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Nenshi’s oilsands stance is like telling people to go canoeing during a flood

Is it a Harper-like strategy or a big let down? Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has won praises from progressive voices since he surprisingly snatched the mayor’s seat in 2010, but recent statements are putting him at odds with the environmental community.
 By: Raphael Lopoukhine @blogokhine Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has won praises from progressive voices since he surprisingly snatched the mayor’s seat in 2010, but recent sta… http://thecaen.ca/i-deas/nenshis-oilsands-stance-is-like-telling-people-to-go-canoeing-during-a-flood/

Toronto’s electrical grid stretched thin; as experts debate need for new infrastructure

Big Pipes Mayor Rob Ford asked Torontonians to conserve power while the city faces rolling blackouts as crews work to fix a Hydro One station damaged by flooding. The rain was so intense, no infrastructure can handle this type of flooding, said Dav…
Mayor Rob Ford asked Torontonians to conserve power while the city faces rolling blackouts as crews work to fix a Hydro One station damaged by flooding. The rain was so in… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/torontos-electrical-grid-stretched-thin-as-experts-debate-need-for-new-infrastructure/

Toronto’s wettest day in history

Floodlandish Hurricane Hazel’s record of 121.4 millimetres of rain was broken by Monday’s epic downpour in Toronto of 123 millimetres. The city recorded 90 millimetres of rain in just two hours, whereas the July monthly average is around 70 millimetres…
Hurricane Hazel’s record of 121.4 millimetres of rain was broken by Monday’s epic downpour in Toronto of 123 millimetres. The city recorded 90 millimetres of rain in just two… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/torontos-wettest-day-in-history/

Western forest fires are bigger and more intense, say experts; as an eastern fire stops Montreal’s Metro and Environment Canada’s weather service

Mu Fiar Western wildfires are more intense and immense, fueled by more heat and drought from climate change, say experts. Today it is common, but twenty years ago it was unusual to have a fast moving and dangerous fire, said Don Falk at the University…
Western wildfires are more intense and immense, fueled by more heat and drought from climate change, say experts. Today it is common, but twenty years ago it was unusual t… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/western-forest-fires-are-bigger-and-more-intense-say-experts-as-an-eastern-fire-stops-montreals-metro-and-environment-canadas-weather-service/

UN finds unprecedented climate change in 2000s; while B.C. agriculture to suffer, says SFU professor

Planet Angry 2001 to 2010 broke more temperature records than ever before and was an unprecedented decade of climate extremes, says the World Meteorological Organization. The decade ending in 2010 was nearly half a degree warmer than the 1961-1990 ave…
2001 to 2010 broke more temperature records than ever before and was an unprecedented decade of climate extremes, says the World Meteorological Organization. The decade en… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/un-finds-unprecedented-climate-change-in-2000s-while-b.c.-agriculture-to-suffer-says-sfu-professor/

DFO quietly reports Canada’s oceans are acidifying; as the feds fail to release oil and gas emission rules

Fail A report quietly added to Fisheries and Oceans’ website says Atlantic waters may be particularly vulnerable to ocean acidification as a result of an increase in greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere. Acidification could hurt the Canadian ec…
A report quietly added to Fisheries and Oceans’ website says Atlantic waters may be particularly vulnerable to ocean acidification as a result of an increase in greenhouse ga… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/dfo-quietly-reports-canadas-oceans-are-acidifying-as-the-feds-fail-to-release-oil-and-gas-emission-rules/

Alberta conducts rolling blackouts from intense heat

Mad Max? Following Alberta’s floods has come intense heat, breaking temperature and energy consumption records and forcing officials to conduct rolling blackouts. Alberta Electrical System Operator issued a Level 3 emergency as the electrical system…
Following Alberta’s floods has come intense heat, breaking temperature and energy consumption records and forcing officials to conduct rolling blackouts. Alberta Electrica… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/alberta-conducts-rolling-blackouts-from-intense-heat/

B.C introduces reforestation carbon offset scheme for private businesses

Reforested The British Columbia government introduced on Friday the Forest Carbon Partnership Program to give carbon-offset credits to businesses that plant trees. In B.C., forests account for 60 per cent of the province. Recent wildfires and the pine…
The British Columbia government introduced on Friday the Forest Carbon Partnership Program to give carbon-offset credits to businesses that plant trees. In B.C., forests a… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/b.c-introduces-reforestation-carbon-offset-scheme-for-private-businesses/

Canadian officials continue “ethical oil” push; as Obama pushes green trade and fracking; and does Big Oil have a carbon bubble?

Fossil Wars International Trade Minister Ed Fast said Canadian oil is a sustainable, ethical and responsible source of oil for the United States. Recently the Harper government has used the term ethical oil less frequently and critics have mocked the a…
International Trade Minister Ed Fast said Canadian oil is a sustainable, ethical and responsible source of oil for the United States. Recently the Harper government has used … http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/canadian-officials-continue-ethical-oil-push-as-obama-pushes-green-trade-and-fracking-and-does-big-oil-have-a-carbon-bubble/

Climate change threat ignored in Alberta and across Canada; as Hurtig connects oil sands to floods

Floodlandia Climate change is expected to bring more intense rain storms, similar to the storm leading to southern Alberta’s recent floods, and many cities, like Calgary, have ignored the warning and are not prepared. The recent flood’s economic damag…
Climate change is expected to bring more intense rain storms, similar to the storm leading to southern Alberta’s recent floods, and many cities, like Calgary, have ignored th… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/climate-change-threat-ignored-in-alberta-and-across-canada-as-hurtig-connects-oil-sands-to-floods/

Corporate money preventing all-out campaign to stop global warming

Highly-regarded former Toronto Mayor David Miller says he is “very excited” about becoming the new President and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund-Canada in September. “They’ve made such a difference,” Miller told The Toronto Star, “and to be part of an o…
 By: Nick Fillmore @NickFillmore Highly-regarded former Toronto Mayor David Miller says he is “very excited” about becoming the new President and CEO of the World Wildlife Fun… http://thecaen.ca/i-deas/corporate-money-preventing-all-out-campaign-to-stop-global-warming/

Poor flood monitoring caught officials unprepared; as jet stream may be a cause of the floods; and PMO avoids planning session for climate dangers

Floodlandia Flood prediction authorities were unprepared for the massive southern Alberta floods because of poor monitoring systems, says John Pomeroy, the Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate at the University of Saskatchewan. Pomeroy…
Flood prediction authorities were unprepared for the massive southern Alberta floods because of poor monitoring systems, says John Pomeroy, the Canada Research Chair in Water… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/poor-flood-monitoring-caught-officials-unprepared-as-jet-stream-may-be-a-cause-of-the-floods-and-pmo-avoids-planning-session-for-climate-dangers/

Obama to reject Keystone if it adds more GHGs

Climate Blows Barack Obama said he would approve the Keystone XL pipeline if it didn’t add more greenhouse gases to the atmosphere than if it was rejected. The Canadian government says the framework is fine because the fundamentals of the project are …
Barack Obama said he would approve the Keystone XL pipeline if it didn’t add more greenhouse gases to the atmosphere than if it was rejected. The Canadian government says … http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/obama-to-reject-keystone-if-it-adds-more-ghgs/

High water hits southern Alberta and B.C., as sour gas pipeline bursts

Biblical More than 12 southern Alberta communities have evacuated from flooding, including Calgary, Lethbridge, and Canmore, pushing 100,000 people from their homes. High water closed roads in the B.C. mountains and officials in Saskatchewan are pre…
More than 12 southern Alberta communities have evacuated from flooding, including Calgary, Lethbridge, and Canmore, pushing 100,000 people from their homes.  High water cl… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/high-water-hits-southern-alberta-and-b.c.-as-sour-gas-pipeline-bursts/

Manitoba reduces GHGs but will cut Kyoto target

Reality Manitoba reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by one per cent from 2010 to 2011, but nowhere near the promised cuts aligned to the Kyoto Protocol. The Manitoba government is expected unveil a new plan described as aggressive but realistic,…
Manitoba reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by one per cent from 2010 to 2011, but nowhere near the promised cuts aligned to the Kyoto Protocol. The Manitoba governmen… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/manitoba-reduces-ghgs-but-will-cut-kyoto-target/

City of Moncton approves climate-change plan

Floodcton The City of Moncton approved a climate change adaptation plan to prepare for flooding, including protecting buildings, flood-plain standards, and emergency evacuation. The city based its plan on an environmental report that predicted increas…
The City of Moncton approved a climate change adaptation plan to prepare for flooding, including protecting buildings, flood-plain standards, and emergency evacuation. The… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/1856/

Government study predicts wetter, warmer and more extreme climate for Newfoundland and Labrador

Yup A study commission by the provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador says climate change will bring a warmer climate, more rain and more intense storms. The study found the amount of rain falling during extreme events will increase by 10 p…
A study commissioned by the provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador says climate change will bring a warmer climate, more rain and more intense storms. The stud… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/government-study-predicts-wetter-warmer-and-more-extreme-climate-for-newfoundland-and-labrador/

Nova Scotia announces new GHG cuts

Snip Snip Nova Scotia released new regulations calling for a 30 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions between 2012 and 2030, on top of a previously announced 25 per cent cut between 2010 and 2020. The provincial utility, Nova Scotia Power, did not …
Nova Scotia released new regulations calling for a 30 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions between 2012 and 2030, on top of a previously announced 25 per cent cut between… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/nova-scotia-announces-new-ghg-cuts/

UN climate talks fail in Bonn

Climate Mumbles Talks to address climate change at a United Nations conference in Germany came to a halt after procedural issues obstructed the progress of creating a climate financing committee for developing nations. UN officials are asking delegat…
Talks to address climate change at a United Nations conference in Germany came to a halt after procedural issues obstructed the progress of creating a climate financing commi… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/un-climate-talks-fail-in-bonn/

Global CO2 emissions still rising, says IEA

Emissions Wise? Global carbon dioxide emissions rose 1.4 per cent in 2012, reports the International Energy Agency. It is a new record for emissions, with more than 31.6 billion tonnes of CO2 produced worldwide. China remains the world’s top polluter pr…
Global carbon dioxide emissions rose 1.4 per cent in 2012, reports the International Energy Agency. It is a new record for emissions, with more than 31.6 billion tonnes of CO2… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/global-co2-emissions-still-rising-says-iea/

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