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October 05, 2017
Auditor slams Canada on lack of climate actions
Ottawa (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Canada's rhetoric on climate change must be translated into action, the environment commissioner said Tuesday in a scathing report blaming years of inertia for leaving the nation vulnerable to climate damage. The government must move "from a seemingly endless planning mode into an action mode," said Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Julie Gelfand in the report. "That shift needs to happen, and it needs to happen now, because Canada is already experiencing the impacts of ... read more

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Climate risk classification created to account for potential 'existential' threats
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Carbon 'budget' may be bigger than thought: study
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Pope slams climate change deniers as 'stupid'
Pope Francis on Monday slammed climate change doubters as "stupid" in the wake of a spate of hurricanes that have thrashed the US, Mexico and the Caribbean. ... more
Climate change and hurricanes: do we need a smoking gun?
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Some 30 environment ministers will push forward on the Paris climate accord at a meeting Saturday requested by Canada, China and the European Union. ... more
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