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Hey, it was on his to-do list.
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I'm probably getting ahead of myself. The leaves haven't even started to change colour yet, at least not downtown where I live. And there's really no chill in the air either, just the humidity's gone, which I love. So from my perspective, the weather couldn't be better. But it is almost the end of September and I've always dreaded Fall.
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Climate change is a complex problem, one that touches on so many parts of our lives. It links greenhouse gases with extreme heat, worsens medical conditions like asthma and COPD, and demands we change our approach to transportation and power generation.
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Fires are a natural part of many boreal forest ecosystems, but the massive blaze raging in Alberta is a catastrophe that threatens human health, the economy and the environment. This current episode in the Fort McMurray area is remarkable in its size, extent and human impact. Data from the Global Forest Watch platform provide context on what's going on with Alberta's forest fires
It's astounding and tragic that, with all the evidence -- from volumes of scientific research to the very real effects we are experiencing everywhere -- some people stubbornly refuse to believe there's a problem worth addressing. Sadder still: Many of them are political leaders. Fortunately, most thinking people don't buy the lies. People from all sectors and walks of life -- religious, academic, business, political, activist, social justice and citizenry -- are calling for an urgent response to the greatest threat humanity faces.
Governments of all levels across the country need to consider the mounting evidence for increasing climate variability and create actionable plans for vulnerable persons to ensure that those most likely to be adversely effected by extreme weather events are protected with the right supports. This must start with ending homelessness for as many Canadians as possible and closing the widening income gap that pushes far too many into poor quality housing.
I've been astounded by the lack of response over the years, but I'll go out on a limb and suggest a shift is now taking place. Although we may not recognize its significance without the benefit of hindsight, we appear to be in the early stages of something huge. Even some news outlets are shifting. The U.K.'s Guardian decided earlier this year to increase its coverage of climate change, going so far as to encourage divestment from the fossil fuel industry.
Earth is clearly experiencing more frequent extreme weather than in the past, and we can expect it to get worse as we burn more coal, oil and gas and pump more carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. This can have profound and costly impacts on everything from agriculture to infrastructure, not to mention human health and life.
Things really are bigger in Texas. Take this recent storm that blew through Lubbock, Texas. It was one of the rarest of thunderstorms called a supercell. These storms can lead to tornadoes. They are p...
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Just when southern Ontario thought the worst was over, Mother Nature has something else up her sleeve. Yes, it appears an ice storm is heading towards Canada's most populated region on Wednesday morni...
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The National Academy of Science just published a two volume report commissioned by U.S. intelligence agencies suggesting that we "act now" to start experimenting with creating an artificial sulphur cloud to cool the Earth. This is the equivalent of putting a stint in your arteries. Again no real life style change, let's just block it off.
In case you were looking for a good comparison in terms of just how cold it is across all of Canada right now, it looks like NASA has provided one for you. In a tweet sent out on Thursday, this Twitte...
How will we grow our food for the rest of the century? Faced with a changing climate, this is a daunting question for farmers. Increasingly extreme weather events such as floods and droughts are creat...
Reducing the threat of global warming and finding ways to adapt to unavoidable change will also help people around the world "deal with the impact of heat, extreme weather, infectious disease and food insecurity."
Climate change affects human health in multiple ways.