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Oceans will determine if we sink or swim when it comes to achieving our climate goals

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The world’s oceans suck up a huge chunk of human-caused emissions, but their role in mitigation strategies and targets is largely absent from critical negotiations underway at the UN climate conference in Glasgow, Canadian scientist Anya Waite says. 

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After B.C. flooding, billion-dollar questions for Canada

By John Woodside,  National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The cascading natural disasters in British Columbia have destroyed key pieces of infrastructure that experts say should trigger a nationwide risk assessment to prepare for Canada’s rapidly changing climate.

An atmospheric river dumped a month’s worth of rain on B.C., which when combined with melting snow and the mountains already scarred from a catastrophic wildfire season, led to landslides that destroyed segments of the Trans-Canada and Coquihalla highways.

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Hopes of climate success at COP26 fuels Canada’s new environment minister

By John Woodside,  National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

With a plan to eventually deliver promised international climate financing now complete, Canada’s newly minted Climate Minister Steven Guilbeault is “cautiously optimistic” about the success of upcoming United Nations talks in Glasgow, he said at a press conference Friday.

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Canadian delegates worry some voices ‘weren’t heard’ at youth climate conference

By Morgan Sharp, National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

It was meant to matter, this time.

After 25 years of adults trying to work out how to do it right, the Youth4Climate summit in Milan, Italy, which gathered some 400 young people from across the globe to discuss the climate crisis last week, was meant to be different.

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Success of COP26 hinges on whether climate financing scales up

By John Woodside, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Climate Minister Jonathan Wilkinson doesn’t know if he’ll continue to serve in the role just yet, but with COP26 in arm’s reach, his portfolio may be the most significant of any cabinet member.

Speaking with reporters Friday from a pre-COP meeting in Milan, Wilkinson said Canada’s focus in the lead-up to COP26 is closing the gap on the US$100 billion worth of climate financing per year rich countries promised developing ones over a decade ago at COP15.

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