CLIMATE CHANGE NEWS & VIEWS FROM AROUND THE WEB
These were rainfall totals you would expect to see in a tropical cyclone, not in November in Canada
Simon Donner, professor of climatology at the University of British Columbia.
COP26: Alok Sharma fights back tears as Glasgow Climate Pact agreed
Aerial view of flood damage in B.C.’s Fraser Valley
COP26 Is Over – Where Do We Go From Here? (w/ Global Citizen’s Michael Sheldrick)
How Climate Change drives Inequality
Battle over council-approved solar farm in Edmonton river valley heads to the courtroom through judicial review
The lengthy fight over a 51-acre solar farm in Edmonton’s river valley has advanced to a courtroom more than a year after a split city council decision approving the EPCOR project.
A judicial review brought forward by the Edmonton River Valley Conservation Coalition was heard in Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench Friday, calling for the project’s approval to be deemed invalid and returned to city council for additional consultation.
After several years of engagement and deliberation, including a public hearing, Edmonton’s previous council approved the contentious 45,000-panel project by a 7-6 vote last October. The solar farm, on EPCOR land next to the E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant, is projected to generate enough renewable energy to power the operations of the plant and reduce EPCOR’s greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent with the capacity to produce 12 megawatts of electrical power.
Renewable energy: How Scottish Isle of Eigg relies on wind, water, solar
COP26: ‘Paris built the arena, Glasgow starts the race’ – Kerry
The Climate Action Tracker (CAT) is an independent scientific analysis produced by two research organisations tracking climate action since 2009. We track progress towards the globally agreed aim of holding warming well below 2°C, and pursuing efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C.
Canada has been feeling the brunt of climate impacts, with deadly heat waves and devastating forest fires on its West Coast. Recent climate policy developments, while positive, are insufficient to address the climate crisis. The country’s new and stronger 2030 target is not quite Paris compatible. Its revised climate plan and additional measures announced in the 2021 federal budget are insufficient to meet that target. Canada continues to face challenges in implementing policies. We estimate that Canada has missed its 2020 target, even with the pandemic emissions drop. The Trudeau government has called an election for September 20, giving Canadians the opportunity to have their say on the state of climate action in the country.
The CAT rates Canada’s climate target, policies and finance as ‘Highly Insufficient’. The “Highly insufficient” rating indicates that Canada’s climate policies and commitments are not consistent with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C temperature limit. Canada’s 2030 emissions reduction target is consistent with 2°C of warming when compared to modelled domestic emissions pathways. If fully implemented, Canada’s current policies are not enough to achieve this target and are only in line with 4°C warming. Canada is also not meeting its fair-share contributions to climate change and in addition to strengthening its targets and policies also needs to provide additional support to others.