CLIMATE CHANGE FEB 19, 2021

CLIMATE CHANGE NEWS & VIEWS FROM AROUND THE WEB

QUOTABLES:

“The costs of this pipeline have now more than doubled since Justin Trudeau made the decision to buy Trans Mountain. There is no reason to believe that this trend of rising costs and delays will not continue, as long as the government continues to allow this boondoggle to grow.


Sven Biggs, Canadian Oil and Gas Program Director for Stand.earth
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Breaking down the environmental impact of Beijing 2022

U.S. Army Tackling Climate Change With A New Strategy

‘Mind boggling’: See how rising sea levels will affect the coasts

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Securing our water in a low-to-no snow future

Have you ever thought about what a future with less snow might look like? Okay, so we’ve still seen plenty of snow this winter, but as temperatures continue to skyrocket with longer periods of heat and drought, climate models are predicting the disappearance of snow as we know it. In the coming decades, increasingly smaller snowpacks will also melt faster. Where will this leave us?

Less snow and disappearing glaciers means we will be faced with tougher choices and fewer options about how we use water. It will be harder to fill our reservoirs to provide for irrigation and the water supply for cities and towns. And because these same water sources also provide for industrial and commercial purposes, we will be forced to make decisions about how much water can be diverted while guaranteeing drinking water for our communities.

What about hydro power generation? Or fighting increasingly common wildfires?

With less rain during the growing season, farming will put increasing demands on surface and groundwater systems. Where does water for recreation sit within this thinking? Will we have the luxury of keeping our golf courses green and making snow for our ski resorts? And what about fish and other aquatic species, already suffering from decreased stream flow and warmer water temperatures?

In a low-to-no snow future, conserving and budgeting increasingly precious water sources is a necessity we have so far blissfully ignored.

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Government of Canada supports expedition undertaking first of its kind pan-Pacific salmon survey

In recent years, climate change, habitat loss and fishing pressures have negatively affected Pacific salmon at every stage of their lifecycle. In an effort to fill gaps in our understanding of salmon distribution, productivity, and survival in coastal and high seas environments – under changing global climate conditions – the research ship CCGS Sir John Franklin is setting off on a five-week expedition in the North Pacific Ocean to undertake the first ever pan-Pacific survey of five species of pacific salmon.

This mission is part of the 2022 International Year of the Salmon, an outreach and research initiative organized by the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission and the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization. Scientists and crews from the CCGS Sir John Franklin will be joined by the United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ship Bell M. Shimada, Russian ship R/V TINRO and Canadian commercial fishing vessel, the F/V Raw Spirit, in an unprecedented cooperative survey of the North Pacific.

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