It’s been called the “hiatus,” “pause,” or “slowdown” and has been a favored meme of climate skeptics for years. Despite the continued increase of greenhouse gas emissions from us, rise of global surface temperatures has been easing since 1998. Two new studies published this week examine the origins of the“pause,” and, surprisingly, suggest that it may persist for years even in our notably [...]
PART 1: THE PHASE-OUT OF FOSSIL FUELS IN CANADA The mathematics of the climate crisis is easy to understand once you have the key numbers. And those numbers lead to some clear and compelling conclusions. Following the well-known laws of physics, carbon dioxide traps and preserves heat in the atmosphere. Without it, we’d be frozen [...]
On behalf of the Crisis Resilience Alliance in collaboration with the School of Community and Regional Planning, UBC, the Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC and the Canadian Risks and Hazards Network Young Professionals Committee, we are delighted to invite you to our next public event at UBC. Jason Biermann, who co-managed the Oso landslide (what [...]
ICLEI Canada, with support from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests, is hosting a one-day workshop to preview and test ICLEI’s soon to be released Urban Biodiversity Planning Guidebook. The Guidebook will give municipalities the knowledge, strategies and direction to develop a community specific biodiversity action plan. Workshop attendees will have the opportunity [...]
Eric Rignot of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab is one of the globe’s most accomplished glacier experts. In an interview in San Francicso, we asked him for his “elevator pitch” to explain the science of climate change.
May 14 – 15, 2015 - CosmoCaixa, Barcelona There is significant scientific evidence indicating that the global climate is changing, largely due to human activities. Such climatic fluctuations may adversely impact human health and well-being in a variety of ways, including through exposure to extreme weather events; disruption of ecosystems, agriculture, and food production; expansion of infectious diseases; and increased [...]
Environmental advocates warn of a looming migration crisis as a result of climate change. They are urging negotiators drafting a climate change agreement to include provisions aimed at preventing mass migration by helping vulnerable communities adapt to the new climate reality. “Polar bears live on sea ice. With the warming of the earth’s atmosphere, their [...]
It’s taken a hundred years of human-caused greenhouse emissions to push the global temperature up almost one degree Celsius (1C°), so another degree is still some time away. Right? And there seems to have been a “pause” in warming over the last two decades, so getting to 2C° is going to take a good while, [...]