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The window of opportunity to address increasing drought and expanding drylands is vanishing

May 10, 2022 The Canadian Press

By Margot Hurlbert, Canada Research Chair, Climate Change, Energy and Sustainability, University of Regina – THE CONVERSATION This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information

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B.C. climate change initiative needs to look further than recovery, expert says

February 25, 2022 Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – A disaster expert who led recovery teams after the earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed more than 230,000 people says British Columbia’s climate response strategy must protect the province from future environmental events. The B.C.

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How the P&C industry should shift its thinking about climate risk

February 11, 2022 by Jason Contant

Canada’s P&C insurance industry needs to adapt its climate risk business model to focus more on loss prevention rather than indemnity, a speaker says Thursday at an industry event. And pricing needs to be forward-looking rather than based on historical

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Wildfire costs show need for preventative measures

February 9, 2022 Greg Meckbach

NatCat costs from summer 2021’s B.C. wildfires reached $77 million in insured damage in White Rock Lake and $78 million in Lytton. With renovations adding value to homes, and by extension insurable damage risk, it may make sense to encourage

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Utility says B.C.’s heat, rain and cold in 2021 underscore changing demand for power

January 21, 2022 by Jason Contant

VANCOUVER – British Columbia endured sizzling summer heat and bone-numbing cold to end 2021 and the province’s electrical utility says the result was a record-breaking, year-round demand for power, launching a trend that’s not expected to end soon. In a

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Rising seas: Delays to safeguarding N.S.-N.B. boundary area worries politicians

October 28, 2021 Michael Tutto - THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – Legislators on both sides of the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick boundary say efforts to safeguard their area from a potential climate disaster have dragged on too long. An engineering study commissioned to develop “three viable solutions” to the risk

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B.C.’s climate change plan aims for changes by 2030 for consumers, industry

October 26, 2021 The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – British Columbia has introduced a plan to reach its legislated target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 with initiatives like slashing the number of kilometres driven by 25 per cent compared with last year and boosting the

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Regulator expects more frequent volatility in financial sector

September 30, 2021 Ian Bickis - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – The head of Canada’s banking regulator warned Wednesday of the potential for increased volatility in the global financial system as risks, especially around climate change and digital finances, are on the rise. “My new responsibility requires that I

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Canada’s warming may hurt access to insurance: DBRS

September 24, 2021 James Langton - Investment Executive

An increase in extreme weather events may threaten the availability of property insurance in Canada, warns DBRS Morningstar in a new report. The rating agency said that Canadian property and casualty (P&C) insurers have, so far, proven resilient in the

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Wildfire and flood disasters are causing ‘climate migration’ within Canada

September 22, 2021 The Canadian Press - THE CONVERSATION

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. ___ Author: Yvonne Su, Assistant Professor in the Department of Equity

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New report sounds the ‘death knell for coal and fossil fuels’

August 9, 2021 Christopher Reynolds - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The secretary-general of the United Nations says a new report “must sound the death knell for coal and fossil fuels,” raising renewed questions about Canada’s climate plan and the long-term viability of its traditional energy sector. The UN

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Western broker: Don’t chop off the head of oil industry

December 9, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Although the impact of carbon emissions on climate is a major concern for carriers, western Canadian brokers are concerned about efforts to reduce Canada’s reliance on oil and gas. “Oil and gas is not going away any time soon, and