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Coverage of climate change since February 16, 2024.

Brazil's G20 presidency kicks off in Rio with foreign ministers meeting

"...RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Foreign ministers of the Group of 20 nations were gathering Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro to discuss poverty, climate change and heightened global tensions as Brazil takes on the annual presidency of the bloc..."

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B.C. is seeing a record number of

"...The mild and dry fall and winter have created perfect conditions for a record number of so-called “zombie fires. ”Zombie fires ignite and burn during the wildfire season, then go dormant over the winter period before reigniting again the following season in the spring, according to experts. They burn deep underground and remain undetected for a considerable amount of time before re-emerging..."

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Ottawa should scrap its oil and gas emissions cap plan : op-ed

"...Once again, Alberta is at odds with the federal government, this time over proposed regulations, which would impose a cap on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the oil and gas sector, with the goal of reducing emissions by 35 to 38 per cent by 2030 (relative to 2019 levels). The Smith government fiercely opposes these regulations and recently submitted formal feedback to Ottawa. While the federal government says these regulations are necessary to combat climate change, in the reality they will impose significant costs on Canadians without yielding detectable environmental benefits..."

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Liberal MP Andy Fillmore

"...“I am thinking very seriously about putting my name on the ballot,” Fillmore told reporters during a news conference on energy affordability Tuesday. This comes one week after current Halifax Mayor Mike Savage announced that his name won't be on the ballot for the next election. Savage has held the position since 2012, and said at the time that “12 years is long enough..."

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Maine wants to lead in offshore wind. The state's governor says she has location for a key wind port

"...The rapid deployment of renewable energy is critical to avoiding the worst impacts of climate change and protecting Maine wildlife, said Sarah Haggerty, conservation biologist and GIS manager with Maine Audubon. Floating offshore wind presents an incredible opportunity to generate a large amount of clean energy while successfully coexisting with Gulf wildlife..."

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Dandelions and shrubs to replace rubber, new grains and more: Are alternative crops realistic?

"...Cornish, a professor at Ohio State University who studies rubber alternatives, isn't the only one pouring energy into alternative crops like that desert shrub, guayule, or the rubber dandelions that bloom with yellow petals in the greenhouse where Cornish works. In Arizona, too, guayule thrives amidst drought, its blue-green leaves set apart from dry dirt at a research and development farm operated by the tire company Bridgestone. And in Nebraska and other parts of the central U..."

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Hot seawater killed most of cultivated coral in Florida Keys in setback for restoration effort

"...Record hot seawater killed more than three-quarters of human-cultivated coral that scientists had placed in the Florida Keys in recent years in an effort to prop up a threatened species thats highly vulnerable to climate change, researchers discovered..."

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Rejected: greenest mine of its kind wont be built in Manitoba The Narwhal

"...The Manitoba government has decided the environmental risks of Sio Silica's proposed silica sand mine touted by its proponent as crucial to renewable energy projects outweigh its economic potential..."

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Interview: Why global support for climate action is 'systematically underestimated'

"...PA, TB, FC and AF: The popular support for specific policies will depend on many details that we had to abstract from in the global survey. How effective is the policy? Is it perceived as fair? Who supports the policy in the public debate? So one cannot simply equate support in the survey with support for specific policy proposals. In a representative US sample, we do find that the general demand for more political action is strongly correlated with demand for specific climate policies, such as a carbon tax on fossil fuels, regulatory limits on the CO2 emissions of coal-fired plants, or funding for research on renewable energy..."

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Ottawa pledged 2 billion new trees, Quebec wants to cut some down after historic wildfires

"...She sent a letter Thursday to her federal counterpart, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, asking Ottawa to allow the trees to be harvested and used in the production of green building materials. Vzina says the fires destroyed 1. 1 million hectares of forest in the southern half of the province, and her letter is co-signed by more than 100 Quebec municipalities and forestry industry associations and unions..."

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DeBriefed 16 February 2024: Atlantic and Amazon tipping points; New troika for 1.5C; Global support for climate action underesti

"...Only a fifth of the population of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has access to electricity, with per-capita consumption below that of an average UK fridge, reported Carbon Brief in its latest country profile. Despite using hardly any fossil fuels, the country is one of the worlds biggest greenhouse gas emitters, the profile explained, as a result of human-caused land use changes in its major forests and peatlands..."

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Ottawa promised Canadians two billion new trees, Quebec wants to cut some down

"...But Quebec Natural Resources and Forests Minister Mat Blanchette Vzina says the record-setting 2023 fire season has had tremendous economic impacts in rural regions that depend on the forestry industry..."

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Trees in Trouble

Wildfires, Infestations, and Climate Change

"...Mathews transports the reader from the exquisitely aromatic haze of ponderosa and Jeffrey pine groves to the fantastic gnarls and whorls of five-thousand-year-old bristlecone pines, from genetic test nurseries where white pine seedlings are deliberately infected with their mortal enemy to the hottest megafire sites and neighborhoods leveled by fire tornadoes or ember blizzards..."

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Resetting Our Future

What If Solving the Climate Crisis Is Simple?

"...An inspiring and practical narrative that will leave readers feeling uplifted and empowered to create a future they are eager to embrace..."

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Angry Weather

Heat Waves, Floods, Storms, and the New Science of Climate Change

"...In this gripping nonfiction book, renowned scientist Friederike Otto provides an answer with attribution science, a revolutionary method for pinpointing the role of climate change in extreme weather events..."

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Anticipating Future Environments

Climate Change, Adaptive Restoration, and the Columbia River Basin

"...How can the practice of ecological restoration shift to anticipate an increasingly dynamic future? And how does a scientific field itself adapt to climate change? Restoration efforts in the Columbia River Basin - a vast and diverse landscape experiencing warming waters, less snowpack, and greater fluctuations in precipitation - may offer answers to some of these questions..."

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Jobs in climate change

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

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Director of Energy, Environment and Climate Change - Island Health Authority (Victoria, BC)

"...Excellent written and oral communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills, ..."

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Climate Action Implementation Coordinator (Planner) - City of Vernon (Vernon, BC)

"...Develop and implement engagement strategies that facilitate community understanding of the need to reduce emissions and enhance preparedness for climate impacts..."

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Climate Change Specialist - Municipality of North Cowichan (Duncan, BC)

"...Ability to use tact, discretion, persuasion, diplomacy, respect and courtesy to gain the cooperation and commitment of others; facilitate groups; and to establish and maintain effective working relationships and rapport with departments, officials, the media, representatives of other groups, agencies, entities or businesses, and diverse members of the public.  ..."

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Senior Manager, Climate Action & Environment - District of West Vancouver (West Vancouver, BC)

"...Reporting to the CAO and an internal steering committee, they will establish milestones for District programs and report against them, including corporate environmental responsibility and District-wide initiatives such as carbon reduction targets, protection measures for natural assets, integration of sustainability into District processes and projects..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention climate change.

Particle physics v climate change

Duration: 27:07

"...Source: Science in Action..."

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Bob Berwyn of Inside Climate News on COP28

Duration: 29:00

"...COP28, or the 28th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, took place recently in the United Arab Emirates..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about climate change.

The Adaptation Principles: 6 Ways to Build Resilience to Climate Change

"...What can countries do to be more resilient to climate change? The report The Adaptation Principles: A Guide for Designing Strategies for Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience lays out 6 principles as well as 26 actions, 12 toolboxes and 111 indicators to help ministries of finance approach adaptation challenges..."

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Trending Now

"...Each weekday we will dig deep into the "big story", delivering insights on national and world issues from climate change, human rights and the latest tech, while also highlighting viral trends and shareable moments happening right now..."

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Mr. Bruce Knight: Catalyzing a National Ecosystem Services Market

"...Knight explains the history of the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) and details how ecosystem service markets can add incentives to motivate farmers and ranchers to improve soil health..."

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Completing the Picture: Designing a food system thats positive for nature and our climate

"...The transition to renewable energy is critical in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, but its only half the story..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about climate change relevant to the latest news.

Land use change and forest management effects on soil carbon stocks in the Northeast U.S.

"...Their potential vulnerability to climate and land use change, management, and other drivers, along with soils? ability to mitigate climate change through carbon sequestration, makes them important to carbon balance and management..."

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A CMIP6-based assessment of regional climate change in the Chinese Tianshan Mountains

"...1 gridded dataset (1961?2014) and 24 global climate models (GCMs) of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6 (CMIP6) to assess the applicability of the CMIP6 GCMs in the CTM at the regional scale..."

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Green roofs save energy in cities and fight regional climate change

"...The potential of green roofs representing a nature-based solution in mitigating urban heat and related energy consumption at the urban scale is given limited attention..."

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The role of food industries in sustainability transition: a review

"...Promoting plant based diets, reduced food waste and adopting circular economy principles can significantly contribute to sustainable consumption patterns..."

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Spatial?temporal characteristics and driving factors? contribution and evolution of agricultural non-CO2 greenhouse gas emissio

"...Comprehending the spatial?temporal characteristics, contributions, and evolution of driving factors in agricultural non-CO2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at a macro level is pivotal in pursuing temperature control objectives and achieving China?s strategic goals related to carbon peak and carbon neutrality..."

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Biostimulants do not affect the performance of urban plant species grown under drought stress

"...These water-limited conditions may be exacerbated by the projected increases in drought events caused by climate change..."

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Environmental potential of fungal insulation: a prospective life cycle assessment of mycelium-based composites

"...Purpose Bio-based insulation materials are one of the most promising solutions for reducing the environmental impacts of building envelopes..."

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Multivariate Modeling of Precipitation-Induced Home Insurance Risks Using Data Depth

"...While political debates on climate change become increasingly heated, our houses and city infrastructure continue to suffer from an increasing trend of damages due to adverse atmospheric events, from heavier-than-usual rainfalls to heat waves, droughts, and floods..."

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An overview of the ecological roles of Mediterranean chondrichthyans through extinction scenarios

"...Fisheries, climate change, and habitat degradation are triggering the depletion of marine animal populations worldwide..."

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Hydrologic Extremes in a Changing Climate: a Review of Extremes in East Africa

"...Purpose Eastern Africa has a complex hydroclimate and socio-economic context, making it vulnerable to climate change-induced hydrological extremes..."

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Dynamic impact of demographic features, FDI, and technological innovations on ecological footprint: evidence from European emer

"...Sustainability objectives aim to enhance environmental quality and ensure sustainable development for all by eliminating social inequalities..."

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Maximum tree height in European Mountains decreases above a climate-related elevation threshold

"...These findings contribute to understanding the impacts of global warming on mountain forest ecosystems and provide insights for their monitoring and management..."

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