Nov. 30, 2023 – Politico – UAE officials running the talks are warning it may be impractical to call for the complete death of fossil fuels — infuriating activists and vulnerable countries.+
November 30, 2023 – Science Daily – A new study estimates that the mortality burden attributable to air pollution from fossil fuel use is considerably higher than most previous estimates — a phaseout of fossil fuels would have tremendous, positive health outcomes.
Nov. 16, 2023 – The National Observer – If Canada decides to succeed in cutting greenhouse gas emissions this decade, at the pace required for a safe climate and stable economy, our banks and pension funds must align with the same trajectory. We can’t dither. The federal government should commit to align our whole financial system with climate action.
Nov. 15, 2023 – World Meterological Organization (WMO) – Geneva, 15 November (WMO) – The abundance of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere once again reached a new record last year and there is no end in sight to the rising trend, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
While Tory critic lambastes Kinew for not signing ‘axe the tax’ letter, local heat-pump entrepreneur calls for action (Nov14’23)
Nov. 14, 2023 – Winnipeg Free Press – While Tory critic lambastes Kinew for not signing ‘axe the tax’ letter, local heat-pump entrepreneur calls for action.+
Nov. 13, 2023 – CBC News – The City of Winnipeg wants to hear from residents about what they think of waste collection in the city, including whether they would accept biweekly garbage pickup if the city launches a curbside compost program. The online survey, which is open until Nov. 30, asks how switching from the current weekly pickup schedule would impact residents.+
Nov. 8, 2023 – The Energy Mix – The world’s 20 biggest fossil fuel-producing countries are set to extract more than enough oil, gas, and coal in 2030 to defeat any hope of holding global warming to a relatively safe 1.5°C, and Canada is projecting the fourth-largest increase in oil production, according to a new analysis released this morning.
“Despite encouraging signs of an emerging clean energy transition, the world’s governments still plan to produce more than double the amount of fossil fuels in 2030 than would be consistent with limiting warming to 1.5°C,” states the 2023 Production Gap Report produced by the Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI), Climate Analytics, E3G, the Winnipeg-based International Institute for Sustainable Development, and the United Nations Environment Programme.+
Oct. 31, 2023 – Winnipeg Free Press – Flipping the switch on local hydrogen production will be a pivotal step towards a net-zero energy grid, Premier Wab Kinew said Monday, as the NDP government tries to get ahead of a future power-pinch.+
October 23, 2023 – The Conversation – The rate at which the warming Southern Ocean melts the West Antarctic ice sheet will speed up rapidly over the course of this century, regardless of how much emissions fall in coming decades, our new research suggests. This ocean-driven melting is expected to increase sea-level rise, with consequences for coastal communities around the world.
Oct. 16, 2023 – The National Observer – It’s no secret oilsands companies intend to ramp up production despite the rapidly worsening impacts of the climate crisis, and one longtime industry executive laid out his arguments for doing just that at a federal committee Monday.+
Oct. 15, 2023 – City News – More than 17,800,000 hectares have burned across Canada so far in 2023, marking the country’s most devastating wildfire season on record.+
Oct. 15, 2023 – The Carillon – In a survey of 800 farmers done by the farm chemical company Bayer, it was found that more than 70 percent believe that climate change is already having an impact on their farm operations.+
Oct. 14, 2023 – CBC – Brandon Fresh Farms president Adam Morand says his company aims to create a 120,000-square-foot vertical farm in a historic downtown Brandon building. The proposal is ‘a food security project, but it is also a heritage building project,’ he says.
Curt Hull, Director of Climate Change Connection and lead author of Manitoba’s Road to Resilience series will host a conversation about how to build a fossil-fuel free future in Manitoba on Thursday, October 19, 2023, from 7-9PM. Event is free please register on Eventbright.
Premiers declare victory over Supreme Court impact assessment ruling. Everyone else says, not so fast
Oct. 13, 2023 – The National Observer – Premiers hostile to the Trudeau’s government’s environmental agenda were quick to declare victory over a Supreme Court of Canada ruling that found the federal law to regulate major development projects “largely unconstitutional.”+
Oct. 12, 2023 – The Journal of Commerce – The Government of Canada is investing $12.4 million towards construction of a green multi-purpose community facility in Winnipeg. The Buffalo Crossing facility will serve as a gateway to FortWhyte Alive, a 660-acre reclaimed urban green space in the city dedicated to providing programming, natural settings and facilities for environmental education, outdoor recreation and social enterprise, a release stated.+
Oct. 13, 2023 – City News – The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday against federal legislation on the environmental effects of major developments, with five out of seven judges finding most of it unconstitutional because its language could be used to regulate activities within provincial jurisdiction.+
Oct. 11, 2023 – Gillett News- This article proposes nine innovative ideas for the new provincial government of Manitoba to consider in order to make Winnipeg a more livable and prosperous city. The ideas range from addressing the housing crisis to improving public transportation and combating climate change.+
October 8, 2023 – The Canadian Press – From green roofs in Toronto to Vancouver’s rain city strategy, Canadian cities are looking to become “sponges” in order to help mitigate some of the effects of extreme rainfall events.+
Oct. 6, 2023 – The National Observer – A newly elected Manitoba NDP government doesn’t necessarily mean good outcomes for the environment, an Indigenous climate advocate says.+
Oct. 5, 2023 – City News – Why is one climate scientist calling data for September “absolutely gobsmackingly bananas”? Melissa Duggan on the red hot report.+
Oct. 4, 2023 – Winnipeg Free Press- The debut ‘climate fiction’ (or cli-fi) novel by Winnipeg author Jason Pchajek. The book — published by Ravenstone, a local subsidiary of Turnstone Press — is the first in a planned series of three, and is set more than a century into the future, in a version of Winnipeg which has been affected by climate change and where people have been forced to settle underneath the city.+
Oct. 3, 2023 – The province will offer electric vehicle rebates and some homes will get free geothermal heating — but much remains to be seen about how the party will balance an affordability crisis with huge environmental issues.+
Oct. 1, 2023 – Info Tel – Travelers encountered many weather surprises this summer, from wildfires in Europe to knee-deep mud at Burning Man. Indeed, it was the hottest summer on record around the globe, according to the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service.+
Sept. 29, 2023 – CBC – ‘None of the parties have really put out any climate action plans’ that will meet targets: environmentalist’.+
Sept. 29, 2023 – The National Observer – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have a tremendous problem at hand: the Conservatives’ war chest is overflowing with cash, their popularity is soaring, and Canadians appear exhausted with his government that will be approaching a full decade in power by the next scheduled election.+
Sept. 28, 2023 – The National Observer – By far, the largest beneficiaries of inflation have been the oil and gas extraction and mining industries, which, in an era of climate change, is not what we want.+
Sept. 26, 2023 – The Narwhal – Some Manitoba election platforms include big environmental promises while others have yet to utter the words ‘climate change.’ Here’s what you need to know.+
Sept. 13 – CBC – OTTAWA — A large majority of Canadians are worried about climate change and believe it is the reason for an increase in extreme weather, a new national poll suggests.+
Sept. 15, 2023 – The Guardian – First complete ‘scientific health check’ shows most global systems beyond stable range in which modern civilisation emerged.+
Sept. 5, 2023 – The Narwhal – In September 2022, a European satellite spotted a massive cloud of pollution near the city of Lloydminster, which straddles the border between Saskatchewan and Alberta.
A geoanalytics firm that examined the satellite’s data from the ominous cloud concluded it was methane gas coming from the fossil fuel sector. The firm estimated the source of the cloud was dumping pollution into the atmosphere at a rate of 11 tonnes an hour — equivalent to emissions from 200 cars left idling for that long.+
Sept. 4, 2023 – The Carillon – Climate change is becoming more and more evident in Canada and worldwide. This summer alone, we have witnessed that change in floods, droughts, extreme weather events, rising sea levels, melting of permafrost, ocean warming, and wild fires, to name a few.+
Sept. 2, 2023 – Winnipeg Free Press – The City of Winnipeg has identified potential retrofits at 15 civic buildings it expects could save about $9.2 million in carbon taxes between 2023 and 2030, though the investment carries its own hefty price tag.+
Manitoba leaders starting to acknowledge looming crisis. Here’s a pre-election primer on where they stand
Sept. 2, 2023 – Winnipeg Free Press – Faced with rising costs of living, a health-care system in crisis and growing public safety concerns, Manitobans haven’t ranked climate among their top provincial election priorities.
But in recent years, the effects of climate change have become inescapable — summer skies shrouded in wildfire smoke; heat domes and polar vortexes are familiar seasonal vocabulary and farmers have struggled to adapt to a cycle of floods and droughts.+
Aug. 31, 2023 – Vancouver Sun – New construction won’t be allowed to have natural gas as a primary heat source as of July 1, 2024 — six years before the provincial target.+
Aug. 23, 2023 – National Observer – If the entire supply of new central air conditioners was replaced with heat pumps starting in 2025, it would mean cumulative energy bill savings of $10.4 billion across Canada by 2035. When the estimated $3.7-billion cost of buying and installing the heat pumps is added, the total value of energy bill savings is $6.7 billion.+
Aug. 31, 2023 – Winnipeg Free Press – Oil and gas sector says new data shows it can both hike output and lower emissions.+
Aug. 31, 2023 – Toronto Sun – While Federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault was in Beijing this week, ostensibly to discuss ways China and Canada can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, a new report warned China is massively expanding it use of coal to produce power.+
Aug. 29, 2023 – Winnipeg Free Press – BETWEEN political jabs, rebuttals and spirited discussion, Manitoba’s leading political parties made a slate of promises to protect the environment, solidify the green economy and make climate action more affordable during one of the first leadership debates of the election season — though not all party leaders were present.+
Aug. 18, 2023 – CBC – Manitoba NDP Leader Wab Kinew promised rebates for Manitobans who purchase electric vehicles. He also pledged to sign on to a federal commitment to protect 30 per cent of land and ocean by 2030.
Thousands ordered to evacuate in B.C.’s Okanagan as fast-moving wildfire threatens Kelowna, West Kelowna
Aug. 18, 2023 – CBC – States of emergency declared in both cities and First Nation due to ‘unpredictable’ McDougall Creek fire.+
Aug. 14, 2023 – The National Observer – Increased marine warming due to human-caused climate change has been expected and documented for decades. But this summer’s extremes are bewildering, more severe and occurring faster than predicted, causing alarm in the scientific community, said Susanna Fuller, a vice-president at Oceans North.+
CBC – Aug. 11, 2023 – Mike Campbell didn’t pay a penny upfront when his new air-source heat pumps were installed this spring to replace his old oil boiler. The Charlottetown homeowner got a zero-interest loan that he’ll pay back over 10 years.
In the meantime, he’s saying goodbye to heating-oil bills that sometimes topped $1,000 a month — savings that can cover his loan payments.+
Aug.16, 2023 – Phys.org – More than half of the world’s top fossil fuel producers will fail to meet climate targets unless they ramp up decarbonization plans, according to an international team led by The University of Queensland.+
Aug. 16, 2023 – New Scientist – With temperature records tumbling, it is only natural to worry about cascading tipping points, but the reality is far more nuanced.+
Aug. 16 2023 – CNBC – The world’s leading climate scientists have said a sizeable chunk of fossil fuels will need to be left in the ground to limit global temperature rise.+
Aug. 16, 2023 – Calgary Sun – The demand is that provinces switch from fossil-fuel generated electricity (call it FFE) to some form of ultra-low greenhouse gas-producing electricity.+
Aug. 9, 2023 – The Hill – Severe thunderstorms in the USA in the first six months of the year caused $34 billion in damages, the highest insured losses ever recorded in a six-month period.+
Aug. 8, 2023 – Canadian Press – Floods, drought, warm waters lapping three coasts — but mostly wildfire smoke from sea to sea and overseas. Yes, this is climate change, scientists say, and expect more weather weirdness to come. “It’s been a wild ride,” said Danny Blair, co-director of the Prairie Climate Centre at the University of Winnipeg. “It’s been a season and a year of extremes.”+
Aug. 8, 2023 – The Globe and Mail – Canada has a huge head start on cutting emissions, with more than 80 per cent of power in the country generated by hydro, nuclear and wind. Cleaning up the rest – alongside expanding the grid as sectors like transport are electrified – is an essential part of Canada meeting its Paris treaty commitment to slash emissions. Despite the urgency, provinces are failing to deliver.+
Aug. 8, 2023 – National Observer – Chanel Best works with women and gender-diverse climate activists. This 24-year-old supports the Womxn’s Leadership Collective for Nature and Climate Action, which is hosted at MakeWay.+
Aug. 7, 2023 – areadevelopment.com – Newlight Technologies Inc., known for carbon sequestration into materials and products, plans to establish an AirCarbon manufacturing facility in Manitoba, Canada. The $1.1 billion project is expected to create 80 jobs.+
Last week the Government of Canada delivered on a longstanding commitment to end fossil fuel subsidies, effective immediately.
Though the new rules are far from perfect, if they are applied with integrity they will make it impossible for the government to justify new public handouts to the oil and gas sector.+
Aug. 3, 2023 – Reuters – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is aiming to turn Canada’s power grid net-zero by 2035, a goal that the premier of oil and gas-producing Alberta says she will defy, charging it is unrealistic before 2050.
But power-generating companies in the country’s highest greenhouse gas-emitting province are more optimistic and say they are looking to eliminate or offset direct emissions well ahead of Alberta’s target, even if they are not committing to Trudeau’s either.+
Aug. 3, 2023 – Winnipeg Free Press – ‘Trojan horse’ for Hydro rate hikes: critic.NEW seasonal, time-of-use rates and programs to curb electricity demand during the depths of winter could be on deck for Manitoba Hydro customers, as the utility forecasts its current capacity may be reached within a decade.
Aug. 1, 2023 – CBC – N.S., Quebec, Ontario, B.C. and Alberta have less than 1 charger for each 100 EVs on the road. Canada’s most populous provinces are falling behind many U.S. states when it comes to building fast charging stations for electric vehicles, a CBC News analysis shows, raising questions about whether this country’s infrastructure is ready for a transition to cleaner energy.+
Aug. 1 – CBC – Large fires burning in Western Canada might last longer into fall, and even smolder through winter. The wildfire records in Western Canada just keep falling. First, this spring was the most destructive in Alberta’s history in terms of area burned. Now, it’s the province’s most destructive year on record, with more than 1.7 million hectares blackened and charred by nearly 900 fires.
July 28, 2023 – CBC – Future hydro-electric dams likely too costly, despite growing demand for electricity.+
July 25, 2023 – Politico – July’s record temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere driven by climate change, new study finds.
July 11, 2023 – New Yorker – The latest record temperatures are driving, again precisely as scientists have predicted, a cascading series of disasters around the world.+
July 27, 2023 – CBC – Canadians face some ‘big challenges’ when it comes to not only cutting back fossil fuel emissions that are driving rising temperatures but also learning to cope with the conditions we already have, says Dave Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada. His comments come as a new analysis by Germany’s Leipzig University shows July is on track to be the hottest month ever recorded.+
July 27, 2023 – CBC – England and France could suddenly get a new, colder climate, as the ocean current that gives them their normally mild winters is close to collapse, a new study suggests.
The current known as the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), crucial for warming Western Europe, could disappear as soon as 2025, according to research published this week in Nature Communications. And that would literally cast a sudden chill over the region.+
July 22, 2023 – BBC – A series of climate records on temperature, ocean heat, and Antarctic sea ice have alarmed some scientists who say their speed and timing is unprecedented.+
July 23, 2023 – Canadian Press – New research suggests the heat wave preceding the fire that levelled Lytton, B.C., was made 150 times more likely by climate change.+
July 17, 2023 – ProRepublica – By late this century, according to a study published last month in the journal Nature Sustainability, 3 to 6 billion people, or between a third and a half of humanity, could be trapped outside of that zone, facing extreme heat, food scarcity and higher death rates, unless emissions are sharply curtailed or mass migration is accommodated.+
July 14, 2023 – National Observer – Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault is facing virtually unprecedented opposition from almost every corner of the country as he works to implement a suite of clean energy policies.+
July 12, 2023 – Winnipeg Sun – “Consider Climate, Manitoba,” a campaign that asks politicians to integrate climate into all policy, budget and legal decision-making launched Wednesday.+
July 6, 2023 – Associated Press – As a warming Earth simmered into worrisome new territory this week, scientists said the unofficial records being set for average planetary temperature were a clear sign of how pollutants released by humans are warming their environment. But the heat is also just one way the planet is telling us something is gravely wrong, they said.+
June 26, 2023 – City of Selkirk – Reducing our carbon footprint requires us to put one foot in front of the other, often taking baby steps, as we walk towards a healthier planet. But every once in a while, you get to take a pretty big leap, and the City of Selkirk has done just that with two of its buildings now operating fossil fuel free.+
June 22, 2023 – Farms.com – Funding Supports Design Study for Sustainable Aviation Fuel Manufacturing Facility in Manitoba.
June 19, 2023 – Winnipeg Free Press – WHY is the Manitoba government choosing the lowest tier for energy efficiency as part of its new building code for housing and small buildings? This is a moment for the government to show they are responding to both the climate and affordability crises, yet this actually moves the province backward.
June 16, 2023 – CBC – Worldwide temperatures briefly exceeded a key warming threshold earlier this month, a hint of heat and its harms to come, scientists worry.+
June 15, 2023 – (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday that countries must start phasing out oil, coal, and gas – not just emissions – and demanded fossil fuel companies “cease and desist” measures that aim to “knee-cap” climate progress.
“The problem is not simply fossil fuel emissions. It’s fossil fuels – period,” Guterres told reporters. “The solution is clear: The world must phase out fossil fuels in a just and equitable way – moving to leave oil, coal and gas in the ground.”
June 14, 2023 – The Narwhal – The Donnie Creek wildfire, the second-largest ever recorded in the province’s history, is burning in one of the world’s biggest gas deposits, suspending fracking operations and raising questions about potential dangers to human health.+
June 12, 2023 – Reuters – The number of fossil fuel companies setting net-zero emissions targets has risen sharply over the past year, but most fail to address key concerns, making them “largely meaningless”, a report showed on Monday.+
June 12, 2023 – Columbia Climate School – COVID-19, invasive species, and the spread of persistent chemicals and plastics provide one form of evidence that we live on a planet with an interconnected biosphere. Dangers from one part of the planet find their way to other parts of the planet. Our oceans and atmosphere, along with ships and jet planes, transport pollutants around the globe. Last week for a few terrifying days, we saw additional evidence of our interconnected biosphere. Fires burning about 400 miles from New York City turned the air orange and drove New Yorkers from their streets. People in other parts of America and other parts of the world are familiar with this phenomenon—New Yorkers were not. Now we are.+
June 12, 2023 – Winnipeg Free Press – HAVE you ever wondered what used to be on all those giant parking lots in downtown Winnipeg?
The answer is most often, homes. For the first half of the last century, downtown was a beautiful residential neighborhood, with narrow streets lined with elm trees and grassy boulevards. Elegant houses, red-brick apartment blocks, and terraced row housing created a dense and vibrant urban community that supported busy local shops and restaurants on every corner.+
June 2, 2023 – Learning For Sustainable Futures – How should the Canadian education system respond to the climate crisis? Read the latest report by Learning for Sustainable Futures.
May 25, 2023 – CNBC – Global investment in energy is slated to hit roughly $2.8 trillion in 2023, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency, with over $1.7 trillion of that set to go on clean energy technologies such as EVs, renewables and storage.+
May 25, 2023 – Province of Manitoba – Canada and Manitoba are working together to reduce pollution and help Canadians access clean solutions that save money and energy, create jobs, and build strong resilient communities. Today they announced $38.2 million in funding from the Low Carbon Economy Fund to support the Efficient Trucking Program (ETP) and Manitoba’s Merit-based program.
May 15, 2023 – Winnipeg Free Press – City Council will vote on May 30 to approve council’s Strategic Priorities Action Plan 2023-2026. This plan presents 41 strategic priorities to guide council policy and finances over the next four years. A serious commitment to a comprehensive zero-carbon strategy for Winnipeg is not a guiding priority. Why?+
May 13, 2023 – Financial Times – Unusual drought conditions in Alberta temporarily shut oil and gas production. According to the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, the fires in Alberta have emitted 5 megatons of carbon this year.+
May 4, 2023 – CTV News – After an inconsistent April flip-flopping between hot and cold, some parts of Canada are now experiencing temperatures much higher than the normal average for this time of year.+
April 12, 2023 – CBC – In the 1970s, three-quarters of Swedish homes were heated with oil boilers. Today, electric-powered heat pumps have all but replaced oil in single-family homes (most multi-family homes rely on district heating).
So how did that happen? And are there lessons for Canada’s transition away from fossil heating?+
March 29, 2023 – CBC – This week’s federal budget revealed the Liberal Party’s plans to provide clean energy from coast to coast. But making that a reality will be a massive undertaking, logistically and politically.+
March 28, 2023 – Global News – Serious money is heading for Canadian industries looking to reduce emissions after the federal government unveiled its answer to the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act.+
Mar. 28, 2023 – CBC – Nothing specific in budget to address climate change, says Sask. Minister of Finance. The words “climate change” show up once in Saskatchewan’s latest budget document, but only in the context of how to the budget pressure will be driven by — among other things — federal climate change policy.+
March 24, 2023 – Global News – Humanity is on thin ice according to a new report from the UN, which says we’re running out of time to save the planet. Marney Blunt reports on the impacts of climate change in Canada’s North.+
March 27, 2023 – The Narwhal – The warming of North America’s largest peatland is sending mercury into soil and water. But it’s not clear how much there is, exactly how it becomes toxic and how much to worry+
For the sake of our children, the global carbon budget is the most important one to balance Social Sharing
March 27 – CBC First, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its Sixth Assessment Synthesis report on March 20. I read it with a sense of déjà vu. The IPCC has been issuing warnings continuously since its First Assessment Report in 1990. This means we’ve known about the problem since I was 10 years old and failed to act for 33 years.
But this time was different. It was the first time I read one of these reports as a father. I was forced to confront what climate inaction will mean for my children and those who come after them.+
Feb. 20, 2023 – Global News – An uptick in drought and other extreme weather events has beef farmers in the U.S. and Canada thinning their herds in near-record numbers, which could lead to supply problems in the beef industry over the longer term, industry experts say. Farmers will increasingly struggle with profitability amid the unpredictable seasons as climate change makes drought, flooding and wildfires more common, they say.+
Feb. 15, 2023 – The Manitoba government is slated to hit its latest greenhouse gas emission reduction target but there’s more than meets the eye.+
Feb. 3 – Global News – Common symptoms like sneezing, runny nose and itchy, watery eyes are lasting longer and are more severe, and experts say climate change is to blame.+
While grocery bills rise, food is still being wasted in Winnipeg — and a new report says nearly half of that greenhouse gas-producing waste is avoidable. Food waste from single-family households made up about 44 per cent of Winnipeg’s waste stream.+
‘We’re still on the bunny slopes’: As 2023 kicks off, is Canada’s climate change plan aggressive enough?
Jan. 14, 2023 – CTV News – Last year, we received a dire warning from climate scientists that the world needs to make more decisive changes in order to avoid catastrophic climate change impacts – but as 2023 gets off the ground, is Canada doing everything it can to secure our future?+
Jan. 5, 2023 – After enduring relentless set-backs because of parts shortages, NFI (formerly New Flyer Industries) was able to start of the new year with the announced finalization of the sale of 16 zero emission buses to the Winnipeg Transit Authority.+