Climate Change

Kendra Pierre-Louis

Scientists say the world’s oceans are warming far more quickly than previously thought, a finding with dire implications for climate change because almost all the excess heat absorbed by the planet ends up stored in their waters.

Author: Staff
[Editor: see videos of protests from across Canada at link]'s Josh Dehaas, with files from CTV's Kevin Gallagher in Ottawa and Melanie Nagy in Vancouver 
Published Tuesday, January 8, 2019 11:09AM EST 
Last Updated Wednesday, January 9, 2019 9:46AM EST
Kristy Kirkup
Pipeline protesters block Trudeau speech with drums, chants
The Canadian Press                    January 8, 2019
OTTAWA -- Dozens of protesters delayed an appearance by the prime minister Tuesday afternoon, drumming and chanting in a government building where Justin Trudeau was set to speak.

Police kept the prime minister out of a Sussex Drive building in Ottawa, where he was to address a forum bringing together federal officials and representatives from self-governing First Nations that have "modern" treaties with the Crown.

Carl Meyer
The Elephant Hill wildfire near Clinton, B.C. on Aug. 8, 2017. Photo by Master Corporal Malcolm Byers, Wainwright Garrison Imaging

Humanity's contribution to climate change made the catastrophic wildfires across the western Canadian province of British Columbia in 2017 far worse, says a new study by Canadian scientists.

The devastating season saw an area go up in flames in B.C. that was seven to 11 times larger than what would be expected without human influence on the climate, according to scientists at Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and the University of Victoria (UVic).

Associated Press
Protesters hold signs as they turn their backs on a meeting of the Virginia State Air Quality Control Board in Richmond, Va., on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Photo by The Associated Press/Steve Helber
January 9th 2019

A state board in Virginia approved a contentious plan Tuesday to build a natural gas pipeline station in a historic African-American community, prompting angry shouts of "shame" from more than 200 opponents.

The State Air Pollution Control Board voted 4-0 in favour of a key permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would run 600 miles (965 kilometres) and carry fracked natural gas from West Virginia into Virginia and North Carolina.

Rita Wong
Wet’suwet’en women at the Gitdimt’en check point standing in solidarity with Unist’ot’en, Dec 2018. Photo from Wet'suwet'en Strong Facebook page.

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The Unist’ot’en Camp near Smithers in northern British Columbia offers a crucial lesson for all humanity -- that the land provides for everyone who lives on it, and we in turn have a responsibility to reciprocate and care for the land.

Carl Meyer
Sabina Dennis of the Lheidli T'enneh First Nation confronts RCMP officers at the Gitdumt'en checkpoint in northern B.C. on Jan. 7, 2018. Photo by Michael Toledano

Anger at Canada’s support for fossil fuel expansion boiled over Tuesday, driving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to physically change venues before giving a speech to Indigenous leaders in Ottawa — where he failed to mention a blockade in British Columbia that had spurred a nationwide solidarity movement.

Trudeau was originally scheduled to give opening remarks at 2:30 p.m. at a government building at 111 Sussex Drive in Ottawa, near his official residence, where an annual forum was being held concerning treaties between First Nations and the Crown.

Perrin Grauer and Jesse Winter
Heavily armed police force their way over a reinforced gate amid screams of protest at the Gidimt’en clan checkpoint.  (JESSE WINTER / STARMETRO VANCOUVER)

MORICE WEST FORESTRY SERVICE ROAD, B.C.—A checkpoint camp was abandoned behind a massive fallen tree and a barrier of flame on Monday afternoon as dozens of RCMP officers finally pushed past the barricade set up to bar entry to the traditional territories of the Wet’suwet’en people.

Fourteen people would be arrested by the end of the day.

Leyland Cecco

Police officers deployed near checkpoint where protesters have gathered to block the construction of a natural gas pipeline

Indigenous protesters in Canada have called a growing police presence near their makeshift checkpoint “an act of war”, as tensions mount over a stalled pipeline project in northern British Columbia.


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