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.