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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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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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Local leaders gather for climate action symposium

Windsor Star / Mary Caton / 26 November 2019

Representatives from municipalities across Essex County are scheduled to participate in a Climate Action Symposium at the University of Windsor on Friday.

Topics include climate emergencies and your municipality, the cost of doing nothing, community energy planning, engineering solutions for climate change and climate change and health.

“A year ago, together with the University of Windsor, we brought together municipalities and researchers for a workshop where we discussed whether to move forward collectively and what our priorities were for climate action,” said Claire Sanders, climate change specialist for the Essex Region Conservation Authority.

“The need for strategic, long-term planning was raised as a priority and there was consensus that a regional climate collaborative could help bring municipalities and other stakeholders together.

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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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The Transition Towns movement aims toward veering away from excessive consumption – to deal with the conjoined problems of peak oil and climate change – but also in the belief that we may create an essentially more contented society, through building strong and resilient local communities. We will get to know our neighbours better, because we shall all need one another in the time to come.

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