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Climate crisis fills top five places of WEF’s risks report

The Guardian / Larry Elliott / 15 January 2020

A year of extreme weather events and mounting evidence of global heating have catapulted the climate emergency to the top of the list of issues worrying the world’s elite.

The World Economic Forum’s annual risks report found that, for the first time in its 15-year history, the environment filled the top five places in the list of concerns likely to have a major impact over the next decade.

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Asset manager BlackRock to focus on climate change

CBC News / The Associated Press / 14 January 2020

BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, will make climate change central to its investment decisions.

Founder and CEO Laurence Fink, who oversees the management of about $7 trillion in funds, said in his influential annual letter to CEOs Tuesday that he believes we are “on the edge of a fundamental reshaping of finance” because of a warming planet.

Climate change has become the top issue raised by clients, Fink said, and will affect everything from municipal bonds to long-term mortgages for homes.

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COP 25 denounced as ‘utter failure’

Common Dreams / Julia Conley / 14 December 2019

Nearly 100 civil society organizations on Saturday released a joint statement condemning the U.S., Australia, the E.U., and other wealthy countries that emit much of the carbon that’s warming the planet, for insisting on a deal “only for the corporate elites, while damning people and the planet.”

As of Saturday, civil society groups including the Center for Biological Diversity, Oil Change International, and Friends of the Earth said, the deal that had been hammered out by the parties included an agenda brought by big polluters “straight to the halls of the U.N.” with the help of countries “historically most responsible for the climate crisis.”

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Climate change to push food prices higher

CTV News / Aleksandra Sagan / 04 December 2019

The average Canadian family will pay up to an extra $487 on feeding themselves next year, according to an annual food price report that highlights climate change as a major culprit for rising food prices, especially in the produce department.

Unexpected snowstorms, droughts and other weather events have impacted crops and food prices in the past, said Simon Somogyi, lead researcher from the University of Guelph.

But for 2020, he and others behind the report highlight climate change as the cause.

“We’re deliberately pointing out that, you know: climate change is causing the droughts, is causing the bad snowstorms that’s impacting prices,” he said.

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Red Rams bring back climate lessons

Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 28 November 2019

Five members of the new club at BCI recently attended the 11th annual Adirondack Youth Climate Summit, held at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, New York. The summit, held Nov. 6 and 7, focused on climate change and the role youth can play in addressing it.

Enviro Club members Danielle Storey, Lukas Redmond, Prutha Patel, Megan McKenna, and Meiling Segal were the only Canadian participants in the event, which brought together students from across New York State and a bit beyond. There were some 300 participants, roughly 250 of whom were students.

The summit focused on global warming and discussed ways students can mobilize their schools and communities to respond.

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Ontario appoints advisory panel on climate change

Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks / Media Release / 28 November 2019

The advisory panel on climate change consists of experts on climate change resiliency who have experience in a variety of sectors, including the not-for-profit, agriculture and insurance sectors. The panel includes Paul Kovacs as the Chair and Lynette Mader as the Vice-Chair.

“The knowledge exists to prevent losses from flooding, wildfire and other climate extremes,” said Mr. Kovacs. “Members of the advisory panel on climate change look forward to working with the Government of Ontario to champion climate resilience. Working together, we can break the alarming trend of rising severe weather damage to homes, businesses and public infrastructure. Action on climate resilience is a critical element of a comprehensive strategy on climate change.”

[ TB: In other words, no action on mitigation, just adaptation. ]

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