In both COVID19 and climate change, it’s the poorest and the vulnerable who suffer most.

John Roome, the World Bank’s sustainable development director for South Asia.
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How a melting glacier could redefine the Alberta–B.C. border

A once-frozen border along the Continental Divide is vanishing in the Rockies

The Haig, as it’s known, hovers around 2,700 metres above sea level.

On the Alberta side, it’s within Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, wrapped inside Kananaskis Country, just over an hour from Calgary as the crow flies. In B.C., it’s in the Height of the Rockies Provincial Park, east of Radium.

It’s a special place for many, including Shawn Marshall, who was initially drawn to the Haig for its summer skiing. Marshall grew up in Timmins, Ont., a small mining town that he said has a glacier-like landscape.

Now an ice ages and climate dynamics expert and geography professor at the University of Calgary, Marshall has travelled to the Haig every year for the last two decades.

“It’s the place where I feel really at home,” he said.

He likes to say that Calgary was under a kilometre of ice just 15,000 years ago. Geologically speaking, he said, it was “just yesterday.”

In 2000, he set up the first of many weather stations on the Haig as part of research he and his students were doing on how the glacier is being affected by climate change.

Major ice loss

Since he started his work, Marshall said the Haig has lost about 22 metres of ice in thickness, roughly a metre every year. He’s now confronting what appears to be an irreversible course for the Haig — total extinction within 80 years.

80% of mountain glaciers in Alberta, B.C. and Yukon will disappear within 50 years: report

Marshall, who is also a science advisor to Environment and Climate Change Canada, has studied glaciers in the Rockies, Greenland and Ellesmere Island in Nunavut, and said the fundamentals of the changes are similar.

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PETITION:Fishing for the Big One – in Canada

7 May 2020
James Hansen

Oh, Canada! Friends to the south and around the world turn their lonely eyes to you.

For more than a decade we have searched the world for a nation to demonstrate the one carbon pricing approach that would work: a rising carbon fee, collected from fossil fuel companies, with the funds distributed uniformly, 100 percent, to the nation’s citizens:

Why Fee and Dividend Will Reduce Emissions Faster Than Other Carbon Pricing Policy Options

Eighty percent of the public would come out ahead, their monthly dividend more than offsetting increased prices of fuel and products made from fossil fuels. Wealthy people with big carbon footprints lose money, but they can afford it.

This money must be given to the public openly as a bank deposit, debit card deposit or cheque, not hidden in some complex calculation in annual income tax forms.

Some politicians resist this. They want the money to give to their benefactors. The fossil fuel industry fights it tooth and nail, as they understand that it is the one approach that, over time, would lead to phase in of clean energies in place of fossil fuels.

If you are Canadian (only Canadians can sign) please sign the petition:

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