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Rapid-intensity Hurricane Laura ultimately headed for Newfoundland

August 26, 2020 by David Gambrill

The path of Hurricane Laura — which is currently located off the U.S. Gulf Coast and described as one of the fastest-intensifying storms in history — is tracking to hit St. John’s, Nfld., next Monday as a post-tropical storm, according

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Study: World carbon pollution falls 17% during pandemic peak

May 19, 2020 Seth Borenstein - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

KENSINGTON, Md. – The world cut its daily carbon dioxide emissions by 17% at the peak of the pandemic shutdown last month, a new study found. But with life and heat-trapping gas levels inching back toward normal, the brief pollution

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Opinion: Climate change isn’t pausing for the pandemic

May 7, 2020 Dr. Janis Sarra, Professor of Law, University of British Columbia

As the insurance sector adjusts to respond to challenges related to the novel coronavirus, flood season in Canada is beginning. Today, residents in Fort McMurray, Alta., are returning to clean up their flooded homes and businesses on the anniversary of

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Paid Climate Change: It’s Risky Business

January 14, 2020 Trisura

As we all know, climate change is one of the most prominent topics in the news – so much so that it is being touted as a major deciding factor for Canadian politicians in the upcoming federal election. But, what

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‘Growing cost’ of climate change prompts this insurer to stop covering oil sands

January 2, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The Hartford has added its name to the list of insurers who will not write new business in Canada’s oil sands. Connecticut-based Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. announced Dec. 20 it will stop insuring companies that generate more than 25%

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More insurers may stop covering oil sands: Environmentalist

October 24, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Expect more insurers to stop covering Canadian oil sands infrastructure and pipeline projects, an environmental advocate suggests. “We have seen a lot of insurance companies, over the last four or five years, adopt coal policies and get out of insuring

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How high IPCC says the seas could rise

September 25, 2019 Seth Borenstein - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK – Earth is in more hot water than ever before, and so are we, an expert United Nations climate panel warned in a grim new report Wednesday. Sea levels are rising at an ever-faster rate as ice and

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Engineering study wanted for Atlantic Canada sea level rise mitigation

July 26, 2019 Michael Tutton - THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – A long-awaited process is underway to find ways to protect a narrow and vital corridor of land between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia from floods caused by sea level rise and storm surges. The request for proposals issued

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Why climate change might be worse than you think

June 21, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If you are using today’s climate models to predict the frequency and severity of tomorrow’s severe weather, your estimates could be off, suggests a recent convocation speaker at a major Canadian university. Recent unusual patterns in the jet stream are

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The key role of risk managers during climate change

June 20, 2019 by Adam Malik

Financial companies, including insurers, are moving positively towards dealing with climate change but more needs to be done – and it will need to be risk managers at the forefront to prepare their companies, according to a new study. The

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Feds to relocate Ontario First Nation community that was built in a flood plain

April 16, 2019 Kristy Kirkup - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The pain of spring flooding at a First Nation in northern Ontario is hitting harder this year, as government promises for a permanent new location remain far from reality. Starting on Monday, more than 2,500 members of the

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What the climate in these Canadian cities could be like in 2080

February 13, 2019 Bob Weber - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Wondering what your city’s climate will be like in a few decades? Look south – about 1,000 kilometres south, says an unusual new study published Tuesday. That’s the average distance between 540 cities in the United States and Canada and