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An EMS vehicle is set up as a cooling station during a June 2021 heat wave in Calgary
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Last summer’s B.C., Alberta heat wave was among most extreme since 1960s, study shows

May 6, 2022 Brenna Owen - THE CANADIAN PRESS

The record-breaking heat wave that scorched western North America last June was among the most extreme ever recorded globally, new modelling and analysis by researchers at universities in the United Kingdom shows. The study published Wednesday in the journal Science

Boreal forest fire in Banff, Alberta
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Curbing Canadian forest fires could be an affordable way to cut emissions: study

April 28, 2022 Hina Alam - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Better wildfire management in Canadian and Alaskan forests could offer a cost-effective way to limit greenhouse gas emissions, a new study says. Research published in the journal Science Advances on Wednesday found wildfires in North American boreal forests could represent

A heatwave in Montreal in June 2020
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Extreme heat should be labelled a natural disaster, new report urges

April 20, 2022 Mia Rabson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Governments should consider extreme heat a natural disaster as climate change raises the risk of soaring summer temperatures in much of Canada, a new report says. Irreversible Extreme Heat, penned by experts at the Intact Centre on Climate

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What Canadians can expect of future hurricane seasons

April 7, 2022 by David Gambrill

Atlantic Canadians can expect to see more and increasingly intense hurricanes, as sea surface temperatures continue to warm up as a result of climate change. “Warmer sea surface temperatures fuel stronger hurricanes,” Swiss Re Canada CEO Monica Ningen observed during

Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault speaking during Question Period
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Oil and gas sector “cannot do business as usual”: Environment Minister

April 5, 2022 The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault says a new report from the United Nations’ climate agency shows the oil and gas sector “cannot do business as usual” even as the government is still considering approving a massive new offshore oil

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivering the keynote address at the GLOBE Forum in Vancouver
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Oil and gas sector emissions need to be cut two-fifths by 2030, new climate plan says

March 30, 2022 Mia Rabson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the Canadian oil industry Tuesday that it should use the massive bump in profits from the current surge in prices to fund a transition to cut their emissions. The federal government unveiled an

A temporary dike in Abbotsford following flooding in B.C.
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B.C. budget includes $2.1B in disaster relief

February 23, 2022 Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – British Columbia has earmarked $2.1 billion to fund disaster recovery efforts and future response to the threats posed by wildfires, floods and heat waves in a budget that forecasts a $5.5-billion deficit. Finance Minister Selina Robinson said Tuesday

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Study suggests climate change made B.C. floods at least twice as likely

February 16, 2022 Bob Weber - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Catastrophic floods that swamped much of southern British Columbia last fall were at least twice as likely because of climate change, suggests new research from Environment Canada. The study, now undergoing peer review, concludes that the likelihood of similar events

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New collaboration uses satellite data to develop new insurance products

February 9, 2022 by Jason Contant

Tokio Marine Holdings and ICEYE, a radar data provider and expert in NatCat solutions, have announced a commercial collaboration to develop new insurance products and services that utilize satellite data. ICEYE says Tokio Marine (whose Canadian branch has underwriting offices

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Canada’s 3 top business risks

January 19, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Business interruption, cyber incidents, and climate change have been dubbed the Top 3 risks facing Canadian businesses this year, according to a new report.   Although these were Canada’s Top 3 risks, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS)’s Risk Barometer

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Expert panel says Canada needs to ‘up its game’ on climate data to better adapt

January 13, 2022 Mia Rabson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – A new report suggests Canada is not doing enough to adapt to and prevent the effects of climate change and is lacking the critical data it needs to do so.   “I mean, 2021 has really now been a

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Climate change expected to push up payouts

December 13, 2021 Philip Porado

It’s likely Canada’s not fully prepared for flood risks faces today, let alone for what climate change could bring, Judith Ellison, catastrophe modelling manager at JBA Risk Management told a Dec. 2 CatIQ Connect Quarterly session. She noted many properties