Content tagged “climate change”

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  • Heated debates ignore an overheating planet

    Considering the magnitude of the threat, you'd think global warming would merit an entire debate between the two contenders for president of what is still the world's most powerful and influential country. At the very least, it's significant enough to warrant numerous questions from debate moderators and thorough policy discussions from the candidates. More »

    Science Matters

  • Airline emissions are flying too high

    In July, Solar Impulse 2 became the first airplane to fly around the world without using fuel. At the same time, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration has been working on electric planes. These developments mean air travel and transport could become more environmentally friendly, with less pollution and fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and planes would be quieter. More »

    Science Matters

  • Let's push the prime minister to get moving on climate

    Unless the current round of targets is withdrawn and replaced by more ambitious actions — something called for in the Paris Agreement as "ratcheting up" — we'll lose any chance of keeping Arctic ice at the pole, which will set off feedback loops that will accelerate global warming. Cascading events of greater severity will become unavoidable. More »

    Science Matters

  • Ontario acknowledges climate urgency

    In a recent Globe and Mail article, columnist Jeffrey Simpson attacked Ontario's climate plan, writing that it will be complicated and inflexible and will rely "on government to force-feed change." Putting aside the fact that the authorized version of the plan has not even been released yet — all we have at this point is a leaked document obtained by the Globe — the criticisms seem unfair. While some aspects of the plan are problematic, much of it appears highly beneficial. More »

    Climate & Clean Energy

  • Eating less meat will reduce Earth's heat

    Estimates of how much animal agriculture adds to greenhouse gases range widely, from about 14 to more than 50 per cent of total global emissions. Agriculture exacerbates climate change in a number of ways. Clearing carbon sinks such as forests to grow or raise food can result in net greenhouse gas increases. Farming, especially on an industrial scale, also requires fossil fuel-burning machinery, as does processing and transporting agricultural products. More »

    Science Matters

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