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    Climate change activists vow to step up protests around world

    Dec. 17, 2018- The Guardian-

    Campaigners say they will force governments to act after lack of progress at UN summit

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    Canadian Chamber of Commerce solidly backs carbon pricing

    Dec. 17, 2018- CBC News-

    Businesses concerned about use of carbon pricing as ‘political bargaining chip’

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    In the quest to build a better battery, a Canadian is energizing the field

    Dec. 14, 2018- CBC News-

    MIT professor invented battery he says is safer, more reliable and lasts a long time

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    China’s ‘complicated’ role in fight against climate change

    Dec. 14, 2018- CBC News-

    Talks on implementing climate deal still stalled on final day of conference in Poland

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    To feed the world amid climate change, we need a better way to grow rice

    Dec. 14, 2018- CBC News-

    Also: Your suggestions for greening the holidays

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    As climate change bites in America’s midwest, farmers are desperate to ring the alarm

    Dec. 12, 2018- The Guardian-

    ‘The changes have become more radical’: farmers are spending more time and money trying to grow crops in new climates

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    UN chief attempts to revive flagging climate change talks

    Dec. 12, 2018- The Guardian-

    António Guterres returns to Katowice to urge China to intervene as world is ‘running out of time’

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    Arctic breaks records with 5-year heat streak

    Dec. 11, 2018- CBC News-

    Arctic warming continues at about double the rate of the rest of the planet, NOAA says

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    U.S., Russia, Kuwait and Saudis block key climate study at COP24

    Dec. 9, 2018- CBC News-

    Majority want to ‘welcome’ scientific study that shows world is not on track to meet climate commitments

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    Students demand action on climate change

    Dec. 7, 2018- Winnipeg Sun-

    Students from Ecole River Heights rallied to raise awareness and demand action on climate change.

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    Five bright spots in B.C.’s new climate plan

    Dec. 5, 2018- National Observer-

    Titled CleanBC, the province’s third climate plan sets out an exciting vision for a clean economy

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    Global carbon dioxide emissions rose almost 3% in 2018

    Dec. 5, 2018- CBC News-

    ‘Every year that we delay serious climate action, the Paris goals become more difficult to meet,’ expert says

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    Northern community of 100 people takes big steps to clean up its landfill

    Dec. 5, 2018- CBC News-

    Enterprise, N.W.T., is transporting 300 tonnes of scrap metal for recycling

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    Your meals are speeding up climate change, but there’s a way to eat sustainably

    Dec. 4, 2018- CBC News-

    5 tips for trimming your culinary carbon footprint that don’t involve going vegan

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    Why those teeny bottles of hotel shampoo might become obsolete

    Dec. 3, 2018- CBC News-

    More and more hotels are using refillable containers for bathroom amenities to reduce their use of plastics

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    Climate talks begin in Poland, with deadline looming for Paris accord ‘rule book’

    Dec. 2, 2018- CBC News-

    Meetings held after G20 members, except U.S., reaffirm commitment to implementing deal

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    Canada needs its own Green New Deal. Here’s what it could look like

    Nov. 29, 2018- National Observer-

    This Green New Deal boils down to two key demands: Good Jobs and a Liveable Future

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    How to build a wind turbine for cities

    Nov. 30, 2018- CBC News-

    Also: The psychology of climate change skepticism

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    If there is ever a deepwater oil blowout, help could be weeks away

    Nov. 27, 2018- CBC News-

    Equinor documents say a capping stack could take between 18 and 36 days to arrive

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    Climate-warming El Niño very likely in 2019, says UN agency

    Nov. 27, 2018- The Guardian-

    Natural cycle has major influence on global weather, bringing droughts and floods

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    Want it tomorrow? Some online shopping habits are terrible for the environment

    Nov. 23, 2018- CBC News-

    ‘If you send something back, think about what happens to it’

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    Less smoke on the water: How ship operators are charting a greener course

    Nov. 23, 2018- CBC News-

    Also: Online shopping is wasteful – but it doesn’t have to be


    What Doug Ford’s climate change plan is expected to look like

    Nov. 21, 2018- CBC News-

    Signals from Ford’s government suggest Ontario will copy Australia’s carbon emissions reduction fund

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    The straight poop on disposable diapers, from cloth alternatives to a recyclable future

    Nov. 21, 2018- CBC News-

    Billions of diapers are sent to landfill every year. Is there a greener way?

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    Air pollution cuts two years off global average lifespan, says study

    Nov. 20, 2018- The Guardian-

    Analysis finds toxic air trims lifespans by 1.8 years, making it main threat to human health

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    Offshore oil spill appears to be largest in Newfoundland history, effects still unknown

    Nov. 19, 2018- CBC News-

    Severe storms have made it impossible to send devices underwater to survey damage

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    Mitigating flood risks in your own backyard

    Nov. 16, 2018- CBC News-

    A new report details ways local communities can boost their resiliency to extreme weather events

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    Policies of China, Russia and Canada threaten 5C climate change, study finds

    Nov. 16, 2018- The Guardian-

    Ranking of countries’ goals shows even EU on course for more than double safe level of warming

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    Supermarkets still produce thousands of tonnes of plastic bags

    Nov. 15, 2018- The Guardian-

    Greenpeace says retailers failing to take responsibility for reducing footprint

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    There’s a right way to avoid carbon tax

    Nov 14, 2018 – Winnipeg Free Press –

    This opinion piece reminds us that NOT putting a price on carbon pollution is, “in effect, a subsidy paid to emitters by victims and governments who pick up the costs of more damage from climate change. “

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    Climate change will heat up cities and rural areas differently

    Nov. 13, 2018- CBC News-

    Design can mitigate daytime urban warming, but has minimal effect on nighttime

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    Entire cities evacuate as hellish wildfires whip through California

    Nov 9 2019 – Grist –

    A trio of rapidly expanding wildfires are burning in California, marking the latest in a string of harrowing climate-related disasters in America.

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    Chinese electric cars are coming to Canada, but you can’t have one yet: Don Pittis

    Nov. 8, 2018- CBC News-

    North American producers must keep technology up — and prices down — to stay competitive

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    How climate change is affecting rural Honduras and pushing people north

    Nov. 6, 2018- The Washington Post-

    How droughts and crop failures are impacting social factors in Honduras…

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    Over the Volcano

    Nov. 5, 2018- CBC News-

    Warning signs emerge from the shrinking glacier atop B.C.’s Mount Meager

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    Ecological collapse of Toronto’s ravine system has begun, researcher says

    Nov. 4, 2018- CBC News-

    But Eric Davies, U of T PhD student, says public-private partnership could save the green spaces

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    Ban on throw-away plastics backed by EU

    Oct. 24, 2018- CBC News-

    Straws, some bags, cotton-buds to be forced out by 2021

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    Clean tech solutions need to scale up in the battle against climate change, experts say

    Oct. 24, 2018- CBC News-

    Energy storage, electric cars, sharing-economy apps and telecommuting could all help

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    UN climate fund gets ‘back on rails’ ahead of December talks

    Oct. 22, 2018- CBC News-

    Green Climate Fund approves $1 billion in new projects, including water and transit programs

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    Trans Mountain pipeline review must look at impact on global health emergency of climate change

    Oct. 21, 2018- CBC Opinions-

    Federal pipeline needs independent assessment, global health leaders say

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    ‘Hotter hot spells and colder cold spells’: climate change already making mark on Manitoba

    Oct. 14, 2018- CBC News-

    If you think Manitoba will be sheltered from the dire consequences of global warming, think again.

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    Global warming could make beer scarcer and costlier, study finds

    Oct. 15, 2018- CBC News-

    Findings come week after dire UN report describes consequences of dangerous levels of climate change

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    How a warming Arctic speeds up climate change — and spreads its damage

    Oct. 11, 2018- CBC News-

    It’s no mystery why the Arctic is warming 2 to 3 times faster than anywhere else on the planet

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    Nestlé, Tim Hortons named Canada’s top plastic polluters

    Oct. 10, 2018- CBC News-

    Recyclability doesn’t seem to help keep trash out of waterways, Greenpeace audit finds

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    Losses from climate disasters surge over last 20 years, UN says

    Oct. 10, 2018- CBC News-

    Tally is based on confirmed documentation, meaning actual losses could be much higher

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    Ottawa slams Manitoba’s ‘flip flop’ on carbon tax after Pallister pulls out of climate plan

    Oct. 4, 2018- CBC News-

    Liberal government committed to its plan to tackle the ‘real threat of climate change’

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    New study finds incredibly high carbon pollution costs – especially for the US and India

    Oct. 1, 2018- The Guardian-

    As a wealthy, warm country, the US would benefit from implementing a carbon tax to slow global warming

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    New trade deal same old, same old: environmentalists

    Oct. 1, 2018- The Canadian Press-

    U.S., Canada and Mexico continue to coddle a fossil fuel economy that needs to change in the face of climate change

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    IPCC: Climate scientists consider ‘life changing’ report

    Oct. 1, 2018- BBC News-

    It is likely to be the most critical and controversial report on climate change in recent years.

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    ‘A win-win situation for singles’: Co-housing idea taking off in Winnipeg

    Sept 25, 2018- CBC News-

    Information session about the concept to be held Tuesday night, five families already interested

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    A deep dive into the plastic woes facing Canada’s coasts and the world

    Sept 24, 2018- CBC News-

    As 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the world’s oceans each year, 2 divers do something about it

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    The Sahara’s wind and sun could power the world — and turn the desert green

    Sept 21, 2018- CBC Radio-

    Large scale wind and solar farms in the Sahara desert would lead to more rain and vegetation

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    ‘We can’t wait’: Why more Canadians are finally getting serious about making less garbage

    Sept 19, 2018- CBC News-

    ‘Biodegradable’ and ‘compostable’ may not always mean what you think


    Fire tornado caught on video, snatching hose from B.C. crew

    Sept 17, 2018- CBC News-

    Crew near Vanderhoof, B.C., struggles to save equipment from wind and flames

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    Typhoon Mangkhut leaves death and destruction from Philippines to Hong Kong

    Sept 17, 2018- CBC News-

    The typhoon struck Asian population centres as tropical weather also was devastating the southern U.S. Florence has dumped historical levels of rain on North Carolina.

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    Electric cars exceed 1m in Europe as sales soar by more than 40%

    Aug 26, 2018- The Guardian-

    Milestone reached nearly a year after China but ahead of the US

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    See how hot Canadian cities are becoming

    Sept 16, 2018- CBC News-

    ‘Bar code charts’ created by British scientist illustrate worldwide warming

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    Gail Asper offers $1 million to match donations for experimental lakes

    Sept 12, 2018- Winnipeg Free Press-

    A Winnipeg couple is calling on Canadians to shore up the future of the Experimental Lakes Area…

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    New Edmonton plant makes fertilizer from waste water

    Sept 12, 2018- CBC News-

    Phosphorous and nitrogen removed from wastewater and turned into ‘pearls’ of fertilizer

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    Greenpeace suing Ontario government over cancellation of cap-and-trade program

    Sept 11, 2018- CBC News-

    Lawyers for Ecojustice, in conjunction with uOttawa-Ecojustice Environmental Law Clinic, filed the suit

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    UN says more worldwide going hungry, blames climate change

    Sept 11, 2018- CBC News-

    South America and Africa showed the worst increase, which reverses previous downward trend

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    Summer heat made a huge ‘snow swamp’ on a Yukon glacier

    Sept 10, 2018- CBC News-

    ‘To see this large an area form so quickly — I’ve never seen that before,’ says glaciologist

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    ‘We’re just a little behind here’: Manitoba electric vehicle owners call for more charging stations

    Sept 9, 2018- CBC News-

    Manitoba Electric Vehicle Association says province lagging behind rest of Canada

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    Changing ice conditions clear way for historic fuel delivery by barge to Alaska’s North Slope

    Sept 9, 2018- CBC News-

    1st time company brings bulk fuel by barge to North Slope; 8 million litres of fuel delivered

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    New study predicts ‘radical re-shaping’ of Arctic landscape by end of century

    Sept 7, 2018- CBC News-

    By 2100, only 20% of land vegetation will still be subject to centuries-old cold conditions, researchers say

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    Melting glaciers are triggering the world’s biggest tsunamis

    Sept 6, 2018- CBC News-

    10 of 14 tsunamis higher than 50 m in past century were from landslides in glaciated mountains

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    Glass domes help forecast the fate of Canada’s boreal forests

    Sept 3, 2018- CBC News-

    London Ont. plant biologists are peering 100 years into our climate future on multi-year international study

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    Canadians get creative in solving food waste problem

    Aug. 29, 2018- CBC News-

    Check out these innovative solutions to food waste in Canada!

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    Treaty banning dangerous chemicals helped Arctic wildlife, study shows

    Aug 30, 2018- CBC News-

    Stockholm Convention, signed by 152 countries in 2001, aims to eradicate use of pollutants

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    The future looks grim after 2 years of devastating B.C. wildfires

    Aug 28, 2018- CBC News-

    “What we thought was going to be an average condition in 2050, we’re starting to see those conditions coming a lot sooner…”

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    Give bikes a chance: Winnipeg needs to change so people have transportation choices

    Aug 25, 2018- CBC Opinion-

    “My transition to cyclist was slow, incremental and built around moving to a more bike-friendly neighbourhood…”

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    ‘This is about what we breathe’: Doctors warn about health impacts of climate change

    Aug 21, 2018- CBC News-

    While fires continue to burn, smothering the province under a cloud of smoke, a group of Canadian doctors says wildfires in British Columbia illustrate the threat to human health posed by climate change.

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    Wildfires can triple permafrost thaw in N.W.T., Alberta for up to 30 years, says study

    Aug 22, 2018- CBC News-

    ‘Those ecosystems are now sort of indefinitely changed,’ says lead researcher

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    Arctic’s strongest sea ice breaks up for first time on record

    Aug 21, 2018- The Guardian-

    The oldest and thickest sea ice in the Arctic has started to break up, opening waters north of Greenland that are normally frozen, even in summer.

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    How millions of miraculous trees are reining in the Sahara desert

    Aug 17, 2018- The Guardian-

    This week the Upside looks at a transformation of the environment in Africa, and other tales of hope

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    Global warming ‘pause’ about to end, raise Earth’s temperatures further

    Aug 16, 2018- CBC News-

    Natural variabilities will make an already warming planet even hotter through 2022

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    Solar Eclipsed

    Aug 16, 2018- CBC News-

    This boom year for solar power could quickly go bust, after a subsidy program expired in April with nothing planned to replace it.

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    Marine heat waves threaten underwater wildlife

    Aug 15, 2018- CBC News-

    Sea critters have evolved to survive within a fairly narrow band of temperatures compared to those on land

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    B.C. declares state of emergency as hundreds of wildfires burn across province

    Aug 15, 2018- CBC News-

    560 fires are burning across B.C. and thousands of residents are affected by evacuation orders

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    Banff, Jasper and Calgary record highest temperature increases: study

    Aug 14, 2018- CBC News-

    A researcher from the University of Calgary says temperatures are on the rise across Alberta but Calgary, along with Banff and Jasper national parks, are really feeling the heat.

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    How one Canadian food court eliminated 117 bags of garbage a day

    Aug 10, 2018- CBC News-

    The food court at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto used to generate 120 bags of garbage a day. Now it produces just three — despite the fact that it serves noodles, fried chicken, burgers and other fast foods to 24,000 customers a day.

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    Blocking sunlight to cool Earth may not save crops from climate change

    Aug 8, 2018- CBC News –

    Aside from reducing CO2 emissions, scientists have proposed geoengineering, the deliberate manipulation of the environment through technology, as a way to combat global warming.

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    Black widow spiders creep northward

    Aug 9, 2018 – CBC News –

    Climate change is changing the habitats and ranges of all kinds of creatures. As the planet warms, many species have to move northward to find the climate that they have adapted to.

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    California fighting its biggest ever wildfire

    August 7, 2018- CBC News-

     

    A Northern California wildfire became the biggest in state history on Tuesday, eclipsing a previous record set only eight months ago, as hot, windy conditions fanned 17 blazes in what Gov. Jerry Brown has called California’s “new normal.”

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    Planet at risk of heading towards irreversible ‘hothouse’ conditions, new report says

    August 6, 2018- CBC News-

     

    Maximizing chances of avoiding ‘hothouse’ state requires more than just reducing greenhouse gas emissions

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    Plastic degrading in the ocean produces greenhouse gas, new study says

    Aug 5, 2018 – Canadian Press

    Many people who care about the environment are concerned about climate change and about plastic pollution. This article shows that the two issues are actually related.

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    Fraser River is now so warm it may kill migrating sockeye salmon

    Aug 3, 2018 –  CBC News –

     

    Waters staying above 20 C for days, which causes high stress and ‘pre-spawn mortality’ in fish, DFO says

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    Earth Overshoot Day – what to make of this moment of reckoning?

    August 1, 2018- New Scientist-

     

    Earth Overshoot Day is a hugely popular way to highlight our global environmental impact. Here are two views on it…

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    Cap-and-trade style carbon tax plan unveiled for Manitoba’s biggest emitters

    July 30, 2018- CBC News-

     

    While nearly all Manitoban residents and companies will simply pay a flat tax $25 per tonne of carbon emissions, a select few large industrial emitters will pay taxes based on an entirely different framework.

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    Another El Nino is likely on its way: Here’s what to expect

    August 1,  2018- CBC News-

     

    Fires north of the Arctic Circle. Record-setting temperatures in England. More than 60 dead in Japan and 70 in Quebec due to heat-related causes. A fast-moving fire that wiped out an entire Greek town, killing more than 90 people…

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    Europe’s heat wave hits record highs hurting crops, animals and prompting wildfires

    July 31, 2018- CBC News-

     

    The heat wave gripping large stretches of Europe has already been blamed for deadly forest fires and crop failures. Now freshwater fish could be the next victims.

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    ‘A warning’: Acid pollution threatens ecosystems in Alberta and Saskatchewan, study says

    July 25, 2018- CBC News-

     

    ‘If we continue to emit at this level, there will be ecosystem damage’

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    First Nations file lawsuit over Husky oil spill into North Saskatchewan River

    July 24, 2018- The Canadian Press-

    Two First Nations in Saskatchewan have filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against an energy company responsible for an oil spill that fouled the drinking water supply of thousands of people two years ago.

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    Tiny farm grows giant crop in old Dartmouth shipping container

    July 21, 2018- CBC News-

     

    Farming inside shipping containers is the latest trend in urban agriculture, a way to get fresh, local produce even in the dead of winter. Containers are proving to be fertile locations because they provide moveability, sustainability and availability.

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    Heat Wave Scorches Sweden as Wildfires Rage in the Arctic Circle

    July 19, 2018- The New York Times-

     

    As Europe grapples with near-record temperatures and sustained drought, Sweden has become the latest nation to confront a wave of wildfires as far north as the Arctic Circle, prompting the authorities to evacuate some villages and to appeal for help from neighboring Norway and distant Italy.

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    Atlantic circulation is not collapsing — but as it shifts gears, warming will reaccelerate

    July 18, 2018- Science Daily-

     

    Data suggest that the recent, rapid slowdown of the Atlantic Ocean circulation is not a sign of imminent collapse, but a shift back toward a more sluggish phase. The slowdown implies that global air temperatures will increase more quickly in the coming decades.

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    ‘We have to start getting used to it’: Record-breaking temperatures heating up the globe

    July 19, 2018- CBC News-

     

    From Siberia to Africa to North America, it’s been unusually hot

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    Livestock with less methane: Scientists seek ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

    July 19, 2018- CBC News-

     

    By breeding stock, improving feed and planting trees, scientists try to reduce gases from livestock

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    All aboard: Manitoba couple converting used school bus into eco-friendly, affordable home

    July 17, 2018- CBC News-

     

    For more than a decade, it hauled students to and from school, field trips and school sports, but now a 2001 International school bus will embark on a new journey to become home for a Manitoba couple eager to escape the cycle of rent and mortgages.

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    Global firm bans meat at company events in effort to be greener

    July 16, 2018- CBC News-

     

    WeWork will use less water and produce less carbon dioxide as well as saving the lives of animals.

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    Over a billion people struggle to stay cool as Earth warms

    July 16, 2018- CBC News-

     

    Heat stress linked to climate change likely to cause 38,000 extra deaths a year

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    Involve business in ocean plastics pollution issue, talks: McKenna

    July 10, 2018- CBC News-

     

    The federal environment minister says she wants business leaders involved when she and her counterparts from other G7 nations gather in Halifax this fall to discuss how to reduce the flow of plastic waste into the oceans.

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    Student bikes 1,600 km to connect with people facing climate change

    July 9, 2018- CBC News-

     

    The people he met along the way were eager to share their experiences with Climate change associated issues. To Laroche, understanding people’s experience is an important step in implementing effective policy.

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    Increased northern shipping potential danger for Arctic animals: study

    July 2, 2018- The Canadian Press-

    Increased shipping could make parts of the Northwest Passage among the most dangerous places in the Arctic for the whales and other mammals that live there, a study suggests.

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    Ontario cancelling cap and trade akin to pulling out of climate framework: Catherine McKenna

    July 4, 2018- The Canadian Press-

     

    ‘The Ontario government is making it clear that it is not taking climate action,’ says McKenna

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    Prince George installs B.C.’s 1st solar-power parking lot

    July 2, 2018- CBC News-

     

    Pilot project at city hall aims to understand how well panels hold up under northern conditions

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    Winnipeggers more likely to blame drivers than cyclists for conflict, new poll reveals

    June 28, 2018- CBC News-

     

    Results show broad approval for separate bike lanes, belief the city doesn’t have enough of them

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    Electric vehicles are gaining momentum, despite Trump

    June 27, 2018- Vox-

     

    Policymakers and analysts are digging into the details of how to get more EVs on the road.

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    Canada’s largest national park, UNESCO site threatened: environmental assessment

    June 26, 2018- The Guardian-

     

    Oilsands activity, climate change, and hydro development are fundamentally changing the environment of Wood Buffalo National Park, AB.

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    More than 20 countries aim to toughen climate goals by 2020

    June 21, 2018- CBC News-

     

    Leaked draft of report says warming is set to exceed 1.5 C above pre-industrial times by 2040

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    Ciclovia events aim to draw more women in to Winnipeg’s bike culture

    June 24, 2018- CBC News-

     

    “We want to see more people riding bikes and in order to do that, I think we’re always looking for things like more separated bike lanes to make it really comfortable for people to get around, especially with young families”

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    B.C. judge approves Victoria’s plastic bag bylaw going into effect in July

    June 19, 2018- The Canadian Press-

    The mayor of Victoria is hailing a court victory allowing the city to enact a bylaw that will prohibit grocery stores from offering or selling plastic bags to shoppers.

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    111 million tonnes of plastic waste will have nowhere to go by 2030 due to Chinese import ban: study

    June 20, 2018- CBC News-

     

    “Frankly countries like [the U.S.] and Canada — these high-income countries, wealthy countries that have waste management infrastructure — need to move toward domestic management,”

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    Feds set new standards for trucks, buses to cut tailpipe emissions

    June 14, 2018- The Canadian Press-

    Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says transport trucks and school buses built after 2020 will have to be more efficient and produce fewer greenhouse gases.

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    What if Canada had backed wind energy instead of the oil sands?

    June 2018- The Guardian-

     

    “Make no mistake,” the finance minister said. “This is an investment in Canada’s future.”

    In fact, since 1999, more than $200bn has been invested into the Alberta oil sands for that future. But what if that cash had gone into wind energy instead?

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    Province names advisory council on climate plan

    June 12, 2018- CBC News-

     

    A group from academics, business, sustainable development and conservation will help the Progressive Conservative government implement its made-in-Manitoba climate change plan.

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    Carbon Farming Works. Can It Scale up in Time to Make a Difference?

    June 12, 2018- Civil Eats-

     

    The idea of crafting farm-specific carbon plans grew out of the Marin Carbon Project, a collaborative research effort between landowners John Wick and Peggy Rathmann, scientists at the University of California, and several conservation groups.

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    3 trillion tons of Antarctic ice lost since 1992, seas rising, study suggests

    June 13, 2018- CBC News-

     

    Contribution to global rise in sea level is now almost 3 times higher than earlier estimates, report says

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    Trucking industry green-driven

    May 30, 2018- Winnipeg Free Press (opinion)-

     

    The Pallister government might not expect to see environmental groups like the Green Action Centre working together with the Manitoba Trucking Association to advance a similar agenda, but it is not surprising.

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    Rising carbon dioxide levels are turning rice and fish into junk food

    June 8, 2018- CBC Radio-

     

    Exposure to more CO2 means crops don’t absorb the same amount of micronutrients from the soil, they produce more starches and sugars, less protein and Vitamin B.

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    A ‘carbon bubble’ is coming, and Canada’s oilsands are doomed: study

    June 5, 2018- Global News-

     

    “This is going to have massive economic consequences,” said lead study author Jean-Francois Mercure.

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    Disclosing climate-related financial information is a game changer

    June 5, 2018- Public Finance International-

     

    Global markets need standardised, accessible information about the climate risks faced by investments and businesses

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    Singh, municipal leaders tackle climate change at FCM conference in Halifax

    June 2, 2018- Winnipeg Free Press-

    In his speech, he told the packed ballroom at the Halifax Convention Centre that municipalities need to invest in reducing their emissions and introducing programs to promote green alternatives.

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    Canada-wide rules to cut plastic waste proposed by 33 environmental groups

    June 4, 2018- CBC News-

     

    Zero plastics declaration wants 75% recycled content in single-use plastics, ban on PVC, styrofoam

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    ‘It’s not easy. We need a shift in our mindset’: Study says reform best-before labels to reduce food waste

    May 31, 2018- CBC News-

     

    “When they see ‘best before’ they think it means if they eat it afterwards, there’s going to be a health problem. That’s not true.”

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    Electric-powered commercial trucks could be key to hitting climate change targets

    May 31, 2018- CBC News-

     

    While businesses try their best to make innovative solutions, Merida said governments need to take more action to create the infrastructure to support new green technology, like charging and refuelling stations.

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    Five Things: the next steps for getting the Trans Mountain project done

    May 29, 2018- The Canadian Press-

    The federal government announced a plan Tuesday to spend $4.5 billion on buying the Trans Mountain pipeline and most of current owner Kinder Morgan Canada’s other assets in order to ensure a plan to twin the pipeline is allowed to proceed. Here are five things that have to happen next:

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    EU proposes to ban plastic straws, stirs, and cotton buds

    May 28, 2018- The Associated Press-

    The European Union has proposed banning plastic products like cotton buds, straws, stirs and balloon sticks when alternatives are easily available in an attempt to reduce litter spoiling beaches and ocean beds.

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    Liberal government to buy Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5B

    May 29, 2018- CBC News-

     

    The Liberal government will buy the Trans Mountain pipeline and related infrastructure for $4.5 billion, and could spend billions more to build the controversial expansion.

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    Research needed on impact of microplastics on B.C. shellfish industry: study

    May 23, 2018- The Canadian Press-

    A scientific study that found high levels of microplastics in the ocean near British Columbia’s primary shellfish farms has scientists calling for more research to assess the impact of the pollution on the industry.

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    B.C. and N.B. floods a warning of what’s to come, climate change researchers say

    May 24, 2018- CBC News-

     

    “The most recent flooding in New Brunswick and south-central British Columbia are reminders we can no longer ‘cheat the system’ on flood risk…”

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    Car dealer tactics stall electric car sales

    May 24, 2018- BBC News-

     

    “Dismissive” car dealers are a major barrier to boosting sales of electric vehicles (EVs) according to a new study.

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    Blue carbon is the billion-dollar resource you’ve never heard of

    May 22, 2018- CBC News-

     

    Mud and plants along the Bay of Fundy soak up 3-5 times more carbon than trees

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    Shell faces shareholder challenge over climate change approach

    May 20, 2018- The Guardian-

     

    Investors back resolution calling on oil giant to set tougher carbon targets in line with Paris climate deal

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    Climate change puts city’s ash trees at greater risk from killer insect, researchers say

    May 18, 2018- Winnipeg Free Press-

     

    The city estimates it could lose all of its estimated 356,000 ash trees if the insect infestation gets out of hand. About 200 traps are being set up in June in hopes of catching the critters.

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    How to go plastic free and cut waste in the kitchen

    May 18, 2018- CBC News-

     

    It’s all about changing your habits, says waste-free Saskatoon resident.

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    NASA study reveals humans are dramatically shifting global freshwater sources

    May 17, 2018- CBC Radio-

     

    Human activity is having a huge impact on how wet the earth is — so much so that it’s affecting the planet’s gravitational field, according to researchers at NASA.

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    Farmers adapt to dry conditions, with rainfall well below normal across southern Australia’s grain, sheep and cattle heartlands

    May 13, 2018- ABC News-

     

    For those with even the greenest of thumbs, keeping a backyard garden or front lawn alive when rain doesn’t fall is a struggle. So how do Australian farmers plan to keep the country fed?

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    Vancouver votes to ban plastic straws, foam cups and containers by June 2019

    May 16, 2018- CBC News-

     

    Vancouver has voted to ban the distribution of plastic straws as well as foam take-out containers and cups as part of its zero-waste strategy.

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    Costa Rica to ban fossil fuels and become world’s first decarbonised society

    May 10, 2018- The Independent-

     

    New president embraces ‘titanic and beautiful task’ of complete renewable energy transition.

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    California mandates solar panels on all new homes by 2020

    May 11, 2018- CBC News-

     

    Right now, about one in five new homes in California comes with solar panels already installed. In two years, it will be all of them.

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    Even underground oilsands mines can harm forest wildlife

    May 10, 2018- The Canadian Press-

     

    On average, development decreased presence of moose, black bears, fishers and foxes…

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    Manitoba’s trucking industry tears province’s carbon tax plan as ‘lip service’

    May 7th, 2018- Winnipeg Free Press-

     

    It’s not because they don’t want to pay it they say, but because of the manner in which the province has decided to use those additional revenues – not to encourage business to invest in green technologies but to use the revenue to cut income taxes and reduce the deficit.

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    Province needs ‘miserable rain’

    May 8, 2018- Winnipeg Free Press-

     

    Latitudes north of Manitoba are predicted to have an increasing precipitation trend. Areas in the North American southwest are predicted to get drier. Manitoba is in a transition zone. Consequently, we can expect to see an increase in extremes of both flood and drought as climate change takes effect.

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    Arctic ice melt, increased shipping endangers whales: study

    May 4, 2018- CBC News-

     

    Melting ice caused by climate change has given ships more access to Arctic waters, which researchers say could have serious consequences for the survival of bowhead and beluga whales.

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    The solution to climate change might be in your fridge

    May 3, 2018- CBC News-

     

    Almost two-thirds of the food-associated greenhouse gas waste occurs on the consumer end, including anyone that handles food, from grocery stores to restaurants and, especially, inside our own homes.

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    Poor countries face ‘unfair pattern’ of temperature swings

    May 3, 2018- CBC News-

     

    Study says tropics, where soil moisture helps control fluctuations, particularly at risk.

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    Helping preserve the shoreline

    Apr 27, 2018- Winnipeg Free Press-

     

    Fort Whyte Alive (1961 McCreary Rd.), is holding a natural shoreline planting event on Sat., May 5 at 10 a.m. and noon with guest experts from Manitoba Conservation Districts Association.

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    B.C. wildfires triggered mega thunderstorm with volcano-like effects

    Apr 26, 2018- CBC News-

     

    “The dust and gases thrust into the atmosphere by a volcano can have a cooling effect when they shield the Earth from solar radiation, but they can also contribute to global warming by releasing greenhouse gases.”

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    Arctic sea ice jammed with plastics from Pacific garbage patch

    Apr 24, 2018- CBC News-

     

    Up to 12,000 particles per litre, most small enough for tiny organisms to eat, researchers find…

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    Keep the cycle going

    Apr 23, 2018- Winnipeg Free Press-

    The crew at the University of Manitoba’s new bike kiosk is gearing up to get cyclists on the road this spring.

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    ‘This really should be a game changer’

    Apr 14, 2018- Winnipeg Free Press-

    Designed for harsh northern climate, Kithouse takes energy efficiency to another level.

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    Can responsible grazing make beef climate-neutral?

    April 10, 2018 – Civil Eats –

    New research found that the greenhouse gases sequestered in one grass-fed system balanced out those emitted by the cows, but some meatless advocates are skeptical.

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    Hutterite colonies greening up their act

    Mar 28, 2018 – Winnipeg Free Press –

    Manitoba Hutterite colonies like the Vermillion Colony near Sanford are using biomass for heat to replace their dependence on coal. Their generators can produce energy out of corn, cattails, chicken manure and other vegetative waste materials. One colony is using cattail for some of its biomass energy.

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    Manitoba climate-resilience plans ‘not that good:’ auditor general

    Mar 28, 2018 – Winnipeg Free Press –

    Manitoba is still lacking a central policy to assess how climate change will impact the province’s roads, power supply and agriculture, the province’s auditor general said Tuesday. The issue has come up across the country, but “it’s probably worse in Manitoba,” said auditor general Norman Ricard. “They really have not done much.” A spokeswoman for Manitoba Environment Minister Rochelle Squires responded: “The previous government indeed lacked co-ordination in addressing climate change risks. Our government is taking action.”

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    Husky facing 10 charges over 2016 Saskatchewan pipeline oil spill

    Mar 26, 2018 – CBC News –

    Calgary-based Husky appeared in provincial court to face 10 charges resulting from the spill of 225,000 litres of diluted heavy oil from a Husky pipeline in west central Saskatchewan. About 40 per cent of the leaked crude made it into the waterway, forcing communities downstream to shut off a main source of drinking water for almost two months.

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    Canada, provinces lack clear plan to address climate change, auditors say

    Mar 27, 2018 – CBC News –

    A joint audit, conducted by federal Environment Commissioner Julie Gelfand and auditors general in nine provinces, says while many governments have high-level goals to cut emissions, few have detailed plans to actually reach those goals. The audit also says assessments to adapt to climate change risks have been haphazard, inconsistent and lacking in detail, with no timeline for action and no funding.

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    Kinder Morgan pipeline protests continue in B.C. with 172 arrests over past week

    Mar 25, 2018 – Canadian Press –

    Dozens of demonstrators have been arrested at Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby Terminal in a string protests against the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. A Protect the Inlet spokesperson says 57 protesters had been arrested by early Saturday evening. This brings the week’s total to 172 arrests.

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    Arctic hit with record warmth this winter

    Mar 6, 2018 – Associated Press –

    The Arctic just finished its warmest winter on record. And sea ice hit record lows for this time of year, with plenty of open water where ocean water normally freezes into thick sheets of ice

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    Even oil companies are now saying climate change will hurt their business

    Mar 1, 2018 – Time –

    Oil companies are now recognizing that oil demand will peak in the next two decades as renewable energy grows and consumers purchase hundreds of millions of electric vehicles. Exxon Mobil projected a peak in demand and acknowledged that some of its assets “may not be attractive investments” as a result of the shifting energy market.

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    North Pole thaws mid-winter as temperatures smash records in the Arctic

    Feb 28, 2018 – CBC News –

    The North Pole thawed recently, hitting above-freezing temperatures, and experts say it’s because of a burst of warm, southern air coupled with diminishing Arctic sea ice. Above-freezing temperatures over the weekend, particularly near the coast of Greenland, are a result of the jet stream getting “loopy.”

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    Manitoba signs federal climate-change plan

    Feb 23, 2018 – CBC News –

    After months of agreeing to disagree with the federal government, Manitoba has signed on to Ottawa’s climate-change plan. At least for the next two years.

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    Feds expect Manitoba to get on board with carbon strategy

    Feb 10, 2018 – Winnipeg Free Press –

    The federal and provincial environment ministers say they’re still talking, as Ottawa’s deadline looms for $66 million in carbon retrofits for Manitoba.

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    Polar bears could become extinct faster than was feared, study says

    Feb 1, 2018 – The Guardian –

    Polar bears could be sliding towards extinction faster than previously feared, with the animals facing an increasing struggle to find enough food to survive as climate change steadily transforms their environment.

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    2017 was the hottest year yet in the world’s oceans

    Jan 28, 2018 – National Geographic –

    According to researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2017 was the warmest year on record in the ocean. The study measured the rising temperature of the ocean as a whole, but the Atlantic and Antarctic Oceans, they found, experienced the most warming.

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    Flooding in Paris

    Jan 28, 2018 – The Guardian –

    Paris remained on flood alert after the Seine burst its banks, leaving streets inundated and forcing part of the Louvre to close. Forecasters said the flooding should peak by the end of the day.

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    In less than 3 months, a major international city will likely run out of water

    Jan 26, 2018 – CNN –

    City officials in Cape Town were saying that the day when the taps run dry would come on April 22. This week, they moved up the date to April 12. Cape Town is South Africa’s second-largest city and home to more than 4 million people.

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    Insurers say Canadian weather getting hotter, wetter and weirder

    Jan 21, 2018 – Canadian Press –

    The Canadian Institute of Actuaries has released a report of their analysis of extreme weather. It shows a steady increase.

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    New York City takes on oil industry over climate change

    Jan 11, 2018 – Globe & Mail –

    New York City is taking on the oil industry on two fronts, announcing a lawsuit Wednesday that blames the top five oil companies for contributing to global warming and saying the city will sell off billions in fossil fuel investments from the city’s pension funds.

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    Plastics pile up as China refuses to take the West’s recycling

    Jan 11, 2018 – New York Times –

    Most of us think that the plastic we put in our blue boxes goes somewhere to be put to good use. Actually, until the beginning of this year, it was baled and shipped to China. What they did with it there is unclear. Some was bleached, chipped, and reused. Much was incinerated. Now China won’t take our recyclables and we don’t know what to do about it. Currently, it is just piling up and in some places we are incinerating it ourselves.

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    Deadly California mudslide ‘like Niagara falls’ as hills turn to rivers of debris

    Jan 10, 2018 – The Guardian –

    At least 17 people have been killed, with the death toll expected to rise, after heavy rains caused a violent mudslide exacerbated by recent wildfire damage.

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