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    Another dry year raises concern for future

    Nov 9, 2021 – Winnipeg Free Press

    Though droughts and floods are part of the normal ebb and flow of prairie life, Climate Change Connection’s Curt Hull believes the dry conditions that have scored the past couple years are “absolutely” cause for concern. “The indications are that climate change is amping everything up. It’s making floods more severe, and it’s making droughts more severe,” said Hull.

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    How easy is it to be green in Winnipeg? City too slow on climate emergency fight, say experts, advocates

    Nov 7, 2021 – CBC News –

    Advocates say the city is moving far too slowly to reduce greenhouse gases. And it’s not giving its residents — in this case, more than half of Manitoba’s population — a real shot to do their part, either. “The emergency is getting worse and we’re still talking instead of doing,” said Curt Hull, project director at Climate Change Connection, a non-profit that educates Manitobans and works on solutions to climate change.

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    Bison adds electric big rig to fleet

    Sep 3, 2021 – Winnipeg Free Press –

    This is a courageous and inspiring initiative on the part of Bison Transport – “For a trucking company to jump on to a new technology … the entire industry need(s) to be adjusted.” – Terry Shaw, MTA. Last year, the Manitoba and federal governments came up with a $12 million annual support through the Efficient Trucking Program. Unfortunately that program does not support anything other than diesel technology. Electric truck technologies do not qualify for support.

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    ‘Code red for humanity’ met with deafening silence

    Aug 31, 2021 – Winnipeg Free Press –

    OPINION – “We need to act quickly. We need a change of heart. We need to elect politicians and support business leaders who have vision and who are prepared to lead, rather than be popular.”

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    Climate change a likely ballot issue for Manitobans this federal election: pollster

    Aug 19, 2021 – Global News –

    According to Probe Research: “This election might actually be the first time when it becomes genuinely a little bit of a ballot issue for some of those swing voters.”

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    Climate change in our backyard: Manitoba begins to grapple with the consequences

    Aug 10, 2021 – Global TV –

    With the drought, heat wave, and fires here and the floods in Europe, more people are starting to realize that we need to take climate change seriously. Global TV has posted a portion of a video interview with Climate Change Connection’s Curt Hull on what this means for Manitobans.

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    ‘Cataclysmic day’ for oil companies sparks climate hope

    May 27, 2021 – The Guardian –

    A Dutch court has ordered Shell to cut carbon emissions by 45% by 2030. Also this week, climate activist investors have shaken up the boards of ExxonMobil and Chevron. A few weeks ago, ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66, had already suffered investor revolts over climate inaction.

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    Airships for city hops could cut flying’s CO2 emissions by 90%

    May 26, 2021 – The Guardian –

    Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) in the UK has named a string of routes it hopes to serve by airship starting in 2025. Although most of these routes are in Europe, the article includes mention of a Vancouver to Seattle leg.

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    Winnipeg council passes transit master plan, setting route for major changes for riders

    Apr 30, 2021 – CBC News –

    With the new Transit Master Plan, almost three times as many homes in Winnipeg will be within a 500 metre walk of all-day frequent transit service. Derek Koop, president of Functional Transit Winnipeg says “That is huge. It’s a big change, it’s an exciting change.”

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    Public works committee pushes transit master plan forward

    Apr 21, 2021 – Winnipeg Free Press –

    Council’s public works committee voted Tuesday unanimously in favour of the overall Winnipeg Transit Master Plan, which aims to redraw most bus routes, add some zero-emission vehicles, and expand rapid transit.

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    Federal budget sets big, green goals

    Apr 20, 2021 – Winnipeg Free Press –

    This new budget is an indication of the federal government’s intention to support climate policy. However, “the Manitoba government has been slow to capitalize on federal climate funding in the past”.

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    Winnipeg’s standing takes hit in annual climate report

    Feb 25, 2021 – Winnipeg Free Press –

    Winnipeg ranks middle or lower in most of the categories in the new National Climate League report. “The standings give us like a clear indication of our city’s priorities — that climate and sustainability isn’t one of our city’s priorities”

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    New spin on old polar vortex behaviour

    Feb 10, 2021 – Winnipeg Free Press –

    The polar vortex is not new but it is changing due to the way the planet is heating up. Because the arctic is warming faster than the equator, the jetstream is meandering more. This brings arctic air further south in some places while pushing warmer air further north in others.

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    Pair of projects could see Winnipeg slowly move closer to emission reduction targets

    Feb 8, 2021 – CBC News –

    “What I’m seeing in the Transit proposal is a proposal for another study, which is following a study that was done from 2014 to 2018 where they tested electric vehicles in what was a successful study. And now they’re talking about a new study.”

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    Hydrogen gas-fuelled airships could spur development in remote communities

    Jan 20, 2021 – The Conversation

    Canada’s ban on this use of hydrogen for airships is strange given that Canada has never had an airship industry. The origins of the false information that led to this ban on the use of hydrogen are even more surprising.

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    Where is winter? The impact of warm weather in Winnipeg

    Jan 14, 2021 – Global News –

    Climate Change Connection’s Curt Hull was interviewed by Global News this week. The very warm Winnipeg winter we are having is not what we have been used to in the past. However, we are likely to see more warmer winters in the future. That isn’t a good thing. There are many down sides – a couple are pointed to in this article: the impact on Northern winter road network and increase in pests.

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    2020 ties with 2016 for warmest year ever recorded, EU climate service says

    Jan 8, 2021 – Fortune –

    Last year was the hottest on record, tied with scorcher 2016. That means that 20 of the 21 hottest years in the instrument record all occurred since 2001. And despite lockdowns, the overall atmospheric carbon concentration still ticked upwards.

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    Control of Senate allows Democrats to act on Biden’s climate change agenda

    Jan 7, 2021 -CNBC

    The Democrat’s won both senate seats in Tuesday’s bi-election in Georgia. This should allow President-elect Joe Biden to implement his election pledge, which included a $2 trillion economic plan to accelerate a clean-energy transition, cut carbon emissions from the electricity sector by 2035, and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

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