The Global warming Choice –  Pay now to reduce its impact or leave it to our Grandchildren to pay more later!

Premier-Elect Doug Ford is following through on an election promise to repeal cap and trade , Ontario’s mechanism to put a price on provincial carbon emissions.  The repeal of cap and trade legislation will be the first step taken by his Government once sworn in to office. “The carbon tax’s days are numbered,” Ford announced … Read more

A Wake up call!

The last days of October have produced two serious reports about the dangers presented by unchecked climate change. Last year, global atmospheric CO2 levels hit a record high, a high not seen since 3 million years ago. Significantly, the rate of increase of emissions in 2016 was higher than any other recent year. These circumstances led Erik … Read more

Quirks & Quarks Host answers Viewer Climate Change Questions

The United States has its climate change personality – Bill Nye, “the Science Guy”.  CBC has Nye’s equivalent in Bob Mcdonald, a science journalist who for years has been the host of  the radio program “Quirks and Quarks”. From time to time McDonald has been interviewed on The National, the CBC news flagship.  Last night … Read more

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 … Read more

Ottawa gets it right!

In our 4RG blogs we have commented on mitigation of risks (adaptation) created by a warming climate:  severe weather events that result in flooding, and long periods of drought that lead to devastating forests fires. According to Don Forgeron, the President and CEO of the Insurance Bureau of Canada, the annual economic costs of natural disasters … Read more

Our Choice: The Unavoidable or the Inescapable

A Monday Globe & Mail headline referred to proposals of the Ontario Government to reduce GHG emissions as a “Sea Change”. Yes, these proposals will have quite an impact on Ontario residents.  And they are unavoidable !! . . .   if Ontario is going to play its part in contributing to Canada’s emission targets. Don’t be … Read more

Premier Notley visits Fort McMurray

The Fort McMurray wildfire was sufficiently under control to allow Premier Notley to visit the damaged area of the town.  The wildfire is still advancing towards the Saskatchewan border, but, as it is no longer a risk to any inhabited area, there is no immediate need to check its progress.  Some rain and cool temperatures should … Read more

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