Letter to my British Cousins

We wish that Canada was in the same league as the UK in mitigating GHG emissions and taking practical steps to adapt to global warming. Here are examples of the large differences between the attitude of our two countries.

Response to Climate Change!

The theme of 4RG’s May Climate Change Forum in Peterborough, Ontario, was “A Tale of Two Cities”.  This theme compared the measures undertaken by the UK and Canada in the field of climate change policy, regulation of emissions, introduction of renewable sources of energy and practical measures to guard against flooding due to extreme weather events.

Peterborough, Ontario suffered extensive flooding damage in 2002. Governments repaired much of the damage, but did next to nothing to prevent similar damage in the future. Unfortunately in 2004 Peterborough was hit by a second flood of even greater magnitude.  If steps had been taken in the interim to avert damage from such an event, the loss could have been much reduced.

Peterborough, England also experienced flood damage on several occasions.  Prior to the second flood, UK authorities at both the national and borough levels took practical measures to control the effects of extreme weather events.

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More than a metaphor – a powerful message!

In our last blog we wrote about last week’s extraordinary weather that hit Calgary, a city in the Canadian Prairies. Much of the downtown core was submerged by the worst flood ever experienced in Alberta. We gave a link, repeated here, to startling comments by Bob Sanford, a resident of Canmore, an Alberta town that was also at risk because of the extreme rainfall.

More importantly, Sanford is a scientist who understands hydrologic patterns – meaning the cycle of water from its liquid form to a vapour in the atmosphere (evaporation) and then back to liquid form as the atmosphere cools (condensation) that falls as rain (precipitation).

Sanford pointed out a warmer atmosphere contains more water vapour. He suggested that broader air currents in the atmosphere hold between 7 to 15 times the amounts of the water in the Mississippi River!!! He called these air currents “atmospheric rivers”.

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The Calgary By-Election: thanks to an Albertan for straight talking!

We welcome fair minded criticism.  An Albertan visitor to our Website reminded us that our preference for Chris Turner, the Green Candidate in the Calgary Centre by-election, might reflect our centre Canada bias. Our visitor expressed a clear preference for the Liberal Candidate, and inferentially suggested that we re-examine our support for Turner. Recent remarks … Read more

Why support a Green Party Candidate!

  An Albertan who read our Blog “Make the Conservative Party pay attention to environment issues!” made a fair point in commenting on our appeal to voters in Calgary Center to support Chris Turner. The Comment was: “While I respect your opinion to send the Conservatives a message, you are glossing over the fact that … Read more

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