Climate Science

Seth Klein
Protesters, joined by faith leaders and members of Extinction Rebellion Toronto, take over an intersection in downtown Toronto as part of a demonstration declaring a climate crisis, June 10, 2019. Photo by Nick Iwanyshyn / Canada's National Observer

Sept. 8, 2023

Sometimes, in the eye of a storm, it can be hard to tell when the winds have shifted. Victories often don’t occur in a clear-cut timeline, nor can they always be pinpointed to a specific event. Darkest before the dawn, as they say. When we look back at this time, maybe — just maybe — the spring and summer of 2023 will be remembered as a pivot period.

David Spratt and Ian Dunlop, first published at Pearls & Irritations
Thinking in boxes

The Australian Government’s public analysis of climate risk, our greatest threat, is dangerously misleading. The Intergenerational Report 2023 (IGR) is a prime example. By dumbing down the implications of climate change with simplified economic models, the IGR and similar reports are institutionalising the global failure to face climate reality.

Barbara Harriss-White
IPCC - Climate Change 2023 Synthesis Report

Sept. 1, 2023

"The report invokes the economy, markets (for energy, finance and capital), the private sector, private finance, business (once – and as a civil society actor) and a range of human activities. Yet it is the institution of private property and the dynamic of capital that produce and destroy its material and energetic environment (Kohei Saito, Marx in the Anthropocene, 2023)."

Emiko Newman and Erin Blondeau
In May this group delivered about 100 cover letter applications to BC MP Carla Qualtrough for good, green jobs that don’t yet exist to show support for a national Youth Climate Corps. Photo by Paola Alvarez.

Aug. 31, 2023

Over 1,000 wildfires are burning across Canada. Families are fleeing their homes, haunted by the very real possibility that they may never be able to return.

Yarimar Bonilla
A row of crosses in a brown field in front of mountains and dark clouds - Jae C. Hong/Associated Press

Aug. 27, 2023


Dr. Bonilla is a contributing Opinion writer who covers race, history, pop culture and the American empire.

Jamie Sandison
My analysis of data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reveals a staggering revelation — more than 150 monthly temperature records have been broken across Canada this year. Photo by Shutterstock

Aug. 28, 2023

Over the past five years, I have closely followed the signals of climate change, deciphering their significance through the frequency of temperature records and the escalating intensity of wildfires.

At the beginning of July, I mapped out record temperatures that resulted in devastating wildfires in B.C., Alberta and Nova Scotia. It showed record heat that intensified in May and June.

Hina Alam
The McDougall Creek wildfire burns on the mountainside above a lakefront home, in West Kelowna, B.C., on Friday, Aug. 18, 2023. File photo by The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck

Aug. 25, 2023

Canada's current wildfire season is devastating evidence of the effects of climate change, scientists say, but for some conspiracy theorists, the thousands of square kilometres of burnt ground isn't enough to convince them.


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