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Mother Nature Gives Back: Stunning Ice Caves Form Following Months of Harsh Winter Weather

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada Travel
Jennifer Pellegrini

No-one I've talked to, including people who have lived here their entire lives and whose parents grew up here, can ever remember seeing something like this happen before. And because it takes a confluence of perfect weather conditions to create these massive snow-castles, it may never happen again in our lifetime.

Climate Change Could Throw Atlantic Canada into Chaos

David Suzuki | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

We sometimes too easily overlook Canadians in the Maritimes and Newfoundland and Labrador -- coastal regions, like ours, on the front lines of climate change. Atlantic Canada faces risks if climate change is left unchecked, with more severe storms causing surging tides, flooding and widespread coastal erosion.

Scientists Agree: We Made Climate Change Happen

David Suzuki | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

The IPCC just released the first of four chapters of its Fifth Assessment Report. It shows scientists are more certain now that humans are largely responsible for global warming. When they say 95 per cent certain -- as the latest report does regarding human contributions to climate change -- that's as close to certainty as science usually gets. Evidence for climate change itself is "unequivocal."

What We've Done to the Environment Is Haunting Us Now

Sangita Iyer | Posted 11.23.2013 | Canada
Sangita Iyer

It's becoming clearer that what we are putting into the environment is returning to haunt us, resulting in unnecessary loss of lives, malnourishment, disease and starvation. Another key lesson is, the developed nations are not shielded from climate change, nor do they have the capacity to deal with a devastation of such cataclysmic proportion as the recent severe weather event in Colorado.

Is Extreme Weather The New Normal?

CBC | Posted 10.07.2013 | Canada Alberta

Vancouver is basking in the hot and heady glow of a July with no rain – its first ever. Farmers in Windsor, Ont., have just experienced the wettest ...

Rail, Pipeline and Climate Disasters Are Symptoms of Oily Addiction

David Suzuki | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

Like smokers who put off quitting until their health starts to suffer, we're learning what happens when bad habits catch up with us. We're witnessing the terrible effects of fossil fuel addiction every day. Transport accidents are also increasing as governments and industry scramble to get fuels out of the ground and to market as quickly as possible.

Climate Change Narratives Must Speak to the Public

Sangita Iyer | Posted 08.31.2013 | Canada Politics
Sangita Iyer

Unfortunately, extreme weather events are becoming all too common, as they turn out to be more frequent and furious than ever before. Environmental advocates are quick to point out the "teachable moments" by linking the drastic weather patterns to climate change. However, they need to walk the fine line to ensure that they don't come across as overzealous or self-righteous in their attempts to spur public engagement, as this could turn people off and thwart even their most sincere and genuine efforts.

LOOK: Toronto's DVP Under Water

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.29.2013 | Canada

UPDATE: The Don Valley Parkway has reopened in both directions, according to the Toronto Star. Visit GOTransit.com for the most recent route update...

We Can't Ignore Climate Change When It's Right Outside Our Door

Mike Schreiner | Posted 04.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

Does this wacky weather have you concerned? Record high temperatures, floods, superstorms, and drought -- climate change has landed squarely on our front doorstep. I'm concerned. I think most of us know that we have to take action, but unfortunately the political establishment has its head buried in the sand.

Rain, Wind, Snow, Oh My!

CP | Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.23.2013 | Canada

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Environment Canada says warming trends across the country will mean more severe blasts of rain, wind, snow and heat from Mother Nat...

Dear Earth, Sorry About the 25 Years of Broken Promises

David Suzuki | Posted 03.04.2013 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

In 1988, the environment was a top public concern, scientists spoke out and politicians said the right things. Global warming was a pressing and present issue. Now, 25 years later, carbon dioxide emissions continue to rise, and we're already seeing the consequences -- more extreme weather events, melting glaciers and Arctic ice, rising sea levels, reduced water flows in rivers and climate-related illness and death, among others. The sooner we act, the easier it will be to overcome these difficult challenges. Every year that we stall makes it more costly and challenging, with increasing negative impacts.

Want to See Another White Christmas? Fight Climate Change

Jason Thistlethwaite | Posted 02.20.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Thistlethwaite

I'm worried that the experience of a white Christmas is slowly disappearing for most Canadians. According to Environment Canada, the probability of a white Christmas has decreased by 15 per cent for most of the country since the 1960s. Perhaps it's time we start to think about ways to preserve these pastimes. Doing so will help maintain the Canadian experience, and fight the dangerous impacts of climate change at the same time.

Harper, Please Listen to Sandy

Liz Bernstein | Posted 01.07.2013 | Canada Politics
Liz Bernstein

Following so closely on the heels of the horrific droughts and wildfires of this past summer, Hurricane Sandy should be making it abundantly clear to all of us what lies ahead if we don't get serious about reversing climate change. Climate change is changing our weather patterns, often making weather more extreme.

Sandy Is a Glimpse into Our Future

David Suzuki | Posted 01.07.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

The storm that wreaked havoc on Caribbean nations and the U.S. East Coast in late October offers a glimpse into our future. Along with recent heavy rainfall, flooding, heat waves and droughts throughout the world, it's the kind of severe weather event scientists have been telling us to expect as global temperatures rise.

Will Sandy's Strength Spur Climate Change Coverage?

Sangita Iyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Sangita Iyer

For a long time North Americans were oblivious to a problem taking place in geographically isolated places. The television media thus neglected to bring the global climate change message closer to home, and in the process seem to have disengaged people emotionally from the issue. But now climate change is knocking on our doorsteps.

Are We Hyping Up Frankenstorm?

CBC | Posted 12.26.2012 | Canada Living

Forecasters are predicting that a so-called "Frankenstorm" will hit the Eastern Seaboard of the United States in coming days, but Environment Canada's...

A Wet and Worrisome Wake-Up Call From the Arctic

David Suzuki | Posted 11.05.2012 | Canada Politics
David Suzuki

Arctic sea ice has already melted to a record low this year. And summer's not over yet. Ice is thinning at a rate 50 per cent faster than scientists predicted, mainly because of global warming, and summer Arctic ice could soon disappear altogether. But companies largely responsible for the climate disaster are scrambling to get as much profit from the situation as they can. But the more we stall, the worse it will get.

Tropical Storm Isaac Kills 4, Heads To Florida

CP | Peter Orsi, The Associated Press | Posted 10.25.2012 | Canada

HAVANA - Tropical Storm Isaac pushed over Cuba on Saturday after sweeping across Haiti's southern peninsula, where it caused flooding and at least fou...

Tornado Rips Through Northern Sask.

CBC | Posted 09.22.2012 | Canada

People in Smeaton, Sask., are still picking up the pieces after a tornado ripped through the area Saturday night, sweeping through four farmyards and ...

Tornado Tears Into Quebec Community Near Montreal

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.26.2012 | Canada

MONTREAL - Two tornadoes ripped through communities near Montreal Friday night, smashing-in roofs, shattering windows and uprooting trees that lay in ...

The Biggest Story of 2011 for Me? Weather Gone Wild

Elizabeth May | Posted 02.28.2012 | Canada Politics
Elizabeth May

My Biggest Story of the Year is the on-going refusal to connect the dots and describe climate change events for what they are. Not "Mother Nature" on a rampage; not some "wacky and wild curve ball."

Canada's Top 10 Weather Events

CP | Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.21.2012 | Canada

TORONTO - Fires and floods of almost biblical proportions that forced thousands from their homes and cut a swath of destruction through several commun...

Storm Clouds Over Durban

Heather Libby | Posted 01.31.2012 | Canada
Heather Libby

La Nina Could Bring 'Extreme' Weather This Winter

CP | Romina Maurino, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.28.2012 | Canada

OAKVILLE, Ont. - Canadians should brace for a messy, unpredictable and stormy winter, with many of the ups and down blamed on the return of La Nina."T...

Extreme Weather Deaths On The Rise

CBC | Posted 01.18.2012 | Canada

Deaths and damages from extreme weather and climate-related disasters are increasing significantly, but climate change isn't the main cul...