Canada Wildfires

Canada Must Take Global Opportunity To End HFC Pollution

Catherine McKenna | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Catherine McKenna

Bold action to phase out HFCs could bring remarkable results. In Paris last year, leaders dared to set a goal of limiting global warming to below two degress Celsius. If we act in Kigali and phase out HFCs, scientists believe we could avoid 0.5 degrees Celsius of warming by the end of the century.

In Emergency Management, Strategy Rarely Translates Into Action

Johanu Botha | Posted 08.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Johanu Botha

In my research on Canadian and American emergency management agencies, I've found significant differences between official disaster strategies and how disaster responses actually unfold. For example, 'lessons learned' and theories of emergency management consistently call for formal coordination of all the organizations involved in disaster response.

Restoring Fort McMurray's Urban Forest Our Greatest Challenge Yet

Michael Rosen | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Impact
Michael Rosen

I still wasn't fully prepared for what I experienced during my visit last week. I'm a professional forester and I've seen my fair share of forest fires up close. Still, the vastness of this fire and extent of damage in an urban area was sad, sobering and more than a little eerie.

The Crisis For Fort McMurray's Animals Is Just Beginning

Barbara Cartwright | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Alberta
Barbara Cartwright

While the Fort McMurray SPCA is working diligently to develop strategies for keeping pets with their families, regardless of their housing status, pet surrender rates are likely to go up and adoption rates will most certainly go down as the community struggles to get back on its feet.

Support For Fort McMurray Makes Me Proud To Be Canadian

Cody Battershill | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Alberta
Cody Battershill

Albertans and Canadians -- and even many outside our borders -- have shown a level of giving, selflessness and strength that is hard to imagine. But you have to see that generosity in action to believe it. It's all very, very inspiring.

Visual Proof That The Alberta Wildfires Are Unlikely To End Soon

Rachael Petersen | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Alberta
Rachael Petersen

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

Trudeau Doesn't Know What He's Doing

Robbie Kreger-Smith | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Robbie Kreger-Smith

"In a situation where Trudeau isn't qualified or trained to make decisions, he is listening to the guidance of the people who are educated and do this for a living."

Forest Fires May Be Our New Reality If We Ignore Climate Change

Mike Hudema | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Impact
Mike Hudema

May is on track to be the 12th consecutive hottest month globally ever recorded. The day the fires raced into Fort McMurray, Alta., set 24 different temperature records, including a record-breaking 32.6 degrees Celsius in Fort McMurray (20 degrees above normal) and a scorching 4.8 degrees above the previous record set in 1945. These tinder-dry conditions helped lead to one of the earliest wildfire seasons in Alberta's history and fuelled the fire that raged through the city.

Talking About Wildfires And Climate Change Isn't Playing Politics

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Politics
G. Elijah Dann

Why does Elizabeth May get a media beating for stating we have another terrible example of our need to be very, very serious about climate change? Just like other catastrophic events, a given tragedy is proportional to the tough questions that necessarily follow. "But not now"? May was immediately berated by Justin Trudeau, other politicians, some of the media and social media. The charge? She was "trying to make a political argument out of one particular disaster." How's that? Stating that climate change is political, instead about science, is exactly the problem.

Take Courage, Friends Of Fort McMurray

Lori Gard | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Alberta
Lori Gard

Fellow friends, as we care deeply and mourn the great losses of our friends in far-flung parts of this great nation, as we grieve for Fort McMurray -- as we grieve for others: may we never forget that it is the care that binds our hearts together, knitted tightly and perhaps even eternally with cords of love and compassion.

Fort McMurray's Generosity Rises Above The Flames And Danger

Chris Vandenbreekel | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Alberta
Chris Vandenbreekel

Most McMurrayites, myself included, are still coming to grips with what is happening in our town. Most of us left in a hurry, despite wanting to hold on to every last moment we possibly could. Maybe there was one more thing we as an individual could accomplish to save our city. And that's what was running through my mind as I drove north. I couldn't help but think that I could have stayed longer, provided just a little bit more coverage, before I fled. But it didn't happen. We had to go, just like everyone else, and we didn't go willingly.

Canada's National Parks Hit By Record Number Of Wildfires In 2015

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada

Most of the damage in 2015 occurred in a single park.

Will Climate Refugees in Canada Spur Action on Climate Change?

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 07.23.2016 | Canada Impact
Dr Ryan Meili

The people who have been relocated in Saskatchewan come from Northern communities with higher rates of poverty than the rest of the province. This is the predicted pattern of the repercussions from climate change, as remote communities with less infrastructure are more prone to its effects.

The Other Casualties Of Those Raging Wildfires

CP | Bre McAdam, CKOM, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.14.2016 | Canada Politics

SASKATOON - The wildfires in northern Saskatchewan have been burning since late May, leaving forests charred and barren and forcing wildlife to find n...

'I Guess I Have To Start All Over Again'

CP | Chris Purdy and Tim Cook, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.10.2016 | Canada Alberta

Wildfires have forced thousands of people from about 50 communities in northern Saskatchewan.

Welcome to an Extreme, Warming World

David Suzuki | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

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.

Smoke Makes B.C. Look Like Another Planet

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada British Columbia

The photos are other-worldly.

Metro Vancouver Air Quality Comparable To Beijing

CBC | Posted 07.06.2016 | Canada British Columbia

Particulate matter in ​Beijing was at 144 µg/m3 compared to 112 µg/m3 in Burnaby.

Thick Smoke Making Saskatchewan Wildfire Less Volatile: Official

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.01.2016 | Canada Alberta

There were 110 active fires in Saskatchewan on Wednesday, and of them, only about 10 were contained.

Group Asks Alberta Government to Review Oilsands Water Usage Amid Wildfires

Carol Linnitt | Posted 05.29.2016 | Canada Alberta
Carol Linnitt

The Keepers of the Athabasca want to know if the NDP will consider revising water use rules in light of extreme conditions induced by climate change. The group argues current rules are based "on our once vibrant past when water was plentiful."

5 Things To Know About Those Wildfires

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada

VANCOUVER - Five things to know about the 2015 wildfire season expected in Western Canada:1. Experts contend El Nino is responsible for an early wildf...

What's Behind This Early Wildfire Season?

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Alberta

VANCOUVER - Experts are blaming El Nino for speeding up nature's clock and forcing firefighters to deploy weeks ahead of normal to battle wildfires ac...

So, Just How Bad Was Fire Season This Year?

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.13.2014 | Canada Alberta

The number of wildfires in Canada's national parks was close to average last summer, but the size of some of those fires made it an unusually hot seas...

Air Quality Advisory Issued For Metro Vancouver

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Wildfire smoke blowing in from outside Metro Vancouver has prompted an air quality advisory for the region and Fraser Valley area.Metro Va...

HOT HOT HEAT

The Canadian Press | CP | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada British Columbia

An air quality advisory has been issued for the Greater Vancouver regional district as a record-breaking heat wave continues across British Columbia. ...