National Newswatch

The IPCC Report and Our Code Red Summer

Aug 11 2021 — Elizabeth May — As a longtime environmental activist, then as leader of Canada’s Green Party, my interest in the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment reports over more than three decades has been more than academic. But this year, like so many British Columbians, western Canadians and other human beings worldwide whose interest in climate […]

To prevent more wildfires, we need urgent climate action now

Aug 11 2021 — — The forest fires raging across northern Ontario and much of the rest of the world are another stark and frightening reminder of the climate emergency that fossil fuels create. Climate change is rapid, widespread and intensifying. It is fuelling today’s wildfires, tornadoes, heat domes and floods, and the much worse ones expected in the future. […]

35-year hydro electricity supply set to flow into Nova Scotia

Aug 9 2021 — Paul Withers — First delivery of the so-called Nova Scotia block of electricity from the Muskrat Falls hydro project will arrive in Nova Scotia by Sunday, triggering a 35-year supply agreement that will help lower the province’s greenhouse gas emissions by increasing the use of renewable energy. The electricity will arrive over an ambitious overland and subsea transmission […]

UN report: Earth warming likely to pass limit set by leaders

Aug 9 2021 — — Earth’s climate is getting so hot that temperatures in about a decade will probably blow past a level of warming that world leaders have sought to prevent, according to a report released Monday that the United Nations calls a “code red for humanity.” “It’s just guaranteed that it’s going to get worse,” said report co-author […]

What if Highways Were Electric? Germany Is Testing the Idea.

Aug 4 2021 — — On a highway south of Frankfurt recently, Thomas Schmieder maneuvered his Scania tractor-trailer and its load of house paint into the far right lane. Then he flicked a switch you won’t find on most truck dashboards. Outside the cab a contraption started to unfold from the roof, looking like a clothes-drying rack with an upside-down […]

To avoid climate catastrophe, Canada must account for its hidden emissions

Jul 27 2021 — — The past month has been a wake-up call for many Canadians as large parts of the country sweltered under an intense “heat dome” that is believed to have contributed to at least 719 sudden deaths in British Columbia. Scientists have since concluded the heat wave would have been “virtually impossible” without climate change caused by […]

Ottawa, provinces and territories not on track to meet new climate targets: report

Jul 22 2021 — David Thurton — The federal, provincial and territorial governments have failed to plan emissions cuts sufficient to achieve Canada’s net-zero targets, says a new climate report. The report by the Pembina Institute, an energy and climate think-tank, concludes that Canada isn’t going to achieve its recently announced 2030 or 2050 net-zero goals. “Unfortunately, we are not on track […]