Climate Change

26/05/16
Author: 
IVAN SEMENIUK

A cloud of noxious particles brewing in the air above the Alberta oil sands is one of the most prolific sources of air pollution in North America, often exceeding the total emissions from Canada’s largest city, federal scientists have discovered.

The finding marks the first time researchers have quantified the role of oil sands operations in generating secondary organic aerosols, a poorly understood class of pollutants that have been linked to a range of adverse health effects.

26/05/16
Author: 
Naomi Klein

The Violence of Othering in a Warming World

25/05/16
Author: 
Ian Angus

 

I’m sure you’ve heard liberal environmentalists insist that we are all passengers on Spaceship Earth, sharing a common fate and a common responsibility for the ship’s safety. Former US vice-president Al Gore, for example, tells us: “We all live on the same planet. We all face the same dangers and opportunities, we share the same responsibility for charting our course into the future.”

21/05/16
Author: 
Muneeza Naqvi
NEW DELHI — A city in western India has suffered through the country’s highest temperature in history — a scorching 51 degrees Celsius.

The record was set Thursday in the city of Phalodi, in the western state of Rajasthan. India’s meteorological department said the previous high was 50.6 Celsius, reached in 1956 in the city of Alwar, also in Rajasthan.

19/05/16

First the good news:

After spending months ignoring the recommendations put forward by British Columbia's Climate Leadership team, Premier Christy Clark has finally found someone to take charge of this very important file.  

19/05/16
Author: 
Ashifa Kassam

...a report by Canada’s parliamentary budget officer predict[ed] that disasters linked to climate change could cost the government an average of C$902m a year over the next five years...

The wildfire in northern Alberta continues to rage out of control, growing to more than 423,000 hectares as officials said it would be at least another two weeks before the tens of thousands of evacuated Fort McMurray residents would be allowed to return to the city.

18/05/16
Author: 
Peter McCartney
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers speech to climate delegate in Paris on November 30, 2015 at COP21 summit. File photo by Mychaylo Prystupa.

Globally, it appears we’ve just been through a record hot April. It followed a record hot March. Which followed a record hot February, after a record hot January, and so on for the last year.

Not only did these months shatter temperature records – they broke them by the biggest margin ever.

17/05/16
Author: 
Shawn McCarty and Richard Blackwell

Renewable energy companies see tremendous opportunity in Ontario’s climate-change plan, though skeptics question whether the proposed incentives and regulations will achieve the government’s goals and will impose costs that are unacceptable to voters.

16/05/16
Author: 
Peter Julian
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