National Newswatch

Flames of blame: how climate change could upset the race to lead the Conservative Party

Jan 24 2020 — Evan Dyer — Former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull’s tone was measured. But his words were as blistering as an Australian bushfire as he denounced his party’s refusal to face Australia’s grim climate prognosis. He told the BBC he “could not explain” why Prime Minister Scott Morrison — his successor as leader of the Liberal Party, Australia’s main […]

Leaning in by leading the way: Canada’s forest Sector embraces UN Sustainable Development Goals and WEF’s 2020 core focus on fighting climate change

Jan 21 2020 — — As political and business leaders descend on Davos-Klosters (Switzerland) for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, issues related to climate change are looming larger than normal over this year’s gathering. It’s not just the official theme of “Stakeholders for a cohesive and sustainable world” that has set the tone so succinctly. It’s the […]

Climate refugees cannot be sent back home, UN rules in landmark decision

Jan 20 2020 — — Refugees fleeing the effects of the climate crisis cannot be forced to return home by their adoptive countries, a United Nations panel has ruled, in a landmark decision that could open the door to a flood of legal claims by displaced people around the world. The UN’s Human Rights Committee was making a judgment on […]

The cost of climate change is more than numbers — it’s the human toll, experts say

Jan 16 2020 — — On Wednesday, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released their annual report on global temperatures and climate conditions — 2019 was the second warmest year on record, and the past decade was the warmest ever. These types of temperature milestones are the norm now; every month it seems another record is set, […]

Earth just had its hottest decade on record

Jan 15 2020 — — The decade that just ended was by far the hottest ever measured on Earth, capped off by the second warmest year on record, two U.S. agencies reported Wednesday. And scientists say they see no end to the way man-made climate change keeps shattering records. “If you think you’ve heard this story before — you haven’t […]

Canadian medical students call for better education on health and climate change

Jan 11 2020 — Brenna Owen, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — Canadian medical schools have not adequately addressed the urgent need for training related to planetary health and climate change, and members of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students say that must change. The growing health effects of climate change, such as the spread of Lyme disease and heat-related deaths, mean medical students must be […]

Steyer wants climate change refugees to enter US legally

Jan 10 2020 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer on Friday unveiled an immigration proposal seeking to make immigrants fleeing the effects of climate change eligible for legal entry into the United States. Like a lot of his White House rivals, Steyer is promising to use executive action to reinstate Obama administration protections for people brought to […]