CLIMATE CHANGE ROUND UP FOR THE WEEK ENDING OCT 26 2019

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‘Utterly fearless’: Greta Thunberg visits glacier in Jasper National Park

The burning question: where is Canada’s national wildfire plan?

Jane Fonda accepts Bafta award during arrest at climate protest

Remarks given during the UN Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit 2019 Mark Carney Governor of the Bank of England

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‘Utterly fearless’: Greta Thunberg visits glacier in Jasper National Park

Climate change activist Greta Thunberg braved a blizzard on a snow-covered glacier in Jasper National Park to learn from the scientists who study the ice.

In a tweet to her followers, the Swedish teenager thanked scientist John Pomeroy of the University of Saskatchewan and Parks Canada ecologist Brenda Shepherd for educating her “on the effects of the climate and ecological crisis on stunning Jasper National Park.”

Pomeroy, director of the Global Water Futures program, said his team from the Cold Regions Laboratory in Canmore, Alta., was asked to talk about glaciers with the 16-year-old and her father, Svante Thunberg.

“She was very brave to go up on a snow-covered glacier in a blizzard in October. She’s clearly utterly fearless for a teenager. We took her up on the ice quite a ways in and talked to her about the retreat of the glacier.”

John Pomeroy of the University of Saskatchewan and Parks Canada ecologist

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The burning question: where is Canada’s national wildfire plan?

It’s been three years since the wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alta., for which the Canadian P&C insurance industry paid out more than $3.7 billion in insured damage. Scott Thomas, Toronto-based vice president of risk services at Zurich Canada, believes not enough has been done since then to implement change in terms of preparedness, co-ordination and prevention. Sometimes politics get in the way and such priorities fall off the table, he said.

At the Canadian Underwriter at the Risk Insurance Management Society Canada Conference in Edmonton recently. , Zurich presented its report on the Fort McMurray wildfire, the first such report that the company has done on a Canadian catastrophe. The report praised first responders, community resilience, and the general success of averting a much worse situation. That said, Thomas believes efforts have to improve for future events.

“The data really strongly shows that we’re going to have more bad fire events,” Kovacs said. “The climate is changing, so we’re going to have more fires. More people and businesses are located in the wildland. You put that together … more [fires are] bound to happen.”

Paul Kovacs, the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction’s executive director

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Jane Fonda accepts Bafta award during arrest at climate protest

Actor is led away in handcuffs after winning Stanley Kubrick award for excellence in film

Jane Fonda accepted a prestigious award from Bafta Los Angeles while being led away in handcuffs after being arrested during climate emergency protests.

The actor and activist was honoured with the Stanley Kubrick award for excellence in film at the annual Bafta Britannia ceremony. However, she could not be at the Beverly Hilton in person to accept the prize and, as is customary, sent a video message instead.

Footage of Fonda being arrested in Washington DC last week was shown to the audience on big screens. The Oscar-winning actor shouted, “Bafta, thank you” as she was led away. “I’m very honoured,” she added.

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Remarks given during the UN Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit 2019 Mark Carney Governor of the Bank of England

Secretary General, your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentleman. A new, sustainable financial system is being built. It is funding the initiatives and innovations of the private sector, it has the potential to amplify the effectiveness of the climate policies of your governments and it could accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy.

But the task is large, the window of opportunity is short, and the risks are existential. And like virtually everything else in the response to climate change, the development of this new sustainable finance is not moving fast enough for the world to reach net zero.

To bring climate risks and resilience into the heart of financial decision making, climate disclosure must become comprehensive; climate risk management must be transformed, and sustainable investing must go mainstream.

Here’s how

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