BC Climate News April 25-May 1: Temperatures break records in India as heatwave ravages region | BC Announces US$ 19 Million in Financing to the Forestry Ministry to Combat Climate Change | Biggest US wildfire spirals out of control in New Mexico

  • Earth is now about 1.1 C hotter than it was in 1800.
  • Globally, 2021 was the fifth warmest year on record.
  • Human activities have increased atmospheric concentrations of COtwo almost 49% above pre-industrial levels after 1850.
  • The world is not on track to meet the Paris Agreement target of preventing global temperatures from exceeding 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, the upper limit for avoiding the worst consequences of climate change.
  • 2015-2019 were the five warmest years on record, while 2010-2019 was the warmest decade on record.
  • On the current path of carbon dioxide emissions, the temperature could rise by as much as 4.4 C by the end of the century.
  • In 2019, greenhouse gas concentrations reached new highs. Carbon dioxide levels were 148% of pre-industrial levels.
  • Emissions must fall by 7.6% per year from 2020 to 2030 to prevent temperatures from exceeding 1.5°C and 2.7% per year to fall below 2°C.
  • 97% of climate scientists agree that the climate is warming and that humans are the cause.

(Source: United Nations IPCC, World Meteorological Organization, UNEP, NASA, climadata.ca)


Temperatures break monthly records in India as heat wave ravages region

Parts of India recorded their highest average temperatures on record in April, and scorching weather is expected to extend into May, officials said on Saturday.

India and neighboring Pakistan are experiencing extreme heat waves this year, melting sidewalks, forcing schools to close and triggering health and fire alerts.

Northwestern and central India recorded average maximum temperatures of 35.9 and 37.78 degrees Celsius (96.6 and 100 Fahrenheit), respectively, in April, the director general of the Indian Meteorological Department told reporters.

Those were the highest since he began keeping records 122 years ago, added Mrutyunjay Mohapatra.

More than a billion people are at risk of heat-related impacts in the region, scientists have warned, linking the early onset of an intense summer to climate change.

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BC announces US$ 19 million in funding to the Ministry of Forests to fight climate change

Both sides on the issue of ancient logging in British Columbia are so polarized that they “can’t see the forest for the trees,” Forest Minister Katrine Conroy said on Thursday.

Conroy told attendees at the BC Council of Forest Industries conference that while ancient logging has generated passionate public debate, she believes the views of most residents fall somewhere between the extremes.

“I think most of us in the province are somewhere in the middle of this topic, and thank God for that, because the government was very clear on this issue,” she said.

She also told the crowd that low carbon forest products are critical in the global fight against climate change.

“The fact is that BC forests are a renewable resource when managed sustainably,” she said. “A cubic meter of wood can store about a ton of carbon dioxide and choosing products like bulk wood for construction can reduce emissions by up to 45% compared to concrete and steel.”

This comes as the government announced it is spending $19 million over three years to increase the carbon stored in BC’s forests.

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—The Canadian Press

Biggest US wildfire spirals out of control in New Mexico

Firefighters in New Mexico on Friday failed to contain the flames of the biggest wildfire in the United States, which is burning dangerously near a series of mountain villages.

The fire is the most destructive of dozens in the southwestern US that are more widespread and burn earlier than usual in the year due to climate change, scientists say.

Thousands of people in the Mora Valley, about 40 miles northeast of Santa Fe, prepared to evacuate as smoke rose from the forest around the neighboring farming community of Ledoux.

Strong winds blew embers for more than a mile, spreading a wildfire that has burned nearly 75,000 acres (30,351 hectares), or 117 square miles (303 square kilometers), of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains since April 6, destroying hundreds of thousands of people. houses and structures.

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As the cost of living rises, climate change takes a back seat to elections

In the central Philippine coastal town of Palo, George Christopher Daga watched torrential rain for days during what should have been a hot, dry April — just one of the unusual weather patterns he’s faced in recent years.

His home province of Leyte, where Palo is located, has been ground zero for the country’s most destructive weather events since 2013, when Typhoon Haiyan hit the Southeast Asian country, killing 6,300 people and destroying buildings.

Another typhoon, Rai, left a trail of destruction in Leyte and nearby provinces in December, with more than 300 dead and hundreds of thousands homeless.

“The world is going crazy. We don’t understand the climate these days,” Daga, 33, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

But Daga – who lost his job as a utility worker during the COVID-19 pandemic – said climate change is not his main concern as Filipinos go to the polls on May 9 to elect a new president.

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City of Vancouver invites comments on its four-year capital plan

The City of Vancouver has released a draft four-year capital investment plan and wants you to comment on it. The 2023-2026 proposal includes $3.4 billion in current and future infrastructure and amenities for the city.

Investments are in basics such as water and sewage pipes, roads and sidewalks, parks, libraries and recreation centers, as well as large projects such as affordable housing, fire stations and service yards.

You can share your thoughts on the plan through May 22 at shapeyourcity.ca/capital-plan. Surveys are available in English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Punjabi, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

The draft plan includes $1.3 billion in new and expanded infrastructure and amenities to support Vancouver’s growing population and economy, in line with community plans and strategies such as the Climate Emergency Action Plan, Vancouver Housing and Transportation. 2040

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—Joseph Ruttle

Can technology help keep climate polluters on their net zero promises?

Legions of voluntary net-zero emissions pledges are now in place around the world to meet climate change targets – although ensuring that companies and governments actually meet them is proving to be a much more difficult task.

But new automation and web-scraping techniques aimed at helping tracking groups collect the data they need could soon help produce near-real-time assessments of plans, reducing opportunities for “greenwashing” among laggards, they say. the supporters.

One effort, run by the UK-based non-profit Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), aims to be “the mothership where people come when they think of zero liquid,” said John Lang, leader of the Net Zero Tracker group.

The tracker, now under development, aims to use automated systems to extract, cleanse and export data from various publicly available sources, in a fraction of the time it would take only humans to process the information.

The current team monitors around 4,000 entities globally, including around 200 countries and, by revenue, the world’s 2,000 largest publicly traded companies.

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Metro Vancouver plans another million residents

Before New Westminster Mayor Jonathan Cote took over the Royal City’s top job, he was an alderman, and before that, a graduate student in urban studies, and before that, a kid building imaginary cities on his computer. .

“As a teenager, I was a huge fan of the SimCity game,” said Cote. “Now I almost feel like a kid in a candy store, being able to play these roles and be involved in these important overarching plans that really shape the region.”

As chair of Metro Vancouver’s regional planning committee, Cote has worked deeply on Metro 2050’s regional growth strategy, which will be voted on on Friday after three years of hard work and public engagement.

“These types of long-term planning documents are incredibly important for cities and regions,” said Cote, who also chairs the TransLink Mayors Council.

The strategy is a massive document covering housing, climate, economy, transport and much more.

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—Dan Fumano


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