Canada

US Power Grids Vulnerable To Extreme Heat Conditions This Summer: NERC

"Large parts of the United States and some areas in Canada, home to around 165 million people, could face energy shortfalls during periods of extreme heat this summer, a group that sets reliability standards for North American electric grids warned."

Source: Reuters, 05/18/2023

"Unusually Early Heat Wave In Pacific Northwest Tests Records"

"An early heat wave took hold Saturday in parts of the Pacific Northwest, with temperatures nearing or breaking records in some areas and heat advisories in place through Monday. The historically temperate region has grappled with scorching summer temperatures and unprecedented wildfires fueled by climate change in recent years."

Source: AP, 05/15/2023

Almost 30,000 People Displaced As Alberta Continues Battling Wildfires

"A change in weather conditions has helped firefighters fight the wildfires that have forced thousands of Albertans to flee their homes this past week, officials from the Alberta Emergency Management Agency and Alberta Wildfire said Sunday."

Source: CBC News, 05/08/2023

"BC Hydro Secretly Handed Out $430 Million In Site C Dam Contracts"

"Over the past three years, undisclosed BC Hydro employees quietly awarded more than $430 million in contracts — without any competition — to three dozen companies and consultants for work on the troubled Site C hydro dam, according to a list obtained by The Narwhal."

Source: The Narwhal, 04/28/2023

Canada Oil Sands Leak Heightens First Nations' Calls To Clean Up Tailings

"In early February, Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in northern Alberta started fielding calls from community members after the provincial regulator revealed toxic wastewater had been leaking for months from a tailings pond at Imperial Oil's Kearl oil sands mine."

Source: Reuters, 04/27/2023
May 31, 2023

DEADLINE: STORY TO ACTION

Story Money Impact (SMI) invites applications until May 31, 2023 for the third edition of this program, which aims to support five completed documentary films that inspire action towards social and/or environmental justice issues in Canada. Choose one of two Zoom info sessions offered May 10 and May 19.

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Why Journalists Should Investigate the Twin Mental Health and Climate Crises

The complicated interplay between climate change and trauma, poorly understood and little covered, is holding back the response by individuals and communities to the realities of the climate crisis, argues the head of a network of mental health and other organizations. Here’s what he has found when it comes to how climate-generated anguish is blocking climate solutions and what can be done about it.

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"Greenland's Melting Ice Could Be Changing Our Oceans. Just Ask The Whales"

"When North Atlantic right whales went missing from waters in the Gulf of Maine, it was a red flag. With only about 340 animals left, the species is at risk of extinction. ... Now, scientists are linking that to deeper shifts in the ocean, brought on by climate change."

Source: NPR, 04/18/2023

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