Christopher Pollon is a Vancouver-based independent journalist who reports on the politics of natural resources, focusing on energy, mines and oceans. His work has appeared in The Walrus, Reader’s Digest, The Globe and Mail, National Geographic Books and many more. He has been a feature writer and contributing editor of The Tyee since 2008.
Stories by Christopher Pollon
Not enough, say critics, who call for a judicial inquiry into the state of mining regulation in BC.
This week’s federal budget is a chance to bring tax fairness to Canadian renters.
These nine graphs show how government widened the wealth gap between Canadians who rent, and Canadians who own a home.
Our love affair with the private vehicle is waning. Does it still deserve a third of our urban living space?
Many housing experts say yes. Here are at least four ways.
An exclusive excerpt from ‘The Peace in Peril: The Real Cost of the Site C Dam.’
Let the original tenants come home — at their old rent.
Some First Nations are dumping diesel for wind, solar and hydro. Hartley Bay is still hoping. Last of two.
One of Canada's wettest places just can't seem to get its hydro on. First of two.
How more CO2 in BC waters has a shellfish industry fighting for its future.
One BC town's war against the rising sea and so-called 'king tides.' Part of new 'Climate Change Gets Personal' series.
Industry asks for legal exception after Russian embargo drops bottom out of market for Pacific hake.
Aquaculture and shrimp-by-trawl fishery can coexist, says Grieg Seafood spokesman.
Stunning video bolsters emergency appeals from First Nations that province, feds, owner finally clean up pollution threat.
Seafarers push for fix, citing heightened risks in storm-wracked BC waters.
Tag along with the fishermen whose livelihood depends on watersheds that cross borders.
It's not far off. So, why aren't there more operations like this one in BC's north? Fifth in a series.
Billions to mine, refine and assemble into products that last maybe a year or so? Last in a series.
Home to Apple's Foxconn plant, Kunshan is China's Silicon Valley. But for how long? Fourth in a series.
Naoshima Island in Japan is a surreal melting pot of BC metal and fine art. Third in a series.
That would be Vancouver's mining district, where BC's future is low-grade and high-risk. Second in a series.
Copper mining is back from the dead near Princeton. But who's in charge?
Tyee contributing editor Christopher Pollon criss-crossed the Pacific on the trail of BC copper. Here's why.
More work needed to understand potential impacts of waste storage, industry-funded review finds.
As NTL project grows, so does potential risk to ratepayers.
Developing province's northwest could pollute more across border and Americans are armed with new court rulings. Last in a series.
The process is broken say First Nations and others, citing the Northwest Transmission Line as a perfect example.
Plans to electrify the region crank up a boundary dispute, already charged, between Nisga'a and Gitanyow.
Use this map to orient yourself to the stories in the 'Power Lines: Transforming BC's Last Frontier' series, launched today.
What grows in tidal zones may be our best ally against climate change. How to preserve BC's 'blue carbon'?
Are BC forests a sink or source? Eelgrass a super-sequesterer? What we know and don't know about our footprint.
Possibly the first interactive map of BC's carbon sinks and sources. A Tyee Solutions Society project.
The data behind the map and the assumptions made. A Tyee Solutions Society project.
How eight coastal First Nations will harvest money from trees without saws.
Foreign interests gave millions to help prime the project, but years later there are no known binding commitments by customers.
California beckons with new market for emissions offsets. Will we join soon?
Experts are divided on what the levy has achieved and how it must evolve.
Today begins a series on how the province's carbon reduction plans are working, or not.
Gov't says extending grid beyond 2009 plan will lower greenhouse emissions. Critics see a boost to mining -- and emissions.
The coming mining boom in BC's northwest has critics wondering if current clean-up and enforcement plans are enough. Special report with photo essay.
Former city planner Larry Beasley joins chorus urging removal of freeway vestige that divides neighbourhoods.
Exasperated that our wet winters turn into water-scarce summers? Get your own 1000-gallon rain barrel.
Not very smart, says economist Mark Jaccard. But are we brave enough for California's far more successful approach?
Critics say plan to tie state to BC's power grid will enable shipping Canadian resources from US port.
Natives are demanding a say in plans to electrify BC's northwest, bound to transform the region. Second of two.
The province's northwest is slated for a mining boom. A visitor to those remote parts finds ambition and dread, natural wonders and billions at stake. Part one of two.
Famous anthropologist is gathering images and facts to defend a land he loves.
There's diverse support for a hydro-powered smelter built on Pacific coast near Kitimat.
Thanks to a gene mapping breakthrough, producing ethanol is going to be cheaper and easier in BC. Latest in Tyee's Cool Tech series.
We scoured the billion dollar project for practical solutions ready for wider use in an era of global warming.
How an East Vancouver start-up is transforming gas-guzzlers to pure electric.
Did Campbell green light an all too familiar boondoggle?
BC timber firms are slow to seek FSC certification, but Great Bear Rainforest may change that. Photo: Gerry George.
When it comes to buying nature-friendly wood, two stamps of approval vie, with vast forests at stake. Which will win out? Big timber firms back the one critics call greenwashing. A Tyee special report.
As charges of dirty tricks and racism fly, East Kootenay is a wild one, and too close to call.
How BC's e-waste recycling works. How it could work better.
Group with BC Liberal ties slams gov't critics, pushes private power, nuclear.
Did BC's premier juice up his claims for the Northwest Transmission Line? A Tyee special report.
'Safest' train company in North America still threatens salmon, people.
Feds broke own rules on public input: Mining Watch.
Bad already, will it grow to be an Olympic-sized infestation?
Researcher Alexandra Morton may try it anyway.
Pension plan a big investor in CHC Helicopter Corp.
Ties with junta earned millions for BC-based Ivanhoe.
Massive Gateway project faces serious legal obstacles. A special report.
Industry and farming square off in pivotal test for the ALR.
BC's hunger for gravel is voracious.