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How the U.S. election result will shape Canadian climate policy

In the News   |   November 4, 2020

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Once the votes have been counted, Americans will either have elected a new president with by far the most ambitious climate-change plan of anyone who has held the office, or re-elected a climate-change denier. Never... read more

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Ottawa’s climate-change policies fail to protect First Nations against food scarcity: study

In the News   |   October 22, 2020

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Federal climate-change policies have largely ignored the effects of global warming on First Nations’ access to traditional food, leaving Indigenous people increasingly vulnerable to food shortages and related health problems, according to an 18-month study... read more

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Scientists tally nitrogen threat to climate

In the News   |   October 9, 2020

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Human activity, primarily through the use of industrial fertilizers, has nearly doubled the world’s atmospheric concentration of nitrous oxide and made the gas a more significant contributor to global warming than previously thought, an international... read more

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Youth argue in lawsuit that courts must force Ottawa to take climate action

In the News   |   October 2, 2020

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A group of Canadian children and youth told a Federal Court judge on Wednesday that the courts need to take control of the federal government’s fight against climate change. The group – 15 people between... read more

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Climate change leaves the Rhine, Danube and Europe’s other commercial arteries in danger of running dry

In the News   |   September 28, 2020

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Low water threatens to cut off waterways more often, and less predictably, than ever before – and the alternatives to river shipping are potentially even worse for emissions In the late summer of 2018, Ben... read more

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Arguments that federal carbon pricing encroaches on provincial powers met with skepticism at Supreme Court

In the News   |   September 23, 2020

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Provincial governments arguing that the centrepiece of Ottawa’s plan to combat climate change intrudes on their powers met a wall of skepticism at the Supreme Court of Canada on Tuesday. Federal law sets minimum national... read more

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How a bison herd is bringing hope to a Saskatchewan First Nation

In the News   |   August 28, 2020

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The stately creatures that once roamed the prairies were initially bought as food security during the pandemic, but now are reconnecting community members with their past. Alongside a dirt road in Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation, community... read more

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Majority of polar bear populations on course to vanish by end of century

In the News   |   July 21, 2020

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As climate change disproportionately warms the Arctic, the future looks increasingly bleak for one of the region’s most iconic species, an international team of researchers has found. Specifically, if greenhouse gas emissions remain unchecked, “then... read more

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Growing Arctic waves set to menace coasts, scientists say

In the News   |   July 8, 2020

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As summer sea ice disappears in the far north due to climate change, massive swells are expected to roil Canada’s Arctic waters later this century with potentially dire consequences for coastal communities and burgeoning shipping... read more

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Canadian Arctic awash in microplastics, study finds

Articles of Interest   |   June 18, 2020

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Canada’s Arctic waters are widely contaminated by microplastics – minuscule particles and fibres that come from plastic debris that has broken down and remains in the environment with unknown effects. In the first large-scale survey... read more

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Climate change could leave billions in areas unsuitable for human life

In the News   |   May 5, 2020

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From penguins to possums, every species on Earth lives within a geographic range that is largely defined by climate – a comfort zone outside of which individual members of the species are rarely encountered. So,... read more

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On Earth Day, photographer Edward Burtynsky reflects on our duty as stewards of nature

Articles of Interest   |   April 22, 2020

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The Canadian artist writes that ‘the global call to action against COVID-19 is a test run for our inevitable fight with climate change – and that time is looming’ Edward Burtynsky is an internationally renowned... read more

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What’s happening to the Arctic’s vanishing glaciers? As melting speeds up, we’ll find out soon

Discussion Topics   |   April 15, 2020

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The North is melting five times faster than it was before 2005, with alarming implications for global sea levels, Indigenous people and Arctic ecosystems. When federal scientists working in the High Arctic began monitoring a... read more

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Nearly two-thirds of North American bird species under survival threat due to climate change: Audubon society

Discussion Topics   |   April 13, 2020

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Nearly two-thirds of all bird species in North America will be at an increased risk of extinction if the world does not act to reign in climate change, a new report has found. Among the... read more

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Canada to release list of proposed banned plastic products in months, minister says

Discussion Topics   |   April 9, 2020

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Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says Ottawa is on track to meet its 2021 target for regulations banning certain single-use plastics, which he said would likely include bags and straws. In an interview with The Globe... read more

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