Her newest book, the third and final in her series focused on water sustainability, is called Blue Future. Here is Terra Informa’s Matt Hirji with an interview captured at the beginning of her latest book tour.

EcoBabble: Eutrophication

Elsewhere in the show, we demystify a technical term so you can better understand the environmental debates. Eutrophication is one of those words that often comes up when the health of lakes is being discussed, but what exactly does it mean? Our resident wetlands expert, Dr. Rebecca Rooney, explains.

What’s Happening?

Yukon: call for public review

Changes are being made to Yukon Territory wildlife and fishery regulations, and the proposed changes are being presented for public review and comment. Public engagement is facilitated with Environment Yukon and attendants. Upon completion of public review, Yukon Fish & Wildlife Management Board will compile the comments and will make recommendations to the Minister of Environment. The Minister then decides which regulations will move forward for final consideration by the government. The deadline for comments is Friday December 6, 5 p.m.

Prince George: What Would Jesus Buy?

The Prince George Public Library presents its weekly series Docs Cinema: Films to Change Your World. The next film to screen will be What Would Jesus Buy on 1 December, 2013 from 2-4 p.m. The documentary follows Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse ie. the end of human kind from consumerism over consumption, and the fires of eternal debt. The event is free and takes place at the Bob Harkins branch.

Creative Commons-licensed music in this episode: Time for Peace and When the Sky Turns Blue by BOCrew, and The Joy Jacket by Pitx.

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