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AG: Ontario not using ‘sound evidence’ in climate change plan

CBC News / Nick Boisvert / 04 December 2019

Ontario’s auditor general says the Ford government’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and battle climate change is not supported by sound evidence.

Bonnie Lysysk’s 2019 report found that Ontario is overestimating the potential impact of its new environmental plan.

She said the government has also miscalculated some estimates and made policy changes that could discourage further emission reductions.

“Our office’s analysis found that the emissions reductions in the plan are not yet supported by sound evidence,” Lysysk writes in the report.

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Climate emergency: world ‘may have crossed tipping points’

The Guardian / Damian Carrington / 27 November 2019

Tipping points are reached when particular impacts of global heating become unstoppable, such as the runaway loss of ice sheets or forests. In the past, extreme heating of 5C was thought necessary to pass tipping points, but the latest evidence suggests this could happen between 1C and 2C.

The planet has already heated by 1C and the temperature is certain to rise further, due to past emissions and because greenhouse gas levels are still rising. The scientists further warn that one tipping point, such as the release of methane from thawing permafrost, may fuel others, leading to a cascade.

The researchers, writing in a commentary article in the journal Nature, acknowledge that the complex science of tipping points means great uncertainty remains. But they say the potential damage from the tipping points is so big and the time to act so short, that “to err on the side of danger is not a responsible option”. They call for urgent international action.

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It bears repeating: renewables alone won’t end climate crisis

The Tyee / Andrew Nikiforuk / 19 November 2019

To [esteemed Canadian energy analyst David] Hughes, the implications are clear: “What this means is that we have to look at downsizing, degrowth, using less. The math doesn’t work to keep the party going with renewables.” Ecologist [William] Rees delivered the same message a week ago in The Tyee.

Note that Hughes is not saying we shouldn’t build lots of renewables. What he is saying is that we need to radically reduce energy consumption and use renewables to actually retire fossil fuel infrastructure. (To date, the evidence shows that we have largely used renewables to consume more energy.)

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Bank of Canada announces a plan to prepare for climate shocks

National Observer / Carl Meyer / 21 November 2019

The Bank of Canada says it wants to develop ways to stress-test how the country’s financial system will hold up against the possibility of punishing future scenarios borne by the climate emergency.

The initiative is part of a broader research agenda on climate change, announced this week by Bank of Canada senior deputy governor Carolyn A. Wilkins during a speech in Montreal.

“The Bank is devoting analytical firepower to understanding how climate risks are shaping the macroeconomy and financial system,” Wilkins said.

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Where Durham stands on climate change

The Oshawa Express / Chris Jones / 19 November 2019

Durham Region has developed a new $5 million climate mitigation and environment reserve fund, with more plans forthcoming.

Staff hopes to implement climate mitigation and adaptation initiatives with benefits to long-term sustainability, and also to improve energy efficiency, innovation and climate resiliency.

There is also a hope the co-ordination and integration of corporate and community climate mitigation and adaptation initiatives, and the effective communication of said initiatives across programs to regional council, and the Durham Region Roundtable on Climate Change will also combat climate change.

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Net zero by 2050: London city staff unveil recommendations

Global News / Jacquelyn LeBel / 20 November 2019

London city staff are unveiling a proposal to develop a comprehensive action plan to get the city to net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, seven months after the city declared a climate emergency.

A report going to the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee on Monday outlines actions that can be taken immediately, actions to take within the next four months, and actions to take within one year — all with the goal of reducing energy use and increasing climate change mitigation.

“As you can imagine, there are lots of people that work at the city, lots of things the city is responsible for, lots of things the city does,” said Mike Fabro, manager of sustainability and resiliency at the City of London.

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