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Actually, I post a lot of information related to climate change almost daily elsewhere. But, as time permits, I'm going to put the esoterica I encounter related to climate change here rather than trying to update the various pages. So this will be reverse chronological rather than logically organized within the structure of the rest of this website. Please don't rely on this as a consistent and current source for climate change information updates. I update this site on my own time, and making a living has to take priority.
Past blog pages: May 2019

2019.06.28 - Canada unveils new measures to nudge polluters toward clean tech (National Observer)

2019.06.27 - UK committed nearly £2bn to fossil fuel projects abroad last year (The Guardian)

2019.06.26 - Coal subsidies up by more than double in G20 countries: Report (Global News)

2019.06.26 - Alberta town aims to be first in Canada to rely solely on solar panels (CBC News)

2019.06.25 - The most important climate numbers you need to know (Pembina Institute)

2019.06.25 - Oregon Republicans Backed by Right-Wing Militias Flee State to Stall Vote on Historic Climate Bill (Democracy Now)

2019.06.25 - Climate change puts health at risk and economists have the right prescription (The Conversation)

2019.06.24 - Canada's military feeling the strain responding to climate change (CBC News)

2019.06.24 - [dead link: https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/06/18/features/fire-weary-western-canadians-are-picking-stakes-and-moving] Fire-weary Western Canadians are picking up stakes and moving on (National Observer)

2019.06.24 - Turning carbon dioxide into cash (BBC News)

2019.06.24 - Researchers provide new evidence on the reliability of climate modeling (Phys.org)

2019.06.23 - Paris prepares pools, parks and 'cool rooms' for predicted heatwave (The Guardian)

2019.06.23 - Juliana v. United States: The climate change lawsuit that could stop the U.S. government from supporting fossil fuels (60 Minutes)

2019.06.23 - Cement Produces More Pollution Than All the Trucks in the World (Bloomberg)

2019.06.22 - The rise of eco-anxiety and how to come to terms with climate change (The Independent)

2019.06.21 - Insiders reveal how Canada used dubious research to approve major industrial projects (National Observer)

2019.06.21 - Why climate change might be worse than you thinks (Canadian Underwriter)

2019.06.21 - Electric car or solar panels: which reduces your carbon footprint the most? (The Spinoff)

2019.06.21 - Flesh-eating bacteria may be moving north in warming oceans (Weather Network)

2019.06.21 - B.C. is in a grim cycle: First spring, then drought, then fires. Why won’t the province call it a climate emergency? (The Globe and Mail)

2019.06.20 - Fields of Dreams (The Star)

2019.06.20 - Scheer’s climate plan: was it worth the wait? (National Observer)

The headline should have read: Scheer Nonsense: the Conservative Climate Change Un-plan.
Instead of hiding behind U.S.-driven inaction on climate change internationally, Canada should be proposing to be a leader.
Instead of promoting 'greentech' which is based on increasing production of fossil fuels (LNG and CCS for coal-burning), the Conservatives should be promoting free-market approaches to reducing GHG emissions in Canada, not picking favourites from their friends in the fossil fuels sector.
Instead of looking for alleged export markets for more fossil fuel gadgets, they should have been promoting domestic markets for Canadian cleantech companies which are already world leaders in spite of decades of active blocking them by the past Conservative and the current Liberal governments.
Instead of carping at the Liberal 'carbon tax' and deliberately misleading Canadians (it's not a tax, it's a feebate program), and delusionally stating their carbon tax on big emitters won't result in costs being passed onto consumers, they should have provided credible numbers on how much more this approach will cost Canadians than the current Liberal program.
Instead of serving up menu items from the fossil fuel industry buffet, they should have stood up for free-market based approaches to reducing GHG emissions in Canada.
Instead of blathering about the Paris Agreement targets, they should simply have said they will meet them. Sadly, they are careful not to make that commitment.
Instead of seeing plastic waste as suitable only for incineration, creating more greenhouse gas emissions, they should have been talking about innovative Canadian technologies to capture, re-use and recycle plastic waste, or better still, avoid plastic waste through intelligent design.
Instead of spending much of their document slagging the current government, they should have been providing a solid timetable with annual goals on GHG emissions reductions, and consequences for those who do not meet their targets.
A PLAN has a start point, an end point and specific actions with a schedule on how to get to start to end. This document is none of that. A PLAN doesn't rely on magic like the invention of technologies which don't exist today in order to have any chance of success. If a federal political party doesn't know what a plan is, are they really fit to govern?
And can we get over this national sense of entitlement that we should not have to pay for climate change mitigation action? That somehow it's important that Canadians don't want to pay a tax to address climate change? Let's start with the list of taxes that Canadian like to pay. OK, done. Zero items on that list. Now, let's put on our big-boy pants and try acting like adults for a minute or two.

You can find the "plan" here. 60 pages, but it doesn't take long to read - lot's of pictures and light on facts. And by page 19 they have already lost the thread on climate change and started cataloguing all the motherhood statements they could find. Although it is amusing to see them resurrecting a range of programs cancelled by the previous Conservative government led by Stephen Harper, and of which Andrew Scheer was an MP.

Incredibly, this document is actually worse than the current hypocrisy (being both owner and regulator for the Trudeau-Morneau pipeline) just foisted on us by the federal Liberal government in their approval (again) of the TMX pipeline, where funding for future climate change mitigation and adaptation projects will be dependent on this $15 BILLION debacle generating profits.

2019.06.20 - Seawalls to protect US against rising oceans could cost $416bn by 2040 (The Guardian)

2019.06.19 - How climate change is thawing the 'glue that holds the northern landscape together' (CBC News)

2019.06.19 - Study predicts more long-term sea level rise from Greenland ice (Phys.org)

2019.06.19 - Norway Just Triggered An Offshore Wind Energy Boom (OilPrice.com)

2019.06.19 - Plastic pollution and the climate crisis are symptoms of the same disease (CBC News)

2019.06.19 - Climate change crisis: Thawing permafrost forcing Alaskan villages to relocate (The Independent)

2019.06.18 - Unexpected culprit—wetlands as source of methane (Phys.org)

2019.06.18 - Rising methane may thwart efforts to avoid catastrophic climate change (Phys.org)

2019.06.15 - 'It's like that friend who betrayed you': Emotional toll of flooding is felt long after waters recede (CBC News)
The greatest costs and losses that will come from catastrophic climate change will not be measured in dollars.

2019.06.15 - Here's what everyone seems to be missing in the PBO's climate policy math (CBC News)

2019.06.14 - Climate crisis: Alaska is melting and it’s likely to accelerate global heating (The Guardian)

2019.06.14 - Hopes for climate progress falter with coal still king across Asia (physicsworld)

2019.06.13 - Michael E. Mann took climate change deniers to court. They apologized. (National Observer)

2019.06.13 - The Siege of PEI (The Star)

2019.06.11 - Greenhouse gas emissions target missed in Scotland (BBC New)

2019.06.11 - Researchers find Canadian Arctic island coast collapsing up to a metre a day (CTV New)

2019.06.11 - The world is not spending enough money to put fossil fuel out of business — and it probably never will (Financial Post)

2019.06.10 - The Lobster Trap (The Star)

2019.06.10 - Just One Tiny Industry May Emit More Methane Than EPA Had Estimated for All of Them (Gizmodo)

2019.06.10 - Nova Scotia Power says it now generates 30% of its power from renewables (CBC)

2019.06.08 - White House blocked intelligence agency’s written testimony calling climate change ‘possibly catastrophic’ (Washington Post)

2019.06.07 - The end of the Arctic as we know it (The Guardian)

2019.06.07 - Industrial methane emissions are 100 times higher than reported, researchers say (Phys.Org)

2019.06.06 - There Will Be Floods (The Star)

2019.06.06 - Arctic sea ice loss affects the jet stream (Climate News Network)

2019.06.06 - [dead link: https://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1334780#] Ten Carbon Capture and Air Quality Platforms Designed to Reduce Carbon Emissions (EE Times)

2019.06.06 - Climate catastrophe, media complicity: an interview with Noam Chomsky (Rabble.ca)

2019.06.06 - [dead link: https://www.thenation.com/article/climate-change-refugees-open-borders/] Open Borders Must Be Part of Any Response to the Climate Crisis (The Nation)

2019.06.05 - Climate Changes Everything (50 minute video by Diane Saxe, former Ontario Environment Commissioner (SaxeFacts.com)
(While the video is dated from earlier this year, I am posting it as of today because I attended her presentation based on the same slide deck this morning.)

2019.06.05 - A global 100% renewable energy system (physicsworld)

2019.06.05 - Ottawa throws lifeline to 50 Million Tree Program cut by Ontario government (CBC)

2019.06.05 - Hydrogen has a dirty secret – let's not think it's always a green fuel (New Scientist)

2019.06.04 - Climate change is driving rapid shifts between high and low water levels on the Great Lakes (The Conversation)

2019.06.04 - Authorities pour water on road to prevent melting as heat climbs to 50C in India (National Post)

2019.06.04 - ‘High likelihood of human civilisation coming to end’ by 2050, report finds (The Independent)

2019.06.04 - Latest data shows steep rises in CO2 for seventh year (The Guardian)

2019.06.04 - Loss of Arctic sea ice stokes summer heat waves in southern U.S. (Phys.Org)

2019.06.04 - Costs of Ontario climate plan would be double Liberal carbon tax, raise household costs: report (National Post)

2019.06.03 - Fire Alarm: This is Not a Drill (The Star)

2019.06.03 - Climate crisis seriously damaging human health, report finds (The Guardian)

2019.06.03 - Question of the Century: Do We Have a Right to a Livable Climate?Question of the Century: Do We Have a Right to a Livable Climate? (The Revelator)

2019.06.03 - Team develops new method to gauge atmosphere's ability to clear methane, a potent greenhouse gas (Phys.Org)

2019.06.02 - Explosion and fire at Santa Clara hydrogen plant (San Francisco Chronicle)

2019.06.02 - The Southern Ocean may be less of a carbon sink than we thought (ScienceNews)

2019.06.02 - [dead link: https://insideevs.com/news/352156/april-2019-plugin-sales-europe/amp/] In April 2019, Plug-In EV Car Sales In Europe Increased 30% (InsideEVs)

2019.06.02 - Bringing science and northern communities together to understand climate change (CBC)

2019.06.01 - COMMENTARY: How big pharma contributes to climate change (Global News)

Past blog pages: May 2019

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

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