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Coverage of climate action since September 8, 2023.

LETTER: Time to end oil and gas industry's influence on government

"...Scientists tell us extreme weather is becoming more frequent and more intense because of climate change. Global warming is caused by greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), mostly carbon dioxide and methane, trapped in Earth’s atmosphere. These emissions come primarily from the burning of fossil fuels..."


Canada highlights severe wildfire season to promote carbon pricing at UN

"...The federal government is hoping Canada's devastating wildfire season sparks momentum for carbon pricing at the United Nations..."


The Ocean Can Play a Bigger Role in Fighting Climate Change than Previously Thought

"...New research commissioned by the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (Ocean Panel) shows that ocean-based climate solutions can deliver up to 35% of the annual greenhouse gas emission cuts needed in 2050 to limit global temperature rise to 1. 5 degrees C (2. 7 degrees F) — the threshold scientists say is necessary to avert the worst outcomes from climate change..."


Green candidate in the running for Kelowna-Lake Country-Coldstream

"...“The current government is disappointing British Columbians over and over again, from failing to implement the Old Growth Strategic Review recommendations, to continuing to ignore DRIPA to pursue Site C. We need leadership that is focused on action, rather than talking, and collaboration, rather than fighting. The Okanagan needs a bold climate leader to better safeguard our citizens against forest fires, drought and food insecurity with aggressive legislative reform..."


Oil companies can only decarbonize as fast as the rest of the economy: Shell Canada

"...While Shell has its own net-zero ambitions — the company is investing in electric vehicle charging, hydrogen, biofuels and wind and solar energy, in addition to traditional oil and gas — Pierce said the speed of global decarbonization is dependent on the entire economy transitioning, not just the fossil fuel sector. “We're still a very largely fossil fuels-based economy, if you look across the various different sectors,” she said. “The speed at which we can move, is going to be the speed by which each of those components move together..."


‘The goal is to get our emissions to zero': Winnipeg family part of Canada-wide climate challenge

"...They decided to focus on transportation, home efficiency and composting. “We wanted to do something together as a family,” DePape said. DePape, a longtime climate activist, then came across the Live Net Zero Challenge..."


Carbon Dioxide Removal Research and Development Act of 2023

"...Scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — the world’s most authoritative body on climate science — agree that in addition to rapid and deep emissions reductions, we will need to pull carbon dioxide directly from the air through a process known as carbon dioxide removal (CDR). CDR includes a range of approaches and technologies which will be necessary — likely at a multi-billion-ton scale globally by midcentury — to meet climate goals. With this growing recognition, carbon removal has gained attention and investment from both the public and private sector over the last several years as a viable and necessary tool to help mitigate the impacts of climate change..."


These Countries Are Adopting Electric Vehicles the Fastest

"...Electric Vehicles (EVs) produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions than internal combustion engine vehicles, such as gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles. Once the electric grid shifts to zero-carbon power, emissions will be even lower. For this reason, ramping up EVs will be one of the most important steps in reducing transportation emissions — alongside reducing private vehicle travel and shifting to public transit, biking or walking..."


New climate change report says extreme heat days in Ontario will increase

"...The report also says there will be water shortages, and an increased risk of wildfires. Vulnerable people will be at risk the most..."


Draft Declaration from Alliance for Science's Climate Action Zone

"...We, the representatives of African civil society, scientists, media, farmers organizations, and other like-minded advocates for climate action, are meeting to advance our common goals and agenda in parallel with the Africa Climate Summit in Nairobi. We wish to underscore and communicate the following points, especially considering their consideration at COP28 in Dubai later this year..."


Window to meet global climate goals ‘rapidly closing,' UN report warns

"...While the calls for transformation change to climate policies are notable — the report uses a version of the words “urgent” and “transform” at least once on each of its 45 pages — climate experts say the overall message is nothing new. “It's discouraging how many reports keep saying the same thing with increasing desperation,” said Kathryn Harrison, a political science professor at the University of British Columbia who studies climate and energy policy. “It's urgent because we're off track..."


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Jobs in climate action

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

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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Program Manager, Air Quality Regulation and Enforcement - Metro Vancouver (Burnaby, BC)

"...Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external contacts.   Excellent conflict resolution and negotiation skills; skilled in dealing openly, tactfully and sensitively in a variety of situations..."

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Climate Action Outreach Coordinator - Regional District of Nanaimo (Nanaimo, BC)

"...The Climate Action Outreach Coordinator will support climate objectives by supporting the implementation of climate-related educational offerings and campaigns within the RDN. QUALIFICATIONS..."

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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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Recent episodes that mention climate action.

Climate action is on the cusp of exponential growth | Simon Stiell

Duration: 07:44

"...Source: TED Talks Daily..."


Revisiting: The Many Forms of Climate Action

Duration: 28:55

"...Source: Terra Informa..."


A creative approach to community climate action | Xavier Cortada

Duration: 10:23

"...Source: TED Talks Daily..."


Soil health and Saskatchewan innovation on stage at COP27

Duration: 8:56

"...Climate change is a hot topic of discussion to the chagrin of some industries and the excitement of innovators..."


Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about climate action.

Fear and Wonder: how species are responding to climate change

"...Further listening:Fear and Wonder podcast: how climate action can create a more liveable future for allFear and Wonder podcast: how climate change is affecting rainfall, droughts and floodsFrom radiation to water pollution to cities, humans are now a driver of evolution in the ‘natural’ world ..."


COP27 | Thriving – Making Cities Green, Resilient and Inclusive in a Changing Climate

"...Increasingly, climate change is exposing cities to extreme weather events, as well as to a wide variety of slower-moving stresses such as climbing average temperatures, sea-level rise, biodiversity loss, and damage to ecosystem services..."


Tomorrow's people and new technology, with Felix Dodds

"...He was the co-director of the 2014 and 2018 Nexus Conference on Water, Food, Energy, and Climate..."


Academic Research

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

Wind Energy, Its Application, Challenges, and Potential Environmental Impact

"...For example, the depletion of fossil-related resources, population, and ever-increasing energy demand are serious concerns and can be effectively addressed through strategies such as (1) raising awareness of global climate issues, (2) switching from a fossil-based economy to a bioeconomy, (3) revolutionizing current modalities of renewable energy, and (4) allowing the full utilization of energy..."


COP26: Progress, Challenges, and Outlook

"...Meanwhile, the Glasgow Climate Pact has cemented the consensus on a global commitment to accelerating climate action over the next decade and reached a breakthrough consensus on reducing coal, controlling methane, and halting deforestation..."


The asymmetric relationship between public?private partnerships investment in energy and environmental degradation for sustaina

"...The findings suggest that the world needs to act as a single community and divert its resources toward renewable energy sources to control climate change; also, to accomplish the UN 15-year road map of Agenda 2023 with 17-SDGs; out of these 17 sustainable goals, SDG-7 is related to affordable and clean energy, SDG-11 is about sustainable cities and communities, and SDG-13 focuses on climate action for sustainable development..."


Is environmental sustainability transmissible? Transportation-based environmental taxation spillovers for sustainable developme

"...Achieving the spatially transmitted positive environmental and economic outcomes would help strengthen the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), with a particular focus on Climate Action (SDG13), Sustainable Production and Consumption (SDG12), and Affordable and Sustainable Energy for All (SDG7)..."


The role of government spending on energy efficiency R&D budgets in the green transformation process: insight from the

"...This study tackles the effects of energy efficiency R&D budgets, economic growth, trade openness, and natural resources on CO2 emissions over the period 1985?2019 using Augmented Means Group and Common Correlated Effects Mean Group methods..."


Integration of perennial grass into energy mix as alternative to fuelwood in selected Niger Delta communities, Nigeria

"...Urgent call to integrate perennial grasses into the energy mix is a key factor in driving a green economy and meeting Sustainable Development Goals, SDG-3, SDG-7, and SDG-13, which are Good Health and Well-being, Affordable and Clean Energy, and Climate Action, respectively, for an energy-disadvantaged economy..."


Possible Climate Actions in Cities

"...This chapter discusses trends in greenhouse gas emissions in cities primarily in the building sector and priorities for climate action for mitigation in the light of global temperature goals..."


Pre-platted Communities: A Southwest Florida Example

"...Rapid growth and development of this low-lying peninsula has put a large segment of the population at risk of flooding during intense thunderstorms and hurricanes..."


Green infrastructure in cities for the achievement of the un sustainable development goals: a systematic review

"...The main finding suggested that 17 SDGs and 74 (44%) of its 169 targets may be achieved through a single strategy; the implementation of nature in the city and the use of the ecosystem services that the environment provides to its advantage..."


Climate Change in Hong Kong with the Integration of UN SDG 13 Climate Action

"...Climate change has always been a global concern due to the growing adverse impact on the economy, environment, and society..."