Climate Change – News and Resources, Media

This page is a compilation of topical information, reports and resources 

Would it still be cottage country without the loon? (FOCA)

June 13, 2022 – Biden admin: Stop flood insurance for new, risky homes  (Climate Wire)

December 15, 2020 – Gambling on climate disaster-preparedness is high risk  (Corporate Knights)

September 2020 – watch the videos “Building resiliency into your property for the new reality” (YouTube, 16 minutes) and “Impacts of climate change in Georgian Bay, an overview” (YouTube, 13 minutes) by Georgian Bay Forever’s David Sweetnam.

September 9, 2020 – United in Science report: Climate change has not stopped for COVID19  (UN Environment Program)

July 18, 2020 – With flood threat increasing, is it time to retreat from living on the riskiest waterfront land? (CBC)

January 6, 2020 – Federal natural-disaster bills now average more than $430 million a year (CBC)

November 26, 2019 – Climate change: ‘Bleak’ outlook as carbon emissions gap grows (BBC/UNEP)

August 2019 – Consequences of lake and river ice loss on cultural ecosystem services (Research)

February 20, 2019 – Rising Temperatures, rising risks (Ecofiscal Commission)

February 5, 2019 – Call to Action on Climate Change and Health: From Canada’s Health Professionals to Canada’s Federal Political Parties (CAPE et al)

September 25, 2018 – Environmental Commissioner of Ontario releases their 2018 Greenhouse Gas Report, CLIMATE ACTION IN ONTARIO: WHAT’S NEXT?

September 19, 2018 – How climate change and extreme weather will change how we live (CBC Video)

August 1, 2018 – Losing Earth: The Decade We  Almost Stopped Climate Change (New York Times)

April 4, 2018 – New map lets Canadians see just how hot hometowns could get this century
Climate Atlas of Canada gives users interactive peek at global warming in their own backyards
(CBC News) ·  Direct link to the map website: 

April 4, 2018 – ‘Can we save the planet? We must be relentlessly optimistic’ (Positive.News.)

March 10, 2018 –  IISD-ELA scientists explain climate and climate change to 11-year olds

January 8, 2018 – NOAA recaps 2017’s near-biblical collection of weather extremes: US’ third-warmest year on record came with floods, fire, drought, and hurricanes.

Naturally Resilient is  Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Climate Adaptation Strategy.  It is organized around five goals that the ministry will work toward over the next five years to address key areas of climate change vulnerability:

  • Mainstream adaptation
  • Build resilience and biodiversity
  • Increase science, research and knowledge
  • Increase awareness and motivation
  • Optimize services and response

November 14, 2017 – What climate change has in store for Ontario – Between the extreme heat and the floods, we won’t recognize the Ontario of our grandchildren (TVO)

January 18, 2017 – NASA, NOAA data show 2016 warmest year on record globally

January 20, 2016 – Analyses reveal record-shattering global warm temperatures in 2015 (NASA)

July 2015 – 2014 was Earth’s warmest year on record (American Meteorological Society)

April 19th, 2016 – Read the new document from the Muskoka Watershed Council: Planning for Climate Change in Muskoka

July 2015 – What—And Who—Are Actually Causing Climate Change? This Graphic Will Tell You (World Resources Institute)
This interactive report includes data highlighting the main sources of greenhouse gases (GHG) in Canada (Energy, Agriculture and Waste), and other facts, including: Canada emits more than double the global average GHG emissions per person. Note in Ontario, the sector by sector contributors (in descending order of magnitude) are: Transportation, Industry, Buildings, Electricity, Agriculture, Waste (source: 2014 ECO Greenhouse Gas Report)

July 20, 2015 – Great Lakes states are in ecological debt  (Global Footprint Network, and Earth Economics)
This information compares overall resource use or “footprint” with the ability of Great Lakes states (and provinces) to respectively provide the resources, (known as “biocapacity”).  Note that notwithstanding the relatively high biocapacity of Ontario – we’re still in a deficit…

Climate Change and Biodiversity Turmoil (Environmental Commissioner of Ontario)

Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources (OCCIAR)

The World is getting warmer (NASA Earth Observatory)

Sept 22 2014 – The Dilemma of Growth (Guardian Newspaper)

9 TED Talks on Climate Change

Ontario’s Conservation Authorities Help Build Resiliency to Meet the Challenges of an Uncertain Future (Conservation Ontario)

Climate Ready: Ontario’s Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan (Ontario Ministry of Environment)

Looking for Leadership: The Costs of Climate Inaction (Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, June 2014)

An assessment of Ontario’s climate change adaptation strategy “Ready for Change?” (Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, 2012)

Addressing climate change impacts within the 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (Environment Canada)


Please advise if there are important references missing ….

Terry ReesClimate Change – News and Resources, Media