Tag Archives: Heat waves

COP 26: Time is running out!

As the world prepares for the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP) to open in Glasgow, on October 31st, it is also absorbing the news that no matter what we do global temperatures will continue to rise until 2050.

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WHO urges world leaders to phase out fossil fuels

By John Woodside,  National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Ahead of a major UN climate conference, the World Health Organization is making a desperate plea to world leaders to phase out fossil fuels to help save millions of lives around the globe.

In a special report, the world’s leading health organization is echoing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest study, which UN Secretary-General António Guterres said must sound a “death knell” for fossil fuels “before they destroy our planet.”

“Extreme heat, floods, droughts, increasingly frequent wildfires and hurricanes; the events of 2021 have broken many records,” wrote Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO, in the report’s foreword.

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Heat wave killed far more marine animals than originally thought, says scientist

UBC marine ecologist Dr. Chris Harley initially told the media that more than a billion mussels, clams, sea stars and other invertebrates may have cooked to death in the area between Campbell River and Washington state. That was a ‘back of the envelope’ estimate, based on his observations among the Lower Mainland’s mussel population and some preliminary reports. Harley has done a great deal more research since then. He now guesstimates that, conservatively speaking, the number of marine fatalities during last June’s heat wave is closer to 10 billion.  

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Canadian media needs to pay more attention to the climate crisis, Sean Holman says

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Climate change is the largest and most impactful story on the globe, yet Canadian media in particular has done an inadequate job in covering the issue, one expert says.

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Extreme marine heat events will devastate global fisheries in the coming decades

Extreme marine high temperature events, such as the one that killed more than a billion shellfish off the West Coast last June, will devastate global fisheries over the decades to come, a new UBC study suggests.

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