CLIMATE CHANGE ROUND UP FOR THE WEEK ENDING Mar 13, 2021

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This lopsided representation flatly ignores the reality that, due to historical and current injustices, climate change disproportionately affects communities of color.

Ted MacDonald How broadcast TV networks covered climate change in 2020
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Carney hopes pandemic urgency carries over to tackling climate change

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ALBERTA NEWS

U of A researcher pitches mineral carbonation as solution to climate change to U.S. policy makers

‘It’s something we know works and serves as a permanent store of carbon dioxide,’ says Sasha Wilson

In December, Sasha Wilson sat in front of U.S. policy-makers to lend her expertise in the battle against climate change by suggesting it’s possible to remove gigatonnes of carbon from the atmosphere and turning it into rock. 

Scientists have warned that all countries must reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 or sooner to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. The Canadian government pledged to do so as part of the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Wilson, a biogeochemist and an associate professor in the Faculty of Science, is studying how mineral carbonation can suck carbon dioxide, a heat-trapping gas, from the atmosphere. 

Wilson and her colleagues with the American non-profit Energy Futures Initiative recommended the United States scale up research and development of mineral carbonation by setting up a large network of test sites.

“In the U.S. there’s been a lot of movement in the last year or so toward implementing mechanisms for carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere,” she told CBC’s Edmonton AM on Tuesday. “There’s been a lot of investment so far.”

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CANADA NEWS

Climate change has become a prudential risk for Canadian insurance companies: report

Climate change risk is not only a concern for corporate boards, governments, and environmental organizations but a fundamental business issue for Canadian insurance companies, according to a new report from the Canada Climate Law Initiative.

The key finding of the report, Life, Health, Property, Casualty: Canadian Insurance Company Directors and Effective Climate Governance, is “that climate change has become a prudential risk for Canadian insurance companies,” says the report’s author, Janis Sarra. Sarra is a law professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia and principal co-investigator of the Canada Climate Law Initiative.

To date, she says, there haven’t been any Canadian reports taking “a deeper dive into the kinds of risks that Canadian insurers face.”

The report notes that climate change creates multiple risks in product design and delivery, expected loss coverage, underwriting services, investment portfolios and management of assets.

It’s also essential to distinguish between the risks that “non-life” versus “life and health” insurers face, says Sarra. Non-life insurers give property and casualty insurance for homes, cars and businesses, director and officer liability insurance, errors and omissions insurance, and other non-life general insurance.

There is increased frequency and severity of climate-related events on the property and casualty side, including wildfires, flooding, windstorms, and coastal storm surges, which are immediate and medium-term risks, says Sarra. Longer-term risks include rising sea levels. Risk on the “non-life” side may exist “for some of the smaller cap companies, but a lot of that risk can be adjusted on an annual basis” in prices consumers pay.

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WORLD NEWS

Eye-Opening Video Explains the Origins of Climate Change ‘Polarization’

A story “about today. That started yesterday. And impacts tomorrow.”

That’s how the University of Virginia’s Religion, Race & Democracy Lab introduces its new “God $ Green: An Unholy Alliance” 19-minute publicly available “eye-popping” video.

God $ Green Promo Clip from Religion, Race & Democracy Lab on Vimeo.

The video addresses decades of what it calls “religious polarization, political propaganda, corporate deal-making, and environmental injustice based on systemic racism.”

They’re talking climate change here, “the biggest crisis facing us today.” And they don’t pull punches, as in addressing the joining of “potent forces [that] came together to mount an army of climate change skeptics in the name of God, country, and capitalism.”

The “unholy alliance” terminology comes from the mouth of former conservative Republican U.S. Representative Bob Inglis, who from 1993 to 1998, and then again from 2005 to 2011, represented a conservative South Carolina district. Inglis says his support for taking action on climate change was the principal reason he lost his seat in a June 2010 Republican primary. He now heads the Energy & Enterprise Institute at George Mason University, where he champions free-market approaches to addressing climate change.

In what’s become part of the video’s title, Inglis points to an “unholy alliance” that formed between the leaders of what passed as the Moral Majority, let’s say, and some people with some very specific economic interests when it comes to climate change.

“When you allow your faith to be used by people with economic interests, wow, does it get corrupted pretty quickly,” Inglis says in the video.

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