Wildfires in BC – Margaret Wente’s assessment!

In the August 31, 2018 edition of the Glove and Mail, Margaret Wente suggests that linking of forest fires with climate change is rhetorical.  Or, as she put it:  ” The rhetoric matches the images”, a reference to the many photos of burning forests and communities impacted wildfires. As an example of rhetoric, she quoted …

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Wild Fires: 2016, 2017 and 2018! Have we seen the worst?

In 2016 a forest fire ravaged Fort McMurray. In 2017 smoke from a record number of BC forest fires triggered an air quality advisory of record length In 2018 a new record number of forest fires (emphasis added) overwhelmed BC’s current infrastructure for fighting fires. These 2018 fires, which in many instances remain out of …

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Thank Doug Ford for more Ticks and Lyme Disease

As the climate warms with more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, diseases such as lyme disease (carried by deer ticks) and West Nile Virus (from mosquitoes) have entered Canada from the United States, so everything we do to reduce greenhouses gases reduces the increase in such diseases. Across Ontario, about 20% of greenhouse gases come …

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Baby Sea Gulls on a Hot (Tin) Roof

So Toronto can expect that this Canada Day to bring an epic heat wave. According to Anthony Farnell, the Chief Meteorologist of Global News, Saturday and Sunday are probably going to set new standards for Toronto. Not just the heat, but the humidity “What will make this weekend potentially dangerous is the humidity,” he said. …

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Damage from Extreme Weather Events – the Insurance Industry saw it coming!

Two months ago, we commented on the extraordinary amount of damage caused by successive hurricanes hitting the Caribbean Islands and the US Southern States.  There is no doubt that the increased severity of these “natural” events is a result of global warming. The world-wide insurance industry has for many years warned of this possibility.   Four …

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