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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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UCLG: No appetite for declaring climate emergency

Recorder & Times / Sabrina Bedford / 05 October 2019

Mayors in Leeds and Grenville are not keen on the idea of declaring a climate emergency, but they are willing to look at what they can do from an operational standpoint to reduce waste.

Michèle Andrews, a member of the grassroots group Sustainable Merrickville-Wolford, asked the United Counties to declare a climate emergency and initiate a task force to create a climate action plan for the counties.

“So many of us are already experiencing the very real, immediate, local impacts from the climate crisis, be it in recent floods, air and water quality questions, and the significant increase in Lyme disease in our area,” she said in a report to council Tuesday.

People are concerned, she said, and looking for ways to take practical steps to make a difference. This is where declaring a climate emergency at the counties level would come into play, she added.

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Frontenac Arch UNESCO mandate renewed

Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 30 October 2019

The local biosphere group also used the occasion to announce the start of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Climate Action Team, which has an initial goal of organizing a youth climate summit for high school students within the Frontenac Arch area in April 2020.

The aim is to have a student-organized and driven effort, with student teams developing climate action plans for their schools and communities.

Longtime network board member Gary Clarke said the initiative stems from a visit a year ago to an event in Tupper Lake, where locals were impressed with the level of youth enthusiasm for taking on the challenges of climate change.

Next week, five students from Brockville Collegiate Institute will represent Canada at the 11th Adirondack Youth Climate Summit, held at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, in preparation for the planned summit here next year, added Clarke.

“The time for marching is over,” said Clarke. “It’s time to address the problem in concrete ways.”

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Candidates view issues through a green lens

Recorder & Times / Wayne Lowrie / 03 October 2019

In the auditorium of the Aquatarium on Wednesday night, everyone was green.

The third local all-candidates meeting focused solely on environmental issues and the four election hopefuls strove to put their best green foot forward.

Three of them – the NDP, Liberal and Green candidates – proclaimed the environment as the most important issue of the federal election campaign while the Conservative was close behind, declaring that it is “so important.”

They responded to questions on climate change, water, wilderness conservation and toxic substances that were written by the national group called 100 Debates on the Environment. The questions were prefixed by the writers’ long declarations raising alarms about the environment.

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