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Hopeful Stories

Here are some recent stories in the news that encourage us with the progress that is shown to be possible in concrete actions to address the climate crisis. Find more hopeful stories here.

Canada’s push against greenwashing is working

Efforts to stop companies from spreading misinformation in Canada about their impact on the climate and environment appear to be taking hold. The Pathways Alliance, a coalition of Canada’s six largest fossil fuel producers, scrubbed its website and social media channels on Wednesday. All that remained was a terse statement … Read More on 4RG

Ontario’s New Overnight Power Price Is ‘Rocket Fuel’ for Rooftop Solar

Ontario’s new electricity rate, known as Ultra Low Overnight (ULO) pricing, is meant to shift electricity demand from peak to off-peak hours. Under ULO, overnight rates are 2.8¢/kWh compared to 28.6¢/kWh during weekday afternoon peak times. Anyone who can shift a significant part of their demand to overnight should consider … Read More on 4RG

Vancouver leads effort to restrict gas water heaters

Vancouver has become the first B.C. city to phase out the use of gas-powered water heaters in homes in a move that will roughly halve the amount of harmful emissions the heaters generate by 2035. In a Tuesday announcement, the city said that replacement water heaters in homes and duplexes … Read More on 4RG

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Outrageous Stories

Here are some recent stories from the news that alarm us with outrageous decisions by governments and businesses along with the dreadful results for the climate. Find more outrageous stories here.

Gas Industry Front Group Keeps Pitching LNG after Ad Council Tells It to Stop Greenwashing

A self-styled grassroot group that has received significant fossil fuel industry funding is continuing to run ads claiming that liquefied natural gas (LNG) “will reduce global emissions,” despite a watchdog council’s ruling in January that the ads amount to greenwashing. Though the ruling by Ad Standards Canada was issued months … Read More on 4RG

Carbon Dioxide Just Took an Ominous, Record-Breaking Jump

Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Observatory just captured an ominous sign about the pace of global warming. Atmospheric levels of planet-warming carbon dioxide aren’t just on their way to yet another record high this year — they’re rising faster than ever, according to the latest in a 66-year-long series of observations. Carbon … Read More on 4RG

Doug Ford’s Enbridge ‘scandal’ must be investigated

The Ontario Green Party and environmental groups are calling for an investigation into Premier Doug Ford’s government’s decision to override an independent regulator to help Enbridge lock-in gas customers for decades to come. In a May 7 letter to Ontario auditor general Shelley Spence, Ontario Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner … Read More on 4RG

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Local Stories

Here are some recent stories of actions that local Peterborough citizens have taken to address the climate crisis.

Peterborough Repair Cafe Helps to Reduce Waste and Fight Climate Change

You know that favorite shirt of yours with the missing button and torn seam? Or that coffee grinder that is still perfectly good but seems to be jammed? You hate to throw them out because they’re still in good shape and have lots of life in them and you don’t want to add more junk … Read more

For Our Grandchildren are hometown climate change heroes

For Our Grandchildren (4RG) is a climate change activist group founded in 2006 in Toronto by a group of grandparents who were deeply concerned that the effects of climate change would have serious consequences for their grandchildren. One of the original founders was Walter Pitman, the late MPP for Peterborough. In 2010, 4RG was incorporated … Read more

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