Avoiding climate chaos means zeroing in on emissions

Avoiding climate chaos means zeroing in on emissions

There's little time to get emissions under control before temperatures rise to catastrophic levels.
We're caught in a bad cycle.

Climate change and biodiversity should be top headline news

“Reporting the truth about climate disruption, and its solutions, could be contagious.”
When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a special report in October warning of how quickly we’re advancing toward irreversible climate chaos, it led the —for a day.

SCIENCE MATTERS: True leaders work for us, not the fossil fuel industry

A just transition is possible, necessary and best-case scenario.
Some politicians believe protecting a sunset industry’s interests is more important than looking out for the citizens who elected them.

SCIENCE MATTERS: Government support for electric vehicles drives down emissions

Make like Norway and plug in, Canada.
Electric vehicles won’t save us from runaway climate change, but they’re part of the solution, along with support for public transit and active transport like walking and cycling.

SCIENCE MATTERS: What do we do when the cathedral burns?

Billionaires acted quickly on Notre Dame fire but where's the concern for the raging fire that is climate change?
When Paris’s Notre Dame caught fire on April 15, the flames threatened more than eight centuries of culture and history.

SCIENCE MATTERS: When does plant and animal species loss become a societal crisis?

Tumbling walruses make us cry, but do they make us change?
It’s heartening, in the midst of the human-caused sixth mass extinction, to find good wildlife recovery news.

SCIENCE MATTERS: As fracking booms, report finds we know little about impacts

Were not exactly sure how bad fracking is, but it's pretty bad, right?
Earthquakes, methane emissions, scarred landscapes, water depletion and contamination are just a few known effects of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

SCIENCE MATTERS: Cities hold the key to reversing bee decline

Urban pollinators can thrive when planners and gardeners get behind them.
If there’s one thing bees and many city dwellers have in common, it’s a love of gardens. That’s good news for both because it means there’s hope for reversing the decline of bee populations worldwide.

SCIENCE MATTERS: Government should heed Unist’ot’en message

Promises aren't being kept and the consequences are dire
I visited the Unist’ot’en camp near Kitimat, BC, a year ago.

SCIENCE MATTERS: Carbon, climate and corruption coalesce in concrete

Cementing a better future for the environment
Most of us rarely think about concrete, but it’s the foundation of modern society — from roads, buildings and bridges to the economy, political power and crime. We use more of it than anything except water.

SCIENCE MATTERS: Indigenous input on energy matters

"Getting more Indigenous people involved in renewable energy projects will not only benefit our own communities but Canada as a country."
Energy is inextricably linked to a range of community issues, from health to housing.

SCIENCE MATTERS: You may not like insects, but you need them

We can't let the butterflies flutter bye-bye.
An alarming scientific review has found human activity is driving insects to extinction.

SCIENCE MATTERS: Winter weather doesn’t disprove global warming

"Weather and climate aren’t the same."
Weather and climate aren’t the same. It’s one thing for people who spend little or no time learning about global warming to confuse the two, but when those we elect to represent us don’t know the difference, we’re in trouble.

SCIENCE MATTERS: Children should be seen and heard

Kids are sick of adults shitting on their future, so they're doing something about it and we should take note.
Summer 2018 was Sweden’s hottest since record-keeping began more than 260 years ago — marked by drought, wildfires and extremely low reservoir levels. That was too much for 15-year-old Greta Thunberg.

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Vol 27, No 4
June 20, 2019

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