Climate change could wake up Canada’s dormant volcanoes
Scientists at Simon Fraser University argue that climate change is destabilizing volcanoes around the world, and they’re using a British Columbia mountain range to prove their theory. Not far from Whistler, Mount Meager shows signs of dangerous things to come, which has researchers keeping a very close eye on it.
It’s time for climate-change defeatists to get out of the way
The Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change are meeting in Katowice, Poland. The site is a southern city and the “heart of Poland’s coal country.” The conference was opened by David Attenborough, aged 92, natural historian, journalist, and—among many other credits—narrator of the BBC’s iconic Planet Earth series. Referring to climate change as “our greatest threat in thousands of years,” he concluded: “If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.”
Why Doctors Need to Join the Fight Against Climate Change
The Declaration of Geneva, a modern version of the Hippocratic Oath, declares: “The health and well-being of my patient will be my first consideration.” Beyond that, professional codes in many countries include the duty for physicians to protect public health, which requires a dual loyalty to our patients and the society.
If doctors today want to fully uphold this responsibility, they need to take an active role in defending their patients from the adverse effects of climate change. Fortunately, by the nature of their profession, physicians are already well-suited to do so.
Montrealers protest to demand climate action during UN conference
People across Quebec braved the cold and gathered in city streets on Saturday to call for climate action in Quebec, as country leaders continue talks at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Poland.
Several thousand people marched in downtown Montreal. A few hundred people also gathered in front of the National Assembly in Quebec City, as well as in several other regions of the province.
The events were part of a series of climate protests organized by the citizens’ group La Planète s’invite au Parlement, which translates to “the planet invites itself to Parliament.”
Fighting carbon tax ‘doesn’t actually constitute a climate change plan’: LeBlanc
Several provinces are challenging the federal government’s carbon tax in court, but the federal minister overseeing interprovincial affairs says legal spats won’t do anything to stop climate change.
“Going to a Court of Appeal with a black gown on and a big briefcase doesn’t actually constitute a climate change plan,” Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade Dominic LeBlanc told CTV’s Question Period in an interview airing Sunday.