National Newswatch

2018 was the warmest year on record for oceans, new study warns

Jan 11 2019 — — Oceans are warming far more quickly than previously thought, making 2018 the warmest year yet, according to a new study published in the journal Science. A group of international researchers says the findings are dire because the ocean’s temperature is a clear indication of climate change.

Glaciers in Western Canada retreat because of climate change: experts

Dec 27 2018 — — Climate change is prompting glaciers in British Columbia, Yukon and Alberta to retreat faster than at any time in history, threatening to raise water levels and create deserts, scientists say. David Hik, an ecology professor at Simon Fraser University, said the region is one of the hotspots for warming and the magnitude of change in […]

Courts should not have to decide climate change policy

Dec 21 2018 — — Two years ago this month, Canada appeared to finally have a pan-Canadian climate plan. Although Canada came late to the game, almost 25 years after it signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and although the plan is imperfect, the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change represented a beginning capable […]

In the quest to build a better battery, a Canadian is energizing the field

Dec 17 2018 — He’s become a kind of rock star in a field where most people spend their careers working far from the limelight. Canadian Don Sadoway, a professor of materials chemistry at MIT, has captured the attention of the world with his quest to build a better battery. In the hallway outside his office, high-profile accolades abound. […]

Canadian Chamber of Commerce solidly backs carbon pricing

Dec 17 2018 — — The Canadian Chamber of Commerce says the business community in Canada is solidly backing carbon pricing as the way for it to “play its part in the fight against climate change” — and it wants governments to stop playing politics and waffling about it. The group, which bills itself as “the voice of Canadian business” […]

Nations at UN climate talks in Poland back universal emissions rules

Dec 15 2018 — After two weeks of bruising negotiations, officials from almost 200 countries agreed Saturday on universal, transparent rules that will govern efforts to cut emissions and curb global warming. Fierce disagreements on two other climate issues were kicked down the road for a year to help bridge a chasm of opinions on the best solutions. The […]

Justin Trudeau’s climate plans are stuck in Alberta’s tar sands

Dec 13 2018 — — Canada is woefully unprepared for a shift away from fossil fuels. Pedro pereira almao is performing industrial magic in his lab at the University of Calgary. Lines from a row of tanks feed two greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide and methane, into a chamber the size and shape of a wasp’s nest. Less than a minute […]

Climate change talks need to address fossil fuel supplies

Dec 12 2018 — — On the eve of this year’s COP climate meetings in Poland, UN Secretary General António Guterres declared that climate change is “a race we must win.” But not everyone is racing in the same direction. Most fossil fuel producers have been racing for growth, while some consumers continue to look for cheap gas and powerful […]

The federal government needs to insulate agriculture from its carbon pricing scheme, Senate report says

Dec 12 2018 — Alex Binkley — Consumers as well as producers will suffer, Senate report says.   Ottawa—Agriculture and forestry have worked hard to reduce their carbon footprint and shouldn’t be forced to pay a second time with the introduction of the federal carbon pricing plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, says a report by the Senate agriculture committee. While the […]