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Economy, Environment, Politics

 Climate change and Carbon tax: confusion reigns in Canada

A recent poll in Canada shows significant differences of opinion on the issue of climate change, carbon taxes, and other mitigation policies. The poll was conducted by Abacus Data for the Ecofiscal Commission, a group of economists who are strongly» 

Economy, Environment, International

Vast boreal forest in Alberta threatened by climate change

New research shows the boreal forest in Alberta will be dramatically changed in the decades to come due to human induced climate change. As the climate warms, droughts longer and more frequent and forest fires become more prevalent the study» 

Economy, Environment, International

Day Zero for Cape Town water, what about Canada, and elsewhere?

Cape Town in South Africa is edging ever nearer to becoming the world’s first major city to run out of water, literally. This is due to an ongoing multi-year drought. Other areas around the world are also threatened with potential» 

Environment, International

Soaring warm temperatures in Arctic

The most northerly weather station in the world is at Cape Morris Jesup off the north coast of Greenland. Normally at this time of year temperatures would be in the -24 to -30 range.    Instead they’re hovering around zero and» 

Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

New rules for ship fuel mean less pollution by 2020

For years Canadian organisations and others have been calling for Arctic shipping to stop the use of the heavy fuel oil (HFO), also known as bunker fuel, in commercial ships. This is the cheapest fuel available and emits a high» 

Economy, Environment, International

WWF report: International polar bear action plan, far behind schedule

It’s called the Circumpolar Action Plan for the Conservation of Polar bears (CAP).  It’s a ten-year plan begun two years ago which involves the five Arctic nations with bear populations; Canada, Russia, Denmark, Norway, and the U.S. An international action» 

Environment, International

Climate threats to polar bears: new study

New information from an American study shows polar bears may be under greater threat from climate change than previously thought. The study was just published in the journal Science under the title, “High-energy, high-fat lifestyle challenges an Arctic apex predator,» 

Environment

2017 was 2nd-warmest across the globe since 1880, NASA says

Last year, was the second warmest since scientists began keeping reliable record in 1880, according to a study by NASA. Earth’s globally averaged surface temperatures in 2017 were 0.90 C warmer than the 1951 to 1980 mean, according to scientists» 

Economy, Environment, International, Society

Global warming vs the Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics are to celebrate the thrill of winter sports, but it seems winter is being less and less cooperative. With the Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea, just weeks away, a new study shows increasingly fewer cities will be» 

Environment

Top weather disasters Canada 2017

As we start this new year in Canada, much of the southern part of the entire country has been gripped by Arctic temperatures in the -20’s to -30’s Celsius. When you add in the wind-chill factor, those temperatures seem much»