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Better wildfire management would help reduce black carbon pollution say Arctic experts

Better wildfire management and improved agricultural practices have been added to a list of black carbon and methane mitigation recommendations by a group of international experts. The Arctic Council Expert Group on Black Carbon and Methane, which includes experts from» 

Environment

Arctic experts tackle black carbon risk posed by wildfires

Forest fires, important sources of black carbon emissions, devastated Arctic regions around the world in 2018, and are an increasing concern for circumpolar nations, says the chair of the Arctic Council expert group on black carbon and methane. The fires» 

Economy, Environment, International

Winter 2018-19: Worldwide – colder and hotter than “normal”

Several long-term forecasts have been released for the coming season and what has been the “norm” of late seems to be more abnormal conditions. Across Canada and much of the U.S.  the west will be generally warmer than than normal,» 

Economy, Environment

Drought: deep concern for western Canada ranchers, farmers

Cattle, ranching, and the cowboy lifestyle are a large part of the traditions in Canada’s western prairie province of Alberta. The province is the world’s sixth largest exporter of beef. But a long and withering drought is causing great concern» 

Environment

Weather wonders featured on Canadian postage stamps

Canadians love to talk about the weather and their preoccupation is reflected in the post office decision to issue a set of stamps that follow up on the wildly popular weather-themed stamps issued in 2015. The Canadian government’s senior climatologist,» 

Economy

Maple syrup harvest is down due to poor weather

Maple syrup producers in the province of Quebec say they have had a poor season and will have to tap into reserves to keep prices down and avoid shortages. Quebec produces about 72 per cent of the world’s maple syrup,» 

Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Global warming: So how was your April?

Here we are in May, well into spring and heading for summer.  In much of North America though, spells of actual warm weather have only just begun to arrive, and hesitantly at that in many places.  Indeed this evening there’s» 

Arts and Entertainment, Economy, Environment

It’s Groundhog Day in Canada.

What’s that? Well, it’s when some special rodents, groundhogs (marmot), emerge (or are awakened) from their hibernating quarters and “predict” whether we can expect an early spring, or much more winter to come. This year, the first weather groundhog was» 

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» 

Economy, Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Putting a dollar value on wetlands

Scientists and environmentalists have long known that wetlands (marshes, bogs) mitigate climate extremes. They absorb water  when there’s excess rain, and retain and release water when there’s drought.  Wetlands are something like a weather “shock absorber”. Knowing that however hasn’t»