Tories’ climate plan focused on green investment

The federal Conservatives’ proposed replacement for the Liberal government’s framework on climate change offers several shout-outs to farmers, in a document focused on green investment rather than current consumption patterns. The lead opposition party’s plan, launched Wednesday by leader Andrew Scheer, proposes to scrap the Trudeau government’s current carbon pricing plan, which imposes levies on […] Read more

Climate change has U.S. fund managers adjusting agriculture investments

New York | Reuters — After historic floods devastated Midwestern agricultural states this spring, some fund managers are evaluating how climate change will affect the long-term value of companies that make or sell products ranging from tractors to fertilizer. The issue is not simply the unpredictability of weather. Instead, fund managers say, they are struggling […] Read more

Ernie Hardeman, left, Ontario’s minister of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs talks to Premier Doug Ford during a visit to a Woodstock-area farm.

Province hears from farmers on carbon tax

There’s little enthusiasm from the premier on a high speed rail proposal

The provincial Conservative government is continuing its push to negate the federal carbon tax. Premier Doug Ford, Rod Phillips, minister of environment, conservation and parks and Ernie Hardeman, minister of agriculture, visited Veldale Farms near Woodstock in late March to hear from farmers about the effects of the carbon tax. The meeting was closed to […] Read more

U.S. President Donald Trump listens to a question as he speaks to reporters at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, Mar. 29, 2019.

Trump climate deregulation could boost CO2 levels

Plans by United States President Donald Trump to roll back climate change regulations could boost U.S. carbon emissions by more than 200 million tonnes a year by 2025, according to a report prepared for state attorneys general released in early March. Why it matters: The increase from the world’s second-biggest greenhouse gas emitter behind China […] Read more

The debate over whether climate change is caused by human activity has delayed acceptance of the need to change behaviour.

Evidence for man-made global warming hits ‘gold standard’

Man-made climate change increasingly clear in satellite records and can no longer be ignored, scientists say

Reuters/Oslo – Evidence for man-made global warming has reached a “gold standard” level of certainty, adding pressure for cuts in greenhouse gases to limit rising temperatures, scientists said Feb. 26. “Humanity cannot afford to ignore such clear signals,” the American-led team wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change of satellite measurements of rising temperatures over […] Read more

A cow stands in a field in Grand Bourgtheroulde, France.

Lab-grown steak could be worse for climate than belching cattle — scientists

The production processes and the types of greenhouse gases produced will be a big factor in meat’s carbon footprint

Thomson Reuters Foundation – Scientists and companies working to grow meat from animal cells will need to minimize energy use and avoid fossil fuels if claims that cultured meat is better for the climate than real meat are to hold true, researchers said. Cultured meat production with high energy inputs could spur global warming more […] Read more

U.S. government report says climate change will batter economy

Reuters — Climate change will cost the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century, hitting everything from health to infrastructure, according to a government report issued on Friday that the White House called inaccurate. The congressionally mandated report, written with the help of more than a dozen U.S. government […] Read more

Turning over more land to energy production could have implications for food security, said scientists.

All hands on deck in climate change battle

Everyone and everything needed to hold climate line, scientists urge

Thomson Reuters Foundation | London – Last-ditch efforts to hold climate change to the most ambitious target set by governments will likely require using every available technique rather than picking and choosing the most attractive ones, climate scientists say. Dramatically reducing the use of coal, planting huge swathes of land with carbon-absorbing forest or powering […] Read more

The remains of a dead tree are pictured at the almost empty Maria Cristina water reservoir during a severe drought near Castellon, Spain, September 14, 2018.

Weather extremes to become more severe as global temperatures rise

Many more people will face heatwaves, extreme rainfall and shrinking harvests without unprecedented action, scientists say

Thomson Reuters Foundation – Many more people — besides the world’s poorest — will face sweltering heatwaves, more extreme rainfall, shrinking harvests and worsening water shortages unless unprecedented efforts to slow climate change start now, scientists warned Oct. 8. Why it matters: Without stepped-up action, efforts to adapt to the coming changes are likely to […] Read more