National Newswatch

How concern about climate change could decide Australia’s election

May 17 2019 — — Canadian politicians should beware ‘pendulum’ of opinion on the issue, Aussie analysts say. Climate change has become a key election issue in a country that’s one of the largest exporters of coal and natural gas in the world. Nearly one-third of the Australian electorate — 29 per cent — rates climate change as the top […]

Bank of Canada identifies climate change as important economic weak spot

May 16 2019 — — The Bank of Canada is highlighting its expanding concerns about climate change and, for the first time, is listing it among the top weak spots for the economy and the financial system. The central bank’s financial system health report Thursday included climate change as an important vulnerability, elevating it to a category alongside its long-running […]

How climate change could make your food less safe to eat

May 15 2019 — — Climate change could be coming for your dinner plate. Changes to the world’s climate could mean more frequent outbreaks of food-borne illness, according to a recent report from the Public Health Agency of Canada, and Canadians need to be ready to deal with the risks.

Liberals push Tories to show climate-policy hand with climate-change motion

May 14 2019 — — Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is pushing Parliament to declare that Canada is in a “climate change emergency.” Her new motion, which is to be debated Thursday, asks MPs to recommit to meeting and later exceeding the greenhouse-gas-emissions targets made under the Paris climate-change accord. It comes the same week the NDP have a separate motion […]

Industry worried new Alberta government will cancel solar-power rebates

May 13 2019 — — Gerald Krabbe is taking his mid-century Calgary bungalow into the future with a soon-to-be-connected 5½-kilowatt photovoltaic solar panel system. The panels will supply enough electricity to keep everything running in his 1,400-square-foot home when the sun is shining — and any excess power will be returned to the grid. Krabbe says he’s motivated to reduce […]

World ‘not on track’ to meet Paris climate accord objectives

May 13 2019 — — UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Sunday that the political will to fight climate change seems to be fading at the same time as things are getting worse for those feeling the effects. Guterres made the comments after arriving in Auckland, where he spoke to reporters alongside Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Guterres plans to spend three […]

Green party win shows Canadians ‘preoccupied’ by climate change: Trudeau

May 7 2019 — — Monday’s byelection win for the Green party in B.C. is a sign that Canadians are “preoccupied” with the issue of climate change going into this fall’s federal election, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Green hopeful Paul Manly took a commanding 37.3 per cent of the vote in the Vancouver Island riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith, besting Conservative […]

B.C. Green win sends message to established parties that climate issue a winner

May 7 2019 — — British Columbia voters sent a message that Canadians are deeply concerned about the environment and climate issues will be at the forefront in October’s federal election campaign, jubilant Green party supporters said Monday night. Voters in Nanaimo elected Paul Manly of the Greens as their new member of Parliament, barely six months before October’s federal […]