Welcome to EcoWest News, a weekly round-up of news and resources that you can put to use in addressing environmental issues and protecting the wild in your community.

Across the West

A grocery wholesaler based in Greater Victoria thinks it's the first in Canada to be using a fully electric refrigerated truck. [CTV News]

Fighting climate change and helping coastal communities adapt to rising sea levels doesn’t have to be expensive. In some cases, the solution can be as simple as clearing logs from a tidal salt marsh. [The Tyee]

The Canadian government is providing federal protection to an Indigenous-declared marine refuge off the coast of BC which is rich in rare, shallow-water corals and sponges. [The Narwhal]

Calgary Climate Hub is looking for community partners with a small piece of land to establish urban forests using the Miyawaki method. [Calgary Climate Hub]

Across Canada

Small, isolated wetlands are important as they retain pollutants rather than passing them on downstream. [University of Waterloo]

Share your thoughts on the management of Canada’s national parks with Parks Canada and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. Two topics of particular interest are ecological corridors and achieving net zero emissions in Parks Canada operations. [Parks Canada]

Around the World

The European Union’s new regulations governing EV batteries are designed to promote reuse and recycling and set a good example for North America. [The Equation]

Concrete creates 3 times as much carbon dioxide pollution as aviation. That could change if companies start capturing carbon dioxide to make concrete. [The Verge]

On the Bookshelf

The 12 personified minerals featured in Rocky Voices: The Memories of Minerals That Form the Rocky Mountains, a children’s book by Eva Enkelmann, tell the story of rock formation and mountain building in places such as Banff and Lake Louise.


A step-by-step guide to building a bee hotel for your garden. [Friends of the Earth]

Nature’s Wonders

Slime molds come in many shapes and colours and live much of their lives like an animal. Time to overcome our dislike of slimy substances and find out more about these intriguing creatures and the role they play in the natural environment. [Emergence]

Confusing north and south is a problem if you’re a young Costa’s hummingbird that ends up in Saskatoon for the winter. Fortunately, it is being fed and cared for by Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation who are hoping to help him find his way home to the area around Yosemite National Park. [CBC]

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