CLIMATE CHANGE OCT 23, 2021

CLIMATE CHANGE NEWS & VIEWS FROM AROUND THE WEB

QUOTABLES:

We discovered winters, as we all know, are getting shorter, we have less snowfall on the ground. And the summers are not warming as much as the winter has


University of Lethbridge geography professor Stefan Kienzle
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Dan Riskin on cold weather and climate change denial

The climate activists who want Norway to end oil and gas production

How climate change is making inequality worse, especially for children

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Europe’s climate challenge

Life at 50C: The Baghdad traffic cop who works in 50C heat

ALBERTA NEWS

Water shortages are a major risk of climate change. Alberta may already be seeing warning signs

Canada’s Prairie provinces use lots of water for industry and could be hit particularly hard, experts say

At a quiet, isolated section of the Oldman River in southwestern Alberta, it’s a calm day. In this corner of the province, extremely strong winds can sometimes spoil outings to the river — but today, it’s tranquil.

That’s exactly how local resident and fly fisherman Bob Costa likes it. An angler for around 40 years, Costa has long sought the refuge of fishing, whether solo or with a companion.

“It’s an environment that has always caused me to find peace. Peace and relaxation,” Costa said. “I would hate to see that disrupted.”

In this section of the Oldman, Costa explains, there’s a great deal of structure. There are rocks on the dry bank and in the river itself. And the more cover you have, the greater the chances of finding fish like rainbow trout, bull trout and cutthroat trout.

Concerns over water shortages in southern Alberta

No part of the globe or this country is immune from the effects of climate change.

But Canada’s Prairie provinces could be particularly hard hit, experts say, due to the fact they are among the highest industrial and commercial users of water in the country, partly because of the agricultural sector. 

In dry southern Alberta, the agricultural sector relies on irrigation — the process of watering crops artificially instead of relying on rainfall.

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“Either action or death:” EU lawmakers call for ambitious climate targets from upcoming COP26 summit

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CANADA NEWS

More than 880,000 Canadian jobs vulnerable in global clean energy transition

Canada’s economy faces a “sink-or-swim” decade, according to the first study to assess Canada’s economic prospects in the face of accelerating global market shifts responding to climate change. 

Sink or Swim: Transforming Canada’s economy for a global low-carbon future is a major new report from the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices, Canada’s independent climate policy research institute. The report assesses Canada’s economic prospects in response to the global low-carbon transition and offers recommendations for successfully navigating that transition.

Countries responsible for over 70 per cent of global GDP and over 70 per cent of global oil demand have committed to reaching net zero emissions by mid-century. Trillions of dollars in global investment will move away from high-carbon sectors. The impact of these global shifts will be profound, shifting trade patterns, reshaping demand, and upending businesses that are too slow to adapt.

To better understand the risks and opportunities of this transition for Canada, Sink or Swim stress tests publicly traded companies under different scenarios. Without major investment, the report finds, many exporters and multinationals will see significant profit loss in the coming decades. The stakes are high for Canada, with almost 70 per cent of goods exports and over 800,000 jobs in transition-vulnerable sectors, including oil and gas, mining, heavy industry, and auto manufacturing. 

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WORLD NEWS

Climate change will bring global tension, US intelligence report says

Climate change will lead to growing international tensions, the US intelligence community has warned in a bleak assessment.

The first ever National Intelligence Estimate on Climate Change looks at the impact of climate on national security through to 2040.

Countries will argue over how to respond and the effects will be felt most in poorer countries, which are least able to adapt.

The report also warns of the risks if futuristic geo-engineering technologies are deployed by some countries acting alone.

The 27-page assessment is the collective view of all 18 US intelligence agencies. It is their first such look-ahead on what climate means for national security.

The report paints a picture of a world failing to co-operate, leading to dangerous competition and instability. It has been issued just ahead of President Joe Biden attending next month’s COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, which is seeking international agreement.

It warns countries will try to defend their economies and seek advantage in developing new technology. Some nations may also resist the desire to act, with more than 20 countries relying on fossil fuels for greater than 50% of total export revenues.

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