130 years of planet-wide temperature changes
How has the surface temperature of Earth been changing? To help find out, Earth scientists collected temperature records from over 1000 weather stations around the globe since 1880, and combined them with modern satellite data. The result: a video that dramatizes the result showing 130 years of planet-wide temperature changes relative to the local average temperatures in the mid-1900s. In the above global maps, red means warmer and blue means colder. On average, the display demonstrates that...Read more
City Council approves Residential Energy Efficiency pilot program
In its July 16th meeting City Council unanimously approved the a $20 million Residential Energy Efficiency pilot program.
Going by the name of "PAYS" (Pay as you save), the program will enable about 1,000 houses and 1,000 households in multi-residential buildings to take advantage of a novel financing mechanisms when retrofitting their homes. The city is currently finalizing the details of the program that is expected...Read more
David Miller: Climate change is hitting big cities. They need to take action
After Hurricane Hazel, which killed dozens of people in 1954, Torontonians made strong decisions through their local and provincial governments – such as banning development from flood plains and creating conservation authorities – that proved extremely effective in preventing a repeat of the mayhem. Considering the recent storms and flooding in Calgary and Toronto, and Hurricane Sandy’s devastation to the United States last year, we need t...Read more
Question: Could this happen here?
LAC MEGANTIC, Que. – Balls of flames shot several metres into the air after a train carrying crude oil derailed in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic early Saturday, sparking several explosions.
Hundreds of people were evacuated in the community about 250 kilometres east of Montreal.
It was not immediately known whether there were any casualties.
“It’s dreadful,” said Lac-Megantic resident Claude Bedard. “It’s terrible. We’ve never seen anything like it. The Metro store, D...Read more
Save Our Ash! Launch of Ward 13's EAB / Urban Forest Project
On June 9th, the official launch of Save Our Ash, Ward 13's Emerald Ash Borer project, took place in Lithuania Park. Seven ash trees have already been removed from this park, 7 of the 50 ash trees lost in Ward 13 since February '13. After the launch, canvassers headed out for the first group canvass.