External Stories

Here are some recent stories of positive news, stories of what others are doing that are having a positive impact on the looming climate chaos. We feel that these good news stories can provide us with Hope and Courage. Hope because we can see that change is happening, and courage to keep trying so that our efforts can make a difference.

I understand climate scientists’ despair – but stubborn optimism may be our only hope

Christiana Figueres writes that a sense of despair is understandable, but it robs us of our agency, makes us vulnerable to mis- and disinformation, and prevents the radical collaboration we need. She argues that we have the responsibility – and ... Read More at 4RG

Electricity from clean sources reaches 30% of global total

Solar and wind energy grew quickly enough in 2023 to push renewables up to 30% of global electricity supply and begin pushing fossil fuels off the power grid, the Ember climate consultancy concludes in a report released May 8. The ... Read More at 4RG

Despite backlash, bans on gas use in new buildings keep spreading

In Canada, some cities in British Columbia have implemented their own bans on gas hookups in new developments, Victoria among them. Come October, a ban will come into effect in Montreal on gas-powered heating systems, stoves and water heaters in ... Read More at 4RG

Peterborough council supports OEB decision to end subsidies for gas pipelines for new subdivisions

On Monday at a Paterborough city council meeting, Coun. Joy Lachica moved that the city support the OEB decision to end subsidies to Enbridge, and to inform the Ontario government that Council disapproves of Bill 165 (which is expected to ... Read More at 4RG

Quebec Explores ‘Game-Changer’ Urban Solar with Call for Small, Local Projects

Hydro-Québec is seeking bids for 300 megawatts of small solar energy projects to integrate into its grid as the giant utility explores how solar can help meet the province’s growing electricity needs. “This environmentally-conscious project is intriguing due to its ... Read More at 4RG

House of Commons Adopts Sustainable Jobs Act

The Canadian Sustainable Jobs Act, Bill C-50, finally passed the House of Commons late Monday, after a 12-hour voting marathon triggered by more than 100 amendments put forward by the Conservative opposition. The Conservatives had sought to block the bill by bringing ... Read More at 4RG

Senior Swiss women prevail in landmark climate case at Europe’s human rights court

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on Tuesday in favour of a group of elderly Swiss women who had argued that their government’s inadequate efforts to combat climate change put them at risk of dying during heatwaves. The ... Read More at 4RG

Gas-Powered Vehicle Sales Have Peaked in Canada

Reducing emissions from the transportation sector is critical to meeting Canada’s climate targets. Transportation is the second largest source of carbon emissions in Canada, with over half of those coming from passenger vehicles. Addressing these emissions will require Canadians to swap their ... Read More at 4RG
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