CityNews: OPG, Hydro One create Ivy electric vehicle charging network

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

A car is charged at a charge station for electric vehicles on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on May 1, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

TORONTO — Two of Ontario’s biggest utilities have formed a new company to create a province-wide fast-charger network for electric vehicles.

The Ivy Charging Network is scheduled to have 160 Level-3 fast-chargers at its 73 locations throughout southern, eastern and western Ontario.

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.

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CityNews: Delta says it will invest $1 billion to cut carbon emissions

by David Koenig, The Associated Press Posted Feb 14, 2020 5:00 pm EST

FILE – In this Oct. 29, 2019, file photo Delta planes are parked at the new $3.9 billion Terminal C at LaGuardia Airport in New York. Delta Air Lines said Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, that it will invest $1 billion over the next 10 years in measures designed to offset climate-warming carbon emissions from its planes. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

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.

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Guardian: A natural solution to the climate disaster

Climate and ecological crises can be tackled by restoring forests and other valuable ecosystems, say scientists and activists

(NOTE: This letter (from naturalclimate.solutions) was published in The Guardian April 03,2019)

Trees planted on upland moor to improve wildlife habitat in Cumbria, UK.
Trees have been planted on upland moor to improve wildlife habitat in Cumbria, UK. Photograph: Wayne Hutchinson/Alamy

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.

George Monbiot
George Monbiot

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.

Signed by:

Greta Thunberg Activist (Wikipedia, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube)
Margaret Atwood Author (Wikipedia, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook)
Michael Mann Distinguished professor of atmospheric science (Wikipedia, Penn State, RealClimate.org)
Naomi Klein Author and campaigner (Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook)
Mohamed Nasheed Former president, the Maldives (Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook)
Rowan Williams former Archbishop of Canterbury (Wikipedia)
Dia Mirza Actor and UN environment goodwill ambassador (Wikipedia, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook)
Brian Eno Musician and artist (Wikipedia, Instagram, Facebook, MySpace)
Philip Pullman Author (Wikipedia, Twitter)
Bill McKibben Author and campaigner (350.org, Wikipedia, Twitter)
Simon Lewis Professor of global change science (Wikipedia, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook)
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Presenter and author (Wikipedia, Twitter)
Charlotte Wheeler Forest restoration scientist (UofEdinburgh, Twitter)
David Suzuki Scientist and author (Wikipedia)
Anohni Musician and artist (Wikipedia, Instagram, Youtube)
Asha de Vos Marine biologist (Wikipedia, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube)
Yeb Saño Activist (Youtube, Twitter)
Bittu Sahgal Founder, Sanctuary Nature Foundation (Wikipedia, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube)
John Sauven Executive director, Greenpeace UK (Wikipedia, Twitter)
Craig Bennett CEO, Friends of the Earth (Wikipedia, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook)
Ruth Davis Deputy director of global programmes, RSPB (Wikipedia, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube)
Rebecca Wrigley Chief executive, Rewilding Britain (Youtube)
George Monbiot Journalist (Wikipedia, Twitter)

Greta and George, the best short video of 2019

Greta and George, the best short video of 2019
Dec 31, 2019

“Vote for people that defend nature.
Share this video. Talk about this.
All around the world there are amazing
movements fighting for nature. Join them!”

“Everything counts. What you do counts.”

Find out more at Natural Climate Solutions: https://www.naturalclimate.solutions/

Current mass extinction (Holocene extinction): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holocene_extinction

Truthout: Naomi Klein: Climate Solutions That Neglect Inequality Are Doomed to Fail

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 thoughts.

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.

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