National Newswatch

Climate Apocalypse Now: Venus, Anyone?

Aug 10 2020 — Elizabeth May — Being in self-isolation, working on zoom and trying to move mountains faster to address COVID, life these days sometimes feels surreal. The climate disaster news headlines keep coming. The alarm bells are ringing ever more loudly: We are in a climate emergency. The most recent sign of the climate apocalypse: the Milne Ice Shelf in […]

Climate Change Poses ‘Systemic Threat’ to the Economy, Big Investors Warn

Aug 7 2020 — — Climate change threatens to create turmoil in the financial markets, and the Federal Reserve and other regulators must act to avoid an economic disaster, according to a letter sent on Tuesday by a group of large investors. “The climate crisis poses a systemic threat to financial markets and the real economy, with significant disruptive consequences […]

Carbon tax and its impact on India

Aug 7 2020 — New Delhi: The effect of global warming and climate change are well emphasized in global narratives and India can neither remain unaffected nor be a mute spectator. Per capita carbon emissions between developed and developing countries like India is still unfavorably biased at 3.26:1 (world bank sample), however we are all are in this together […]

COVID-19 lockdowns helped clear our air. How can we keep it?

Jul 29 2020 — — In the early days of COVID-19, as Toronto’s streets emptied and toilet paper practically vanished from store shelves, many residents noticed something else unexpected: unusually lovely air. The sky looked bluer, the breeze somehow smelled fresher. With Toronto’s usual chorus of traffic suddenly gone, birdsong became the city’s new soundtrack. This wasn’t a figment of […]

Ford government must phase out natural gas power plants, 29 groups say

Jul 16 2020 — — The Ontario government must phase out its fleet of natural gas-fired power plants by 2030 to have a hope of meeting its climate goals, a coalition of 29 groups says. Led by the Ontario Clean Air Alliance, the list includes the David Suzuki Foundation, the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, the Canadian Association of Physicians […]

Trudeau urged to boost Canada’s post-COVID economy by investing in nature

Jul 15 2020 — — Federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says the government remains “fully committed” to preserving a quarter of natural land and ocean habitat by 2025, following a call from hundreds of groups to ensure conservation is at the heart of any post-pandemic recovery. In an open letter published July 13 to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, 229 environmental […]

How Facebook Handles Climate Disinformation

Jul 15 2020 — — As Covid-19 spread across the globe early this year, Facebook went into action to combat potentially dangerous disinformation on its site. The company labeled and suppressed misleading content, removed disinformation and directed users to reputable sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. This swift action stood in sharp contrast to Facebook’s stance […]

Arctic records its hottest temperature ever

Jun 21 2020 — — Alarming heat scorched Siberia on Saturday as the small town of Verkhoyansk (67.5°N latitude) reached 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, 32 degrees above the normal high temperature. If verified, this is likely the hottest temperature ever recorded in Siberia and also the hottest temperature ever recorded north of the Arctic Circle, which begins at 66.5°N.

Why Canada might need a climate law — and how it might work

Jun 16 2020 — Aaron Wherry — Beginning with Brian Mulroney in 1988, four different prime ministers have committed this country to nine different climate targets over the last 32 years. So far, five of those carbon emissions targets — for the years 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2012 — have been missed by wide margins. Stephen Harper set two different targets for […]