THIS WEEK

The hottest month ever recorded on Earth, why you should be jazzed about energy efficiency, and some 'insane' scenes in the Arctic

ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Riding the electric wave

I'm guessing that a lot of the people reading this will have seen an electric car on the road in the last week. Electric vehicles are hitting Canada's roads in numbers we've never seen before. Well most of Canada's roads anyway.

In B.C., EV sales were up 100% in the first quarter of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. And it's just the beginning, as our Merran Smith told the Vancouver Sun, "we will see sales begin to snowball as more people adopt.” By contrast though, electric vehicle numbers in Ontario are falling, despite public support for them—largely due to policy changes. But even if Ontario residents see fewer electric cars, many will be seeing more electric buses, as Toronto's transit authority moves to electrify its fleet.

Electric bus ambitions are catching, with BC Transit joining Toronto and Montreal's transit authorities on the bandwagon towards a zero-emissions bus fleet last week. The authority announced it intends to transition its whole fleet of buses to electric by 2040, and will only buy new electric buses by 2023. The announcement comes after Canada and the province of B.C. both made the Drive to Zero pledge, committing to the adoption of more zero-emission commercial vehicles, like buses and trucks.

The hottest July ever

The results are in. July was the hottest month ever recorded on planet Earth. To make it even more remarkable, according to the UN secretary general, "the previous hottest month...occurred during one of the strongest El Niño's ever, which was not the case this year." Following hot on the heels of this announcement is an attribution study, which found the heat would have been an "extremely unlikely" "one-in-a-thousand year" event without climate change. We've got work to do.


Read all about it

After years of being described as a "ratings killer", numerous top-line publications suggest that audience interest in climate coverage is, in fact, on the rise. More than 60 major news outlets have committed to concentrated climate change coverage in the lead up to the Climate Action Summit in New York in September. And speaking of climate coverage, this interactive piece is a great way to see temperature change in different cities around the world.


Energy efficiency saves money, creates jobs

Win-win right? Energy efficiency in Alberta (and indeed elsewhere in Canada) generates billions in revenue, and supplies an ever-expanding work force according to this op-ed in the Calgary Herald. Take Obi for instance, an ex-oil and gas worker from Medicine Hat, who started working for a friend's insulation company back in the 1980's. Years later he runs his own insulation business. As the op-ed reads, "more aggressive energy efficiency in Alberta would create 8,600 annual jobs and boost the provincial GDP by $5.1 billion a year—on average—between now and 2030."


'The Arctic is ablaze' 

Such is the rather ominous headline in this piece by the Economist. Researchers have described this year's Arctic wildfires as "unprecedented" and even "insane." Not only is the unusual weather causing fires that are destroying millennia-old carbon sinks, but it is also affecting the wildlife, with reports of hundreds of reindeer deaths

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