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  1. OTTAWA, ON, Nov. 2, 2020 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is committed to supporting Albertans during this economically challenging time caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. That is why today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced approximately $100 million from the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund to support initiatives in Alberta aimed at growing the clean economy. As a direct result of this funding, approximately 3,100 jobs will be created in the areas of construction, energy efficiency retrofits, c
  2. Members of the Homo genus went extinct following bouts of climate change This caused the areas they lived in to shrink and they tried to find new homes However, they failed to do so at different times and therefore went extinct This led to extinction of Homo erectus 110,000 years ago and Neanderthals 70,000 years later Neanderthals and Homo erectus, both cousins of modern-day humans, went extinct due to sudden, and unexpectedly intense, bouts of climate change. Scientists have long sought to understand the fate of our long-lost brethren, and pre
  3. More than 20 years after intoning, “The water’s getting warm, so you might as well swim,” Smash Mouth’s “All Star” continues to be prophetic. Case in point: A new study finds that the Atlantic Ocean just had its hottest decade in at least 2,900 years. Someone award Smash Mouth a PhD and calculate the h-index of their discography immediately. Hurricane Florence as seen from the International Space Station Photo: NASA The new findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday, rely on a mix of ice and sediment cores
  4. The internet is causing its own demise. Every line of code requires electricity to run, and much of that electricity comes from dirty fossil fuels. And every belch of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel power plants brings the internet one step closer to ruin. The rise of smartphones puts more information at our fingertips than ever while the increasing complexity of websites means it requires more energy to deliver that information. Whether it’s Fortnite or YouTube, the internet’s growing carbon footprint is a huge issue. A 2019 report found that digital technology prod
  5. The social network teams up with Carnegie Mellon University to find new ways to store and use renewable energy. Facebook has researchers who are trying to advance artificial intelligence through various projects. Facebook said Wednesday it will use artificial intelligence to help scientists find new ways to store and use renewable energy as part of project that could help combat climate change. The social network is partnering with Carnegie Mellon University to spur the use of solar and wind energy, which are cleaner than burning fossil fuels t
  6. Figure: Two hundred years of human activity on the Antarctic continent. The black dots and lines represent human activity including traverses across the ice. The grey scale squares indicate areas where data suggest humans have not yet travelled. Credit: Tilburg University Antarctica is considered one of the Earth's largest, most pristine remaining wildernesses. Yet since its formal discovery 200 years ago, the continent has seen accelerating human activity. Reporting in the journal Nature, a research team including Tilburg University show where human activities have been conducted
  7. Livestock farming and fossil fuels are main causes of rise in gas, which is 28 times more powerful than CO2 at trapping heat A cattle ranch in California. In 2017 the Earth’s atmosphere absorbed almost 600m tons of methane from all sources, up 9% from the early years of the century. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters Animal farming and fossil fuels have driven global emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane to the highest level on record, putting the world on track for dangerously increased heat levels of 3C to 4C. Since 2000 discharges of the od
  8. Climate change: World heading for warmest decade, says Met Office A Nasa graphic showing the global temperature anomalies between 2014 and 2018 - higher than the long term trend is shown in red The world is in the middle of what is likely to be the warmest 10 years since records began in 1850, says the Met Office. It's forecasting that temperatures for each of the next five years are likely to be at or above 1C compared to pre-industrial levels. There's also a small chance that one of the next five years will see global temp
  9. The climate apocalypse wants to strip us of everything sacred in this world. There are concerns about chocolate (though it isn’t going extinct), the future of wine, and even the potential loss of our prized Tabasco sauce! A study published in Nature Plants Monday is throwing more depressing news our way: Beer is next. Yes, beer. Your Friday night best friend. Your motivation for that vacation brewery stop. Your favorite reason for October. The study expects future yields of barley, beer’s key ingredient, to drop from 3 to 17 percent worldwide due to extreme
  10. Green campaigners have lined up to attack chancellor Philip Hammond for announcing a multi-billion-pound boost for building and upgrading roads – days after world scientists urgently warned that greenhouse gas emissions must be cut. In Monday’s budget, Mr Hammond is due to champion £30bn of funding for new roads and road repairs, hailing it “the biggest-ever cash injection for England’s largest roads”. Yet the chancellor is recycling an old Conservative party announcement, The Independent can reveal – and environmental experts including Greenpeace’s chief sc
  11. Flooding reduces seawater salt content, induces stress in bivalve animals American Physiological Society New Orleans (October 27, 2018)--Climate change-associated severe weather events may cause flooding that threatens the survival of the Olympia oyster, new research suggests. The findings will be presented today at the American Physiological Society's (APS) Comparative Physiology: Complexity and Integration conference in New Orleans. Oceans around the world typically have a salt content (salinity) of around 3.5 percent, but the percentag
  12. F rance’s military has teamed up with an environmental non-profit for the first time to study the threat of climate change where the country is at war, a representative of the green group said on Saturday. So far, WWF France and the Ecole de Guerre, the top French military academy, have been jointly promoting their view that climate change is a national security threat. The Ecole de Guerre trains officers to become the next generation of the armed forces’ top brass. The partnership marks the first time the French military has worked with a non-p
  13. The healthcare cost for animal-related injuries in the United States exceeds $1 billion per year, according to the findings of a new study published in the BMJ journal Trauma Surgery and Acute Care Open on Tuesday. This cost does not include doctors' fees, lost productivity, costs of rehabilitation, and outpatient clinic charges, which means the total costs are higher. Animal Bites Researchers found that dog bites, bites from venomous snakes and lizards, and bites from non-venomous insects and spiders accounted for 60 percent of the total costs. Peo
  14. Climate change: UK carbon capture project begins Image captionThe project aims to capture one tonne per day of CO2 The giant Drax power station, near Selby in North Yorkshire, has become the first in Europe to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from wood-burning. Drax burns seven million tonnes of wood chips each year to drive generators to make electricity. The firm has now begun a pilot project to capture one tonne a day of CO2 from its wood combustion. The technology effectively turns climate change into reverse on a
  15. How a supercomputer is helping AT&T prepare for extreme weather Prepping for climate change with help from a national lab Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images AT&T has a new climate change risk-assessment tool, developed with the help of Argonne National Laboratory’s scientists and supercomputing power, CNBC reports. The telecommunications company hopes to protect its infrastructure from the flooding and extreme weather events that are projected to increase as climate change continues. A few years a
  16. From Antarctica to the Oceans, Climate Change Damage Is About to Get a Lot Worse, IPCC Warns Dangerous shifts are already underway. If fossil fuel use continues at this pace, the world will see sweeping consequences for nature and humans, report authors say. Rising global temperatures have altered people's way of life in Greenland and the Arctic. A new IPCC report
  17. Amazon Employees Will Walk Out Over the Company's Climate Change Inaction The planned event will mark the first time in Amazon's 25-year history that workers at the company's Seattle headquarters have participated in a strike. PHOTOGRAPH: JOAO LAET/AFP/GETTY IMAGES Over the past year, tech workers across the country have walked out to protest a wide range of issues. Google employees objec
  18. What Does '12 Years to Act on Climate Change' (Now 11 Years) Really Mean? It doesn't mean the world can wait until 2030 to cut greenhouse gas emissions, or that chaos will erupt in 2030. Here's what the science shows. In some ways, the “12 years” narrative may set up a scenario that’s too lenient, because some key part of the climate system may already be at or past
  19. Climate Change Is Shifting Europe's Flood Patterns, and These Regions Are Feeling the Consequences A new study maps out which regions have seen increases in the magnitude of destructive river flooding, and why. British soldiers and mountain rescue teams evacuated people in York, UK, as the River Ouse flooded in 2015. Credit: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images Global warming is driving big changes
  20. Want to Fight Climate Change? Stop Believing These Myths In Mark Jaccard’s new book, The Citizen’s Guide to Climate Success, he argues that the key is to stop obsessing about notions like peak oil. Scientists and activists don’t have to convince everyone of the seriousness of the threat—they just have to motivate “climate-sincere” policymakers to put new regulations in place, and fast.Photograph: Bernhard Lang/Getty Images We’re all feeling
  21. Rapid results in on climate change and the European heat wave Heat wave was several degrees Celsius hotter than an equivalent event in 1900. Enlarge / How the warmest three-day averages from June rank—the darkest red area set new records. van Oldenborgh et al. Much of Europe—and particularly France—has been sweating through an incredible heat wave in recent days, with temperature records falling left and right. Despite it being only June (albeit the hottest June on record in Europe), a station in Gallargues-le-Montueux actually broke France
  22. Protesters target Amazon in France calling for action on climate change PARIS (Reuters) - Several hundred environmental activists protested outside Amazon’s headquarters in Paris and at two of its regional distribution centers in France on Tuesday as part of stepped-up climate change demonstrations. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics centre in Boves, France, May 13, 2019. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo The protest drew support from groups including Friends of the Earth and the “Gilets Jaunes”, who have mounted mon
  23. Exclusive: Investors with $34 trillion demand urgent climate change action LONDON (Reuters) - Investors managing more than $34 trillion in assets, nearly half the world’s invested capital, are demanding urgent action from governments on climate change, piling pressure on leaders of the world’s 20 biggest economies meeting this week. A person walks across Waterloo Bridge during the Extinction Rebellion protest in London, Britain April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls In an open letter to the “governments of the world” seen by Reuters, groups representing 47
  24. Last chance to see? — Many animals can’t adapt fast enough to climate change Some species are coping fine, but others are running out of time. Enlarge / Bonobos carrying the footprint of an ancient, extinct species of ape. flickr user: Reflexiste Climate change has thrown our beautifully balanced planet into chaos. As oceans and forests transform and ecosystems go into shock, perhaps a million species teeter on the edge of extinction. But there may still be hope for these organisms. Some will change their
  25. Massive Arctic wildfires emitted more CO2 in June than Sweden does in an entire year Key Points Smoke from massive fires in the Arctic has blanketed nearby cities and could travel thousands of kilometers to other parts of the world, raising concerns among scientists about poor air quality and exacerbated global warming. The ongoing Arctic fires this year have been particularly severe in Siberia and Alaska. “This year, it’s an incredible amount of burning, and the smoke affects air quality thousands of miles away from the Arctic region,” s
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