Why you should start worrying about Canadian infrastructure, some exciting electric ferries, and a new kind of climate action is spreading around the world


Climate change behind extreme weather

We just lived through the hottest June since records began, with parts of Europe sweltering in 45C heat. In the midst of the heatwave was a group of climate scientists, gathered at a conference in Toulouse, who decided to calculate the link between climate change and the unprecedented heat. Their models found climate change made it five times more likely.

Although Canada may not have felt the worst of the blistering June, it likely won’t be so lucky in July, with heatwaves already underway in Montreal. The hot weather is reminiscent of last year's fatal heatwaves, which killed 74 people in Quebec. Retrospective climate attribution studies have found it would have been “impossible” without human-caused warming.

In fact, there’s a whole host of extreme weather that can be attributed in some way to climate change. If you want a summary—we’ve put together a list of some of the weather events over the past few years in Canada that have been linked to climate change. The list is extensive, from the Fort McMurray wildfire to the 2013 Alberta floods. Climate change is lurking behind them all.

Infrastructure top of climate hit list

If you’re feeling a bit gloomy after that, this story probably won’t help (stay with me though—electric boats coming up next). A recent report has found that Canada’s buildings, coastlines and northern communities are most at risk from climate change. The report analyzed 57 potential environmental effects, ranking infrastructure at the top, with “heavy rains, floods or high winds” listed as a “growing threat” to buildings.

Because everyone loves an electric ferry

Canada’s Corvus Energy is making headlines again for their awesome marine battery systems, which are now onboard 200 vessels around the world. As the shipping sector moves to decarbonize, Corvus’s products are increasingly in demand globally. Our Canadian cleantech is a valuable export. 

Let’s talk about nuclear

Ever wondered why nuclear isn't a bigger part of the clean energy conversation? Whether you think it should be there or not, this Bloomberg New Energy Finance article is a good read, discussing the role of nuclear in our increasingly energy-hungry world.  As the opening line reads: “We need to talk about nuclear. And I mean really talk.” 

Climate lawsuits are catching

The last few years has seen a rise in a new type of climate action—lawsuits. There has been climate-related legal action in 28 different countries, highlighting a "willingness to use litigation as a tool to influence policy." If you want a snapshot of the current climate litigation, head to this summary by the London School of Economics. 

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