CLIMATE CHANGE DEC 4, 2021

CLIMATE CHANGE NEWS & VIEWS FROM AROUND THE WEB

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Warmer air can carry more moisture, so there is generally this notion that the frequency of heavy precipitation events – essentially in most regions of the world – would be increasing due to global warming.


Andreas Weigel, weather peril lead at Swiss Re, during a CatIQ Connect panel.
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How The Mainstream Media Enabled Climate Denial

How Music and Movies Can Fight Climate Change

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EARTH INDEX 1/5: The Green Power Wave

When It Comes to Infrastructure Investments, We Need To Start With Resilient Housing

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Victims of a historic flood in New York City reflect on the wreckage

Queensland Floods: Second death recorded as crisis continues

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Can we get rid of plastic for good?

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Edmonton diverts 4,000 tonnes from landfill in first yard-waste pickup

More than 4,000 tonnes of yard waste — the equivalent of 275,000 bags of leaves — was diverted from landfill this fall as part of the city’s new twice-yearly collection program.

Crews picked up 4,159 tonnes of yard waste — in paper bags, clear plastic bags, and bundles of twigs and branches — from single-family homes on two pickup days staggered across city neighbourhoods between Sept. 20 and Nov. 15.

That number represents about 15 per cent of the 28,677 tonnes of total waste collected in the same period, according to Jodi Goebel, the city’s director of waste strategy.

Before this year, Edmonton picked up yard waste with other garbage. The new system involves four streams — food scraps, garbage, recycling and yard waste. (Food scraps go into a green cart, other garbage goes into a black cart and recyclables are put in blue bags.)

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CANADA NEWS

Canada’s Big Oil Reality Check

The federal government has repeatedly told the public that Canada can be a climate leader while continuing to have a thriving oil and gas sector. In reality, Canadian oil and gas companies have released a range of complex, misleading climate change pledges that must not be taken at face value.”

Canada’s Big Oil Reality Check report

Canada’s Big Oil

The report shows that major oil and gas companies operating in Canada have climate strategies and expansion plans that will accelerate the climate crisis — rather than help Canada and the world to limit warming to 1.5°C. Oil and gas production is Canada’s largest emitting sector as well as its fastest growing source of emissions.

This report provides a critical assessment of the climate plans of eight Canadian oil and gas producers using a ten-point framework that measures ambition, integrity and transition planning. None come even close to the bare minimum needed for alignment to Paris Agreement goals as shown in the chart below.

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The drought ravaging East African wildlife and livestock

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