CLIMATE CHANGE ROUND UP FOR THE WEEK ENDING Mar 6, 2021

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What I would say to you is, the whole focus of the Paris Agreement was around 2030. Almost every country around the world has a 2030 target. The focus very much is on the kinds of infrastructure changes that are going to drive the kinds of reductions that we need to see by 2030, like building out electric vehicle infrastructure, like phasing out coal, all of which are around a 2030 timeline. And as you know, we just went through a large number of months of enormous work to put together a climate plan that is really focused on 2030 as the ultimate target. I’m not particularly interested in redirecting my civil servants in my department to go around and try to build a plan to 2025 after spending all of that time. I’d rather them work on implementing the initiatives that are going to allow us to make the changes.

Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson
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ALBERTA NEWS

Edmonton-based world-renowned environmental researcher dead at 80

The University of Alberta has announced that world-renowned environmental researcher and professor David Schindler has died.

Born in Fargo, N.D., Schindler earned a PhD in ecology from the University of Oxford before starting his career as the founding director of the Experimental Lakes Area in northwestern Ontario, where he spent 20 years running ecosystem-scale experiments.

During that time, his work proved that pollutants such as phosphate-based detergents and fertilizers were leading to destruction of freshwater bodies in Canada. His advocacy led to the North America-wide banning of phosphates in detergents. He also studied the effects of acid rain and climate change on the health and biodiversity of the environment.

Schindler joined the U of A’s Faculty of Science in 1989, where he continued to research the implications of industry on the environment until his retirement in 2013.

“His respect from his peers is pretty clear. His science was outstandingly recognized and his advocacy was a reflection of who he was,” said friend and U of A colleague Michael Caldwell.

“His research on the effects of phosphorus on lakes in the experimental lakes program was profound, and the ramifications of his research to the broader public and the environment are still relevant,” said U of A colleague and long time friend Mark Boyce.

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CANADA NEWS

P.E.I. researcher collaborates across borders to learn how climate change will impact lobster

A team of researchers, including a scientist from Prince Edward Island, is working to ensure that lobsters continue to thrive, in spite of climate change.

New research by the University of Maine, Dalhousie University and the University of Prince Edward Island has found ocean acidification and rising temperature have caused changes to lobsters’ immune system and shell production. 

Researchers worked together across borders to look ahead to ocean conditions in the year 2100 to see the impacts of climate change on a molecular level.

“Ocean acidification is really happening now, whereas, temperature is happening now but is going to get worse. In the Gulf of Maine, it is warming faster than 99 per cent of the water on earth, so it’s really a hotbed for changing temperatures,” said Fraser Clark, a former Kensington, P.E.I., resident and currently a researcher with Dalhousie University, who is one of the authors of the study.

Clark was at the Atlantic Veterinary College at UPEI when he first teamed up with researchers from the University of Maine to study the lobster larvae.

“They really wanted to dig into the molecular, sub-cellular processes to see if they could see small changes,” said Clark.

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WORLD NEWS

BOJ Gov Kuroda spotlights climate change as key theme to guide policy

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda highlighted climate change on Friday as one of the key themes in guiding monetary policy, but kept his distance from the idea of the central bank buying green bonds.

The comments underscore the bank’s growing focus on climate change, a key topic of debate among central banks, some of which are stepping up purchases of green bonds used to finance clean energy and environmental projects or are considering doing so.

The Bank of Japan must speed up research and deepen debate with other central banks on how climate change affects monetary policy and what risks it poses on financial institutions, Kuroda told parliament.

“Climate change is among crucial factors affecting the economy and financial system,” he said. “In that context, there are ties to the central bank’s mandate.”

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