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Blog posts for May 2019 and earlier

2019.05.31 - RESTCo - Making Waves at CIRSIP 2019 (Remote Energy Security Technologies Collaborative [RESTCo])

2019.05.31 - New computer model explains faltering jet stream (CBC)

2019.05.31 - CO2 Concentration Is Higher Than Ever in Human History (TruthOut)

2019.05.31 - [dead link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/what-on-earth-newsletter-trees-carbon-capture-climate-strikes-1.5156358y] Planting more trees 'one of the best things we can do' to reduce carbon in the air (CBC)

2019.05.31 - Climate change has likely already affected global food production (PLOS ONE)

2019.05.31 - Climate change is already affecting global food production—unequally (Phys.Org)

2019.05.31 - How California became far more energy-efficient than the rest of the country (Vox)

2019.05.31 - Great Britain records two weeks of coal-free electricity generation (The Guardian)

2019.05.31 - Keeping up with climate change: the latest news in one place (Popular Science)
(Goes back to February 2019 - I don't think I have been replaced yet.)

2019.05.30 - Mass puffin die-off linked to climate change, researchers say (CTV)

2019.05.30 - 'They just keep washing in': Scientists see evidence of climate change in deaths of thousands of seabirds in the Bering Sea (National Post)

2019.05.30 - Burning the Gas ‘Bridge Fuel’ Myth: Why Gas Is Not Clean, Cheap, or Necessary (Oil Change International)

2019.05.30 - A River in the Sky (The Star)

2019.05.30 - Japan’s deadly 2018 heatwave ‘could not have happened without climate change’ (CarbonBrief)

2019.05.30 - Humans and volcanoes caused nearly all of global heating in past 140 years (The Guardian)

2019.05.30 - Sea-level rise could be even worse than we’ve been led to expect (Washington Post)

2019.05.30 - To fight the effects of climate change, Portugal Cove-St. Philip's is hiring some help (CBC)

2019.05.29 - Feeling the Heat in Winter (Hakai Magazine)

2019.05.29 - Putting a Price on the Risk of Climate Change (Bloomberg)

2019.05.29 - Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2018 (IRENA)

2019.05.29 - A warming Arctic produces weather extremes in our latitudes (Phys.Org)

2019.05.29 - Greater Sudbury declares a climate change emergency (CBC)

2019.05.29 - Town's new vehicles (and Zambonis) are electric (Collingwood Today)

2019.05.29 - Cutting fossil fuels could save Canadians $24 billion a year by 2050 (National Observer)

2019.05.28 - The role of stratospheric ozone for Arctic-midlatitude linkages (Nature.com Scientific Reports)

2019.05.27 - Surprise! Most of Canada is on track to hit our 2020 climate target (National Observer)

2019.05.27 - New energy efficient buildings aren't enough, experts say — we have to retrofit the old ones, too (CBC)

2019.05.27 - Open for Business (The Star)

2019.05.27 - Trump Administration Hardens Its Attack on Climate Science (New York Times)

2019.05.25 - Carbon tax smackdown: Andrew Coyne asks what is this argument really about? (National Post)

2019.05.24 - Haida Gwaii village aims to eliminate diesel by turning to renewable energy (CBC)

2019.05.24 - Even in the High Arctic, researchers find permafrost thaws are changing the landscape (CBC)

2019.05.24 - Methane being released faster than ever, posing new threat to Paris climate goals (The Independent)

2019.05.23 - We're approaching a point of no return in Greenland. Here's why (World Economic Forum)

2019.05.23 - [dead site: https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/clean-energy-growing-industry-canada_ca_5ce67eb6e4b09b23e65e8580] Canada's Clean Energy Sector Is Among Its Fastest Growing: Report (HuffPost)

2019.05.23 - Humans held responsible for twists and turns of climate change since 1900 (Science Magazine)

2019.05.22 - Life and Death Under the Dome (The Star)

2019.05.22 - Global temperature change attributable to external factors, confirms new study (Phys.org)

2019.05.22 - Migration to the north: climate change puts plankton on the move (Phys.org)

2019.05.22 - The shipping industry may finally be turning to wind power (euronews)

2019.05.22 - Canada is betting on climate failure (National Observer)

2019.05.22 - Upstream wildfires could contaminate Calgary's drinking water — so the city's planning ahead (CBC)

2019.05.22 - Much shorter working weeks needed to tackle climate crisis – study (The Guardian)

2019.05.21 - When the Hard Rains Fall (The Star)

2019.05.21 - Data reveals scope, damage of spring floods in Quebec and New Brunswick (National Observer)

2019.05.21 - Nearly 25% of West Antarctic Ice in Danger of Collapse (LiveScience)

2019.05.21 - 99% Of BP Shareholders Back Climate Change Resolution (Oilprice.com)

2019.05.20 - Satellites yield insight into not so permanent permafrost (Phys.org)

2019.05.18 - How climate change could make your food less safe to eat (Global News)

2019.05.16 - The Methane Detectives: On the Trail of a Global Warming Mystery (Undark)

Remember, methane has 56 times the warming potential of CO2 (20 year GWP), so it needs to be a focus for work on mitigating climate change. (You will see lower numbers for CO2 GWP in mainstream media reports - based on the 100 year GWP value. However, we don't have a century left to act. We have months, and about a decade to have the turnaround well under way.

2019.05.16 - Octopuses May Go Blind As Climate Change Sucks Oxygen Out of the Ocean (LiveScience)

2019.05.15 - Plastics Industry on Track to Burn Through 14% of World’s Remaining Carbon Budget: New Report (DeSmog Blog)

2019.05.15 - Sweeping New Report on Global Environmental Impact of Plastics Reveals Severe Damage to Climate (CIEL)

From the report:

"According to Royer et al., the highest gas-producing plastic (LPDE in powder format) produced methane at a rate of 55 nmol per gram per day. Using the estimated 236,000 Mt of standing stock of sea surface microplastic pollution from the 2015 van Sebille model, there is an annual emissions rate of 4.74 x 1015 nmol per year. This totals an annual methane production of 76 Mt from the standing stock of plastic at the sea surface. Applying the 100-year global warming potential of methane yields annual greenhouse gas emissions of 2,129 Mt CO2e.

"Royer et al. also determined a rate for ethylene in LDPE powder form. Doing the same calculation for ethylene equates to 51 Mt of annual ethylene production."

For more on plastic pollution, see the RESTCo pages.

2019.05.15 - Why Canada will have a tougher time cutting greenhouse gas emissions than the rest of the world (Financial Post)

In Canada, 60% of all industrial emissions come from the oil and gas sector. Planting trees and allowing them to grow to maturity is a superb carbon sink. Unfortunately, Canada's forests are now a net carbon emitter due to forest fires and our unwillingness to deal with the issue pre-emptively. And, our most populous province just killed its program for planting trees as a carbon sink to pay for corporate tax cuts.

2019.05.13 - Think We Can Pump Carbon Dioxide Into Old Oil Wells & It Will Stay There? Think Again (Clean Technica)

2019.05.13 - Increased use of renewable energy is better at reducing greenhouse gases than adding carbon capture and storage to existing power plants (Daily Mail)

2019.05.13 - Scotland's food waste causing more greenhouse gas than plastic (BBC)

Hmmmm, biodigesters? Landfill methane gas collection?

2019.05.08 - Climate Change Is the Real Job Killer (FAIR)

2019.04.30 - Intense drought hits Panama Canal shipping, highlighting climate change fears (National Post)

2019.04.06 - Don’t believe carbon pricing really works? Just ask B.C. (Pembina Institute)

2016.12.11 - P.E.I. dairy farmer discovers a seaweed diet dramatically cuts cows’ methane output (Canadian Grocer)

You can find many earlier postings related to climate change at:
Keith's List Archive and
the Sustainable Biofuel List Mail Archive.

I present a lot of information in this blog and on this website. If you need some help sorting through the noise level and getting a forward-looking, proactive approach to climate change for your business, I can do that work for you via my consulting business. Contact

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