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Water supply for hydropower is at worryingly low levels in Canada and the United States, as climate change raises temperatures and alters precipitation patterns, threatening clean energy plans.

Canada’s Hydropower Wanes Amid Historic Hot, Dry Conditions

Water supply for hydropower is at worryingly low levels in Canada and the United States, as climate change raises temperatures and alters precipitation patterns, threatening clean energy plans.

To make south Louisiana’s oil and gas infrastructure more resilient to extreme weather, Entergy Louisiana wants to build a US$441-million floating natural gas power plant as the land around it continues to vanish from a combination of sinking and sea level rise.

‘Loop of Irony’ Has Louisiana Utility Planning Floating Gas Plant as Sea Levels Rise

To make south Louisiana’s oil and gas infrastructure more resilient to extreme weather, Entergy Louisiana wants to build a US$441-million floating natural gas power plant as the land around it continues to vanish from a combination of sinking and sea level rise.

Persistent drought and months of above-average temperatures have raised the risk of a repeat of last year's record-breaking wildfires, prompting federal ministers to wave a red warning flag about the desperate need to address climate change.

‘More Explosive’ Wildfire Season to Start Sooner, End Later, Ottawa Warns

Persistent drought and months of above-average temperatures have raised the risk of a repeat of last year’s record-breaking wildfires, prompting federal ministers to wave a red warning flag about the desperate need to address climate change.

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B.C. Farmers Get $80M Irrigation Boost Amid Severe Drought

As farmers in British Columbia face yet another season of drought and extreme heat, the province has stepped up with C$80 million to help with water management and irrigation.

Zeroing in on the connection between resilient healthcare and a reliable electricity supply, United States charity Direct Relief is providing US$10 million in solar+storage microgrid grants to Native American communities.

$10M in Microgrid Grants Deliver Resilience to Native American Communities

Zeroing in on the connection between resilient healthcare and a reliable electricity supply, United States charity Direct Relief is providing US$10 million in solar+storage microgrid grants to Native American communities.

When it comes to data-driven community action, “there are no numbers without stories, no stories without numbers,” participants heard during a recent Tamarack Institute webinar on building links between quantitative and local knowledge.

New Tools, Strategies Help Communities Leverage Climate Data

When it comes to data-driven community action, “there are no numbers without stories, no stories without numbers,” participants heard during a recent Tamarack Institute webinar on building links between quantitative and local knowledge.

Florida is spending big to adapt to sea level rise, but its politicians aren’t so keen to name the cause.

Florida Moves to Ban Offshore Wind, Scrap the Words ‘Climate Change’ from Existing Laws

Florida is spending big to adapt to sea level rise, but its politicians aren’t so keen to name the cause.

The United States has weighed in on a legal dispute between the Bad River Band in northwestern Wisconsin and gas distribution company Enbridge over the Line 5 pipeline, with an amicus brief calling on an appeals court to send the case back to a lower-level court for reconsideration.

U.S. Government Weighs In on Line 5 Pipeline Dispute

The United States has weighed in on a legal dispute between the Bad River Band in northwestern Wisconsin and gas distribution company Enbridge over the Line 5 pipeline, with an amicus brief calling on an appeals court to send the case back to a lower-level court for reconsideration.

A bloated container ship smashing a key piece of infrastructure is a perfect metaphor for how out-of-control consumption is blocking our best efforts to make ourselves more resilient to the escalating violence of climate change, writes Climate & Capital Media Publisher Peter McKillop.

Key Bridge Disaster a ‘Perfect Metaphor’ for Out-of-Control Consumption

A bloated container ship smashing a key piece of infrastructure is a perfect metaphor for how out-of-control consumption is blocking our best efforts to make ourselves more resilient to the escalating violence of climate change, writes Climate & Capital Media Publisher Peter McKillop.

Historic drought and elevated temperatures are causing large swathes of the Amazon rainforest to go up in flames and produce record emissions, despite progress made by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to reduce deforestation in Brazil.

Amazon Rainforest Withers and Burns Amid Hot, Dry Conditions

Historic drought and elevated temperatures are causing large swathes of the Amazon rainforest to go up in flames and produce record emissions, despite progress made by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to reduce deforestation in Brazil.

In the race against global heating, a team of scientists is trying a novel strategy: pumping seawater onto Arctic ice to inhibit melting. But others have warned of potential dangers and labelled the effort a distracting, ineffective approach.

Scientists Test ‘Insane’ Plan to Slow Ice Melt in Canadian Arctic

In the race against global heating, a team of scientists is trying a novel strategy: pumping seawater onto Arctic ice to inhibit melting. But others have warned of potential dangers and labelled the effort a distracting, ineffective approach.

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Utilities Risk ‘Catastrophe’ By Neglecting Fire Prevention, Say Experts

Experts warn that utilities in the United States are not investing enough in technologies that can reduce the odds of wildfires ignited by aging electricity infrastructure, even as climate change increases the risk of disasters in more places.

A C$15-billion injection into apartment construction loans, following the recent unveiling of a $6-billion housing infrastructure fund, indicates that the federal government is embracing densification to tackle Canada's housing crisis—while ruffling feathers in some provinces.

Pressure Builds for Provinces to Choose as Feds Embrace ‘Gentle Density’

A C$15-billion injection into apartment construction loans, following the recent unveiling of a $6-billion housing infrastructure fund, indicates that the federal government is embracing densification to tackle Canada’s housing crisis—while ruffling feathers in some provinces.

Persistent drought conditions could have a devastating impact on natural gas producers as they aim to ramp up production in anticipation of Canada's first liquefied natural gas export (LNG) terminal opening, a new report warns.

Persistent Drought Could Disrupt Fracking Operations in Western Canada

Persistent drought conditions could have a devastating impact on natural gas producers as they aim to ramp up production in anticipation of Canada’s first liquefied natural gas export (LNG) terminal opening, a new report warns.

Climate change is bringing new forms of havoc to real estate markets in the United States and the European Union, with U.S. real estate websites beginning to share climate risk information with buyers and sellers while new EU regulations create a mandate for badly-needed but costly energy retrofits.

Homes, Commercial Buildings Face Climate Risk in U.S., Europe

Climate change is bringing new forms of havoc to real estate markets in the United States and the European Union, with U.S. real estate websites beginning to share climate risk information with buyers and sellers while new EU regulations create a mandate for badly-needed but costly energy retrofits.

While electric vehicles are an obvious choice in many parts of Canada, they’re often a very bad fit in more rural, northern, and isolated parts of the country and for households and communities that can’t afford any car, much less a new one, according to participants in a series of community listening sessions hosted by the Transportation Shift initiative.

Rural, Northern Communities Detail Pitfalls in Transition to Electric Vehicles

While electric vehicles are an obvious choice in many parts of Canada, they’re often a very bad fit in more rural, northern, and isolated parts of the country and for households and communities that can’t afford any car, much less a new one, according to participants in a series of community listening sessions hosted by the Transportation Shift initiative.

The stage is set for a shouting match over the carbon tax at a time when we urgently need a grown-up conversation about Canada’s place in the emerging new energy economy, writes Corporate Knights Director of Research Ralph Torrie.

Carbon Tax Fight Needs ‘Grown-Up Conversation’ on Climate Emergency

The stage is set for a shouting match over the carbon tax at a time when we urgently need a grown-up conversation about Canada’s place in the emerging new energy economy, writes Corporate Knights Director of Research Ralph Torrie.

A state regulatory board in Ohio has greenlit the state’s biggest solar project and the United States’ biggest agrivoltaics operation, over the objections of local governments and some citizens.

Ohio Approves America’s Biggest Agrivoltaics Project Despite Local Pushback

A state regulatory board in Ohio has greenlit the state’s biggest solar project and the United States’ biggest agrivoltaics operation, over the objections of local governments and some citizens.

The push toward local reuse and repair received a high-profile boost earlier this month when The Last Repair Shop, a short film produced in 2023 by Breakwater Studios, won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Film.

Local Repair Shop Film Wins Oscar for Best Documentary Short

The push toward local reuse and repair received a high-profile boost earlier this month when The Last Repair Shop, a short film produced in 2023 by Breakwater Studios, won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Film.

Food prices and overall inflation will rise as temperatures climb with climate change, a new study by an environmental scientist and the European Central Bank found.

Climate Shocks, Higher Temperatures Drive Food Inflation, New Study Finds

Food prices and overall inflation will rise as temperatures climb with climate change, a new study by an environmental scientist and the European Central Bank found.

A pioneering mapping project by Global Forest Watch shows the main drivers of Canada's tree cover loss, from wildfires to industrial logging, between 2001 and 2022.

Map of the Month: The ‘Nuanced’ Rise and Fall of Canada’s Tree Cover

A pioneering mapping project by Global Forest Watch shows the main drivers of Canada’s tree cover loss, from wildfires to industrial logging, between 2001 and 2022.

The climate loss and damage fund so triumphantly announced at last year’s COP28 climate summit in Dubai isn’t likely to begin distributing real dollars until 2025, while countries on the front lines of the climate emergency face mounting drought, crop losses, and a continuing “cycle of vulnerability”.

Climate Loss and Damage Funding Lags as Front-Line Recovery Needs Soar

The climate loss and damage fund so triumphantly announced at last year’s COP28 climate summit in Dubai isn’t likely to begin distributing real dollars until 2025, while countries on the front lines of the climate emergency face mounting drought, crop losses, and a continuing “cycle of vulnerability”.

The Stand Environmental Society and two British Columbia residents have filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, accusing provincial gas and electric utility FortisBC of greenwashing by presenting natural gas and renewable natural gas (RNG) as an affordable, environmentally friendly option compared to alternatives like electric heat pumps.

Greenwashing Lawsuit Accuses B.C. Gas Utility of Misleading Consumers

The Stand Environmental Society and two British Columbia residents have filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, accusing provincial gas and electric utility FortisBC of greenwashing by presenting natural gas and renewable natural gas (RNG) as an affordable, environmentally friendly option compared to alternatives like electric heat pumps.

The federal government has struck a tentative deal with Ontario to drop an assessment of the province’s Highway 413 project, oversight long advocated for by environmental groups but criticized by the province as federal overreach.

Ottawa Tentatively Agrees to Scrap Highway 413 Review

The federal government has struck a tentative deal with Ontario to drop an assessment of the province’s Highway 413 project, oversight long advocated for by environmental groups but criticized by the province as federal overreach.

The Canadian government’s enabling relationship with the oil and gas industry is holding back action to end financing for fossil fuels, say advocates, raising concerns about meeting climate goals as fossil fuel companies continue to grow.

Canada’s Support for Oil Extends Beyond Financial Subsidies: Panel

The Canadian government’s enabling relationship with the oil and gas industry is holding back action to end financing for fossil fuels, say advocates, raising concerns about meeting climate goals as fossil fuel companies continue to grow.

China may already have peaked its coal burning, even as it builds more coal-fired power plants, but will still need a record drop in its carbon dioxide emissions to meet its 2025 climate targets, two separate analysts concluded last month.

China Coal-Burning May Have Peaked, But Emissions Reductions Are Far Off Course

China may already have peaked its coal burning, even as it builds more coal-fired power plants, but will still need a record drop in its carbon dioxide emissions to meet its 2025 climate targets, two separate analysts concluded last month.

Affordability and infrastructure barriers make electric vehicles a tough sell in Canada’s northern and rural communities, where many feel the EV push is deeply out of touch with socio-economic, environmental, and cultural realities on the ground.

EVs a Tough Sell in Communities Where One Size Does Not Fit All

Affordability and infrastructure barriers make electric vehicles a tough sell in Canada’s northern and rural communities, where many feel the EV push is deeply out of touch with socio-economic, environmental, and cultural realities on the ground.

As Parisians rebound from their brief romance with e-scooters—now banned— Torontonians with disabilities are urging the City to properly enforce its own ban on what they call a “silent menace.”

Paris Sharpens Focus on Cycling After e-Scooter Ban 

As Parisians rebound from their brief romance with e-scooters—now banned— Torontonians with disabilities are urging the City to properly enforce its own ban on what they call a “silent menace.”

Canada's air pollution levels last year were worse than those in the United States for the first time since an air quality firm in Switzerland started publishing its assessments in 2018.

Pollution a ‘Silent Killer’ as 2023 Wildfires Bring Down Air Quality

Canada’s air pollution levels last year were worse than those in the United States for the first time since an air quality firm in Switzerland started publishing its assessments in 2018.

United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently abated fears that essential farmland could become overrun with solar and wind farms, while leaders in Alberta continue to stoke them.

U.S. Delivers $2B Boost to Rural Renewables

United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently abated fears that essential farmland could become overrun with solar and wind farms, while leaders in Alberta continue to stoke them.

After months of unprecedented climate impacts, one of the five strongest El Niño events on record could start to weaken between March and May, says the World Meteorological Association (WMO).

El Niño Weakens, GHGs the ‘Main Culprit’ after Record Year Of Heat, Drought, Wildfires

After months of unprecedented climate impacts, one of the five strongest El Niño events on record could start to weaken between March and May, says the World Meteorological Association (WMO).

As extreme weather events increasingly threaten each point in the pharmaceutical supply chain—from production facilities to hospitals to home medicine cabinets—Canadian practitioners are amongst those urging changes for greater resilience.

Pharma Supply Chains Need Greater Resilience to Withstand Climate Crisis

As extreme weather events increasingly threaten each point in the pharmaceutical supply chain—from production facilities to hospitals to home medicine cabinets—Canadian practitioners are amongst those urging changes for greater resilience.

Europe is facing growing climate risks and is unprepared for them, the European Environment Agency said in its first-ever risk assessment for the bloc last week.

Fast-Warming Europe Unprepared for ‘Catastrophic’ Climate Risk, First-Ever Assessment Shows

Europe is facing growing climate risks and is unprepared for them, the European Environment Agency said in its first-ever risk assessment for the bloc last week.

The Desjardins Group's move to stop offering mortgages in certain Quebec flood zones may be the start of a wider trend in Canada, caution experts, while across the border, states are increasingly shouldering the cost of climate risk by providing “last resort” insurance to homes in hurricane- and wildfire-prone areas.

Desjardins Exit from Flood Zone Mortgages May Ripple Across Canada

The Desjardins Group’s move to stop offering mortgages in certain Quebec flood zones may be the start of a wider trend in Canada, caution experts, while across the border, states are increasingly shouldering the cost of climate risk by providing “last resort” insurance to homes in hurricane- and wildfire-prone areas.

Faced with an uptick in power failures and growing threats to its grid from the impacts of climate change, Hydro-Quebec is distributing backup batteries to some residential users.

Hydro-Québec Tests Battery Backup For Residential Customers

Faced with an uptick in power failures and growing threats to its grid from the impacts of climate change, Hydro-Quebec is distributing backup batteries to some residential users.

As big city mayors enter the final countdown toward this year’s federal budget, they’re expressing deep concerns about long-term infrastructure funding—and some communities are also talking about the investments they’ll need to meet their energy-saving and emissions reduction targets.

Mayors Press for Infrastructure Funds, Green Investment in Countdown to Federal Budget

As big city mayors enter the final countdown toward this year’s federal budget, they’re expressing deep concerns about long-term infrastructure funding—and some communities are also talking about the investments they’ll need to meet their energy-saving and emissions reduction targets.

In Inverness, Saanich, and Edmonton, officials are using hard cash and hard data to make roads less lethal and more beautiful for pedestrians and cyclists.

Cities Invest to Make Walking Less Lethal, More Beautiful

In Inverness, Saanich, and Edmonton, officials are using hard cash and hard data to make roads less lethal and more beautiful for pedestrians and cyclists.

Alleging “unconstitutional, negligent, and reckless actions,” the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is suing the Alberta’s Energy Regulator after it took nine months to inform the community about toxic tailings pond discharges into their territorial watershed at Kearl Lake.

First Nation Sues Alberta Regulator Over Tailings Leaks

Alleging “unconstitutional, negligent, and reckless actions,” the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is suing the Alberta’s Energy Regulator after it took nine months to inform the community about toxic tailings pond discharges into their territorial watershed at Kearl Lake.

The heart of British Columbia's wine industry is reeling after suffering a litany of climate-related hits, resulting in two years of crop losses in the southern Interior.

B.C. Wineries, Tourism Face ‘Rubik’s Cube’ of Change after Years of Climate Losses

The heart of British Columbia’s wine industry is reeling after suffering a litany of climate-related hits, resulting in two years of crop losses in the southern Interior.

Nearly two-thirds of Canadians support a windfall profit tax on oil and gas companies, three national environmental groups reported this week, citing a new Léger survey.

62% of Canadians Support Windfall Profits Tax on Fossil Fuels, Groups Say

Nearly two-thirds of Canadians support a windfall profit tax on oil and gas companies, three national environmental groups reported this week, citing a new Léger survey.

For the ninth straight month, Earth has obliterated global heat records—with February, the winter as a whole, and the world's oceans setting new high-temperature marks, according to the European Union climate agency Copernicus.

‘Alarming’ Global Warming Smashes Records for 9th Straight Month

For the ninth straight month, Earth has obliterated global heat records—with February, the winter as a whole, and the world’s oceans setting new high-temperature marks, according to the European Union climate agency Copernicus.

A Toronto-area builder of modular, prefabricated mass timber housing has received a major boost in its bid to introduce a “Lego-style” approach to affordable, energy-efficient construction.

Low-Emitting, ‘Lego-Style’ Homebuilder Nabs $1.25M Investment from TAF

A Toronto-area builder of modular, prefabricated mass timber housing has received a major boost in its bid to introduce a “Lego-style” approach to affordable, energy-efficient construction.

Federal, provincial, and municipal politicians across Canada must put aside their differences and work together on a national blueprint to build 5.8 million affordable, “net-zero-aligned” homes by 2030, concludes a 15-member task force co-chaired by former Conservative cabinet minister Lisa Raitt and former Edmonton mayor Don Iveson.

Building 5.8M Net-Zero Homes by 2030 Requires Politicians to Get Along, Task Force Concludes

Federal, provincial, and municipal politicians across Canada must put aside their differences and work together on a national blueprint to build 5.8 million affordable, “net-zero-aligned” homes by 2030, concludes a 15-member task force co-chaired by former Conservative cabinet minister Lisa Raitt and former Edmonton mayor Don Iveson.

New York City has announced plans to create 260,000 “green collar” jobs over the next 16 years.

‘New Kind of Industrial Revolution’ to Create 260,000 Jobs in NYC

New York City has announced plans to create 260,000 “green collar” jobs over the next 16 years.

The alarming expanse of the Smokehouse Creek Fire in Texas, visible from space, alongside the premature onset of Alberta’s fire season, marks 2024 as another devastating year of wildfires in North America.

Canadians ‘Profoundly Worried’ about Wildfires as Texas Panhandle Burns

The alarming expanse of the Smokehouse Creek Fire in Texas, visible from space, alongside the premature onset of Alberta’s fire season, marks 2024 as another devastating year of wildfires in North America.

Carbon dioxide emissions from global energy production increased 1.1% last year, to 37.4 billion tonnes, but would have been considerably worse if not for expanded use of solar, wind, and electric vehicles, the International Energy Agency concluded in its annual CO2 emissions inventory published last week.

Energy-Related CO2 Rises 1.1% in 2023 as Drought Pushes Countries Back to Coal

Carbon dioxide emissions from global energy production increased 1.1% last year, to 37.4 billion tonnes, but would have been considerably worse if not for expanded use of solar, wind, and electric vehicles, the International Energy Agency concluded in its annual CO2 emissions inventory published last week.

Canada’s plans for permanent transit funding could help double ridership on mass transit and reduce transport emission by 65 million tonnes by 2035—but only if the investment materializes, and comes with the right policies, finds a new report by Équiterre and Environmental Defence Canada.

Cities Need Targeted Funding to Double Transit Ridership, Cut Emission by 65 Mt

Canada’s plans for permanent transit funding could help double ridership on mass transit and reduce transport emission by 65 million tonnes by 2035—but only if the investment materializes, and comes with the right policies, finds a new report by Équiterre and Environmental Defence Canada.

As the United States government rolls out billions of dollars in subsidies to produce hydrogen fuel for use in vehicles, factories, and power plants, a growing body of evidence is undercutting its clean credentials.

Hydrogen’s Clean Credentials In Doubt as U.S. Subsidies Roll Out

As the United States government rolls out billions of dollars in subsidies to produce hydrogen fuel for use in vehicles, factories, and power plants, a growing body of evidence is undercutting its clean credentials.

As Victoria, British Columbia, commits to removing obstacles to green roof installations and Somerville, Massachusetts mandates their inclusion in new buildings, a Seoul case study underscores the positive social and environmental outcomes of such policy changes.

Green Roofs Deliver Critical Protection From ‘Severe Urban Heating’

As Victoria, British Columbia, commits to removing obstacles to green roof installations and Somerville, Massachusetts mandates their inclusion in new buildings, a Seoul case study underscores the positive social and environmental outcomes of such policy changes.

Diesel exhaust from school buses affects up to one-third of U.S. students, parents, and educators each day. It’s a known carcinogen, and low-income communities of colour are seeing the worst exposure. Now parents are pushing for electric buses.

Child Asthma Attacks Have U.S. Moms Pushing for Electric School Buses

Diesel exhaust from school buses affects up to one-third of U.S. students, parents, and educators each day. It’s a known carcinogen, and low-income communities of colour are seeing the worst exposure. Now parents are pushing for electric buses.

Winter cycling is on the rise in Whitehorse, Saskatoon, and Montreal, fueled by robust camaraderie, a shared determination to exchange best practices, and the delight of navigating winter landscapes on two wheels.

Smart Street Design Makes Winter Cycling an Easy Choice

Winter cycling is on the rise in Whitehorse, Saskatoon, and Montreal, fueled by robust camaraderie, a shared determination to exchange best practices, and the delight of navigating winter landscapes on two wheels.

As the latest climate science underscores the urgency for collective action, a herd of gigantic animal puppets will make a 20,000-kilometre journey from western Africa to Europe, highlighting the dire impact of climate change on the world's most vulnerable.

Artists, Scientists Raise Alarm as Climate Destruction Surges

As the latest climate science underscores the urgency for collective action, a herd of gigantic animal puppets will make a 20,000-kilometre journey from western Africa to Europe, highlighting the dire impact of climate change on the world’s most vulnerable.

Up to 94% of the energy Puerto Rico consumes—which is 70 times what it generates—is provided by imported fossil fuels, but the island has enough wind and solar potential to exceed its projected annual energy loads through 2050, a new report shows.

Puerto Rico’s 100% Renewables Expansion Can Spare Farmland, Study Finds

Up to 94% of the energy Puerto Rico consumes—which is 70 times what it generates—is provided by imported fossil fuels, but the island has enough wind and solar potential to exceed its projected annual energy loads through 2050, a new report shows.

Chicago is joining a flood of lawsuits against fossil fuel companies with a court filing that aims to hold BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Shell accountable for local climate impacts.

Chicago Sues Oil and Gas Giants for Local Climate Impacts

Chicago is joining a flood of lawsuits against fossil fuel companies with a court filing that aims to hold BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Shell accountable for local climate impacts.

Experts are tackling the battery safety—at a stress-testing lab in Ottawa, and on an interagency panel in New York State that is redefining fire codes to curb potential safety hazards.

Ottawa Lab ‘Abuses Batteries’ to Test Safety as NY Fire Codes Evolve

Experts are tackling the battery safety—at a stress-testing lab in Ottawa, and on an interagency panel in New York State that is redefining fire codes to curb potential safety hazards.

Canada’s federal and provincial governments are pushing ahead with investments in wood biomass amid a larger shift to clean energy, but scientists warn the environmental costs outweigh the benefits.

Canada’s Wood Biomass Expansion Raises Environmental Flags

Canada’s federal and provincial governments are pushing ahead with investments in wood biomass amid a larger shift to clean energy, but scientists warn the environmental costs outweigh the benefits.

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Countries Need $2T Per Year to Triple Global Renewables by 2030

It will cost US$2 trillion per year to triple global renewable energy capacity by 2030, as countries pledged to do at last year’s United Nations climate summit in Dubai, the Berlin-based Climate Analytics think tank concludes in a report issued Tuesday morning.

As a raging wildfire swept through various regions of Chile in February, a fireproofing pilot program helped safeguard one middle class neighbourhood perched atop a hill.

One Neighbourhood Emerges Unscathed from Ferocious Chilean Wildfires

As a raging wildfire swept through various regions of Chile in February, a fireproofing pilot program helped safeguard one middle class neighbourhood perched atop a hill.

A hidden-gem organization in Edmonton is helping small towns and municipalities in Alberta get the funding and technical assistance they need to implement money-saving, emissions-slashing climate action.

Support Centre Helps Alberta Towns Save Millions, Cut Emissions

A hidden-gem organization in Edmonton is helping small towns and municipalities in Alberta get the funding and technical assistance they need to implement money-saving, emissions-slashing climate action.

A small town in the north of England has turned to food as the “language” it can use to bring the community together, improve resilience, draw tourism, and build up the local economy.

UK ‘Propaganda Gardens’ Boost Local Edibles, Build Community

A small town in the north of England has turned to food as the “language” it can use to bring the community together, improve resilience, draw tourism, and build up the local economy.

A Canadian regulator’s pathway to net-zero is overly optimistic about slow-to-scale technologies, even as reliance on fossil fuels continues, finds a new report—but a course correction is possible through substantial policy upgrades that focus on reducing emissions and energy demand.

Canadian Regulator’s Net-Zero Plans Rife with ‘Optimistic Assumptions,’ Analysis Finds

A Canadian regulator’s pathway to net-zero is overly optimistic about slow-to-scale technologies, even as reliance on fossil fuels continues, finds a new report—but a course correction is possible through substantial policy upgrades that focus on reducing emissions and energy demand.

European leaders are responding to a wave of farmer protests sweeping across the continent by rolling back climate and environmental policies instead of blocking competition from cheaper markets.

EU Falters on Climate Action Amid Farmer Protests

European leaders are responding to a wave of farmer protests sweeping across the continent by rolling back climate and environmental policies instead of blocking competition from cheaper markets.

Électricité de France (EDF), the owner of the biggest construction project in the world—the giant nuclear power plant under construction at Hinkley Point in the southwest of Britain—recently announced further cost increases and delays to its completion, adding to doubts that the United Kingdom can fulfill its legal pledges to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Nuclear Delays, Cost Overruns Imperil UK’s Net-Zero Goals

Électricité de France (EDF), the owner of the biggest construction project in the world—the giant nuclear power plant under construction at Hinkley Point in the southwest of Britain—recently announced further cost increases and delays to its completion, adding to doubts that the United Kingdom can fulfill its legal pledges to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

By counting on big, land-based carbon dioxide removal projects rather than curbing emissions now, governments, companies, and even the world’s leading climate science body risk missing climate goals and intensifying biodiversity loss, warns a new report in the journal Science.

Overdependence on Carbon Removal Triggers Sustainability Risks, Say Researchers

By counting on big, land-based carbon dioxide removal projects rather than curbing emissions now, governments, companies, and even the world’s leading climate science body risk missing climate goals and intensifying biodiversity loss, warns a new report in the journal Science.

As many as 11,445 giant underground gas storage wells in the United States have only a single barrier to failure preventing the leak of massive amounts of methane into the atmosphere, a new report has found.

Thousands of U.S. Gas Storage Wells at Risk of Major Methane Leaks

As many as 11,445 giant underground gas storage wells in the United States have only a single barrier to failure preventing the leak of massive amounts of methane into the atmosphere, a new report has found.

Three citizens' groups are asking the Federal Court to review the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)'s regulatory approval of what one expert calls a “glorified landfill” to permanently store a million tonnes of radioactive and other toxic waste just one kilometre from the Ottawa River.

BREAKING: Citizens’ Groups Ask Court to Stop ‘Glorified Landfill’ for Radioactive Waste

Three citizens’ groups are asking the Federal Court to review the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)’s regulatory approval of what one expert calls a “glorified landfill” to permanently store a million tonnes of radioactive and other toxic waste just one kilometre from the Ottawa River.

What if a million new trees in a hot, southwestern U.S. city didn’t just keep sidewalks cool? What if they helped feed people, too?

In Sweltering, Shadeless Tucson, Urban Trees Deliver Heat Relief, Local Food

What if a million new trees in a hot, southwestern U.S. city didn’t just keep sidewalks cool? What if they helped feed people, too?

Paris residents have voted to triple parking fees for SUVs—nine months after the Montreal borough of Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie began tying parking pass prices to the mass of the parked vehicle.

Paris Triples Parking Fees for ‘Bulky, Polluting’ SUVs

Paris residents have voted to triple parking fees for SUVs—nine months after the Montreal borough of Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie began tying parking pass prices to the mass of the parked vehicle.

Residents of a Montreal borough whose lack of tree cover produces an increasingly dangerous heat island effect in summer, are taking matters into their own hands with an initiative to say ciao to concrete.

Montreal Borough Launches Competition To Boost Green Cover

Residents of a Montreal borough whose lack of tree cover produces an increasingly dangerous heat island effect in summer, are taking matters into their own hands with an initiative to say ciao to concrete.

Most road and rail infrastructure on the planet is “inevitably” exposed to extreme weather due to climate change, finds a new study, with its international team of analysts urging policy-makers to prepare in advance and minimize losses.

Global Roads, Rails Increasingly Exposed to Extreme Weather, Study Warns

Most road and rail infrastructure on the planet is “inevitably” exposed to extreme weather due to climate change, finds a new study, with its international team of analysts urging policy-makers to prepare in advance and minimize losses.

Volunteers in central Chile have been removing charred metal, broken glass, and other debris from neighbourhoods devastated by wildfires over the past several days, as officials raised the death toll to 122. Hundreds of people remain missing.

Death Toll Mounts as Wildfires Race Across Central Chile

Volunteers in central Chile have been removing charred metal, broken glass, and other debris from neighbourhoods devastated by wildfires over the past several days, as officials raised the death toll to 122. Hundreds of people remain missing.

A new study shows that produce from urban agriculture has six times the carbon footprint of conventional farms when emissions are linked to food alone—but the calculation changes when the social benefits of urban growing are factored into a more holistic assessment.

Urban Farming Shows Higher Carbon Footprint than Conventional Agriculture

A new study shows that produce from urban agriculture has six times the carbon footprint of conventional farms when emissions are linked to food alone—but the calculation changes when the social benefits of urban growing are factored into a more holistic assessment.

Two hydropower-rich provinces are being forced to import power from other jurisdictions due to severe drought in Western Canada.

Drought Forces B.C., Manitoba to Import Power

Two hydropower-rich provinces are being forced to import power from other jurisdictions due to severe drought in Western Canada.

As California’s utility regulator moves to complete its community solar program guidelines, hopes are high that a widely-supported tariff proposal will finally allow community solar and battery storage to help power the state.

Battery Storage Firms See Promise in California’s Community Solar Market

As California’s utility regulator moves to complete its community solar program guidelines, hopes are high that a widely-supported tariff proposal will finally allow community solar and battery storage to help power the state.

As a Democratic lawmaker from Georgia tries once more to garner support for a “transformative” four-year, US$80-billion transit bill, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)—and at least one very fed-up union leader—are urging everyone responsible to vote “yes.”

$80B House Bill Could Transform U.S. Transit Operations

As a Democratic lawmaker from Georgia tries once more to garner support for a “transformative” four-year, US$80-billion transit bill, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)—and at least one very fed-up union leader—are urging everyone responsible to vote “yes.”

An official review finds that communication failures were a primary cause of problems during the emergency response after six communities in the Northwest Territories faced historic flooding during the spring of 2021.

Review Flags Communication Gaps in NWT Emergency Flood Response

An official review finds that communication failures were a primary cause of problems during the emergency response after six communities in the Northwest Territories faced historic flooding during the spring of 2021.

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Alberta Water Agency Cuts Access for Fracking as Prairie Drought Continues

A water management agency in Alberta is cutting off access for oil and gas fracking operations as the province prepares for another summer of severe drought and a University of Saskatchewan water scientist raises serious concerns about groundwater levels.

Beyond the immediate horrors unfolding in Gaza as the world watches, the mounting tragedy raises sobering questions for the global fight to protect our warming planet, writes climate communicator and organizer Kate McMahon.

Crisis in Palestine a Wakeup Call for Climate Leadership: McMahon

Beyond the immediate horrors unfolding in Gaza as the world watches, the mounting tragedy raises sobering questions for the global fight to protect our warming planet, writes climate communicator and organizer Kate McMahon.

Two Canadian provinces unveiled major moves last week to increase their supplies of renewable electricity, largely to serve skyrocketing demand from industry, while a third took criticism for an upcoming renewables procurement that won’t shift its reliance on natural gas peaker plants and nuclear generation.

B.C., Quebec Unveil Major Clean Power Expansions While Ontario Lags

Two Canadian provinces unveiled major moves last week to increase their supplies of renewable electricity, largely to serve skyrocketing demand from industry, while a third took criticism for an upcoming renewables procurement that won’t shift its reliance on natural gas peaker plants and nuclear generation.

Alberta's oilsands are releasing potentially hazardous compounds into the atmosphere at rates dozens of times higher than official estimates, newly published research suggests.

Oilsands Release Up to 63x More Pollution than Industry Reports, New Study Finds

Alberta’s oilsands are releasing potentially hazardous compounds into the atmosphere at rates dozens of times higher than official estimates, newly published research suggests.

After a series of electricity grid alerts in Alberta during the deep freeze earlier this month made headlines across the country, experts say power systems all across North America are increasingly at risk of being overloaded during severe weather.

Every Canadian Grid is Vulnerable to Extreme Weather: Industry CEO

After a series of electricity grid alerts in Alberta during the deep freeze earlier this month made headlines across the country, experts say power systems all across North America are increasingly at risk of being overloaded during severe weather.

Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt AB is facing legal action and complaining about what it calls “sabotage” after the company began clearing trees for its C$7-billion manufacturing plant in Saint-Basile-le-Grand, east of Montreal.

Northvolt Faces Court Action, Sabotage at Quebec Battery Plant

Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt AB is facing legal action and complaining about what it calls “sabotage” after the company began clearing trees for its C$7-billion manufacturing plant in Saint-Basile-le-Grand, east of Montreal.

A Quebec man who posted conspiracy theories online that forest fires were being deliberately set by the government has pleaded guilty to starting a series of fires himself that forced hundreds of people from their homes.

Conspiracy Theorist Who Accused Gov’t of Setting Wildfires Pleads Guilty… to Setting Wildfires

A Quebec man who posted conspiracy theories online that forest fires were being deliberately set by the government has pleaded guilty to starting a series of fires himself that forced hundreds of people from their homes.

Introducing car-free streets near Ottawa’s schools could reduce congestion, increase active transportation for students and guardians, and support community building, finds a new report, but the idea will only succeed with proper funding and execution.

Car-Free ‘School Streets’ Could Boost Health, Safety for Ottawa Students

Introducing car-free streets near Ottawa’s schools could reduce congestion, increase active transportation for students and guardians, and support community building, finds a new report, but the idea will only succeed with proper funding and execution.

Researchers at Carleton University in Ottawa are working to prototype an innovative, solar-driven heat storage system that could one day free remote communities in Northern Canada from reliance on costly and toxic diesel.

Solar-Driven Heating System Could Replace Diesel in Northern Communities

Researchers at Carleton University in Ottawa are working to prototype an innovative, solar-driven heat storage system that could one day free remote communities in Northern Canada from reliance on costly and toxic diesel.

Communities on the front lines of climate risk should be planning well ahead for their day of displacement, warns a new report that points to land suitability analyses as a critical instrument in the relocation toolkit.

Get Ready to Relocate Communities Displaced by Climate, Report Urges Policy-Makers

Communities on the front lines of climate risk should be planning well ahead for their day of displacement, warns a new report that points to land suitability analyses as a critical instrument in the relocation toolkit.

A regulator’s pledge to plan for a “more ominous scenario” when faced with possible business risk—but not climate risk—has climate finance experts calling on Superintendent of Financial Institutions Peter Routledge to set higher expectations for Canada’s banks and pension plans.

Prepare for the Worst, Bank Regulator Says, But Not on Climate Risk

A regulator’s pledge to plan for a “more ominous scenario” when faced with possible business risk—but not climate risk—has climate finance experts calling on Superintendent of Financial Institutions Peter Routledge to set higher expectations for Canada’s banks and pension plans.

Internal documents from the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) suggest the province’s environmental liability for hundreds of thousands of oil and gas wells could be nearly triple the figure the agency announced earlier this week.

Alberta’s $33B Estimate for Oil Well Liability is 3x Too Low

Internal documents from the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) suggest the province’s environmental liability for hundreds of thousands of oil and gas wells could be nearly triple the figure the agency announced earlier this week.

Puerto Rico has begun using batteries connected to residents’ rooftop solar panels to provide backup power for its grid, helping prevent blackouts and offering an alternative to fossil fuel-burning peaker plants. It could be the first step toward building one of the largest virtual power plants of its kind.

Virtual Power Plant Builds Local Pride, Could Make Fossil-Fuelled Peakers Obsolete

Puerto Rico has begun using batteries connected to residents’ rooftop solar panels to provide backup power for its grid, helping prevent blackouts and offering an alternative to fossil fuel-burning peaker plants. It could be the first step toward building one of the largest virtual power plants of its kind.

s power grids in the United States continue to add gas-fired power plants, a new report warns that the fossil fuel’s overstated claims of reliability make consumers vulnerable to widespread blackouts.

Gas Plants Have Reliability Problem In Extreme Weather, Scientists Warn

s power grids in the United States continue to add gas-fired power plants, a new report warns that the fossil fuel’s overstated claims of reliability make consumers vulnerable to widespread blackouts.

New York City—home to one of the densest populations and the densest power plant concentrations in the United States—has made progress retiring fossil-fuelled peaker plants, but 75% of them could still be online beyond a 2025 emissions deadline, say advocates, with the city’s most vulnerable people suffering as a result.

New York City Too Slow to Shutter Dirty Gas Peaker Plants: Advocates

New York City—home to one of the densest populations and the densest power plant concentrations in the United States—has made progress retiring fossil-fuelled peaker plants, but 75% of them could still be online beyond a 2025 emissions deadline, say advocates, with the city’s most vulnerable people suffering as a result.

After a court sided with the Osage Nation to have an 84-turbine, 150-megawatt wind farm in Oklahoma removed for encroaching on its mineral rights, Italy-based Enel Energy is appealing the ruling, with dismantling costs looming at US$300 million.

U.S. Court Orders Wind Farm Dismantled to Protect Osage Mineral Rights

After a court sided with the Osage Nation to have an 84-turbine, 150-megawatt wind farm in Oklahoma removed for encroaching on its mineral rights, Italy-based Enel Energy is appealing the ruling, with dismantling costs looming at US$300 million.

With Canada coming out of a second year in a row when insured losses from severe weather and natural catastrophes exceeded C$3 billion, an insurance industry representative says 1.5 million households can no longer get affordable coverage for one of the most common weather and climate risks.

1.5M Households Can’t Get Affordable Flood Insurance as Severe Weather Losses Exceed $3B

With Canada coming out of a second year in a row when insured losses from severe weather and natural catastrophes exceeded C$3 billion, an insurance industry representative says 1.5 million households can no longer get affordable coverage for one of the most common weather and climate risks.

Climate change made December’s hyper-warm weather across Canada at least twice as likely, concludes a new rapid analysis released this morning.

Climate Change Made Canada’s Hyper-Warm December Twice as Likely

Climate change made December’s hyper-warm weather across Canada at least twice as likely, concludes a new rapid analysis released this morning.

Ongoing efforts to reconnect Montrealers with their waterfront have received a significant boost, with the federal government announcing C$282 million towards repurposing the Bonaventure Expressway as a tree-lined urban boulevard for pedestrians and cyclists.

Montreal Expressway to Be Transformed into Pedestrian Haven

Ongoing efforts to reconnect Montrealers with their waterfront have received a significant boost, with the federal government announcing C$282 million towards repurposing the Bonaventure Expressway as a tree-lined urban boulevard for pedestrians and cyclists.

San Antonio, Texas, is set to become one of the first cities in the United States to deploy the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)’s“direct pay” mechanism, using it to secure 13 megawatts of solar power that will offset about 11% of the electricity used for city operations.

‘Direct Pay’ Tax Mechanism Advances Major U.S. Solar Project

San Antonio, Texas, is set to become one of the first cities in the United States to deploy the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)’s“direct pay” mechanism, using it to secure 13 megawatts of solar power that will offset about 11% of the electricity used for city operations.

Winter has finally arrived for many Canadians, but dipping temperatures are no guarantee that conditions will be cold enough in the North to support the essential ice roads and bridges that serve remote communities there.

Some Northern Communities Left Isolated as Ice Roads Fail to Form

Winter has finally arrived for many Canadians, but dipping temperatures are no guarantee that conditions will be cold enough in the North to support the essential ice roads and bridges that serve remote communities there.

As mobile home owners fight rising housing costs, some of them have hit upon a solution that also helps in the fight against climate change: banding together and buying the land underneath their homes.

Mobile Home Co-ops Help Owners Battle Rising Housing Costs, Embrace Solar

As mobile home owners fight rising housing costs, some of them have hit upon a solution that also helps in the fight against climate change: banding together and buying the land underneath their homes.

Canadian cities and towns seeing their budgets increasingly battered by historic fires, flooding, heat, and ice storms are warning they can't absorb rising costs without federal and provincial support.

Scores of Canadian Cities Face Budget Squeeze from Storms, Fires, Heatwaves

Canadian cities and towns seeing their budgets increasingly battered by historic fires, flooding, heat, and ice storms are warning they can’t absorb rising costs without federal and provincial support.

Defying scientific warnings and calls for a moratorium, Norway has become the first country to allow exploratory deep sea mining, raising questions about whether industry stakeholders can protect marine ecosystems even as they seek profitability.

Norway Defies Scientific Warnings With Seabed Mining First

Defying scientific warnings and calls for a moratorium, Norway has become the first country to allow exploratory deep sea mining, raising questions about whether industry stakeholders can protect marine ecosystems even as they seek profitability.

Enbridge Gas is reopening its application for a 13-kilometre, C$123.7-million pipeline replacement project in Ottawa after the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) refused the project in May, 2022, even as the city moves ahead with plans to drastically reduce future demand for the natural gas the utility wants to sell.

Enbridge Gas Reopens Quest for Ottawa-Area Pipeline Replacement

Enbridge Gas is reopening its application for a 13-kilometre, C$123.7-million pipeline replacement project in Ottawa after the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) refused the project in May, 2022, even as the city moves ahead with plans to drastically reduce future demand for the natural gas the utility wants to sell.

As microgrids become more common across North America, advocates are calling for more emphasis on decentralized energy, while a recent reliability report warns of the larger grid’s susceptibility to widespread blackouts during winter weather.

Microgrids Help Ease Burden on Large, Vulnerable Grids, Advocates Say

As microgrids become more common across North America, advocates are calling for more emphasis on decentralized energy, while a recent reliability report warns of the larger grid’s susceptibility to widespread blackouts during winter weather.

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Rise in Climate Disasters Forces Utilities to Rethink Infrastructure Risk

With climate change driving up the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, utilities are under increasing pressure to harden their infrastructure and change the way they calculate infrastructure risk.

As unprecedented drought in British Columbia diminishes hydropower output, utilities are urging their customers to reduce their electricity use this winter, even as they raise rates to cover the cost of importing power from outside the province.

B.C. Imports Power, Boosts Rates Amid ‘Extraordinary’ Year of Drought

As unprecedented drought in British Columbia diminishes hydropower output, utilities are urging their customers to reduce their electricity use this winter, even as they raise rates to cover the cost of importing power from outside the province.

Earth last year shattered global annual heat records, flirted with the world’s agreed-upon warming threshold, and showed more signs of a feverish planet, the European climate agency said Tuesday.

2023 Made Life ‘Miserable, Sometimes Deadly’ as Warmest Year on Record

Earth last year shattered global annual heat records, flirted with the world’s agreed-upon warming threshold, and showed more signs of a feverish planet, the European climate agency said Tuesday.

The Canadian government’s “wartime effort” to speed up new home construction must incorporate net-zero or passive house building standards that “tackle both housing affordability and climate change in an integrated way,” Affordability Action Council members Cherise Burda and Brendan Haley write in an op ed published late last month in the Globe and Mail.

Ottawa’s Standardized Designs Must Deliver ‘Ultra-Efficient’, Resilient Homes, Analysts Say

The Canadian government’s “wartime effort” to speed up new home construction must incorporate net-zero or passive house building standards that “tackle both housing affordability and climate change in an integrated way,” Affordability Action Council members Cherise Burda and Brendan Haley write in an op ed published late last month in the Globe and Mail.

Fear of flood waters has pushed more than 3.2 million Americans to leave their neighbourhoods since 2000, with another 7.5 million expected to follow suit by 2053, a climate risk study has found.

High Flood Risk Creates New Internal Migration Trends in U.S., Study Finds

Fear of flood waters has pushed more than 3.2 million Americans to leave their neighbourhoods since 2000, with another 7.5 million expected to follow suit by 2053, a climate risk study has found.

The first three panelized deep energy retrofits of single-family homes in North America have finished, and the results are conclusive, Retrofit Canada says—panelized retrofits can transform old houses into net-zero-ready buildings.

Energiesprong Retrofits Produce 70-80% Efficiency Gain in Three Edmonton Homes

The first three panelized deep energy retrofits of single-family homes in North America have finished, and the results are conclusive, Retrofit Canada says—panelized retrofits can transform old houses into net-zero-ready buildings.

Typically weighing in at just one gram, the diminutive western chorus frog could prove a mighty impediment to Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s plans for Highway 413 if a federal impact assessment of the project holds sway.

Tiny Amphibian May Stall Ontario’s $8B Plan for Highway 413

Typically weighing in at just one gram, the diminutive western chorus frog could prove a mighty impediment to Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s plans for Highway 413 if a federal impact assessment of the project holds sway.

The federal Crown corporation building the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in British Columbia has announced plans to begin filling the line in March or May, even as it warns that a pending regulatory decision could delay the construction project by up to 30 months.

Trans Mountain Aims to Fill Pipeline by May Despite Pending Regulatory Decision

The federal Crown corporation building the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in British Columbia has announced plans to begin filling the line in March or May, even as it warns that a pending regulatory decision could delay the construction project by up to 30 months.

A new study casts doubt on Canada’s claims of sustainable forest management and sparks concerns about the future of its boreal forests, just as industry eyes its potential as a resource for affordable housing development.

‘Shocking’ Study Finds Logging Devastates Canada’s Boreal Forests

A new study casts doubt on Canada’s claims of sustainable forest management and sparks concerns about the future of its boreal forests, just as industry eyes its potential as a resource for affordable housing development.

A landmark youth climate lawsuit, Juliana v. United States, is finally going to trial, after a December 29 ruling by District Court Judge Aiken that rejects the U.S. government’s latest bid to have the case dismissed.

BREAKING: U.S. Judge Sends Landmark Youth Climate Case to Trial

A landmark youth climate lawsuit, Juliana v. United States, is finally going to trial, after a December 29 ruling by District Court Judge Aiken that rejects the U.S. government’s latest bid to have the case dismissed.

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Fossil Companies Face $50B Lawsuit Over 2021 Heat Dome Deaths

June 25, 2023: A county government in Oregon is suing more than a dozen fossil fuel companies for the costs it incurred in a 2021 heat emergency that killed at least 69 of its residents, in a move that could help prepare the ground for similar legal action in Canada.

May 29, 2023: Thick plumes of heavy smoke filled the Halifax sky in late May as an out-of-control wildfire in a suburban community quickly spread, engulfing multiple homes and forcing the evacuation of local residents.

Out-of-Control Wildfire Burned Homes, Forced Evacuations Outside Halifax

May 29, 2023: Thick plumes of heavy smoke filled the Halifax sky in late May as an out-of-control wildfire in a suburban community quickly spread, engulfing multiple homes and forcing the evacuation of local residents.

Following many months of grassroots effort, a group of Ontario seniors determined to elicit greater transparency from Premier Doug Ford’s government have successfully pulled five long-delayed provincial documents on climate change adaptation into public domain.

Ontario Seniors Wrest Critical Climate Adaption Files from Ford Government

Following many months of grassroots effort, a group of Ontario seniors determined to elicit greater transparency from Premier Doug Ford’s government have successfully pulled five long-delayed provincial documents on climate change adaptation into public domain.

As Alberta’s seven-month renewables moratorium nears its expiration in February, experts are hoping the agriculture and energy sectors can come together for agrivoltaics—with effective provincial regulation navigating competing land use priorities.

Agrivoltaics Can Win Alberta’s Land Use Competition, Experts Suggest

As Alberta’s seven-month renewables moratorium nears its expiration in February, experts are hoping the agriculture and energy sectors can come together for agrivoltaics—with effective provincial regulation navigating competing land use priorities.

Doctors in Canada are using billboard campaigns and a newly-published toolkit to warn policy-makers and the public about the health hazards of burning fossil fuels, as well as the deceptive tactics Big Oil uses to dodge these issues and delay change.

Doctors’ Billboards in Ottawa Condemn Fossil Industry for Causing ‘Health Emergency’

Doctors in Canada are using billboard campaigns and a newly-published toolkit to warn policy-makers and the public about the health hazards of burning fossil fuels, as well as the deceptive tactics Big Oil uses to dodge these issues and delay change.

As this year’s COP28 summit wound down in Dubai with a first-ever reference to the transition off fossil fuels in the final declaration, delegates and advocates were already turning their gaze back to the tension that always underlies international climate negotiations: Money.

Financial Reform Stands Out as Key Ingredient for Climate Transition

As this year’s COP28 summit wound down in Dubai with a first-ever reference to the transition off fossil fuels in the final declaration, delegates and advocates were already turning their gaze back to the tension that always underlies international climate negotiations: Money.

Carbon market analysts are once again declaring a half-victory after negotiations over Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, the provisions that deal with international carbon markets and carbon trading, remained unfinished at the end of the COP28 climate summit in Dubai.

No Deal Better Than Bad Deal as Carbon Market Rules Stay Deadlocked

Carbon market analysts are once again declaring a half-victory after negotiations over Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, the provisions that deal with international carbon markets and carbon trading, remained unfinished at the end of the COP28 climate summit in Dubai.

The town council in Halton Hills, Ontario has voted 9-2 to turn down a proposal to build a new 265-MW gas plant on the site of the existing Halton Hills Generating Station.

Halton Hills Rejects Ontario Gas Plant Proposal

The town council in Halton Hills, Ontario has voted 9-2 to turn down a proposal to build a new 265-MW gas plant on the site of the existing Halton Hills Generating Station.

As delegates work to solidify the framework for the Loss and Damage Fund at the United Nations climate summit in Dubai, proponents of locally-led climate action are stressing the pivotal role that cities play in addressing climate-wrought losses within their marginalized communities.

Cities at the Forefront of Loss and Damage Need Real Funding

As delegates work to solidify the framework for the Loss and Damage Fund at the United Nations climate summit in Dubai, proponents of locally-led climate action are stressing the pivotal role that cities play in addressing climate-wrought losses within their marginalized communities.

The warmest autumn on record in northern Canada is giving way to abnormal and dangerous winter heat and drought—along with much uncertainty—as El Niño continues to make its presence felt, five months into its onset.

El Niño Brings ‘Weird’ Warm Fall to Parts of Northern Canada

The warmest autumn on record in northern Canada is giving way to abnormal and dangerous winter heat and drought—along with much uncertainty—as El Niño continues to make its presence felt, five months into its onset.

With the world now committed to a transition off fossil fuels, Alberta needs an open public inquiry into how the province ensures oilsands producers can pay to clean up after themselves, says a report released Wednesday by a group of university researchers.

Alberta Communities Will Pick Up the Tab if Oilsands Cleanup Fund Falls Short, Academics Warn

With the world now committed to a transition off fossil fuels, Alberta needs an open public inquiry into how the province ensures oilsands producers can pay to clean up after themselves, says a report released Wednesday by a group of university researchers.

A 12-year-old protester was detained for more than 30 minutes by conference security following a “truly unsanctioned and uncensored disruption” of a Monday plenary session at the COP28 climate summit in Dubai, climate journalist Emily Atkin reports on her Heated news site.

UAE Detains 12-Year-Old Protester Who Disrupted COP28 Plenary

A 12-year-old protester was detained for more than 30 minutes by conference security following a “truly unsanctioned and uncensored disruption” of a Monday plenary session at the COP28 climate summit in Dubai, climate journalist Emily Atkin reports on her Heated news site.

UN climate negotiations seemed certain to go into overtime Tuesday morning after the COP28 secretariat published a draft decision text that left out any clear timeline for phasing out fossil fuels and was dismissed as “unacceptable”, “incoherent”, “grossly insufficient”, and a “slap in the face” by angry, frustrated, and increasingly sleep-deprived delegates.

COP28 BETRAYAL: ‘We Will Not Sign Our Own Death Warrant’, Delegate Says, After Al Jaber Circulates ‘Unacceptable’ Declaration

UN climate negotiations seemed certain to go into overtime Tuesday morning after the COP28 secretariat published a draft decision text that left out any clear timeline for phasing out fossil fuels and was dismissed as “unacceptable”, “incoherent”, “grossly insufficient”, and a “slap in the face” by angry, frustrated, and increasingly sleep-deprived delegates.

Canadian politicians are being accused of placing partisan interests ahead of the needs of hundreds of thousands of farmers awaiting the passage of Bill C-234, which aims to exempt fuels used in certain agricultural activities from the federal government’s signature carbon pricing policy.

Canadian Farmers Await Fate of Bill C-234 Amid Carbon Tax Strife

Canadian politicians are being accused of placing partisan interests ahead of the needs of hundreds of thousands of farmers awaiting the passage of Bill C-234, which aims to exempt fuels used in certain agricultural activities from the federal government’s signature carbon pricing policy.

Governments rifling their pockets for climate funding should take a hard look at their military budgets, which absorb 30 times more revenue than climate finance while contributing 5.5% of global emissions, said social justice advocates attending the United Nations climate conference in Dubai.

Demilitarization is Key to Climate Justice: COP28 Panel

Governments rifling their pockets for climate funding should take a hard look at their military budgets, which absorb 30 times more revenue than climate finance while contributing 5.5% of global emissions, said social justice advocates attending the United Nations climate conference in Dubai.

Millions of underwater and coastal sites around the world of great significance for humanity and heritage are being lost to climate change, warns the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Sunken Historical Sites Hold Insights for Today’s Climate Solutions: UNESCO

Millions of underwater and coastal sites around the world of great significance for humanity and heritage are being lost to climate change, warns the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

COP28 President Sultan Al Jaber was pushing for a reference to fossil fuels in the final conference declaration, and an Arabic tradition of dialogue had government ministers “getting real about what matters”, as United Nations climate negotiations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) entered their second-last day.

Negotiators ‘Getting Real About What Matters’ as COP28 Enters Final 48 Hours

COP28 President Sultan Al Jaber was pushing for a reference to fossil fuels in the final conference declaration, and an Arabic tradition of dialogue had government ministers “getting real about what matters”, as United Nations climate negotiations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) entered their second-last day.

The European Commission is planning to overhaul its 40-year-old power grid ahead of an expected 60% increase in electricity demand by 2030.

Europe Plans 64GW of New Grid Capacity in 7 Years

The European Commission is planning to overhaul its 40-year-old power grid ahead of an expected 60% increase in electricity demand by 2030.

Caribbean Nations Have the Solutions, Need the Financing at COP28

Caribbean Nations Have the Solutions, Need the Financing at COP28

Jamaica was on hurricane watch in the days leading up to the United Nations COP28 climate summit. An unusual tropical storm swinging in from the west was heading for the Caribbean, a region often in the eye of the changing climate, with intensifying storms, record flooding, devastating drought, and crumbling coastlines. In the face of […]

An international delegation of mayors is conveying an “inescapable truth” to national leaders attending the COP climate summit this week and next—that “the era of fossil fuels is coming to an end.”

International Mayors’ Delegation Urges Fossil Fuel Phaseout

An international delegation of mayors is conveying an “inescapable truth” to national leaders attending the COP climate summit this week and next—that “the era of fossil fuels is coming to an end.”

Without a rapid phaseout of fossil fuels, one in 12 hospitals worldwide run the risk of total or partial shutdown from extreme weather events by 2100, with North American facilities facing the greatest risk increase of 430% above 2020 levels, a new physical climate risk analysis finds.

One in 12 Hospitals Risk Shutdown by 2100 Due to Climate Hazards, Analysis Shows

Without a rapid phaseout of fossil fuels, one in 12 hospitals worldwide run the risk of total or partial shutdown from extreme weather events by 2100, with North American facilities facing the greatest risk increase of 430% above 2020 levels, a new physical climate risk analysis finds.

Canada’s annual climate emissions inventory won’t count smoke from a record year of wildfires, but it will list forests as carbon sinks—despite concerns that global heating has made them drier, more flammable, and increasingly, a source of emissions.

Climate Analyst Urges Balanced Reporting of Canada’s Wildfire Emissions

Canada’s annual climate emissions inventory won’t count smoke from a record year of wildfires, but it will list forests as carbon sinks—despite concerns that global heating has made them drier, more flammable, and increasingly, a source of emissions.

The science is clear—the 1.5°C target is only achievable if we stop burning fossil fuels. The political reality is also clear—we’re only going to do so if we stop drilling and mining them out of the ground in the first place. Finally, the practical reality is clear—we’re only going to stop this extraction if we do so in a manner that is very widely accepted as fair.

Fossil Fuel Phaseout Must Only Be Done Fairly: Athanasiou

The science is clear—the 1.5°C target is only achievable if we stop burning fossil fuels. The political reality is also clear—we’re only going to do so if we stop drilling and mining them out of the ground in the first place. Finally, the practical reality is clear—we’re only going to stop this extraction if we do so in a manner that is very widely accepted as fair.

Alberta took home a coveted Fossil of the Day award, Quebec became co-president of the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance, and the Saskatchewan government faced a blistering hometown parody of its $764,000 COP28 pavilion as the first week of make-or-break climate negotiations in Dubai drew to a close.

ALBERTA FIRST! Province Wins Fossil of the Day Award at UN Climate Conference

Alberta took home a coveted Fossil of the Day award, Quebec became co-president of the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance, and the Saskatchewan government faced a blistering hometown parody of its $764,000 COP28 pavilion as the first week of make-or-break climate negotiations in Dubai drew to a close.

With at least 2,456 fossil lobbyists attending the COP28 climate summit and negotiations bogging down on a key part of the Paris Agreement process, a flurry of reports today showed climate pollution still rising, industry pitching “carbon bomb” solutions that could trigger another 86 billion tonnes of emissions, and five alarming climate tipping points within reach.

Emissions Still Rising, ‘Carbon Bombs’ Risk Another 86B Tonnes, as COP28 Talks Flooded by Fossil Lobbyists

With at least 2,456 fossil lobbyists attending the COP28 climate summit and negotiations bogging down on a key part of the Paris Agreement process, a flurry of reports today showed climate pollution still rising, industry pitching “carbon bomb” solutions that could trigger another 86 billion tonnes of emissions, and five alarming climate tipping points within reach.

With five “disastrous” tipping points in the natural world at risk of being crossed right now, governments must urgently act to avoid “catastrophic damage,” say researchers who identified 26 such points of no return in a world racing towards exceeding the 1.5°C warming limit.

World Races Toward ‘Disastrous’ Climate Tipping Points, as Positive Change Also Accelerates

With five “disastrous” tipping points in the natural world at risk of being crossed right now, governments must urgently act to avoid “catastrophic damage,” say researchers who identified 26 such points of no return in a world racing towards exceeding the 1.5°C warming limit.

A coalition of environmental and community groups is applauding a decision by the Nova Scotia and federal governments to deny a C$1.5-million bid to relaunch oil and gas exploration in the waters off the province.

‘Really Wise Decision’ as Ottawa, Nova Scotia Turn Down Offshore Oil Proposal

A coalition of environmental and community groups is applauding a decision by the Nova Scotia and federal governments to deny a C$1.5-million bid to relaunch oil and gas exploration in the waters off the province.

The year’s top insights from climate science draw a familiar but urgent conclusion: that every pathway to holding global warming to the 1.5°C target in the 2015 Paris agreement depends on phasing out fossil fuels.

Fossil Phaseout Urgent, 1.5°C Overshoot Inevitable, Scientists Tell COP28 Negotiators

The year’s top insights from climate science draw a familiar but urgent conclusion: that every pathway to holding global warming to the 1.5°C target in the 2015 Paris agreement depends on phasing out fossil fuels.

By standing before the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and pledging our national pension fund’s continued support for the Alberta oil and gas industry, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) CEO John Graham predictably told Alberta Premier Danielle Smith and her Big Oil allies exactly what they wanted to hear.

Canada Pension Plan ‘Flunks the Test’ by Cheerleading Alberta Fossils: DeRochie

By standing before the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and pledging our national pension fund’s continued support for the Alberta oil and gas industry, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) CEO John Graham predictably told Alberta Premier Danielle Smith and her Big Oil allies exactly what they wanted to hear.

Energy poverty makes the everyday challenges faced by refugees and displaced people—like earning a living, studying, or staying healthy—even tougher. Putting clean, affordable power in the hands of these communities is an enormous and urgent challenge.

Refugees Deliver Grassroot Solutions to Energy Poverty

Energy poverty makes the everyday challenges faced by refugees and displaced people—like earning a living, studying, or staying healthy—even tougher. Putting clean, affordable power in the hands of these communities is an enormous and urgent challenge.

Private jets used by 200 CEOs, celebrities, and billionaires have flown for an equivalent of 11 years since 2022, producing emissions equal to those of 40,000 United Kingdom residents.

200 High-Flying Tycoons Emit Carbon of 40,000 People, News Investigation Finds

Private jets used by 200 CEOs, celebrities, and billionaires have flown for an equivalent of 11 years since 2022, producing emissions equal to those of 40,000 United Kingdom residents.

More than 100 countries signed a global clean energy pledge, COP28 organizers touted an ambitious but voluntary methane reduction promise by oil and gas companies, and fossil fuel phaseout language faced steady opposition on the third day of United Nations climate talks in Dubai.

Renewables Pledge, Voluntary Methane Controls Lead Major Announcements at COP28

More than 100 countries signed a global clean energy pledge, COP28 organizers touted an ambitious but voluntary methane reduction promise by oil and gas companies, and fossil fuel phaseout language faced steady opposition on the third day of United Nations climate talks in Dubai.

Even as studies show waste from solar and wind power generation pales in comparison to coal, some companies have started upcycling discarded material from the first generation of wind turbines now being retired.

Solar, Wind Produce Far Less Waste than Coal

Even as studies show waste from solar and wind power generation pales in comparison to coal, some companies have started upcycling discarded material from the first generation of wind turbines now being retired.

An early deal on loss and damage funding for countries on the front lines of the climate emergency drew some focus away from a conflict of interest scandal embroiling COP28 organizers as United Nations climate negotiations got under way this morning in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

$400M+ in Pledges Launch Loss and Damage Fund at COP28

An early deal on loss and damage funding for countries on the front lines of the climate emergency drew some focus away from a conflict of interest scandal embroiling COP28 organizers as United Nations climate negotiations got under way this morning in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

When Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle five years ago, it left boats, cars, and trucks piled up to the windows of Bonny Paulson's home in the tiny coastal community of Mexico Beach, Florida, even though the house rests on pillars 14 feet above the ground. But Paulson's home, with a rounded shape that looks something like a ship, shrugged off Category 5 winds that might otherwise have collapsed it.

Storm-Resistant Housing Gains Foothold in U.S. Hurricane Zones

When Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle five years ago, it left boats, cars, and trucks piled up to the windows of Bonny Paulson’s home in the tiny coastal community of Mexico Beach, Florida, even though the house rests on pillars 14 feet above the ground. But Paulson’s home, with a rounded shape that looks something like a ship, shrugged off Category 5 winds that might otherwise have collapsed it.

Northwest Territories communities along the Mackenzie River are facing massive supply chain problems as climate change steadily dries up one of the country’s mightiest waterways.

Dried Up ‘River Highway’ Spells Trouble for Mackenzie Valley Communities

Northwest Territories communities along the Mackenzie River are facing massive supply chain problems as climate change steadily dries up one of the country’s mightiest waterways.

As the climate crisis depletes already scarce water resources in West Africa and Southeast Asia, predatory investors, and an insatiable demand for hydroelectric power are becoming glaring threats, endangering lives, livelihoods, and the ecosystems that sustain local communities.

Water Profits, Shortages Imperil Communities Near Two Mighty Rivers

As the climate crisis depletes already scarce water resources in West Africa and Southeast Asia, predatory investors, and an insatiable demand for hydroelectric power are becoming glaring threats, endangering lives, livelihoods, and the ecosystems that sustain local communities.

The District of Squamish in British Columbia has voted 5-2 to support the Sue Big Oil campaign, a class action lawsuit seeking to hold fossil companies accountable for their fair share of local climate damages.

Squamish Council Supports Lawsuit Against Big Oil

The District of Squamish in British Columbia has voted 5-2 to support the Sue Big Oil campaign, a class action lawsuit seeking to hold fossil companies accountable for their fair share of local climate damages.

The scenarios used in today’s climate risk projections were created by economists with little understanding of global heating, but experts say they can be improved with the help of scientists, better data, and greater attention to the needs of the most vulnerable.

‘LIKE THE TITANIC’: Climate Risk Estimates Shipwrecked by Neglect of Science

The scenarios used in today’s climate risk projections were created by economists with little understanding of global heating, but experts say they can be improved with the help of scientists, better data, and greater attention to the needs of the most vulnerable.

Leading mining companies are looking to offload their coal assets amid the global push for decarbonization, while one industry group tries to rebrand itself green.

Coal Giants Teck, Glencore Plan Exit as Trade Group Pitches Ludicrous Clean Rebrand

Leading mining companies are looking to offload their coal assets amid the global push for decarbonization, while one industry group tries to rebrand itself green.

A spill of surface runoff from a containment pond at Suncor Energy's Fort Hills oilsands site may have spanned more than a year, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has announced, far more and for far longer than the company originally revealed.

Suncor Reports Another Spill After AER Declines to Rethink Fort Hill Expansion

A spill of surface runoff from a containment pond at Suncor Energy’s Fort Hills oilsands site may have spanned more than a year, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has announced, far more and for far longer than the company originally revealed.

Gas utilities in the United States are being accused of sowing decades of doubt about the harms of pollution from gas-burning stoves—often mirroring tactics that the tobacco industry used to delay or defeat regulation.

U.S. Gas Industry Used ‘Tobacco Tactics’ on Stove Health Research, Critics Say

Gas utilities in the United States are being accused of sowing decades of doubt about the harms of pollution from gas-burning stoves—often mirroring tactics that the tobacco industry used to delay or defeat regulation.

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Seismologists to Probe Earthquake Risks of Carbon Injection

A seismology researcher at the Geological Survey of Canada has received a C$1.5 million grant to determine how to mitigate the risks of earthquakes caused by the process of injecting liquified carbon dioxide for storage underground during carbon capture and storage (CCS).

While the Canadian and some provincial governments pitch incentives for private developers in a bid to ease the country’s affordable housing crisis, Quebec is devoting $1.8 billion in federal and provincial dollars to public housing, co-ops, and non-profits.

Quebec Stands Its Ground, Leads Other Provinces with $1.8B for Non-Market Housing

While the Canadian and some provincial governments pitch incentives for private developers in a bid to ease the country’s affordable housing crisis, Quebec is devoting $1.8 billion in federal and provincial dollars to public housing, co-ops, and non-profits.

The imminent arrival of congestion pricing has one of North America's highest-traffic cities gearing itself for a “revolution” in transportation, with one expert calling it the most important experiment the U.S. highway system has seen in decades.

New York City Prepares for Congestion Pricing ‘Revolution’

The imminent arrival of congestion pricing has one of North America’s highest-traffic cities gearing itself for a “revolution” in transportation, with one expert calling it the most important experiment the U.S. highway system has seen in decades.

As the City of Ottawa awaits a provincial greenlight to build two high rises looming over its iconic Central Experimental Farm (CEF), the facility’s crop scientists are voicing concerns that the towers will cast a shadow over sensitive food research crucial to an overheating world.

Ottawa’s Intensification Push Could Overshadow Critical Crop Research

As the City of Ottawa awaits a provincial greenlight to build two high rises looming over its iconic Central Experimental Farm (CEF), the facility’s crop scientists are voicing concerns that the towers will cast a shadow over sensitive food research crucial to an overheating world.

Residents of Lāhainā, Hawai’i, may have to wait years for an official report on the raging wildfire that destroyed their legendary town and claimed at least 100 lives in August. But early scrutiny of Maui police footage, internal documents, and resident videos reveals a concerning lapse in emergency response protocols.

Devastating Maui Wildfire Raises Questions for Emergency Response

Residents of Lāhainā, Hawai’i, may have to wait years for an official report on the raging wildfire that destroyed their legendary town and claimed at least 100 lives in August. But early scrutiny of Maui police footage, internal documents, and resident videos reveals a concerning lapse in emergency response protocols.

High-moisture fruit crops like bananas may become a firefighter’s strongest ally, at least in places that share the Mediterranean climate of California, as new research shows that planting buffers of high-moisture banana crops in wildland-urban interfaces can significantly slow the advance of wildfires.

‘Edible Fire Buffers’ Could Become a Wildland Firefighter’s Best Friend, Study Suggests

High-moisture fruit crops like bananas may become a firefighter’s strongest ally, at least in places that share the Mediterranean climate of California, as new research shows that planting buffers of high-moisture banana crops in wildland-urban interfaces can significantly slow the advance of wildfires.

With the world’s carbon polluters continuing to break temperature and emissions records, the United Nations is urging delegates to the upcoming COP28 climate summit to commit to rapid emission reductions, as average global warming heads toward a catastrophic 2.5 to 2.9°C.

Climate Pollution Rising Toward 2.9°C Future, UN Warns—Like a Broken Record

With the world’s carbon polluters continuing to break temperature and emissions records, the United Nations is urging delegates to the upcoming COP28 climate summit to commit to rapid emission reductions, as average global warming heads toward a catastrophic 2.5 to 2.9°C.

With the world expected to accumulate US$2.3 quadrillion in damages by century’s end if climate change isn’t brought under control, Bloomberg opinion editor Mark Gongloff says investing a paltry $266 trillion through 2050 in climate-related projects should be an easy call.

$266 Trillion in Climate Spending Through 2050 a ‘No-Brainer’ Against Cost of Inaction

With the world expected to accumulate US$2.3 quadrillion in damages by century’s end if climate change isn’t brought under control, Bloomberg opinion editor Mark Gongloff says investing a paltry $266 trillion through 2050 in climate-related projects should be an easy call.

Nurses and other health practitioners in Ontario are dismissing their pension plan’s climate investment strategy as

Ontario Health Workers Push Pension Fund to Divest Fossil Fuels by 2025

Nurses and other health practitioners in Ontario are dismissing their pension plan’s climate investment strategy as “greenwashing nonsense” and urging the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) to defend public health by dumping its C$1.6 billion in fossil fuel holdings.

A wave of proposals to pool carbon dioxide from fossil fuel and other industrial activities and bury it beneath the oceans could pose a massive risk to seabeds and aquatic ecosystems, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) warns in a report issued last week.

‘Untested’ Seabed Carbon Storage Poses Huge Risk to Ocean Ecosystems

A wave of proposals to pool carbon dioxide from fossil fuel and other industrial activities and bury it beneath the oceans could pose a massive risk to seabeds and aquatic ecosystems, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) warns in a report issued last week.

The world must stick to its most rigorous target for limiting climate warming to 1.5°C if it is to avoid the catastrophic thawing of ice sheets and glaciers, according to a report by the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI).

Most Glaciers Would Be Lost at 2.0°C, Scientists Warn

The world must stick to its most rigorous target for limiting climate warming to 1.5°C if it is to avoid the catastrophic thawing of ice sheets and glaciers, according to a report by the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI).

One of the lead authors behind the latest National Climate Assessment for the United States has come away from the project with an unexpected reaction: hope.

‘We Can Do This’: U.S. Climate Assessment Is Dire, But Scientists Show the Way to Safety

One of the lead authors behind the latest National Climate Assessment for the United States has come away from the project with an unexpected reaction: hope.

In a turning point for Michigan, a state long associated with industry and fossil fuels, the state legislature passed a package of bills that aims to cut carbon emissions, requiring 100% of its electricity to come from clean sources by 2040.

Michigan Aims for 100% Clean Grid by 2040

In a turning point for Michigan, a state long associated with industry and fossil fuels, the state legislature passed a package of bills that aims to cut carbon emissions, requiring 100% of its electricity to come from clean sources by 2040.

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46M Health Professionals Urge Fossil Phaseout as Lancet Countdown Warns of Dire Impacts

With the world currently on track for 2.7°C of average global warming by 2100, aggressive reductions in climate pollution are an imperative to avoid “catastrophic” harms to human health, says the latest in a series of reports from eminent medical journal The Lancet.

Canada has all the technological tools it needs to decarbonize its building sector, but daunting challenges remain at the system level, said a panel of experts at a recent climate conference held in Ottawa.

Boost Building Efficiency to Meet Climate Goals, Experts Urge Canada

Canada has all the technological tools it needs to decarbonize its building sector, but daunting challenges remain at the system level, said a panel of experts at a recent climate conference held in Ottawa.

One of Quebec's youngest mayors announced last week she will be stepping down, suffering the effects of burnout from handling last summer’s historic wildfire season in her northern community.

Chapais, Quebec Mayor Resigns After Leading Town Through Wildfire Crisis

One of Quebec’s youngest mayors announced last week she will be stepping down, suffering the effects of burnout from handling last summer’s historic wildfire season in her northern community.

A plan is now in place to create the kind of detailed flood plain maps that some of Nova Scotia's emergency managers said they lacked when torrential flooding hit their communities in July.

New NS Flood Plain Maps May Miss Storm Severity that Killed 4 Last Summer

A plan is now in place to create the kind of detailed flood plain maps that some of Nova Scotia’s emergency managers said they lacked when torrential flooding hit their communities in July.

Government negotiators have finally agreed on a tentative plan to compensate poor countries for the unavoidable impacts of climate change through a loss and damage fund, to be initially hosted by the World Bank.

‘Tortuous Process’ Nails Down Details of Loss and Damage Fund

Government negotiators have finally agreed on a tentative plan to compensate poor countries for the unavoidable impacts of climate change through a loss and damage fund, to be initially hosted by the World Bank.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg was briefly interrupted Sunday by a man who approached her on stage after she invited a Palestinian and an Afghan woman to speak at a climate protest in the Dutch capital.

Thunberg Interrupted Onstage as 70,000 Join Climate March for Climate Ahead of Netherlands Election

Climate activist Greta Thunberg was briefly interrupted Sunday by a man who approached her on stage after she invited a Palestinian and an Afghan woman to speak at a climate protest in the Dutch capital.

As climate variability revises peak demand for heating and cooling in an electrified future, grid operators must plan ahead to guarantee reliability, say the authors of a new paper published in the journal Nature.

U.S. Study Shows Climate Impacts on Heating and Cooling Demand

As climate variability revises peak demand for heating and cooling in an electrified future, grid operators must plan ahead to guarantee reliability, say the authors of a new paper published in the journal Nature.

Claims that the booming private sector climate data services industry is over-claiming its accuracy and failing to deliver equitable, reliable ,or transparent datasets were addressed by experts in a panel discussion on Monday.

Private Data Providers May ‘Over-Claim’ Ability to Predict Local Climate Impacts

Claims that the booming private sector climate data services industry is over-claiming its accuracy and failing to deliver equitable, reliable ,or transparent datasets were addressed by experts in a panel discussion on Monday.

A new resource helps cash-strapped municipalities build a business case for climate adaptation spending by appraising the greater cost of “doing nothing,” providing a practical budgeting tool for Canadian communities that increasingly face losses from climate-driven disasters.

‘Cost of Doing Nothing’ Toolbox Helps Cities Justify Climate Investments

A new resource helps cash-strapped municipalities build a business case for climate adaptation spending by appraising the greater cost of “doing nothing,” providing a practical budgeting tool for Canadian communities that increasingly face losses from climate-driven disasters.

Gasoline-powered garden equipment is “pound for pound” more polluting than conventional cars and trucks, emitting “shocking” levels of carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and particulate pollutants, a new report reveals.

Lawn Equipment Spews ‘Shocking’ Amount of Pollution, Report Finds

Gasoline-powered garden equipment is “pound for pound” more polluting than conventional cars and trucks, emitting “shocking” levels of carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and particulate pollutants, a new report reveals.

This October was the hottest on record globally, 1.7°C (3.1°F) warmer than the pre-industrial average for the month—and the fifth straight month with such a mark in what will now almost certainly be the warmest year ever recorded.

‘Shocking’ October Temperatures Obliterate Past Records, Help Make 2023 the Hottest Year On Record

This October was the hottest on record globally, 1.7°C (3.1°F) warmer than the pre-industrial average for the month—and the fifth straight month with such a mark in what will now almost certainly be the warmest year ever recorded.

The Alberta Energy Regulator is reconsidering its approval of Suncor Energy’s plan to extract a billion barrels of oil from wetlands that serve as a First Nations gathering place, a carbon sink, and wildlife habitat, after conservation experts said the project comes across as “a big experiment.”

Regulator Pauses Suncor Plan to Extract 1B Barrels from Alberta Wetland

The Alberta Energy Regulator is reconsidering its approval of Suncor Energy’s plan to extract a billion barrels of oil from wetlands that serve as a First Nations gathering place, a carbon sink, and wildlife habitat, after conservation experts said the project comes across as “a big experiment.”

With mounting calls for an immediate ceasefire in war-ravaged Gaza, news analysis is beginning to point to the brutal connection in many countries between armed strife and the impacts of climate change.

Calls for Gaza Ceasefire Reflect Nexus of Human Rights, Climate Vulnerability

With mounting calls for an immediate ceasefire in war-ravaged Gaza, news analysis is beginning to point to the brutal connection in many countries between armed strife and the impacts of climate change.

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NWT Mayors Raise Climate ‘Alarm Bells’ with Ottawa

Two mayors from the Sahtu region of the Northwest Territories recently paid a visit to Ottawa to spread the word about the most urgent issues facing their communities.

Two years after commissioning a smart microgrid in Lac-Mégantic, the town in Quebec’s Estrie region whose downtown was incinerated a decade ago by a runaway oil train, the federal government and Hydro-Québec are investing another C$3.7 million to make the project a model for other communities.

Lac-Mégantic Microgrid to Become Model for Local Communities

Two years after commissioning a smart microgrid in Lac-Mégantic, the town in Quebec’s Estrie region whose downtown was incinerated a decade ago by a runaway oil train, the federal government and Hydro-Québec are investing another C$3.7 million to make the project a model for other communities.

A non-profit in Winooski, Vermont is recommending community-based approaches to customer engagement to connect energy efficiency programs with low-income and racialized households, after discovering that increased competition among service providers makes it harder for poorer households to get the clean energy advice they need.

Utilities Need Deep Engagement, Trusted Point of Contact to Deliver Energy Efficiency to Underserved Communities

A non-profit in Winooski, Vermont is recommending community-based approaches to customer engagement to connect energy efficiency programs with low-income and racialized households, after discovering that increased competition among service providers makes it harder for poorer households to get the clean energy advice they need.

From cities like Ottawa and Calgary to a multi-agency initiative in the United States, the work-from-home trend combined with a deep affordable housing crisis has policy-makers looking at how to convert empty office space into apartments.

Converting Offices to Affordable Housing Could Boost Transit, Cut Emissions

From cities like Ottawa and Calgary to a multi-agency initiative in the United States, the work-from-home trend combined with a deep affordable housing crisis has policy-makers looking at how to convert empty office space into apartments.

The Newfoundland and Labrador government has asked the company vying to build one of the country's first large-scale green hydrogen plants to provide more information about the project's impacts on the environment.

Nfld. Wants Closer Look at Local Impacts Before Approving Green Hydrogen Project

The Newfoundland and Labrador government has asked the company vying to build one of the country’s first large-scale green hydrogen plants to provide more information about the project’s impacts on the environment.

New York City e-bike couriers still have to dodge traffic, but to reduce the risk of lithium battery fires endangering their lives, city councillors have mandated that all e-mobility devices sold in the city must have drive systems certified to the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) standard.

NYC Regulates e-Bikes After Deadly Battery Fires

New York City e-bike couriers still have to dodge traffic, but to reduce the risk of lithium battery fires endangering their lives, city councillors have mandated that all e-mobility devices sold in the city must have drive systems certified to the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) standard.

With cities around the world scrambling to cope with record heat, and households facing higher power bills to run air conditioning, access to cooling is emerging as a crucial issue in climate change resilience. And passive cooling methods that bring down indoor temperatures without mechanical systems are having a moment.

Passive Cooling Delivers Cheaper Indoor Comfort, Cuts AC Use as Temperatures Rise

With cities around the world scrambling to cope with record heat, and households facing higher power bills to run air conditioning, access to cooling is emerging as a crucial issue in climate change resilience. And passive cooling methods that bring down indoor temperatures without mechanical systems are having a moment.

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is considering allowing oil and gas companies to reduce their environmental liabilities on old well sites before the cleanup is certified complete.

Alberta Regulator May Let Fossils Reduce Liability Before Old Oil Wells Are Cleaned Up

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is considering allowing oil and gas companies to reduce their environmental liabilities on old well sites before the cleanup is certified complete.

Focused pilot programs and supportive policies will enable Ontario to transition its fleet of more than 20,000 school buses from diesel to electric power for big environmental gains, healthier and happier school children, and substantial economic development.

‘Iconic Yellow School Bus’ Can Shield Child Health, Cut Emissions with Shift to Electric

Focused pilot programs and supportive policies will enable Ontario to transition its fleet of more than 20,000 school buses from diesel to electric power for big environmental gains, healthier and happier school children, and substantial economic development.

A Vancouver organization with a 70-year history of delivering affordable housing for people who need it is renovating two decades-old seniors housing buildings to the Passive House energy efficiency standard, thanks in part to a C$10-million grant from the Green Municipal Fund (GMF).

Seniors Affordable Housing Retrofit Cuts Energy by 50%, Emissions by 93%

A Vancouver organization with a 70-year history of delivering affordable housing for people who need it is renovating two decades-old seniors housing buildings to the Passive House energy efficiency standard, thanks in part to a C$10-million grant from the Green Municipal Fund (GMF).

Nearly a hundred years after it was built for people seeking spiritual nourishment, a small church house near Quebec City is being transformed to help put actual food on the community table.

Old Quebec Church Reborn As Food Security Sanctuary

Nearly a hundred years after it was built for people seeking spiritual nourishment, a small church house near Quebec City is being transformed to help put actual food on the community table.

The phenomenal rise of clean energy technologies like solar, wind, electric vehicles, and heat pumps is reshaping the global energy system, but not fast enough to prevent a future of 2.4°C average global warming, the International Energy Agency concludes this morning in the 2023 edition of its annual World Energy Outlook (WEO).

‘Phenomenal’ Renewables Growth Still Allows Too Much Fossil Demand, 2.4°C Future: IEA

The phenomenal rise of clean energy technologies like solar, wind, electric vehicles, and heat pumps is reshaping the global energy system, but not fast enough to prevent a future of 2.4°C average global warming, the International Energy Agency concludes this morning in the 2023 edition of its annual World Energy Outlook (WEO).

As public health experts compile thousands of papers with “damning evidence” linking fracking with health harms, fossil fuel groups are working to undermine the research by arguing that not all of it is peer-reviewed.

Evidence Mounts as Fossil Industry Disputes Fracking Health Impacts

As public health experts compile thousands of papers with “damning evidence” linking fracking with health harms, fossil fuel groups are working to undermine the research by arguing that not all of it is peer-reviewed.

Countries from the global south take the most action to improve air quality in their climate plans, while some of the world’s biggest carbon-emitting economies lack that vision, concludes a recent assessment of air pollution measures in national climate commitments.

G20 Countries Lag on Building Air Quality into Climate Plans

Countries from the global south take the most action to improve air quality in their climate plans, while some of the world’s biggest carbon-emitting economies lack that vision, concludes a recent assessment of air pollution measures in national climate commitments.

Intense disagreements over who manages and receives the money are threatening to derail a landmark agreement at last year’s COP 27 climate summit in Egypt—the decision to set up a loss and damage fund to help the world’s most vulnerable countries respond to climate impacts more severe than anyone can adapt to.

Loss and Damage Fund at Risk as Clock Winds Down to COP 28

Intense disagreements over who manages and receives the money are threatening to derail a landmark agreement at last year’s COP 27 climate summit in Egypt—the decision to set up a loss and damage fund to help the world’s most vulnerable countries respond to climate impacts more severe than anyone can adapt to.

A respected advisory group of scientists and doctors in the United States has compiled more than 80 recommendations to accelerate the “essential and possible” task of decarbonizing the entire country by 2050.

U.S. Can Hit Net-Zero by 2050, Science Academy Concludes

A respected advisory group of scientists and doctors in the United States has compiled more than 80 recommendations to accelerate the “essential and possible” task of decarbonizing the entire country by 2050.

With warmer oceans serving as fuel, Atlantic hurricanes are now more than twice as likely as before to rapidly intensify from wimpy minor hurricanes to powerful and catastrophic, a study said Thursday.

Climate Change Makes ‘Catastrophic’ Hurricanes Twice as Likely to Form

With warmer oceans serving as fuel, Atlantic hurricanes are now more than twice as likely as before to rapidly intensify from wimpy minor hurricanes to powerful and catastrophic, a study said Thursday.

Transit-oriented development (TOD) is one of the keys to building sustainable communities where people can lead car-lite lifestyles, but treating it as a stand-alone mantra might also be a bit outdated, says Victoria city councillor Dave Thompson.

Look Beyond Transit-Oriented Development, Victoria Councillor Urges

Transit-oriented development (TOD) is one of the keys to building sustainable communities where people can lead car-lite lifestyles, but treating it as a stand-alone mantra might also be a bit outdated, says Victoria city councillor Dave Thompson.

The toxic waste from photovoltaic solar modules that could accumulate through 2050 is a “drop in the ocean” compared to the cumulative volume of municipal waste, coal ash, and plastic waste, yet concern about those life cycle impacts is still slowing down solar adoption, a team of five authors warns in a commentary for the journal Nature Physics.

PV Waste a ‘Drop in the Ocean’ Compared to Toxic Coal Ash, Oily Sludge

The toxic waste from photovoltaic solar modules that could accumulate through 2050 is a “drop in the ocean” compared to the cumulative volume of municipal waste, coal ash, and plastic waste, yet concern about those life cycle impacts is still slowing down solar adoption, a team of five authors warns in a commentary for the journal Nature Physics.

Suncor Energy CEO Rich Kruger sought to defend his company’s pivot away from renewable energy, touted his own 40-year career as a fossil industry executive, and largely avoided a Member of Parliament’s questions on oil and gas companies’ liability for climate impacts in an hour-long appearance yesterday before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources.

Suncor Boss Doubles Down on Oil’s Future, Ducks MP’s Questions on Fossil Liability

Suncor Energy CEO Rich Kruger sought to defend his company’s pivot away from renewable energy, touted his own 40-year career as a fossil industry executive, and largely avoided a Member of Parliament’s questions on oil and gas companies’ liability for climate impacts in an hour-long appearance yesterday before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources.

The Trudeau government is assigning a new cabinet working group on regulatory efficiency, chaired by Labour and Seniors Minister Seamus O’Regan, to look at possible changes to the country’s environmental assessment process in the wake of last Friday’s Supreme Court decision on the federal Impact Assessment Act.

Oil and Gas Cap to Proceed While Feds Respond to Supreme Court IAA Ruling

The Trudeau government is assigning a new cabinet working group on regulatory efficiency, chaired by Labour and Seniors Minister Seamus O’Regan, to look at possible changes to the country’s environmental assessment process in the wake of last Friday’s Supreme Court decision on the federal Impact Assessment Act.

The news last month that U.S. President Joe Biden is launching an American Climate Corps is bringing new momentum to a similar effort in Canada, with one crucial difference—the British Columbia-based Climate Emergency Unit is calling for a national Youth Climate Corps where no young person who wants a good, green job will be turned away.

Youth Fill Out Mock Application Letters for Youth Climate Corps

The news last month that U.S. President Joe Biden is launching an American Climate Corps is bringing new momentum to a similar effort in Canada, with one crucial difference—the British Columbia-based Climate Emergency Unit is calling for a national Youth Climate Corps where no young person who wants a good, green job will be turned away.

Beekeeping traditions trace back millennia in Syria, but the recent civil war, economic collapse, and new weather patterns have devastated beehives and the beekeepers who rely on them.

Syria’s Age-Old Beekeeping Tradition Ravaged by War, Pollution, Climate Change

Beekeeping traditions trace back millennia in Syria, but the recent civil war, economic collapse, and new weather patterns have devastated beehives and the beekeepers who rely on them.

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Vermont ‘Un-Utility’ Offers Storage Batteries for All After Record Storms

Vermont power utility Green Mountain Power (GMP) is responding to a recent spate of severe storms by offering battery storage to every household it serves.

With infrastructure losses due to climate change as high as US$845 billion per year, and 60% of the physical assets the world will need by 2050 yet to be built, policy-makers and stakeholders must integrate urgently-needed resilience into their infrastructure planning, a new report concludes.

$845B in Annual Losses Shows Urgent Need for Resilient Infrastructure: Report

With infrastructure losses due to climate change as high as US$845 billion per year, and 60% of the physical assets the world will need by 2050 yet to be built, policy-makers and stakeholders must integrate urgently-needed resilience into their infrastructure planning, a new report concludes.

A recent infusion of energy retrofit funding is promising substantial benefits for Calgary, Edmonton, and Hamilton.

Home Energy Efficiency Gets Funding Boost in Three Canadian Cities

A recent infusion of energy retrofit funding is promising substantial benefits for Calgary, Edmonton, and Hamilton.

Urban development around the world is expanding into flood-prone areas, notably in countries facing “trade-offs between economic opportunities and disaster risk,” a new study concludes.

Alarming Urban Expansion Pushes into Flood-Prone Areas

Urban development around the world is expanding into flood-prone areas, notably in countries facing “trade-offs between economic opportunities and disaster risk,” a new study concludes.

Delving into the history of America's car culture reveals its inception among an influential group of stakeholders—and suggests a possible future where transit, pedestrians, and cyclists take precedence over auto-centric climate solutions.

Study Challenges ‘Motonormativity’ of North American Car Culture

Delving into the history of America’s car culture reveals its inception among an influential group of stakeholders—and suggests a possible future where transit, pedestrians, and cyclists take precedence over auto-centric climate solutions.

In the absence of a global policy for nitrous oxide—a greenhouse gas with nearly 300 times the warming potential of carbon dioxide—industries have been inconsistent in deploying, affordable and readily available technologies to reduce its emissions.

Emission Reductions Lag for Climate Super-Pollutant Nitrous Oxide

In the absence of a global policy for nitrous oxide—a greenhouse gas with nearly 300 times the warming potential of carbon dioxide—industries have been inconsistent in deploying, affordable and readily available technologies to reduce its emissions.

The epic flash flooding that hit New York City last week, reaching a level that was technically considered “mild”, was a moment where a changing climate collided with a simple but stubborn problem with local infrastructure—when too much rain falls in too short a time and a city’s storm sewer network gets overwhelmed, “it backs up”.

Flash Floods Hit New York as Climate Change Swamps Local Water Systems

The epic flash flooding that hit New York City last week, reaching a level that was technically considered “mild”, was a moment where a changing climate collided with a simple but stubborn problem with local infrastructure—when too much rain falls in too short a time and a city’s storm sewer network gets overwhelmed, “it backs up”.

The LEED certification process for buildings has long held a solid reputation for energy efficiency performance, but news that more than 800 LEED-certified buildings in the United States are at serious flooding risk has raised doubts about the rating system’s climate credentials.

Hundreds of U.S. LEED-Certified Buildings Left Vulnerable to Flooding, Analysis Finds

The LEED certification process for buildings has long held a solid reputation for energy efficiency performance, but news that more than 800 LEED-certified buildings in the United States are at serious flooding risk has raised doubts about the rating system’s climate credentials.

Community-led renewable energy co-ops can play an essential role in getting climate pollution under control by helping Canadians actively participate in the energy transition and benefit economically, concludes a new post for Policy Options.

Scaling Up Renewable Energy Co-Operatives Can Help Energize Canada

Community-led renewable energy co-ops can play an essential role in getting climate pollution under control by helping Canadians actively participate in the energy transition and benefit economically, concludes a new post for Policy Options.

Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera, California is retiring its diesel generators in favour of a solar microgrid with long-duration energy storage, in a bid to clean up its electricity supply while ensuring a reliable, uninterrupted flow of power.

California Children’s Hospital Replaces Diesel Plant with Solar+Storage Microgrid

Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera, California is retiring its diesel generators in favour of a solar microgrid with long-duration energy storage, in a bid to clean up its electricity supply while ensuring a reliable, uninterrupted flow of power.

The United States is trying out a revolving fund as a new way to help city and state governments pay for climate resilience and adaptation projects, but the program is running into some early bumps in the road.

U.S. Revolving Fund Could Help Cities, States Fund Climate Resilience Projects

The United States is trying out a revolving fund as a new way to help city and state governments pay for climate resilience and adaptation projects, but the program is running into some early bumps in the road.

Documents filed by Imperial Oil show the company and Alberta's energy regulator knew the Kearl oil sands mine was seeping tailings into groundwater years before a pool of contaminated fluid was reported on the surface, alarming area First Nations and triggering three investigations, the Canadian Press reports.

REVEALED: Imperial Oil, Alberta Regulator Knew of Toxic Seepage at Kearl Mine for Years, Kept First Nation in the Dark

Documents filed by Imperial Oil show the company and Alberta’s energy regulator knew the Kearl oil sands mine was seeping tailings into groundwater years before a pool of contaminated fluid was reported on the surface, alarming area First Nations and triggering three investigations, the Canadian Press reports.

Rising emissions from the oil and gas sector and buildings are overwhelming Canada’s efforts to get its climate pollution under control, the Canadian Climate Institute concludes, in a preliminary analysis of the country’s 2022 emissions data published late last week.

Oil and Gas, Buildings Drive 2.1% Rise in Canada’s Climate Pollution

Rising emissions from the oil and gas sector and buildings are overwhelming Canada’s efforts to get its climate pollution under control, the Canadian Climate Institute concludes, in a preliminary analysis of the country’s 2022 emissions data published late last week.

Heatwaves and rapid ice loss are showing up in Antarctica, the Arctic, and Switzerland’s glaciers, with news reports from all three regions pointing to the accelerating impacts of global heating.

Climate Change Brings Rapid Ice Loss to Antarctica, Arctic, Swiss Glaciers

Heatwaves and rapid ice loss are showing up in Antarctica, the Arctic, and Switzerland’s glaciers, with news reports from all three regions pointing to the accelerating impacts of global heating.

Green space protection groups are gearing up for even bigger fights ahead after Premier Doug Ford’s stunning reversal and apology over plans to hand over 3,000 hectares of Ontario Greenbelt lands to a small group of politically connected developers.

Green Space Groups Gear for Bigger Fights After Ontario Reverses Greenbelt Land Grab

Green space protection groups are gearing up for even bigger fights ahead after Premier Doug Ford’s stunning reversal and apology over plans to hand over 3,000 hectares of Ontario Greenbelt lands to a small group of politically connected developers.

As e-bikes and scooters take over Toronto’s bike lanes, the city urgently needs to define its micro-mobility strategy, writes columnist Andrew Phillips, explaining the public safety and social justice concerns that are at stake.

E-Bikes, Scooters Overwhelm Toronto Bike Lanes

As e-bikes and scooters take over Toronto’s bike lanes, the city urgently needs to define its micro-mobility strategy, writes columnist Andrew Phillips, explaining the public safety and social justice concerns that are at stake.

The ongoing affordability crisis has brought into sharp focus the need for fairness and justice when it comes to the economic and societal transformations required to achieve climate goals, writes Rachel Samson, vice president of research at the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP).

Put Lower-Income Households First in Line for Low-Carbon Technologies: Samson

The ongoing affordability crisis has brought into sharp focus the need for fairness and justice when it comes to the economic and societal transformations required to achieve climate goals, writes Rachel Samson, vice president of research at the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP).

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service will distribute a record US$1 billion in urban forest grants this year, supporting President Joe Biden’s pledge to halve the number of Americans without access to parks and nature by 2030.

U.S. Pours Record $1B into Urban Forest Grants

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service will distribute a record US$1 billion in urban forest grants this year, supporting President Joe Biden’s pledge to halve the number of Americans without access to parks and nature by 2030.

Food and beverage giants are actively adapting their operations to address climate challenges, with big brands like Chipotle, Dunkin’, and Jim Beam navigating hurdles like ingredient sourcing and surging energy prices.

Top Food Brands Prepare for Supply Chains Disrupted by Climate Change

Food and beverage giants are actively adapting their operations to address climate challenges, with big brands like Chipotle, Dunkin’, and Jim Beam navigating hurdles like ingredient sourcing and surging energy prices.

Ontario is abandoning plans to build a 198-megawatt gas power plant in the city of Thorold to supply peak power to the provincial grid, after local councillors voted unanimously Tuesday evening to reject the project.

Thorold Gas Peaker Plant Won’t Be Built After Unanimous City Council Vote

Ontario is abandoning plans to build a 198-megawatt gas power plant in the city of Thorold to supply peak power to the provincial grid, after local councillors voted unanimously Tuesday evening to reject the project.

Many Canadians are unsafe in their own homes, with indoor temperatures consistently exceeding the safe maximum of 26°C each summer, concludes a CBC News investigation that reveals the urgent need to cool a housing stock that wasn’t built for today’s warmer climate.

Indoor Heat Leaves Canadians Unsafe with ‘No Escape’, CBC Investigation Finds

Many Canadians are unsafe in their own homes, with indoor temperatures consistently exceeding the safe maximum of 26°C each summer, concludes a CBC News investigation that reveals the urgent need to cool a housing stock that wasn’t built for today’s warmer climate.

Arizona kept the lights on through a summer of crushing heat, thanks to widespread buy-in to smart thermostat programs that prompted customers to turn down their air conditioners when the grid was stressed.

Smart Thermostats Boost Grid Stability Amid Intense Heat

Arizona kept the lights on through a summer of crushing heat, thanks to widespread buy-in to smart thermostat programs that prompted customers to turn down their air conditioners when the grid was stressed.

Urban thinkers in the United States are beginning to look to mobile homes—what Canadians call manufactured housing—as a low-carbon response to a searing affordable housing.

Manufactured Housing Could Dent the Affordable Housing Crunch with Energy-Efficient Designs

Urban thinkers in the United States are beginning to look to mobile homes—what Canadians call manufactured housing—as a low-carbon response to a searing affordable housing.

Agrivoltaics produce renewable electricity while creating a beneficial micro-climate for farm crops. In a post for The Conversation, Joshua M. Pearce raises the question: What’s not to like?

Agrivoltaics a Win-Win for Farmers, Communities, Solar Developers, and Alberta’s UCP

Agrivoltaics produce renewable electricity while creating a beneficial micro-climate for farm crops. In a post for The Conversation, Joshua M. Pearce raises the question: What’s not to like?

It was “everyone against the utilities” in California earlier this month as the push to secure a new payment structure for community solar entered its final stretch, carrying the potential to make the state a sector leader while reducing energy poverty and climate emissions.

Californians Fight for New Community Solar Plan

It was “everyone against the utilities” in California earlier this month as the push to secure a new payment structure for community solar entered its final stretch, carrying the potential to make the state a sector leader while reducing energy poverty and climate emissions.

Electric vehicle carshares are gaining traction in low-income and rural communities across the United States as they aim to make sure that the shift to zero-emission vehicles does not leave social justice in the dust.

Rural Carshares Ensure EV Push Leaves No One Behind

Electric vehicle carshares are gaining traction in low-income and rural communities across the United States as they aim to make sure that the shift to zero-emission vehicles does not leave social justice in the dust.

Big Oil is facing one of its most significant legal challenges from the state of California: a major oil-producing region with a big economy, and the site of some groundbreaking legal battles.

California Suit Claims Decades of Public Deception by Big Oil Companies

Big Oil is facing one of its most significant legal challenges from the state of California: a major oil-producing region with a big economy, and the site of some groundbreaking legal battles.

From Canada and the United States to southeast Asia, from Africa to Europe, tens of thousands of climate activists and concerned citizens held protests Friday through Sunday to call for an end to the burning of planet-warming fossil fuels as the globe suffers dramatic weather extremes and record-breaking heat.

Hundreds of Thousands March in Global Climate Strike

From Canada and the United States to southeast Asia, from Africa to Europe, tens of thousands of climate activists and concerned citizens held protests Friday through Sunday to call for an end to the burning of planet-warming fossil fuels as the globe suffers dramatic weather extremes and record-breaking heat.

Recent polling is offering up mixed results on Albertans’ support for national climate initiatives, with solid majorities supporting a national oil and gas emissions cap but backing their provincial government’s crusade against federal net-zero plans.

Alberta Polling Shows Mixed Results on Emissions Cap While National Survey Links Climate and Affordability Crises

Recent polling is offering up mixed results on Albertans’ support for national climate initiatives, with solid majorities supporting a national oil and gas emissions cap but backing their provincial government’s crusade against federal net-zero plans.

Extreme heat and drought, heavy precipitation, and more frequent wildfires, are in store for Ontario, according to a first-ever climate risk assessment that reads like a five-alarm fire on the need for the province to get serious about climate adaptation.

Ontario Waits 8 Months to Release Dire Climate Impact Report

Extreme heat and drought, heavy precipitation, and more frequent wildfires, are in store for Ontario, according to a first-ever climate risk assessment that reads like a five-alarm fire on the need for the province to get serious about climate adaptation.

More than seven in 10 Canadians are worried about climate change and believe it is the reason for an increase in extreme weather, a new national poll suggests.

Climate Change Worries 72% of Canadians, But Affordability is Top Concern

More than seven in 10 Canadians are worried about climate change and believe it is the reason for an increase in extreme weather, a new national poll suggests.

At least five major property insurers in the United States are reducing coverage in response to extreme weather patterns, leaving many American homeowners exposed to natural disasters without essential protection.

‘No Place to Hide’ as U.S. Home Insurers Slash Climate Risk Coverage

At least five major property insurers in the United States are reducing coverage in response to extreme weather patterns, leaving many American homeowners exposed to natural disasters without essential protection.

Canadians need not choose between tackling affordability and the climate crisis, says the Tamarack Institute, citing several municipal initiatives that are pursuing these intertwined goals at once.

Local Action on Transit, Housing Can Combine Climate and Equity Goals

Canadians need not choose between tackling affordability and the climate crisis, says the Tamarack Institute, citing several municipal initiatives that are pursuing these intertwined goals at once.

A year after pavements in a treeless north Los Angeles neighbourhood were coated with solar-reflective paint, air temperatures are up to 1.9°C lower, making the area’s increasingly hot summers a touch more bearable.

Solar-Reflective Pavement Cuts Air Temperature in LA Neighbourhood

A year after pavements in a treeless north Los Angeles neighbourhood were coated with solar-reflective paint, air temperatures are up to 1.9°C lower, making the area’s increasingly hot summers a touch more bearable.

A canary in the coal mine for the peril facing all of Earth’s glaciers, Banff National Park’s Peyto Glacier is melting faster every year, boding ill for its survival and for the communities that count on it for water.

Banff’s Peyto Glacier Melting Faster Than Expected, Scientists Say

A canary in the coal mine for the peril facing all of Earth’s glaciers, Banff National Park’s Peyto Glacier is melting faster every year, boding ill for its survival and for the communities that count on it for water.

The City of Ottawa public works department is drawing criticism for road safety ads that target pedestrians rather than drivers—particularly drivers behind the wheel of larger vehicles—with graphic images of the perils of jaywalking.

Road Safety Ads Draw Criticism for Targeting Pedestrians, Not Drivers

The City of Ottawa public works department is drawing criticism for road safety ads that target pedestrians rather than drivers—particularly drivers behind the wheel of larger vehicles—with graphic images of the perils of jaywalking.

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Don’t Rely on Exotic Carbon Removal Technologies to Delay Emission Cuts, Webinar Warns

Countries must make sure global climate pollution peaks as swiftly as possible and then steadily declines, rather than overshooting targets for global temperature rise and counting on exotic technologies to draw them back down, a trio of climate scientists concluded in a recent webinar.

Every facet of human health is prone to the cascading risks of climate change, concludes a special analysis by the Washington Post that followed the distressing scale of human suffering that unfolded in Pakistan after flooding and extreme heat events.

Health Crisis in Pakistan Points to Global Climate Peril, New Analysis Warns

Every facet of human health is prone to the cascading risks of climate change, concludes a special analysis by the Washington Post that followed the distressing scale of human suffering that unfolded in Pakistan after flooding and extreme heat events.

A devastating year of wildfires will double or triple Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions for 2023, a Natural Resources Canada scientist says.

Wildfire ‘Tipping Point’ Set to Double or Triple Canada’s Climate Emissions

A devastating year of wildfires will double or triple Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions for 2023, a Natural Resources Canada scientist says.

Canada's record-setting wildfire season is spurring Ottawa to consider how to tackle future fires, floods, or earthquakes, as officials warn that this year’s fires may continue into the winter.

Canada Mulls National Disaster Response as Wildfires Threaten to Burn Into the Winter

Canada’s record-setting wildfire season is spurring Ottawa to consider how to tackle future fires, floods, or earthquakes, as officials warn that this year’s fires may continue into the winter.

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Biden Cancels Trump-Era Oil Leases in Arctic Wildlife Refuge

In an aggressive move that angered Republicans, the Biden administration canceled the seven remaining oil and gas leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday, overturning sales held in the Trump administration’s waning days, and proposed stronger protections against development on vast swaths of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

Brazil says it reduced Amazon deforestation 66.11% in August, “a significant mark for its environmental policy as destruction often spikes this time of year,” Reuters reports.

Brazil Cuts Amazon Deforestation by 2/3 in August

Brazil says it reduced Amazon deforestation 66.11% in August, “a significant mark for its environmental policy as destruction often spikes this time of year,” Reuters reports.

Tourism is projected to make up nearly 12% of the global economy by 2033, but it is also poised to consume a troubling 40% of the world's remaining 1.5°C carbon budget by mid-century, highlighting what experts describe as “industry dishonesty” in efforts to reduce emissions in line with other sectors.

Tourism Lags on Emission Cuts as Climate Woes Besiege Destinations

Tourism is projected to make up nearly 12% of the global economy by 2033, but it is also poised to consume a troubling 40% of the world’s remaining 1.5°C carbon budget by mid-century, highlighting what experts describe as “industry dishonesty” in efforts to reduce emissions in line with other sectors.

Canada's current wildfire season is devastating evidence of the effects of climate change. But for some conspiracy theorists, the thousands of square kilometres of burnt ground isn't enough to convince them.

Fear, Falsehoods, Conspiracy Theories Ignite Over Canada’s Wildfire Season

Canada’s current wildfire season is devastating evidence of the effects of climate change. But for some conspiracy theorists, the thousands of square kilometres of burnt ground isn’t enough to convince them.

Premier Doug Ford’s decision to “re-evaluate” his government’s controversial land swaps in the Ontario Greenbelt and force each of the development sites to “stand on their own merit” will do nothing to stop a multi-billion-dollar handout to politically connected developers, one of the plan’s leading opponents said yesterday.

Greenbelt Land Grab to Continue ‘Full Steam Ahead’ after Ford Announcement, Critic Warns

Premier Doug Ford’s decision to “re-evaluate” his government’s controversial land swaps in the Ontario Greenbelt and force each of the development sites to “stand on their own merit” will do nothing to stop a multi-billion-dollar handout to politically connected developers, one of the plan’s leading opponents said yesterday.

Housing is redefined as a climate concern in a recent executive order by Colorado Governor Jared Polis that aims to limit urban sprawl, promote mass transit, and protect air, water, and green spaces while making affordable, efficient homes more readily available.

Colorado Governor Aligns Housing with State Climate Goals

Housing is redefined as a climate concern in a recent executive order by Colorado Governor Jared Polis that aims to limit urban sprawl, promote mass transit, and protect air, water, and green spaces while making affordable, efficient homes more readily available.

Newfoundland and Labrador has invited four companies to seek permits to develop wind-hydrogen facilities on Crown land, a move that marks another big milestone since the province lifted a 15-year wind development ban this spring—and supports its ambitions to export green fuel globally.

Newfoundland and Labrador Offers Permits for 4 Wind-Hydrogen Projects

Newfoundland and Labrador has invited four companies to seek permits to develop wind-hydrogen facilities on Crown land, a move that marks another big milestone since the province lifted a 15-year wind development ban this spring—and supports its ambitions to export green fuel globally.

Climate change is “relentlessly eating away” at Africa's economic progress and it's time to have a global conversation about a carbon tax on polluters, Kenya's president declared Tuesday as the first Africa Climate Summit got under way.

Climate ‘Eating Away’ at African Economies Triggers Call for Global Carbon Tax

Climate change is “relentlessly eating away” at Africa’s economic progress and it’s time to have a global conversation about a carbon tax on polluters, Kenya’s president declared Tuesday as the first Africa Climate Summit got under way.

Two different jurisdictions took solid steps toward a fossil fuel phaseout last week, with Colombia joining the international Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance (BOGA) and California joining the call for a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Colombia Joins Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance, California Endorses Fossil Non-Proliferation Treaty

Two different jurisdictions took solid steps toward a fossil fuel phaseout last week, with Colombia joining the international Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance (BOGA) and California joining the call for a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Fifteen years after polar bears were listed as threatened, a new study says researchers have overcome a roadblock in the U.S. Endangered Species Act that prevented federal officials from considering climate change when evaluating impacts of projects such as oil and gas drilling.

New Attribution Research Could Protect Polar Bears from Oil and Gas Emissions

Fifteen years after polar bears were listed as threatened, a new study says researchers have overcome a roadblock in the U.S. Endangered Species Act that prevented federal officials from considering climate change when evaluating impacts of projects such as oil and gas drilling.

Climate-fueled wildfires in the Northwest Territories and Lāhainā, Hawai'i, have laid bare a landscape of poor land management, inadequate infrastructure, and the remnants of a colonial past—with greater devastation to come if better planning isn’t implemented.

Neglected Land, Overlooked People as Wildfires Devastate NWT, Hawai’i

Climate-fueled wildfires in the Northwest Territories and Lāhainā, Hawai’i, have laid bare a landscape of poor land management, inadequate infrastructure, and the remnants of a colonial past—with greater devastation to come if better planning isn’t implemented.

Particulate pollution is worsening a crisis in antibiotic resistance that is already killing an estimated 1.3 million people per year, concludes a new study that spanned more than 100 countries and nearly two decades.

Rising Air Pollution Helps Deadly Bacteria Build Resistance to Antibiotics

Particulate pollution is worsening a crisis in antibiotic resistance that is already killing an estimated 1.3 million people per year, concludes a new study that spanned more than 100 countries and nearly two decades.

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Studies Link Fracking to Childhood Cancer, Asthma

Health professionals are calling for a ban on fracking in Pennsylvania after three “bombshell” studies—published despite resistance from fossil fuel interests—linked exposure to the oil and gas extraction process to childhood lymphoma, asthma, and low birth weight.

In a process that will take decades to complete, Japan has started releasing treated water from the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, raising concerns about introducing residual tritium into the environment.

Radioactive Tritium in the Ocean as Japan Releases ‘Treated’ Water from Fukushima

In a process that will take decades to complete, Japan has started releasing treated water from the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, raising concerns about introducing residual tritium into the environment.

Greece’s Evros region is struggling to control the biggest wildfire the European Union has seen since record-keeping began in 2000, with 407 firefighters and half of the EU’s fleet of 28 firefighting aircraft and helicopters now deployed to quell the flames.

Greece Fights EU’s Biggest Wildfire Since Record-Keeping Began, 21 Dead

Greece’s Evros region is struggling to control the biggest wildfire the European Union has seen since record-keeping began in 2000, with 407 firefighters and half of the EU’s fleet of 28 firefighting aircraft and helicopters now deployed to quell the flames.

As plummeting water levels in the Panama Canal cause a maritime traffic jam, authorities have declared that restrictions on the passage of ships will endure for one year unless rainfall surges.

Historic Drought Causes Jams Traffic in Panama Canal

As plummeting water levels in the Panama Canal cause a maritime traffic jam, authorities have declared that restrictions on the passage of ships will endure for one year unless rainfall surges.

Canadian households could cut their energy bills by $10.4 billion and reduce climate pollution from home heating by 19.6 million tonnes by 2035 by using heat pumps for cooling rather than air conditioners, a new report concludes.

Canadians Could Save $10.4B, Cut Climate Pollution by Replacing Central Air with Heat Pumps

Canadian households could cut their energy bills by $10.4 billion and reduce climate pollution from home heating by 19.6 million tonnes by 2035 by using heat pumps for cooling rather than air conditioners, a new report concludes.

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B.C. Still Failing to Protect the Most Vulnerable from Heat Waves, Advocate Says

Two years after a blistering, week-long heat dome left 619 people dead in British Columbia, a disability rights advocate says the province has made no meaningful progress to protect the most vulnerable during another record-breaking heat wave earlier this month.

The steaming hot city of Seville, Spain is turning to an ancient form of architecture to protect citizens from the modern extreme heat brought on by climate change.

Seville Turns to 1,000-Year-Old Technology to Cool Public Spaces

The steaming hot city of Seville, Spain is turning to an ancient form of architecture to protect citizens from the modern extreme heat brought on by climate change.

The “fire-prone conditions” behind the devastating wildfires in Quebec earlier this year, and the stifling smoke they spread across much of North America, were made at least two to seven times more likely by climate change, concludes an analysis published Tuesday by the World Weather Attribution (WWA) initiative.

20% of Oil and Gas Fields Must Shut Down as Climate Change Makes Quebec Wildfires 2-7x More Likely

The “fire-prone conditions” behind the devastating wildfires in Quebec earlier this year, and the stifling smoke they spread across much of North America, were made at least two to seven times more likely by climate change, concludes an analysis published Tuesday by the World Weather Attribution (WWA) initiative.

As multiple pressing disasters threaten the world’s food systems, it’s time that climate change, desertification, and water scarcity are treated as interlinked issues and addressed with equal urgency, says United Nations expert Alain-Richard Donwahi.

Beyond Climate: Food Security Demands Action on Soil, Water Issues, Advocate Says

As multiple pressing disasters threaten the world’s food systems, it’s time that climate change, desertification, and water scarcity are treated as interlinked issues and addressed with equal urgency, says United Nations expert Alain-Richard Donwahi.

In a historic decision, Ecuadorians voted on Sunday against the oil drilling of a protected area in the Amazon that's home to two uncontacted tribes and serves as a biodiversity hotspot.

Ecuador Rejects Amazon Oil Drilling in Binding Referendum

In a historic decision, Ecuadorians voted on Sunday against the oil drilling of a protected area in the Amazon that’s home to two uncontacted tribes and serves as a biodiversity hotspot.

As wildfire devastation drives 35,000 from their homes across British Columbia, The Energy Mix’s Gaye Taylor writes from Nelson, B.C., about carrying on as usual—while breaking down inside—engulfed in smoke from the McDougall Creek fire raging 346 kilometres to her west in Kelowna.

Life with Smoke and Wildfire: Clear Sky Musings from Nelson, B.C.

As wildfire devastation drives 35,000 from their homes across British Columbia, The Energy Mix’s Gaye Taylor writes from Nelson, B.C., about carrying on as usual—while breaking down inside—engulfed in smoke from the McDougall Creek fire raging 346 kilometres to her west in Kelowna.

Local news reports warped back and forth between progress and peril Sunday as wildland firefighters in the Northwest Territories and British Columbia continued to battle out-of-control blazes from Yellowknife to Kelowna to B.C.’s Shuswap region.

NWT and B.C. Wildfire Update: Sunday Evening, August 20

Local news reports warped back and forth between progress and peril Sunday as wildland firefighters in the Northwest Territories and British Columbia continued to battle out-of-control blazes from Yellowknife to Kelowna to B.C.’s Shuswap region.

As the search for several hundreds of missing people continues across the wildfire-ravaged western edge of Maui, grid experts—and lawyers—are zeroing in on evidence that sparks from fallen power lines ignited the lethal blazes.

Power Lines Eyed as Potential Cause of Maui Wildfire Tragedy

As the search for several hundreds of missing people continues across the wildfire-ravaged western edge of Maui, grid experts—and lawyers—are zeroing in on evidence that sparks from fallen power lines ignited the lethal blazes.

As the northern hemisphere grapples with relentless heat, experts warn that high temperatures are hard on the mind and body alike, while raising alarm over a new climate threat: a deadly fungus that thrives in the heat, and within the human body.

Extreme Heat Exacts Toll on Physical, Mental Health

As the northern hemisphere grapples with relentless heat, experts warn that high temperatures are hard on the mind and body alike, while raising alarm over a new climate threat: a deadly fungus that thrives in the heat, and within the human body.

With electricity grids increasingly at risk in the more frequent, severe storms and heatwaves brought on by climate change, and Hawaiian Electric the latest utility accused of being too slow to shut down power lines ahead of a devastating wildfire, electric vehicles and microgrids are emerging as go-to options to deliver the energy households need in an emergency.

EV Batteries, Microgrids Supply Neighbourhood Power When Utility Systems Fail

With electricity grids increasingly at risk in the more frequent, severe storms and heatwaves brought on by climate change, and Hawaiian Electric the latest utility accused of being too slow to shut down power lines ahead of a devastating wildfire, electric vehicles and microgrids are emerging as go-to options to deliver the energy households need in an emergency.

While it may not have been “feasible” to prevent 300 million litres of untreated water from flowing into the Ottawa River during a record rainstorm earlier this month, cities are still catching up with the natural protection systems that can make a difference when engineered infrastructure is overwhelmed by severe weather.

When Storm Sewers Can’t Cope, ‘Sponge Cities’ Help Absorb the Overflow

While it may not have been “feasible” to prevent 300 million litres of untreated water from flowing into the Ottawa River during a record rainstorm earlier this month, cities are still catching up with the natural protection systems that can make a difference when engineered infrastructure is overwhelmed by severe weather.

The town of Enterprise, Northwest Territories is “90% gone”, multiple communities are under evacuation orders, Yellowknife was placed under an evacuation alert Tuesday evening, and the city’s Stanton Territorial Hospital is transferring intensive and extended care patients to the south, as wildfires in the vicinity of Great Slave Lake rage out of control.

Enterprise, NWT Burns to the Ground as Wildfires Ravage Northern Communities

The town of Enterprise, Northwest Territories is “90% gone”, multiple communities are under evacuation orders, Yellowknife was placed under an evacuation alert Tuesday evening, and the city’s Stanton Territorial Hospital is transferring intensive and extended care patients to the south, as wildfires in the vicinity of Great Slave Lake rage out of control.

A Montana judge on Monday sided with young environmental activists who said state agencies were violating their constitutional right to a clean and healthful environment by permitting fossil fuel development without considering its effect on the climate.

Montana Judge Backs Climate Youth in ‘Sweeping Constitutional Win’

A Montana judge on Monday sided with young environmental activists who said state agencies were violating their constitutional right to a clean and healthful environment by permitting fossil fuel development without considering its effect on the climate.

A “truly unprecedented” report by Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk shows that the Doug Ford government’s “Greenbelt land grab” was never about building affordable housing on a treasured expanse that 83% of Ontarians and 76% of Progressive Conservative voters want to see protected, veteran Greenbelt advocate Burkhard Mausberg writes, in a blistering analysis piece for the Toronto Star.

Greenbelt Land Grab Wasn’t About Affordable Housing, ‘Unprecedented’ AG Report Shows

A “truly unprecedented” report by Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk shows that the Doug Ford government’s “Greenbelt land grab” was never about building affordable housing on a treasured expanse that 83% of Ontarians and 76% of Progressive Conservative voters want to see protected, veteran Greenbelt advocate Burkhard Mausberg writes, in a blistering analysis piece for the Toronto Star.

As the death toll from the wildfire that incinerated Lāhainā, Hawai’i climbs, the phenomenon of “flash drought” after decades of ecosystem-destroying plantation farming is emerging as a proximate trigger for the catastrophe.

‘Flash Drought’ in Hawai’i Fuels Deadliest U.S. Wildfires in 100 Years

As the death toll from the wildfire that incinerated Lāhainā, Hawai’i climbs, the phenomenon of “flash drought” after decades of ecosystem-destroying plantation farming is emerging as a proximate trigger for the catastrophe.

Local restoration companies are raising concerns about the condition of Ottawa’s sewer system after record rainfall last week triggered what one small business owner called a “mayhem” of flooding and damage.

Ottawa’s Record Rain Produces ‘Mayhem’ of Flooded Basements, Health Risks

Local restoration companies are raising concerns about the condition of Ottawa’s sewer system after record rainfall last week triggered what one small business owner called a “mayhem” of flooding and damage.

As municipal zoning rules limit space for solar and wind projects, finding less disruptive locations with the aid of environmental and social data may become key to balancing renewable energy growth with local needs.

Local Buffer Zones Could Cut U.S. Renewables Potential by 42%

As municipal zoning rules limit space for solar and wind projects, finding less disruptive locations with the aid of environmental and social data may become key to balancing renewable energy growth with local needs.

With global gas demand nearing its peak, experts are pointing to the potential for a

Looming Peak in Global Gas Demand Could Mean ‘Triple Win’ for Climate

With global gas demand nearing its peak, experts are pointing to the potential for a “triple win” in climate, economy, and energy security—as long as policy-makers around the world seize the moment to cut their consumption by 110 billion cubic metres per year until 2030.

In the months after the United Nations Biodiversity Conference, COP 15 in Montreal last December, Canada and many provinces committed to more ambitious measures to protect nature, aimed at protecting 30% of lands and oceans by 2030. Research by EcoAnalytics (EcoA), the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), and others shows that Canadians are pretty unanimous in their support of the protection of biodiversity—in theory, at least. 

Talking Policy: Compelling Frames for Talking About Nature Conservation

In the months after the United Nations Biodiversity Conference, COP 15 in Montreal last December, Canada and many provinces committed to more ambitious measures to protect nature, aimed at protecting 30% of lands and oceans by 2030. Research by EcoAnalytics (EcoA), the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), and others shows that Canadians are pretty unanimous in their support of the protection of biodiversity—in theory, at least. 

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One Enbridge Pipeline Breaches Minnesota Aquifer, Another Faces Closure in Michigan

A fourth aquifer breach has been confirmed in northern Minnesota stemming from a Canadian oil company’s construction of an oil pipeline replacement in the region, state officials said late last month.

Though the solar industry is moving to distance itself from human rights abuses in China’s Uyghur region, experts are warning that supply chains still include products from the area, as companies become increasingly opaque about their sourcing.

Solar Firms Less Transparent about Panels from China’s Uyghur Region

Though the solar industry is moving to distance itself from human rights abuses in China’s Uyghur region, experts are warning that supply chains still include products from the area, as companies become increasingly opaque about their sourcing.

The fearsome heatwaves that seared western North America, southern Europe, and China in July would have been “virtually impossible” without climate change, a new study has found.

Climate Change Made North America Heatwave 1,000x More Likely, Study Finds

The fearsome heatwaves that seared western North America, southern Europe, and China in July would have been “virtually impossible” without climate change, a new study has found.

Proponents of Passive House, a globally recognized standard for energy-efficient building design, say multi-family Passive House projects in the United States have hit cost parity with conventionally designed buildings, but systemic inertia is holding back widespread adoption.

Building Sector ‘Inertia’ Impedes Multi-Family Passive House Projects

Proponents of Passive House, a globally recognized standard for energy-efficient building design, say multi-family Passive House projects in the United States have hit cost parity with conventionally designed buildings, but systemic inertia is holding back widespread adoption.

Climate change is driving up insurance rates and raising questions about whether private coverage will even be available for some Canadians in the future.

Extreme Climate Risk Drives Up Canadian Insurance Rates, May Limit Future Coverage

Climate change is driving up insurance rates and raising questions about whether private coverage will even be available for some Canadians in the future.

Four years after Montreal decided to make a 2.5-kilometre stretch of a busy downtown artery car-free every summer, the transformation continues to receive rave reviews from users and local businesses.

Montreal Adds Nine More Car-Free Streets after ‘Mind Blowing’ Success

Four years after Montreal decided to make a 2.5-kilometre stretch of a busy downtown artery car-free every summer, the transformation continues to receive rave reviews from users and local businesses.

The successful resettlement of Puerto Ricans in Buffalo after Hurricane María shows how climate migration is an adaptation strategy that can benefit everyone: those who welcome refugees with open arms and those in desperate need of safe haven.

Puerto Rican Climate Migrants Find Refuge in Buffalo

The successful resettlement of Puerto Ricans in Buffalo after Hurricane María shows how climate migration is an adaptation strategy that can benefit everyone: those who welcome refugees with open arms and those in desperate need of safe haven.

Calgary-based oil exploration company ReconAfrica says it has raised C$9.7 million to look for oil in Namibia—a week after civil society groups called on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV) to deny regulatory approval for the company’s new share listing.

Major Stock Exchange Urged to Rebuff ReconAfrica’s Oil Exploration Plan in Namibia

Calgary-based oil exploration company ReconAfrica says it has raised C$9.7 million to look for oil in Namibia—a week after civil society groups called on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV) to deny regulatory approval for the company’s new share listing.

Canada cannot meet its climate targets without ensuring that the one-third of Canadians who live in apartments and condos have access to electric vehicle charging infrastructure, says The Atmospheric Fund.

Canada’s Climate Goals Hinge On EV Charging, Advocates Say

Canada cannot meet its climate targets without ensuring that the one-third of Canadians who live in apartments and condos have access to electric vehicle charging infrastructure, says The Atmospheric Fund.

Germany has its sights set on producing vast amounts of renewable energy, and that activity is already creating more jobs than there are people to fill them, writes Iron & Earth Executive Director Luisa Da Silva. Canada is looking to add 419,000 jobs by 2050.

Germany’s Green Jobs Transition Holds Lessons for Canada

Germany has its sights set on producing vast amounts of renewable energy, and that activity is already creating more jobs than there are people to fill them, writes Iron & Earth Executive Director Luisa Da Silva. Canada is looking to add 419,000 jobs by 2050.

Inuvik, NWT is one of several places in the ice-rich Beaufort Delta where scientists are monitoring the permafrost and other environmental changes. As the Arctic warms faster than anywhere else in the world, they say permafrost degradation is having far-reaching effects.

Permafrost Research Traces Climate Impacts in NWT’s Beaufort Delta

Inuvik, NWT is one of several places in the ice-rich Beaufort Delta where scientists are monitoring the permafrost and other environmental changes. As the Arctic warms faster than anywhere else in the world, they say permafrost degradation is having far-reaching effects.

As lithium producers warn of shortages amid a global push for electrification, oil and gas companies are making forays into extracting the in-demand metal—and banking on nascent technologies to “become big in lithium.”

Big Oil Ventures into Lithium Production Amid Looming Shortages

As lithium producers warn of shortages amid a global push for electrification, oil and gas companies are making forays into extracting the in-demand metal—and banking on nascent technologies to “become big in lithium.”

Doughnut economics, an emerging theory that hit upon a sustainability sweet spot—where all peoples’ needs are met without hurting the planet—is gaining acceptance in the first Canadian city to embrace it, despite initial challenges and opposition.

Doughnut Economics Takes Hold in Nanaimo, B.C.

Doughnut economics, an emerging theory that hit upon a sustainability sweet spot—where all peoples’ needs are met without hurting the planet—is gaining acceptance in the first Canadian city to embrace it, despite initial challenges and opposition.

A longstanding “Indigenous Uber” service in Fresno Country, California has made the transition to electric vehicles, giving the area’s farmworkers and other low-income residents access to affordable, low-emissions transport.

Rural Electric Shuttle Program Builds on ‘Indigenous Uber’ Tradition

A longstanding “Indigenous Uber” service in Fresno Country, California has made the transition to electric vehicles, giving the area’s farmworkers and other low-income residents access to affordable, low-emissions transport.

Toxic air pollution and groundwater contamination from an extended network of gas stations is a multi-billion-dollar problem across the United States and beyond, and it’s set to get worse as the latest generation of underground storage tanks reach the end of their 30-year lifespans.

Gas Stations Leave Behind Toxic Pollution as Business ‘Starts to Crumble’

Toxic air pollution and groundwater contamination from an extended network of gas stations is a multi-billion-dollar problem across the United States and beyond, and it’s set to get worse as the latest generation of underground storage tanks reach the end of their 30-year lifespans.

As Canadian sheep farmers look beyond the spinning wheel for a wool market, studies show that nitrogen-rich wool pellets could replace climate-busting synthetic fertilizers in food production, creating a circular economy that helps mitigate the heavy carbon footprint of wool itself.

Alberta Sheep Farmers Spin Waste Wool as Clean Alternative to Nitrogen Fertilizer

As Canadian sheep farmers look beyond the spinning wheel for a wool market, studies show that nitrogen-rich wool pellets could replace climate-busting synthetic fertilizers in food production, creating a circular economy that helps mitigate the heavy carbon footprint of wool itself.

A Greek air force water-dropping plane crashed while diving into a wildfire in southern Greece on Tuesday, killing both pilots, as authorities battled blazes that have been raging for days across the country amid a return of heat wave temperatures.

Two Water-Dropper Pilots Dead as Heat, Wildfires Ravage Mediterranean

A Greek air force water-dropping plane crashed while diving into a wildfire in southern Greece on Tuesday, killing both pilots, as authorities battled blazes that have been raging for days across the country amid a return of heat wave temperatures.

Katharine Hayhoe, chief scientist for the Nature Conservancy, is calling for action to protect and rebuild ocean ecosystems that are endangered by climate change.

Protect and Restore Ocean Ecosystems, Hayhoe Urges

Katharine Hayhoe, chief scientist for the Nature Conservancy, is calling for action to protect and rebuild ocean ecosystems that are endangered by climate change.

A heatwave in the Gaza Strip with temperatures reaching 38°C has worsened power outages and sparked calls for protests from residents who lack electricity for cooling.

Gaza Strip Faces Scorching Heat Amid Severe Power Shortages

A heatwave in the Gaza Strip with temperatures reaching 38°C has worsened power outages and sparked calls for protests from residents who lack electricity for cooling.

Explosive renewable energy growth means the fossil fuel era is over in the global electricity sector, but the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) still projects that overall fuel demand will rise by 2.2% in 2024, with oil consumption climbing by 2.25 million barrels per day.

OPEC Forecasts Rising Demand Despite Predicted Fossil Fuel Peak

Explosive renewable energy growth means the fossil fuel era is over in the global electricity sector, but the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) still projects that overall fuel demand will rise by 2.2% in 2024, with oil consumption climbing by 2.25 million barrels per day.

Four people including two children are missing after torrential rains in Nova Scotia, described as a “biblical emergency” by one local reporter, flooded homes, washed out highways, left 40,000 households without power, and briefly threatened a catastrophic dam breach over the weekend.

Four Missing in ‘Biblical Emergency’ as Nova Scotia Faces Torrential Rains

Four people including two children are missing after torrential rains in Nova Scotia, described as a “biblical emergency” by one local reporter, flooded homes, washed out highways, left 40,000 households without power, and briefly threatened a catastrophic dam breach over the weekend.

As heat-stricken municipalities everywhere turn to cooling centres to protect vulnerable citizens, some public health and climate adaptation experts are beginning to confront the challenge of making the facilities known and accessible to the people who need them most.

Cooling Centres Must Be Known, Accessible to Those Who Need Them Most

As heat-stricken municipalities everywhere turn to cooling centres to protect vulnerable citizens, some public health and climate adaptation experts are beginning to confront the challenge of making the facilities known and accessible to the people who need them most.

While agriculture ministers met for their annual federal-provincial-territorial meeting last week, farmers across Canada were considering how their sector can change as they struggle with increasingly variable climate conditions.

String of Bad Farming Seasons Points to ‘Hotter, Drier Future’

While agriculture ministers met for their annual federal-provincial-territorial meeting last week, farmers across Canada were considering how their sector can change as they struggle with increasingly variable climate conditions.

Whether you call it a “sponge park” or an example of phytotechnology in practice, Montreal’s Brewster Park is due to be transformed into a serious contributor to the city’s flood control effort—and a better place for kids to play.

Montreal ‘Sponge Park’ to Bolster Neighbourhood Flood Control

Whether you call it a “sponge park” or an example of phytotechnology in practice, Montreal’s Brewster Park is due to be transformed into a serious contributor to the city’s flood control effort—and a better place for kids to play.

As Spain suffers through yet another terrifying heat wave, researchers at the Higher Technical School of Engineering at the University of Seville have unveiled a new pilot project designed prevent heat stroke while locals wait for the bus.

Seville’s ‘Bioclimatic Bus Stops’ Could Cut Temperatures by 20°C

As Spain suffers through yet another terrifying heat wave, researchers at the Higher Technical School of Engineering at the University of Seville have unveiled a new pilot project designed prevent heat stroke while locals wait for the bus.

Cost- and energy-saving solar microgrids are coming to eight public buildings in San Diego—with a substantial boost from Shell New Energies, a subsidiary of the British oil giant.

Eight Solar Microgrids in San Diego to Deliver Clean Energy, Local Resilience

Cost- and energy-saving solar microgrids are coming to eight public buildings in San Diego—with a substantial boost from Shell New Energies, a subsidiary of the British oil giant.

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Locally-Led Adaptation Must Align Resources with Community Needs

Making good on the promise of climate adaptation that is truly “locally-led” and thereby focused on community resilience means “radical shifts” in the distribution of resources and power, says an international team of adaptation researchers.

Governments and institutions are struggling to keep up with climate change, even as millions of people across the globe suffer record-setting heat waves and wildfires and global average temperatures reach their highest levels in 120,000 years.

Extreme Heat, Wildfires Ravage Communities as Official Climate Response Falters

Governments and institutions are struggling to keep up with climate change, even as millions of people across the globe suffer record-setting heat waves and wildfires and global average temperatures reach their highest levels in 120,000 years.

The premiers of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia say they will apply for federal funding to help protect a vital land corridor linking the two provinces.

NB and NS Apply for Federal Funds, Threaten Court Action to Protect Crucial Isthmus

The premiers of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia say they will apply for federal funding to help protect a vital land corridor linking the two provinces.

As the International Energy Agency concludes that a surge in investment may bridge the critical minerals supply and demand gap by 2030, other researchers are suggesting another approach to closing in on climate goals: smaller electric vehicles.

Smaller Cars Could Slash Demand for Critical Metals, Report Finds

As the International Energy Agency concludes that a surge in investment may bridge the critical minerals supply and demand gap by 2030, other researchers are suggesting another approach to closing in on climate goals: smaller electric vehicles.

After four years of rising destruction in Brazil's Amazon, deforestation dropped by 33.6% during the first six months of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's administration, according to government satellite data released earlier this month.

Amazon Deforestation Drops 34% in Lula’s First Six Months

After four years of rising destruction in Brazil’s Amazon, deforestation dropped by 33.6% during the first six months of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s administration, according to government satellite data released earlier this month.

Canadians are paying more for insurance as risks related to climate change become more severe, but they're still

Canadians Pay More for Insurance, More Americans Shut Out as Climate Impacts Mount

Canadians are paying more for insurance as risks related to climate change become more severe, but they’re still “for the most part, insurable” while more Americans lose their coverage, a senior industry executive says.

Solar, wind, and battery storage have been growing far faster than most energy models ever predicted, but not yet fast enough to deliver a 1.5°C climate future, concludes a new analysis released this month by RMI, the Colorado think tank previously known as the Rocky Mountain Institute.

Renewables Surge but Faster Action Needed to Hit 1.5°C

Solar, wind, and battery storage have been growing far faster than most energy models ever predicted, but not yet fast enough to deliver a 1.5°C climate future, concludes a new analysis released this month by RMI, the Colorado think tank previously known as the Rocky Mountain Institute.

Ottawa will temporarily halt new solar, wind, and bioenergy projects as the city redefines zoning for large-scale renewable energy facilities in order to safeguard agricultural land.

City of Ottawa Hits Pause on New Renewables

Ottawa will temporarily halt new solar, wind, and bioenergy projects as the city redefines zoning for large-scale renewable energy facilities in order to safeguard agricultural land.

Natural disasters can be dramatic—barreling hurricanes, building-toppling tornadoes—but heat is more deadly. Chicago learned that the hard way in 1995.

Chicago Learns from 1995 Heat Wave but ‘Thermal Inequality’ Magnifies Risk

Natural disasters can be dramatic—barreling hurricanes, building-toppling tornadoes—but heat is more deadly. Chicago learned that the hard way in 1995.

Intensive human activity and global heating are warming the ground beneath downtown Chicago, a thermal shift that is causing tiny underground deformations that can undermine the integrity of buildings, say researchers.

‘Underground Climate Change’ Strains Building Foundations

Intensive human activity and global heating are warming the ground beneath downtown Chicago, a thermal shift that is causing tiny underground deformations that can undermine the integrity of buildings, say researchers.

Unprecedented wildfires in Canada have already torched more than nine million hectares of land this year, but officials are worried that the scorching summer to come will only worsen conditions, and warn of dire health hazards from the smoke for front-line workers and the general public.

Canada’s Record-Shattering Wildfire Season Set to Worsen as Summer Intensifies

Unprecedented wildfires in Canada have already torched more than nine million hectares of land this year, but officials are worried that the scorching summer to come will only worsen conditions, and warn of dire health hazards from the smoke for front-line workers and the general public.

Heat exhaustion and visions of death after a short walk down the street on one 46°C day in Phoenix, Arizona, led American author Jeff Goodell down a three-year journey examining the dangers of extreme heat: its effect on our bodies, glaciers, sea levels, infrastructure, and more.

‘Ignore Extreme Heat at Our Peril’: Insights From Under a Heat Dome

Heat exhaustion and visions of death after a short walk down the street on one 46°C day in Phoenix, Arizona, led American author Jeff Goodell down a three-year journey examining the dangers of extreme heat: its effect on our bodies, glaciers, sea levels, infrastructure, and more.

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Climate Models Understate Risk of Simultaneous Crop Failures, Study Finds

A new study finds that widely-used climate models have a blind spot for how extreme weather events affect food production when multiple regions are hit at the same time, thereby underestimating the threat that climate change poses to global food security.

Nova Scotia's power utility plans to convert a coal-burning electricity station in Cape Breton to burn heavy fuel oil once federal regulations phase out coal entirely in 2030.

Nova Scotia to Convert Cape Breton Coal Plant to Burn Oil

Nova Scotia’s power utility plans to convert a coal-burning electricity station in Cape Breton to burn heavy fuel oil once federal regulations phase out coal entirely in 2030.

A global survey has found that more than 25% of mobility users in big cities are thinking of ditching their private cars in favour of shared mobility options—an emerging shift that presents cities with a host of logistical and regulatory challenges.

1/4 of City Dwellers Mull Ditching Cars for Shared Mobility, Survey Finds

A global survey has found that more than 25% of mobility users in big cities are thinking of ditching their private cars in favour of shared mobility options—an emerging shift that presents cities with a host of logistical and regulatory challenges.

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Climate Advisors Pitch Alternatives to B.C.’s Free AC Plan

The heat pump versus air conditioners debate is running hot in British Columbia this summer, with climate experts critiquing Premier David Eby’s plan to spend C$10 million on 8,000 free air conditioners for the province’s most vulnerable populations.