REGIONAL

  • From Accra to Brockville, for the good of the planet
    Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 14 August 2020
    At the Gord Watts Municipal Centre, on a sweltering Thursday afternoon, Nana Adjei heads from the main building to the compost site – by bicycle. It's a sign of his passion for the environment, and the little things all of us can do to help it heal. That passion has taken the city's newest solid waste supervisor and compost manager across an ocean into unfamiliar territory, all in an effort to learn more about environmental action and, he hopes, to help make things better in his native country …
  • Indoor farm start-up seals deal with Farm Boy
    Fieldless Farms / Media release / 05 August 2020
    Fieldless Farms, a local Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) start-up, announced today that its cut lettuce mixes have hit shelves in Farm Boy stores. This is an important step for the company, which aims to bring year-round local produce to Canadians and reduce the country's dependency on foreign imports […] The company's first farm in Cornwall, Ontario—which grows leafy greens using highly controlled environments, renewable energy, and without herbicides or pesticides—reached full …
  • Lanark County moves forward with Climate Action Plan
    Lanark County / Media Release / 27 July 2020
    Since adopting its Climate Action Plan in January 2020, Lanark County has taken some decisive actions towards achieving goals for sustainability. Protecting and enhancing the natural environment is a core strategy in the county's 2005 Strategic Plan, and council established "climate and environment" as one of its top five priorities for this term. "We need a holistic approach with a multitude of strategies in order to reach a level of sustainability in our county," explains CAO Kurt Greaves …

ONTARIO

  • Ontario launches climate change impact assessment
    Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks / 14 August 2020
    The Ontario government has selected a consulting team led by the Climate Risk Institute to conduct the province’s first-ever multi-sector climate change impact assessment. The study will use the best science and information to better understand where and how climate change is likely to affect communities, critical infrastructure, economies and the natural environment, while helping to strengthen the province’s resilience to the impacts of climate change […] As part of its …
  • Manitoulin Island prepares for climate change
    Manitoulin Expositor / 14 August 2020
    Smart Green Communities, a reThink Green program working in consultation with municipalities, townships and First Nation communities throughout Manitoulin Island and the North Shore, has launched a public consultation on two regional energy and emissions plans (REEPs): a two-year study of the region's collective greenhouse emissions and what that means for the future. The primary goal of the REEPs is to assist these communities in meeting their energy and emission reduction goals by …

CANADA

  • Canada's last intact Arctic ice shelf collapses
    The Energy Mix / 9 August 2020
    The Milne Ice Shelf on Ellesmere Island, the last fully intact ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic, has collapsed, after losing 40% of its area over a two-day span at the end of July, Reuters reports. "This was the largest remaining intact ice shelf, and it's disintegrated, basically," said University of Ottawa glaciologist Luke Copland. "Entire cities are that size," he added. "These are big pieces of ice." In an early August tweet, the Canadian Ice Service said the collapse produced a …
  • Media brief: Geothermal energy and its potential in Canada
    Clean Energy Canada / 26 July 2020
    As Canada navigates the energy transition, a spectrum of zero-emission energy sources will be increasingly needed. Many parts of Canada are home to the natural conditions required for the extraction of geothermal energy, specifically in parts of Western Canada. It is also home to many workers with expertise in oil and gas extraction—a skillset that could also be applied to the geothermal industry. However, the geothermal industry is less developed in Canada than in comparable countries around …
  • "Use community power, grassroot investment to fuel recovery"
    The Energy Mix / 13 August 2020
    A group of seven renewable energy co-ops from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Nova Scotia is calling on the federal government to emphasize community power procurement, deep energy retrofits, and smart grid development in economic stimulus responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. "This stimulus would unlock untapped community capital for the fight against climate change, as a means to immediately create green jobs across the country and, most importantly, build a bipartisan support base for …
  • Task force urges $50B for 'bold', resilient recovery
    The Energy Mix / 23 July 2020
    An independent task force of Canadian finance and policy experts is calling on the federal government to invest C$50 billion over the next five years in five "bold moves for a resilient recovery", with a $27-billion building energy retrofit program leading a list of 22 specific policy measures. A resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic "means getting Canadians back to work at the same time as supporting the jobs, infrastructure, and growth that will keep Canada competitive in the clean …
  • Why cities are planting more 'food forests'
    CBC News / Emily Chung / 23 July 2020
    Many of us see forests as places to walk, hike and enjoy nature. But more and more cities are planting “food forests” — not just for strolling through, but for growing fruits and veggies. At the Cowichan Green Community Food Forest in Duncan, B.C., visitors can amble along green microclover pathways in the shade of big-leaf maple trees to pick herbs such as rosemary and savory, vegetables like asparagus, as well as fruits, including salmonberries, grapes, plums, kiwis and figs — for …
  • Peat fires will become more common in Canada
    CBC News / Sonya Buyting, Emily Rendell-Watson / 01 August 2020
    As a result of climate change, peatlands are becoming hotter and drier, and thus more susceptible to the type of blazes we’re witnessing in Siberia. “We now know that peatlands around the world, from the Arctic all the way to the tropics, are indeed vulnerable to wildfire,” said [ecosystem ecologist Merritt] Turetsky. Calling peat-burning one of the most important environmental topics, Turetsky said “the Arctic literally has a fever and is literally on fire.” Peat …

THE BIG PICTURE

  • How cutting speed limits could slow climate change
    CBC News / Emily Chung / 13 August 2020
    According to Natural Resources Canada, driving a vehicle with an internal combustion engine at 120 km/h burns 20 per cent more fuel than driving at 100 km/h. An Ontario law that requires trucks to install technology to limit their speed to 105 km/h was estimated to have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 4.6 megatonnes between 2009 and 2020. That’s largely because air resistance increases exponentially at higher speeds, reducing a vehicle’s fuel efficiency and generating more …
  • Loss of bees causes shortage of key food crops, study finds
    The Guardian / Oliver Milman / 29 July 2020
    A lack of bees in agricultural areas is limiting the supply of some food crops, a new US-based study has found, suggesting that declines in the pollinators may have serious ramifications for global food security. Species of wild bees, such as bumblebees, are suffering from a loss of flowering habitat, the use of toxic pesticides and, increasingly, the climate crisis. Managed honeybees, meanwhile, are tended to by beekeepers, but have still been assailed by disease, leading to concerns that the …
  • Best and worst case scenarios less likely than thought
    The Guardian / Jonathan Watts, Graham Readfearn / 22 July 2020
    Doomsayers and hopemongers alike may need to revise their climate predictions after a study that almost rules out the most optimistic forecasts for global heating while downplaying the likelihood of worst-case scenarios. The international team of scientists involved in the research say they have narrowed the range of probable climate outcomes, which reduces the uncertainty that has long plagued public debate about this field. Their increased confidence about the sensitivity of the climate …
  • The great climate migration
    New York Times / Abrahm Lustgarten / 23 July 2020
    For most of human history, people have lived within a surprisingly narrow range of temperatures, in the places where the climate supported abundant food production. But as the planet warms, that band is suddenly shifting north. According to a pathbreaking recent study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the planet could see a greater temperature increase in the next 50 years than it did in the last 6,000 years combined. By 2070, the kind of extremely hot zones, like …
  • Strong efforts could still leave 710 million tons in the environment
    CBC News / Nicole Mortillaro / 24 July 2020
    The authors looked at different pathways ranging from business-as-usual, where no effort is made to reduce plastic pollution, to the best-case scenario, where multiple efforts are implemented, both upstream (at the production level) and downstream, like recycling and waste management. With business-as-usual, 29 million tons of plastic would be produced annually up until 2040. In the best-case scenario, that falls to 5 million tons. Put another way, it’s the difference between a total of …

STUFF YOU CAN DO

  • How to be eco-friendly in a pandemic
    The Guardian / Emine Saner / 29 July 2020
    With planes grounded, roads clear, emissions slashed and less noise and light pollution, at first it seemed the coronavirus pandemic might have an environmental benefit. But now the temporary respite is over and, as we venture back outside, it is clear that in other ways, things have got worse. Online shopping (with its excess packaging), disposable masks and gloves, the manufacture of visors and screens and an increase in takeaway food and drink have meant a boom in plastic just as people were …
  • Collapse: a helpful guide for the perplexed
    Small Farm Future / 27 July 2020
    I won't attempt anything but a cursory description of the literature analysing potential collapse, though I'd be interested to hear other people's suggestions for worthy contributions to it. Inevitably, that literature varies from the learned to the loopy. One of the cornerstones of collapse literature in modern times has been the Limits to Growth report emerging from researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and first published in 1972. Despite its academic pedigree, critics …
Transition Brockville reminds everyone of the need to stay safe, and to protect our loved ones and our community. Ontario has moved to Stage 3 recovery from the COVID-19 lockdown. Masks are still required in all enclosed public spaces and when physical distancing is a challenge. The virus is still highly infectious. With more places opening, our prevention measures are more important than ever to keep us all safe.
UPCOMING EVENTS

FAB Trails Festival 2020

Frontenac Arch Biosphere
WHEN: Friday, August 21 - Sunday, August 23

Join us and discover what makes this area a UNESCO biosphere! The festival will feature hiking throughout the biosphere, from Sydenham to Brockville. This is a fundraising event for our not-for-profit organization and 100% of registration fees go toward maintaining our region's UNESCO Biosphere designation.

$10 for an individual; $25 for a family. More info and registration: https://www.frontenacarchbiosphere.ca/love/fab-trails-festival


How does the Canadian electricity system work? A Q&A with Bullfrog Power

Bullfrog Power
WHEN: Thursday, August 27, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
WHERE: Online

The Canadian energy system is complex. We get a lot of questions about how it works, how it varies between provinces, and how electricity flows throughout Canada. In this webinar, we'll do our best to answer questions we've seen over the years and to share important facts about the energy system.

More details: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/how-does-the-canadian-electricity-system-work-a-qa-with-bullfrog-power-tickets-115133908620


Brockville's Municipal Household Hazardous and Special Waste Day

City of Brockville
WHEN: Saturday, August 29, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
WHERE: Crocker Crescent, Brockville

Residents of Brockville only. Identification may be requested.

  • All containers must be properly sealed
  • No medical, PCB, radioactive or explosive waste
  • No ammunition or flares
  • Material generated from households ONLY
  • No material from industrial, commercial, or institutional sources
  • Products must be in original containers
Traffic will be one-way. Please enter from the north, turning onto Crocker Crescent from Broome Road ONLY, and follow signage on event day.

Contact 613-342-8772 ext. 3220 or visit http://www.brockville.com/solidwaste for more information.