U of G postpones decision to divest from fossil fuel companies

The University of Guelph (U of G) has deferred a decision to divest from fossil fuels after over 100 students, led by the Fossil Free Guelph group, protested at a school Board of Governors meeting. Following the lengthy discussion during a Jan. 23 meeting, the Board of Governors decided it needed further research and additional time for reflection before proceeding, Lori Bona Hunt, the U of G’s director of media relations, said in an email. According to the university website, the university makes investments to “provide a permanent source of funding by investing the principal amount of the initial capital and making a portion of the total investment return available for spending.” However, the Fossil Free Guelph group wants the […]

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Letter: Leaders must be educated on basics of climate change

The recent wave of unusually low temperatures affecting the East Coast has compelled U.S. President Donald Trump yet again to take to Twitter and perpetuate misconceptions concerning our changing climate. On Dec. 28, Trump managed to simultaneously dismiss the existence of climate change, accuse the rest of the world of insufficient economic commitment, and suggest that a little global warming would provide relief against the cold—all in a single tweet. Aside from his steady stream of inflammatory comments, this president consistently aims to do as much damage as he can to the legal mechanisms designed to prevent environmental abuses. His decision to reduce the size of land protected under the Bears Ears National Monument, and America’s withdrawal from the Paris […]

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Letter: Science should engage, rather than alienate

Governor General Julie Payette recently delivered a speech at the ninth annual Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa, in which she attempted to shed light on the overwhelming lack of acceptance of science in the general public. In this speech, she joked about a wide range of issues, from the refusal to acknowledge human contribution to climate change, to the belief in horoscopes. As a science student watching what is unfolding in the White House, I am absolutely on the same page as Payette in terms of her disbelief at the lack of acceptance of many theories in science that are supported by overwhelming evidence. However, while I admire her passion for uniform understanding and acceptance of science, I do […]

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Letter: China, E.U. will trump climate change

After Miami has been swallowed by the Atlantic, and the smog over the Great Plains becomes so thick farmers are reminded of great clouds of locusts, perhaps we can all look up and see a potential silver lining in U.S President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Climate Accord. As  America shies  away from global leadership on climate change, the European Union and China are stepping in to fill the void. The day after Trump announced on Twitter he would be leaving the Paris Accord, the E.U and China issued a joint statement ahead of their annual summit, held June 1−2 in Brussels. The document reaffirmed their collective commitment to the emissions reduction targets and underlying norms of the […]

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Carleton prof receives $5.5 million in funding for climate change research

Catherine McKenna, minister of climate change and the environment, and Kristy Duncan, minister of science, announced on Oct. 19 the federal government’s commitment of $22 million towards climate change research at an event held at Carleton. Carleton professor Matthew Johnson and his team of researchers were one of the four recipients, and received $5.5 million in funding for research on flaring. Flaring is the burning of natural gas that cannot be processed, Johnson said, and its effects on the environment include black carbon emissions, and accelerated melting of snow. Duncan said the money will fund four networks across the country—projects focused on the environment, natural resources, advanced manufacturing, and energy. “[Johnson] and his team will work to better understand the impact of […]

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