by News Staff and The Canadian Press – Posted Feb 14, 2020 10:14 am EST – Last Updated Feb 14, 2020 at 11:31 am EST
TORONTO — Two of Ontario’s biggest utilities have formed a
new company to create a province-wide fast-charger network for electric
The Ivy Charging Network is scheduled to have 160 Level-3
fast-chargers at its 73 locations throughout southern, eastern and
The Ivy is a limited partnership owned equally by the government-owned Ontario Power Generation and Hydro One Ltd., a publicly-traded former Crown corporation that owns the province’s largest electric grid.
They say the Ivy network will be an unregulated business that can provide a new revenue stream for both companies without affecting Ontario electricity rates.
by David Koenig, The Associated Press Posted Feb 14, 2020 5:00 pm EST
Delta Air Lines said Friday it will invest $1 billion over
the next 10 years in measures designed to offset climate-warming carbon
emissions from its planes.
Delta said the money would go into things such as boosting fuel
efficiency and investing in efforts to remove carbon from the atmosphere
by planting trees and restoring wetlands.
Aviation accounts for about 2% of global carbon emissions, but those
emissions are rising with the growth in air travel. Airline industry
officials worry about the emergence of flight-shaming — reminding people
of airplanes’ toll on the environment — and its potential to reduce
demand for air travel.
Airlines have taken small steps, including investments in alternative-fuel start-ups. They also point to their purchase of newer, more fuel-efficient planes in recent years.
The world faces two existential crises, developing with terrifying
speed: climate breakdown and ecological breakdown. Neither is being
addressed with the urgency needed to prevent our life-support systems
from spiralling into collapse. We are writing to champion a thrilling
but neglected approach to averting climate chaos while defending the
living world: natural climate solutions. This means drawing carbon
dioxide out of the air by protecting and restoring ecosystems.
By defending, restoring and re-establishing forests, peatlands,
mangroves, salt marshes, natural seabeds and other crucial ecosystems,
large amounts of carbon can be removed from the air and stored. At the
same time, the protection and restoration of these ecosystems can help
minimise a sixth great extinction,
while enhancing local people’s resilience against climate disaster.
Defending the living world and defending the climate are, in many cases,
one and the same. This potential has so far been largely overlooked.
We call on governments to support natural climate solutions with an
urgent programme of research, funding and political commitment. It is
essential that they work with the guidance and free, prior and informed
consent of indigenous people and other local communities.
This approach should not be used as a substitute for the rapid and comprehensive decarbonisation of industrial economies. A committed and well-funded programme to address all the causes of climate chaos, including natural climate solutions, could help us hold the heating of the planet below 1.5C. We ask that they are deployed with the urgency these crises demand.
California has warmed by approximately 3 degrees Fahrenheit (3°F)
over the last century. Heat waves are more common and increase the risk
of wildfires in the state. What does climate justice look like,
therefore, and for whom? Will cities grappling with environmental
disasters consider the racial and economic inequalities that intersect
with climate change action? Author and activist Naomi Klein has a few
Laura Flanders:It’s been a year since the Camp Fire. You went back there; what did you find?
Naomi Klein: I spent a little time in Paradise, which, of course, was a community that was burned to the ground, almost. There are a few structures that survived, but whole neighborhoods were leveled. And I also went to Chico, which is just a few minutes down the road. And that is the place where the vast majority of the people from Paradise relocated. It’s a pretty small community, was just under 100,000 people and suddenly had 20,000 new residents.