Pope calls for courage in halting use of fossil fuels to protect planet

    Sept. 24, 2022 – The Guardian – Pontiff tells young people he is pinning his hopes on their efforts to safeguard environment and help the poor.

    Pope Francis has called for courage in abandoning fossil fuels and lamented that older generations did not know how to protect the planet and secure peace.

    The pope, who was visiting Assisi, the birthplace of his namesake saint who was close to nature, told young people on Saturday that he was pinning his hopes on their efforts in working to save the planet and to make the world’s economy more attentive to the poor.


    Climate Change Could Cost The Global Economy $23 Trillion By 2050

    Sept. 24, 2022 – – The U.S. federal government alone could spend between $25 billion and $128 billion each year in such areas as coastal disaster relief, flood insurance and crop insurance.

    A new report from Oxford University found that switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy could save the world a whopping $12 trillion US dollars by just 2050.


    Interview: New UN climate chief takes the fight personally

    Sept. 24, 2022 – Winnipeg Free Press – UNITED NATIONS (AP) — For the United Nations’ new climate chief, the fight is personal.

    As a former engineer who says he knows “how to make things work and get things done,” it wasn’t just what Simon Stiell did before he became a top U.N. official, it was where.


    ‘Time is up’: Countries trapped in climate crisis raise alarm at U.N.

    Sept. 23, 2022 – Reuters –

    UNITED NATIONS, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Countries on the front lines of the climate crisis are fed up.

    During the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations this week, low-lying island nation Vanuatu stepped up a fight to get the world to focus on combating global warming by calling for a fossil fuel nonproliferation treaty.

    “The time is up – action is required now,” Vanuatu’s President Nikenike Vurobaravu told the U.N. General Assembly on Friday.


    Climate-change funding shouldn’t go nuclear

    July 4, 2022 – Winnipeg Free Press – The old argument often trotted out by the nuclear industry that “the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow” is obsolete, given the storage and smart-grid technology also available now. Even post-2030, there will not be a place for nuclear generation on the smart grids that we can construct to ensure consistent energy availability.


    Winnipeg’s shiny plan for net-zero emissions

    July 2, 2022 – In order to decarbonize by 2050, Manitoba’s capital needs to make big changes. A brand new roadmap lays out the path — now it’s up to the city to see it through.


    Students at Miles Macdonell Collegiate build paradise by tearing up the parking lot

    Students are tearing up the parking lot at Miles Macdonald Collegiate and transforming a 62m2 section into greenspace, part of a national initiative called, Depave Paradise.


    Doctors’ group calls for ban on fossil fuel ads in open letter

    June 8 – Globe and Mail – The federal government should ban the advertising of fossil fuels, including gasoline-powered vehicles and household natural gas, because of their detrimental effects on health and the environment, a coalition of Canadian physicians and related organizations says.


    How to Push Wall Street to Ditch Fossil Fuels for Clean Energy

    Jun 2, 2022 – BNN Bloomberg — The invasion of Ukraine has put the US and Europe on a wartime mission to abandon Russian fossil fuels. This series looks at speeding up zero-carbon alternatives by lowering political and financial barriers.


    Climate agreement between Canada, India discusses renewable energy but omits coal

    June 2 – Winnipeg Free Press
    OTTAWA – Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault says a new agreement signed Thursday to co-operate with India on climate action is an opportunity for Canada to export its renewable energy technology, particularly related to making renewable energy a reliable source of electricity.


    Provinces Show Mixed Results in Shift to Net-Zero

    May 31, 2022 – The Energy Mix

    While British Columbia, Ontario, Alberta, and Quebec all have clear momentum in their preparations for the global transition off carbon, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, and especially Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador need to put pedal to the metal, says a new report from the Canadian Climate Institute (CCI).



    Is Manitoba’s wild weather a sign of climate change?

    May 14, 2022 – CBC – While variability is the norm for the Prairies, climate change could make swings more extreme, experts say. Within the span of a year, Manitoba went from having one of its driest summers in decades to having one of its worst floods on record.



    Regenerative agriculture can combat climate change and keep food on our plates. Here’s how it works

    Apr 4, 2022 – National Observer

    Regenerative agriculture is an approach to agriculture that promises to sequester carbon and boost biodiversity. Over the past decade, the approach has been promoted by both small- and large-scale farmers, environmental and social justice advocates, agribusiness CEOs, tech bros, journalists, and academics. It’s even received federal support.



    As Canada tackles building emissions, what’s a natural gas utility to do?

    Jan 27, 2022 – CBC News –

    As we tackle GHG emissions from buildings, we will need to stop using fossil natural gas for heating. In BC, this is causing a debate between BC Hydro and FortisBC (the natural gas company).


    Geothermal heating co-op shares warmth among Montreal neighbours

    Jan 20, 2022 – CBC News –

    It’s been a long and complicated journey, but this winter, for the first time, Montreal co-operative organization Celsius is heating seven homes in their neighbourhood retrofitted with geothermal heat pumps, also known as ground source heat pumps or geoexchange systems.


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