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    The wait is over. The battery revolution is here

    Dec 22, 2017 – CBC News –

    Ontario company Deltro is installing two warehouse-sized lithium-ion batteries in Toronto. When they get plugged into the Canadian electricity grid in the spring of 2018, they will be Canada’s first utility-scale energy storage project. Industrial battery storage will provide the dependability breakthrough that renewable electricity sources like wind and solar have been waiting for.

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    In a Warming California, a Future of More Fire

    Dec 7, 2017 – New York Times –

    Severe wildfire seasons like the one that has devastated California this fall may occur more frequently because of climate change, scientists say. Among other factors, many climate change forecasts suggest that there will be less rain in Southern California in the fall in the future, and more rain in December and January. That means fires could continue later into the fall, greatly extending the fire risk season.

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    Public town hall on Manitoba’s Climate and Green Plan

    Nov 27, 2017 – Winnipeg Sun –

    A public town hall and round table discussion will be held on Manitoba’s Climate and Green Plan, Tuesday night at the University of Winnipeg Convocation Hall.

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    Environmental groups to dissect Manitoba’s green plan

    Nov 26, 2017 – Winnipeg Metro –

    Manitoba’s Climate and Green Plan Town Hall will be on Tuesday Nov. 28 from 6–9 p.m. at Convocation Hall at the University of Winnipeg. Curt Hull from Climate Change Connection will be one of the panelists.

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    Elon Musk unveils Tesla electric truck

    Nov 17, 2017 – The Guardian –

    Using diesel trucks now ‘economic suicide’, says Musk.

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    NDP alternative throne speech proposes electric car loans

    Nov 17, 2017 – Winnipeg Sun –

    The NDP’s alternative throne speech includes a plan to devote $125 million of the $250 million of carbon tax revenues to interest-free loans to purchase electric vehicles.

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    Keystone pipeline leaks 795,000 litres of crude oil in South Dakota

    Nov 15, 2017 – CTV News –

    TransCanada Corp. said its original Keystone pipeline has leaked an estimated 795,000 litres of oil in Marshall County, S.D. just days before Nebraska is set to decide the fate of plans to expand the pipeline network.

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    Fossil fuel burning set to hit record high in 2017, scientists warn

    Nov 13, 2017 – The Guardian –

    The rise would end three years of flat carbon emissions – a ‘huge leap backward’ say some scientists, while others say the longer term trend is more hopeful

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    As Syria embraces Paris climate deal, it’s the United States against the world

    Nov 7, 2017 – Washington Post –

    President Trump has put America at odds with the rest of the world, literally, when it comes to the goal of combating climate change.

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    Protesters target construction at Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby pipeline terminal

    Oct 28, 2017 – Global News –

    The battle over Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is heating up, with protesters targeting construction at the company’s Westridge Terminal in Burnaby on Saturday.

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    ‘The devil’s in the details’: Local leaders still have questions about Manitoba climate plan

    Oct 27, 2017 – CBC News –

    Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government announced their “Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan” on Friday, including $25-per-tonne carbon price.

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    Warm winters, scorching summers: New maps project impact of climate change

    Oct 26, 2017 – National Post –

    All of Canada is projected to get warmer in the future, including an “explosion” of 30 C plus days, even under a low-carbon scenario.

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    Americans want a tax on carbon pollution, but how to get one?

    Oct 23, 2017 – The Guardian –

    A new study finds that Americans are willing to pay an extra $15 per month on energy bills to tackle climate change.

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    US city bus routes are going all-electric ― and saving money

    Oct 19, 2017 – Inside Climate News –

    In all, 40 transit authorities in the United States have started integrating electric buses into their routes. The buses are more expensive up front but save cities money on fuel and other costs

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    Provincial carbon tax plan to be unveiled in two weeks

    Oct 12, 2017 – Winnipeg Free Press –

    A made-in-Manitoba green plan will be revealed in two weeks — after Premier Brian Pallister’s government received a legal opinion it is the only way to avoid having Ottawa impose its own plan.

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    Friendly policies keep US oil and coal afloat far more than we thought

    Oct 7, 2017 – Vox –

    “Energy analysts have made the point again and again that fossil fuels, not renewable energy, most benefit from supportive public policy. Yet this fact, so inconvenient to the conservative worldview, never seems to sink in to the energy debate in a serious way.”

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    TransCanada won’t proceed with Energy East pipeline

    Oct 5, 2017 – Canadian Press –

    TransCanada has cancelled plans for the Energy East pipeline and Eastern Mainline projects that were to take Alberta oilsands production to Quebec and New Brunswick and for export.

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    General Motors is going all electric

    Oct 2, 2017 – Wired –

    This morning, General Motors announced that it is working toward an all-electric, zero-emissions future. That starts with two new, fully electric models next year—then at least 18 more by 2023.

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    Walkable cities are better for our health and economy

    Sep 26, 2017 – Globe and Mail –

    Walking is good for the environment, crime prevention, community-building and the economy. Conversely, the most unhealthy, unsafe, anti-social and costly thing people do routinely is drive.

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    Canada and Manitoba invest in rural transit projects across the province

    Sep 25, 2017 – PR Newswire –

    The Canadian and Manitoba governments have announced at total of about $200,000 in funding for active and public transportation projects in 5 Manitoba communities.

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    New BC gov’t hikes carbon tax

    Sep 12, 2017 – Tax News –

    BC’s new NDP Government has announced that it will increase the carbon tax by $5 per tonne a year for four years. In addition, the obligation that the carbon tax must be revenue neutral will be lifted.

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    General Motors, Disney, Shell and 1,200 other companies are taking steps to fight climate change

    Sep 12, 2017 – Washington Post –

    The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) found that 517 companies have put a price on carbon and 732 are planning to do so in the next two years.

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    New study shows organic farming traps carbon in soil to combat climate change

    Sep 11, 2017 – Civil Eats –

    New study finds that organic farms have 26 percent more long-term carbon storage potential than conventional farms.

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    TransCanada may abandon Energy East pipeline facing tougher review

    Sep 8, 2017 – CBC News –

    TransCanada will suspend the application for its Energy East pipeline for 30 days and may abandon the project, the company said on Thursday, weeks after the National Energy Board regulator announced a tougher review process.

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    Twin megastorms have scientists fearing this may be the new normal

    Sep 6, 2017 – The Guardian –

    One week after the record deluge in Texas, the biggest hurricane ever measured in the mid-Atlantic is tearing through the Caribbean.

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    Transit advocates want province to get back on the bus, restore 50-50 funding

    Sep 5, 2017 – CBC News –

    Winnipeggers could pay more for less bus service if the province goes ahead with a planned funding change, according to local transit advocates.

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    Did climate change intensify Hurricane Harvey?

    Aug 27,2017 – The Atlantic –

    “The breadth and intensity of this rainfall are beyond anything experienced before.” said a statement from the National Weather Service. What role did human-caused global warming play in strengthening this storm?

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    Harvey unloading incredible rains over Southeast Texas; Flash flood emergency in Houston

    Aug 26, 2017 – Washington Post –

    Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Southeast Texas on Friday night. The storm stalled over Southeast Texas and is forecast to remain there through the middle of the week unloading tremendous rainfall.

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    Energy East Pipeline review to look at upstream, downstream GHG emissions

    Aug 24, 2017 – CBC News –

    Canada’s national energy regulator says it will for the first time consider the impact of upstream and downstream emissions from potential increased consumption of oil at hearings into the Energy East Pipeline.

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    Where on Earth Is Manitoba’s climate plan?

    Aug 15, 2017 – DeSmog.org –

    The Manitoba government has effectively stopped talking about their climate plan. In fact, the latest action by the PCs has been to publicly announce that it’s seeking legal guidance on the constitutionality of a federally imposed carbon price.

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    Saanich to ask fossil fuel producers to pay up for climate change

    Aug 15, 2017 – CBC News –

    The Council of the District of Saanich BC has voted to send a “Climate Accountability Letter” to 20 of the world’s largest fossil fuel companies, asking the companies to pay their share of the municipality’s climate costs.

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    Airships for Churchill: U of M prof

    Aug 10, 2017 – Winnipeg Sun –

    Shipping goods to Manitoba’s north has never been cheap, and the closure of Churchill’s rail line has brought that to the forefront.

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    Market boosters should support made-in-Manitoba carbon tax

    Aug 10, 2017 – Winnipeg Free Press –

    OPINION – If the Manitoba government is committed to reducing emissions — as it is — then it must make an important policy choice about how to do so.

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    Iraq sends workers home as ‘ungodly’ heat grips Middle East

    Aug 10, 2017 – The Guardian –

    While Europe does battle with a heatwave named Lucifer, the Middle East is enduring a summer so brutal that even those accustomed to Baghdad’s searing August are labelling it “ungodly”.

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    New Manitoba coalition pushes premier to put price on carbon

    Aug 3, 2017 – CBC News –

    Carbon pricing schemes form an essential part of fighting climate change and must be part of Manitoba’s plan, a new coalition argues.

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    Skeptics in oil industry question whether Keystone XL pipeline is still needed

    Jul 30, 2017 – Omaha World-Herald –

    The Keystone XL pipeline might be unnecessary. Opponents of the controversial tar sands pipeline have suggested this for some time, but more and more people inside the oil industry are now saying time has passed by the project.

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    Federal minister Catherine McKenna doubles down on 2018 deadline for price on pollution

    Jul 27, 2017 – Winnipeg Free Press –

    Federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna thinks it’s time for Premier Brian Pallister to show everyone his carbon-taxing cards.

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    Fast-charging stations for electric vehicles coming to Trans-Canada Highway

    Jul 24, 2017 – Financial Post –

    Three companies are teaming up with the federal government to install 34 electric vehicle fast-charging stations along the Trans-Canada Highway in an attempt to encourage the adoption of zero-emission vehicles.

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    Canadian electric buses clear the air in one of America’s smoggiest cities

    Jul 21, 2017 – Clean Energy Canada –

    GreenPower Motor Company, headquartered in Vancouver, will supply Porterville, California with 10 locally-built, zero-emission transit buses within the next year.

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    B.C. is burning: 14,000 people displaced in hot, dry conditions

    Jul 11, 2017 – CBC News –

    The Cariboo, Kamloops and Southeast regions of BC have been under extreme fire danger for the past two weeks. As heat records are broken, hot, dry conditions have led to a highly combustible environment.

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    Volvo, betting on electric, moves to phase out conventional engines

    Jul 5, 2017 – New York Times –

    Volvo Cars on Wednesday became the first mainstream automaker to sound the death knell of the internal combustion engine, saying that all the models it introduces starting in 2019 will be either hybrids or powered solely by batteries.

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    Bigger hail might pummel the US as climate change gathers more force

    Jun 26, 2017 – The Verge –

    Last month, hailstones as big as baseballs pounded the Denver area resulting in Colorado’s costliest catastrophe, totaling $1.4 billion in damages. If climate change goes unchecked, we might see more of these extreme hailstorms in the future.

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    Councillor wants more buses on busiest routes

    Jun 21, 2017 – Winnipeg Free Press –

    Public works chairman Coun. Marty Morantz moved a motion at council Wednesday calling for Transit to consider more frequent service on routes with high ridership as part of its long-term strategic plan.

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    It’s so hot in Phoenix, planes are physically unable to fly

    Jun 20, 2017 – The Verge –

    An intense heat wave is crippling the West this week, sending the mercury above 49°C in places like Phoenix. In a sign of just how hot things are getting, some airlines have had to cancel flights because of the heat.

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    McKenna says it’s ‘only fair’ to exclude Saskatchewan, Manitoba from $2B carbon fund

    Jun 15, 2017 – The Star –

    Manitoba and Saskatchewan, the only two provinces that have not signed on, have been told they will only get their share of the funding if they sign up by the end of the year.

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    Climate change study thwarted by climate change

    Jun 14, 2017 – The Guardian –

    Warm temperatures create perilous ice conditions off Newfoundland, trapping fishing boats and tankers: ‘It’s not something you would expect to see there’

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    The bicycle turns 200 this month

    Jun 12, 2017 – Treehugger –

    Baron Karl von Drais needed a way to replace his horse; today we need a way to replace the car.

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    Edmonton launches pilot project to track building energy efficiency

    Jun 5, 2017 – Edmonton Sun –

    Edmonton launched a three-year pilot project Monday to track the energy efficiency of its large buildings, hoping to have as many as 300 taking part in the voluntary program.

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    Why China is stepping up against climate change

    Jun 2, 2017 – Associated Press –

    In reacting to Trump’s announcement that he was withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, China reaffirmed its commitment to the landmark agreement and is poised to spend heavily in coming years on renewables.

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    Hundreds rally in Burnaby to oppose Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

    May 28, 2017 – CBC News –

    On Sunday, hundreds of people gathered outside of Kinder Morgan’s Terminal in Burnaby at the conclusion of a 75-kilometre “Walk for the Salish Sea” protest march from Victoria to the Vancouver.

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    Manitoba Christian college among leaders on path to sustainability

    May 19, 2017 – Winnipeg Free Press –

    At Providence College, four fuel sources provide heating to its campus: natural gas, electricity, biomass and geothermal. Duggan said it wasn’t tree-hugging environmentalism that drove the college towards greener heat. Rather, it was fiscal prudence.

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    Stanford study: All fossil-fuel vehicles will vanish in 8 years

    May 18, 2017 – Financial Post –

    According to a new report by Stanford University economist Tony Seba, no more petrol or diesel cars, buses, or trucks will be sold anywhere in the world within eight years .

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    No carbon tax for farmers: Pallister

    May 10, 2017 – Winnipeg Sun –

    Premier Brian Pallister says he plans to exempt Manitoba farmers from paying a carbon price.

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    Thousands in desperate struggle with floods across Canada

    May 7, 2017 – The Metro –

    Thousands of Canadians across the country spent the weekend in a desperate struggle with rising floodwaters caused by unusually persistent rainfall.

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    A warmer, drier Edmonton: City addresses next steps to adapt to climate change

    May 2, 2017 – The Metro –

    Retrofitting buildings and new energy efficient programs are all part of Edmonton’s plans to reduce emissions as Edmonton becomes warmer and drier.

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    Al Gore shuns Band-Aid solutions to climate change at TED in Vancouver

    Apr 26, 2017 – Globe & Mail –

    Former U.S. vice-president Al Gore is warning against massive geoengineering experiments that attempt to reverse climate change, arguing instead that the focus must remain on cutting emissions that are warming the planet.

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    Emission action needed or issues will get worse: climate change scientist

    Apr 26, 2017 – Winnipeg Free Press –

    The world is heating up — and much more quickly than expected, according to a new Arctic research report from Dr David Barber of the University of Manitoba Sea-ice Environmental Research Facility.

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    Next stop: a better transit system?

    Apr 23, 2017 – The Metro –

    Winnipeg transit advocates are hoping an event series could spark a movement calling for improved bus service in the City of Winnipeg.

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    March for Science puts Earth Day focus on global opposition to Trump

    Apr 22, 2o17 – The Guardian –

    More than 600 marches took place around the world, on every continent bar Antarctica, as organizers say science ‘under attack’.

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    Changing minds on a changing climate

    Apr 18, 2017 – Yale Climate Connections –

    Reddit online commenters point to reasons they went from being climate contrarians to having confidence in mainstream climate science.

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    “Justin Trudeau is a disaster for the planet” – Bill McKibben

    Apr 17, 2017 – The Guardian –

    OPINION – “Donald Trump is a creep and unpleasant to look at, but at least he’s not a stunning hypocrite when it comes to climate change” – Bill McKibben

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    Climate change action is good for the economy – and Britain is the proof

    Apr 9, 2017 – The Guardian –

    When British Prime Minister John Major set up his global warming strategy for the UK, the doom-mongers said it would ruin living standards. New research shows how wrong they were.

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    Renewables cut Europe’s carbon emissions by 10% in 2015, says EEA

    Apr 3, 2017 – The Guardian –

    European Environment Agency reports solar and and wind is reducing fossil fuel dependency but clean energy capacity still not growing fast enough

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    The big, nearly 200-year-old legal issue at the heart of the Dakota Access pipeline fight

    Mar 13, 2017 – Vox –

    Tribal sovereignty is a concept that even some of the protesters may not be familiar with. But it’s important.

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    Manitoba government wants input on climate change plan

    Mar 3, 2017 – CBC News –

    Manitobans can now weigh in on where the province should set its carbon tax and what should be done with the revenue.

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    Shell’s 1991 warning: climate changing ‘at faster rate than at any time since end of ice age’

    Feb 28, 2017 – The Guardian –

    Critics say public information film shows Shell ‘understood the threat was dire, potentially existential for civilisation, more than a quarter of a century ago’

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    Climate change predicted to transform Vancouver into San Diego, but at a heavy cost

    Feb 26, 2017 – The Province –

    Goodbye Vancouver, hello San Diego. A major climate-change study predicts temperatures in Metro Vancouver will exceed those of present-day Southern California in the coming decades.

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    NDP MLA calls for interest-free loans on electric vehicles

    Feb 26, 2017 – CBC News –

    Manitoba’s environment critic is hoping to electrify transportation in the province using an interest-free loan incentive.

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    Another city plans overnight revamp of its entire bus system

    Feb 23, 2017 – Next City –

    On May 1, Columbus will become the next U.S. city to enact an overnight bus overhaul, a la Houston, Anchorage, Jacksonville and others.

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    Diehard coders just rescued NASA’s Earth Science data

    Feb 13, 2017 – Wired –

    On Saturday, more than 200 hackers, scientists, and students on UC Berkeley’s campus worked to rescue federal US climate data.

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    Heat waves scorch the Arctic, Australia, parts of U.S.

    Feb 13, 2017 – Inside Climate News –

    Record-high temperatures spike concerns about climate change’s new normal in the melting Arctic and an already-hot Australia.

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    Australia’s heatwave continues with record temperatures expected

    Feb 10, 2017 – The Guardian –

    New South Wales is expected to experience its hottest February day on record this weekend with emergency services on high alert for catastrophic fire conditions.

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    Solar power installations are booming in Manitoba

    Feb 10, 2017 – Winnipeg Free Press –

    Faced with potentially double-digit increases in hydro rates, solar power installations are booming in Manitoba.

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    Trudeau Town Hall at U of Winnipeg

    Jan 26, 2017 – CBC News –

    On Thursday afternoon, Prime Minister Trudeau will respond to questions from the public in a town hall at the University of Winnipeg downtown campus.

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    ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’ opens at Sundance Film Festival

    Jan 20, 2017 – Variety –

    Ten years after ‘An Inconvenient Truth,’ Al Gore brings the news on climate change again in a doc that’s anything but hot air.

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    Expanding Tar Sands will kill Paris targets and climate stability, report finds

    Jan 19, 2017 – TheTyee –

    Pipeline approvals ‘make the goals impossible to reach,’ finds Oil Change International.

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    Manitoba businesses race to reduce energy use

    Jan 18, 2017 – Winnipeg Metro –

    The Manitoba Race to Reduce is underway as those who operate some of the largest commercial office spaces in Manitoba compete to save at least 10 percent of their energy use in the next four years.

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    2016 Officially Declared Hottest Year on Record

    Jan 18, 2017 – Climate Central –

    2016 was the hottest year in 137 years of record keeping and the third year in a row to take the number one slot, a mark of how much the world has warmed over the last century because of human activities, U.S. government scientists announced Wednesday.

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    Cities unite to seek ‘record breaking’ electric fleet

    Jan 10, 2017 – E&E News –

    Four of the largest West Coast cities are asking automakers whether they can produce “a potentially record-breaking order” of 24,000 electric vehicles. “The hope is that by next month there could be additional cities in the request that hopefully brings the demand for EVs to 50,000 or perhaps even 100,000.”

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    Math Myth – Who “pays their own way”, bike and transit riders or motorists?

    Jan 3, 2017 – Winnipeg Metro –

    Many of the biggest fear-based myths that get raised in city-building conversation are shown to be untrue when you apply cold hard counting to the conversation.

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    Record number of oil and gas firms go bust as renewable energy revolution begins to bite

    Jan 3, 2017 – The Independent –

    The world’s largest private power production company warns the sector that renewables could drive the oil price as low as $10 a barrel

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