Topic: climate change

Canada rebuts UN Security Council critics as Champagne heads to NYC for final push

Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne is bound for New York City to join the final push for Canada's campaign for a seat on the United Nations Security Council.

Canada can hit climate targets without ruining economy, economists and climate experts say

A new study suggests that CO2 emissions could drop by seven per cent in 2020 due to global COVID-19 shutdowns. But going forward, cutting emissions won't require stalling the economy, say economists and climate experts.

Global CO2 emissions could drop by as much as 7% in 2020 due to pandemic, researchers suggest

Global carbon dioxide emissions could fall by as much as seven per cent this year, depending on continuing restrictions and social distancing measures during the coronavirus pandemic, research published in the journal Nature Climate Change says.

Global lockdowns might reduce CO2 emissions but won't halt climate crisis, scientists say

The worldwide shutdowns are having a deep economic impact, but it might appear as though there could be a silver lining: reduced CO2 emissions. Scientists say that it's not that simple.

How to stop flooding from damaging your home

With flooding identified as the major risk that Charlottetown faces with climate change, the city is putting together resources to help residents protect their homes.

Insurers warn federal government Canada can't wait a decade to update flood maps

Canada plans to focus its next budget on tackling climate change and its effects, but the insurance industry, amid skyrocketing costs, is concerned the government will move too slowly on the key first step of mapping flood risks.

Insurers warn federal government Canada can't wait a decade to update flood maps

Canada plans to focus its next budget on tackling climate change and its effects, but the insurance industry, amid skyrocketing costs, is concerned the government will move too slowly on the key first step of mapping flood risks.

How to account for a 10-megatonne discrepancy between federal and provincial oilsands reports

We've been hearing different numbers on the size of Alberta's oilsands emissions. Here's what's behind the discrepancy.

Just how big are Alberta's oilsands emissions? That depends which government you ask

As a deadline looms for approval of the proposed Teck Frontier oilsands mine in northern Alberta, the federal and provincial governments are offering different estimates of how close the massive project would bring Alberta's oilsands to a previously promised cap on emissions.

Greta Thunberg brushes off mockery from U.S. finance chief

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where tensions have been high between environmental advocates and U.S. officials lobbying for economic growth.

No one will be untouched by a warming planet, scientists say

On Wednesday, U.S. government agencies released their annual report on global temperatures and climate conditions, finding that 2019 was the second warmest year on record. Experts say rising heat is about more than the numbers, it's about the costs to lives and livelihoods.

Plant-growers unnerved by erratic winter weather near Victoria, B.C.

Farmers and plant-growers in Greater Victoria say plants are blooming early this year, and worry that bouts of cold weather could kill them off.

'It's unprecedented': What is behind Australia's devastating fires?

Australia continues to burn after more than a month of raging bushfires, and it doesn’t appear the smoke-filled skies will be clearing any time soon. But what's making the fires so calamitous?

Vancouver planned to be the greenest city in the world by 2020. It probably isn't.

In 2011, Vancouver implemented the Greenest City Action Plan to become the greenest city in the world by 2020.

A look at some key questions about the Ford government's climate change plan

As millions of citizens concerned about climate change poured into the streets of cities and towns during strikes and marches, Ontario's PCs fought the carbon tax, set a less ambitious emissions target and stalled on the push toward it.

For Alaska, 2019 set to be warmest year on record

Alaska is set to finish 2019 with a record average high temperature after a year of extremes ranging from a sweltering summer and rampant wildfires to vanishing sea ice and winter rains where heavy snows were once the norm.

150 km from anywhere, N.W.T. homesteader has front seat to climate change

John Koadloak lives off the grid near Contwoyto Lake, on the Nunavut/N.W.T. border.

A gift for 2020: Earth for our great-grandchildren

The biggest gift, in the end, will be the one we leave to the great-great-grandchildren we might never see: a healthy planet.

Arctic ecosystems and cultures threatened as region continues to warm

Rising temperatures and shrinking snow and ice cover in the Arctic are endangering habitats, fisheries and local cultures, according to a report issued Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Saskatoon research scientist explains why she signed the climate declaration

She's one of 11 thousand. Earlier this month Irene Creed joined other scientists from around the world who declared a climate emergency. The declaration outlines six areas where urgent change is needed. She spoke with Saskatoon Morning's Jennifer Quesnel.

Young Ontarians sue Ford government over climate strategy

A group of young Ontarians has launched a lawsuit over what they call climate change inaction. They claim the Ford government's climate strategy is jeopardizing their future by softening emissions reduction targets.

Earth set to warm 3.2 C by 2100 unless efforts to cut emissions are tripled, new UN report finds

Without drastic action, our planet is headed toward warming of 3.2 C in less than 100 years, according to a new report. The United Nations Environment Programme's annual Emissions Gap Report calls for urgent action to limit global warming to 1.5 C or 2 C by 2100.

Net-zero emissions plan a pipe dream without funding help, chair says

The chair of Ottawa's environment committee says it will be impossible for the city to fund a plan to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to zero over the next three decades without some help.

Experts optimistic amid predictions in new report that Canada will miss emission targets

Some experts are optimistic despite a new international report that found Canada won't meet its 2030 and 2050 targets.

Organizers of climate-emergency declaration verifying names after 'Micky Mouse' turns up as signatory

One name on a petition signed by 11,000 scientists declaring a climate emergency is raising questions about how carefully the list was vetted: Micky Mouse from the Micky Mouse Institute for the Blind in Namibia.

Climate crisis a threat to pollinators like bumblebees, signatory says

Sheila Colla, a conservation biologist who is one of 11,000 scientists who signed a climate emergency declaration, explains how the ongoing crisis impacts pollinators like bees.

11,000 scientists sign declaration of climate emergency

Climate emergencies have been declared by countries like Canada, Portugal, Ireland and France, and in cities such as Paris, New York, Toronto and Vancouver. Now a collection of 11,000 scientists from 153 countries is doing the same.

B.C. climate plan changes hold government accountable, minister says

British Columbia's environment minister says the province is trying to be more transparent in reporting its progress in fighting climate change through legislative changes introduced Wednesday.

The Greta Factor: Why the Swedish teen draws massive crowds across Canada

She's not a typical teenage idol. But for young people around the world, the Swedish activist is a climate rock star, drawing thousands of supporters at every stop. 

Is population control the answer to fixing climate change?

The argument some people present is that if there were fewer people on Earth, greenhouse gases would be reduced and climate change could be averted. But experts say population control isn't the panacea some might think.

Alaska Supreme Court hears youth climate change lawsuit

Sixteen Alaska youths sued the state in 2017 claiming human-caused greenhouse gas emission leading to climate change are creating long-term, dangerous health effects. They lost in Superior Court, but appealed to Alaska's highest court.

What is Extinction Rebellion and what are its demands?

On Monday, the activist group Extinction Rebellion blocked bridges across Canada in Halifax, Toronto, Kitchener, Ont., Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria. While the climate action group may have been relatively unknown until now, they’ve been rapidly expanding. 

Andrew Scheer met 5 undecided Canadian voters. Here's what happened

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer sat down today with five undecided voters from across the country to answer questions about how he would tackle the issues that matter most to them.

The climate change issue keeps dogging Andrew Scheer on the campaign trail

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has been confronted by climate change activists at every turn during this federal campaign, but he hasn't shown a lot of interest in engaging with them on an issue that has moved to the forefront of this election.

Missing the forest for the trees: In climate change fight, simplest solutions might be the most obvious

While news about climate change often inspires pessimism, a new study offers some hope, says University of Manitoba professor Nazim Cicek. It suggests there is global capacity to plant at least 1.25 trillion more trees worldwide, which could take 205 gigatonnes of carbon out of the atmosphere.

Climate change, the environment and the 2019 election | Business Panel

Our weekend business panel takes a closer look at some of the environmental proposals that have come up along the campaign trail heading into the federal election on Oct. 21.

Climate lessons from the classroom spill into the streets

On Friday, tens of thousands of people — led by youth — marched across Canada in the Global Climate Strike. Many of the children in the streets do not know the details of the science, but they are convinced that they're heading into a different world than the one that exists today.

Protester tackled by RCMP, Trudeau consoles son during climate march

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau faced some protesters when he marched with his son Xavier in the Montreal Global Climate Strike rally Friday - including one who got too close to Trudeau for his security detail's liking and was taken down.

Protester tackled by RCMP during climate march

RCMP security detail officers tackled a protester who approached Justin Trudeau as the Liberal leader and his family marched in the Montreal climate rally.

Trudeau breaks climate promises, Singh says

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says Canadians don't trust Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau because he broke climate change promises after buying the TMX pipeline. "He bought the pipeline and then approved its expansion the day after he declared a climate emergency," Jagmeet Singh said in Ladysmith, B.C.

Trudeau, climate activist Thunberg meet

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau met with Swedish teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg this morning ahead of a mass rally in Montreal calling for urgent action to fight climate change. He met with her in his capacity as prime minister and the pair spoke in private for about 15 minutes.

Call for action on climate change - people come together to rally in northeastern Ontario

Striking for the climate... Thousands of people around the world will rally today calling for action on the environment. That includes several protests here in northeastern Ontario. We spoke with some of the organizers to find out what difference they're hoping to make.

What an ice-free Arctic really means, and why it matters so much

At Earth's poles, ice and snow is disappearing — and it's transforming our planet. 

Canada will surpass climate targets, Trudeau insists

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says Canada reached the three-quarter mark of the 2030 emissions targets in the four years his government was in power. While answering reporters' questions in B.C. on Tuesday, Trudeau insisted that within 11 years, the country will meet and surpass the 2030 targets.

MEC to close its doors across the country as climate strikes hit Canada

MEC stores across Canada will be closed Sept. 27 until 5 p.m. to allow staff to join demonstrations in their communities.

'Doing the devil's work': 2 oilsands CEOs on the challenges of speaking up for a 'vilified' industry

Alberta’s oil executives want to be heard in this election campaign without being partisan, and they know it’s a fine line to walk.

OPINION | NDP climate plan tries (and fails) to carve out middle ground

As part of his ongoing series evaluating all the major federal parties' climate plans, economist Andrew Leach says the policies identified in the NDP plan might be popular, but they simply won’t generate the levels of emissions reductions promised.

While all eyes are on Brazil, Bolivia battles its own vast Amazon fires

Global attention has been focused on fires burning across the Brazilian Amazon, but neighbouring Bolivia is battling its own vast blazes, which have charred an area nearly as extensive as the nation of Lebanon.

No, this island of pumice will not help save the Great Barrier Reef

It's a stunning picture: a raft of pumice the size of a city floating along the Pacific Ocean. But it's not the solution for the dead and dying coral of the world's reefs, as some have suggested.

Canadian Space Agency set to launch stratospheric balloons in Timmins

Scientists from the Canadian Space Agency and their France counterparts, have returned to Timmins for stratospheric balloon launches for research.

U.S. scientists confirm July was hottest month ever recorded

July was the hottest month measured on Earth since records began in 1880, the latest in a long line of peaks that scientists say backs up predictions for human-caused climate change.

In a warming world, how do people stay cool without further contributing to climate change?

With hot regions predicted to get hotter with a changing climate, there's more need to provide some cool relief. But how do you do that without going in a vicious circle and further pumping CO2 emissions into the air? It's all about efficiencies, experts say.

OPINION | Conservative climate plan is cloaked in mystery, choked with irony

Andrew Scheer's plan offers more questions than answers, questions to which provincial leaders and Canada's business community would be demanding answers, if they thought he was serious about implementing it.

Sunflower festival wilts after dry July

Saunders Farm has decided to cancel its first attempt at a sunflower festival because the crops have failed during an unusually dry summer.

Living on borrowed time: We need to make choices now to slow resource consumption

Every year, the non-profit Global Footprint Network calculates the day when people begin to use more resources than the Earth can produce in a year. Earth Overshoot Day came earlier than ever before this year — yet another sign that we need to act to save the environment now, says Susan Huebert.

OPINION | Greens' climate plan adds up to Mission: Improbable

Andrew Leach says the Green Party's new climate plan would radically transform Canada's economy in a frighteningly short period of time.

Recent warming over the past 100 years is not part of a natural process, studies find

Earth’s natural cycles can’t account for the recent warming seen over the past 100 years, new research suggests.

UBC's president snapped this selfie with the French president at an 'extraordinary' meeting

Santa Ono's selfie game has reached a new level: posing with French President Emmanual Macron at the Élysée Palace, the president's Paris residence.

Labrador is changing and some archeological sites are at risk of disappearing

Coastal erosion and thawing permafrost are putting millennia-old sites in danger.

40 C in June? Why Europe is roasting in another heat wave

Across much of Europe, temperatures have been soaring, reaching close to 40 C. And in some places, the sweltering heat is expected to stick around for a while yet.

'The next wave of innovation': Nuclear reactors of the future are small and modular

The federal government thinks small modular reactors (SMR) that generate nuclear power will play a critical role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and moving Canada toward a low-carbon future. Here’s what you need to know about them.

Excited about summer? In Gros Morne, they're still studying snow beds

Parks Canada researchers are studying the melt-out dates for snow in Gros Morne National Park to test the health of the ecosystem.

Could Canada be a safe haven for climate refugees?

Climate change is expected to raise sea levels by two metres by 2100, which could force millions from their homes. As the second-largest country in the world, Canada is in a far better position than many others when it comes to dealing with those effects. Does that mean these climate refugees could make Canada their home?

High-profile Quebec environmentalist to run for federal Liberals in key Montreal riding

Steven Guilbeault, best known as one of the founders of the Quebec environmental lobby group Équiterre, will run in the downtown Montreal riding of Laurier-Sainte-Marie, currently held by the New Democrats.

OC Transpo looks to add 2 electric buses to fleet

Just four months after saying electric buses wouldn't work in Ottawa, the general manager in charge of OC Transpo is urging council to skip a pilot project and add two of the vehicles to its fleet.

How climate change is thawing the 'glue that holds the northern landscape together'

As the Arctic warms three times as fast as anywhere else in the world, permafrost - which forms the foundation under much of the North's communities and roads - is thawing and causing major changes in the very landscape underfoot.

Arctic permafrost thawing 70 years early, study finds

A new study has found permafrost at outposts in the Canadian Arctic is thawing 70 years earlier than predicted.

'It's a problem for society': Climate change is making some homes uninsurable

Climate change has fundamentally changed the nature of the risk for homeowners and insurance companies alike, Peter Armstrong writes.

B.C. drought fears surge as rivers dry up across the province

Extreme hot dry weather has left streams and rivers across the province running low and that's creating drought conditions more commonly seen in late July.

Earlier, later and less predictable: How the forest fire season is changing — and why

Across much of Canada — and particularly in the west — firefighters and forest managers are forced to contend with woodland blazes for a longer portion of the year, as climate change has extended fire season and made it less predictable.

North Bay city council refuses to declare climate emergency, but promises action

A testy evening at North Bay city council centred around whether or not to use a single word: emergency.

Manitoba students walk out of class to call for climate action

Hundreds of Manitoba student climate activists walked out of class and stood in the rain on the steps of the Legislative Building to demand the government action to curb global warming.

High school marchers bring climate proposals to Gander town hall

Gander Collegiate students brought a list of proposals to Gander's mayor on Friday, as they participated in a series of worldwide climate change demonstrations.

Skipping school for climate change: Teen sisters organize protest

Two Tyne Valley teens are hoping to encourage P.E.I.'s new government to take more action on climate change.

Sea levels could rise by up to 2 metres by 2100, new study finds

Sea levels could rise by as much as two metres by 2100 in a worst-case scenario involving melting ice caps and high CO2 emissions, new research suggests.

2 massive landslides on Joffre Peak change the face of backcountry destination

Two significant landslides sent rocks and debris tumbling down the northeast side of Joffre Peak this week, leaving a stark slash on face of the mountain face visible from Highway 99.

Updated flood plain maps will send the housing market underwater: Neil Macdonald

Next year, the federal government will begin uploading nearly 2,000 user-friendly flood plain maps, updating them with the most recent geospatial data. The impact will be devastating.

Floods prompt city to think fast on climate change planning

Two major floods since 2017 and last fall's tornadoes have the City of Ottawa looking at how to make the city's infrastructure more resilient to climate change.

Permafrost is thawing in the Arctic so fast that scientists are losing their equipment

Permafrost in some areas of the Canadian Arctic is thawing so fast that it's gulping up the equipment left there to study it.

Milltown fire chief wants to change the way Coast of Bays deals with garbage

It's time to change the way trash is disposed of, Dion Roberts says, and he has some ideas about where to start.

Climate change and poor planning are fuelling more floods. Here's what we can do about it

Some regions across Canada are seeing an increase in floods due to heavier and more frequent rainfall. It's high time that governments at all levels figure out how to mitigate the costly impact, experts say.

Here's how wildfires can burn underground for months or even years

"You have fires that can get into that deep, deep dried organic material, and with just a little bit of oxygen they can hang on for years."

Justin Trudeau's carbon tax is revenue neutral... for now: Neil Macdonald

There isn’t really much history of revenue-neutral taxes in Canada, but what there is suggests all that new revenue will indeed prove hard for Ottawa to resist.

Oil and gas is important, all 3 provincial parties say, but they differ on approach

Liberal, PC and NDP politicians agreed that oil and gas is important for Newfoundland and Labrador, but differed on approach and plans for the future.

B.C. introduces law to require cars, trucks sold by 2040 be zero emission

All light-duty cars and trucks sold in British Columbia would have to be zero-emission by 2040 under legislation tabled Wednesday.

How B.C. brought in Canada's 1st carbon tax and avoided economic disaster

Eleven years ago, Jock Finlayson and his colleagues at the Business Council of B.C. were mildly alarmed by how quickly Gordon Campbell's provincial government implemented North America's first carbon tax.

What you need to know about the new climate change report

On Monday, a report commissioned by Environment and Climate Change Canada called Canada's Changing Climate Report said that, on average, Canada is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world. And here are a few answers to questions readers had.

When the dike breaks: How climate change threatens Maritime lowlands

Scientists say climate change is threatening hundreds of kilometres of dikes that line the coasts and tidal rivers of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

Climate change putting entire North Atlantic ecosystem at risk, says oceans conference organizer

It's hard to look at the future of the North Atlantic without acknowledging the dramatic impact climate change will have on the ecosystem, says Sean McGrath.

'Do not let our planet die,' students plead in climate change rally at Manitoba Legislature

About 100 students, carrying signs and tombstone-shaped placards, gathered on the steps of Manitoba's legislative building to call for action on climate change Friday — part of a global event taking place in more than 100 countries.

'Just asking for a safe future': Thousands of B.C. students protest political inaction on climate change

Thousands walked out of class Friday afternoon to join protests in front of the Art Gallery in downtown Vancouver and outside the provincial legislature in Victoria.

UBC studying past volcanic activity in B.C. for glimpse into climate change future

Scientists are trying to reconstruct what the environment and climate of southwest British Columbia looked like over the past two million years by studying volcanoes that erupted under glaciers.

Aboriginal rights an issue in carbon tax court battle between Ottawa and Sask., says First Nation

A First Nation in northern Alberta says Saskatchewan's opposition to Ottawa's carbon pricing law and failure to come up with an effective alternative violates its Aboriginal and treaty rights.

By 2080, the climate in these Canadian cities will look nothing like it does today

In a new study published in Nature Communications, researchers looked at 540 cities across Canada and the U.S. to try to show what projected temperatures in 2080 will actually feel like.

How climate change is behind this week's extreme cold snap

Frigid temperatures descending across much of Canada and parts of the U.S. Midwest may have left people wondering what ever happened to global warming. The fact is, it's climate change that's behind this extreme cold.

Emissions from fishing vessels have quadrupled since 1950, UBC study shows

Even as the volume of seafood caught around the world declines, greenhouse gas emissions from fisheries continue to rise, hitting levels much higher than previously thought, according to new research from the University of B.C.

Climate change was the driving force behind destructive 2017 B.C. wildfire season, study says

The record-breaking B.C. wildfires of 2017 may have burned as much as 11 times more land than they would have without the influence of human-caused climate change, according to new research.
Waves of Change

Still need a New Year's resolution? Try ditching the single-use plastics

Five Nova Scotia women are making small changes in their own lives to tackle the big problem of climate change — and they're encouraging others to get on board.

Here's what's on the radar for climate change in 2019

2019 will likely be another year for record-breaking extreme weather events around the world. But climate policy and new developments in green energy technology are offering some hope.

'Carbon dioxide is actually plant food'

Red Deer-Lacombe MP Blaine Calkins' tells grade 7 and 8 students that adding more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere can be a good thing.