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Good afternoon, and welcome to Globe Climate, a newsletter about climate change, environment and resources in Canada.

China’s unofficial mascot has been struggling for survival amid climate change and loss of habitat. That’s why there was a little extra excitement when twin giant pandas were born at the Qinling Panda Research Center in Shaanxi province.

The population of wild pandas has ticked up gradually, in part thanks to captive-bread pandas being released into the wild like the heavily forested province of Sichuan. But much of central and western China has been hit by soaring summer temperatures and drought this year that have sparked forest fires and the withering of crops and forests.

Now, let’s catch you up on other news.

This photo released by Qinling Giant Panda Research Center, shows newly born twin Panda cubs, male at left and female at right, at the center in Xi'an, in northwestern China's Shaanxi Province on Tuesday, Aug 23, 2022.The Associated Press


Noteworthy reporting this week:

  1. Agriculture: The rising value of farmland represents a hurdle for the next generation of young farmers become more vulnerable
  2. Parks Canada: Climate change and traffic congestion targets unveiled for mountain destinations, including Banff National Park
  3. Energy: Canada signs non-binding agreement with Germany to export hydrogen to Europe by 2025. Scroll down to the opinion section for more commentary and analysis on the partnership.
  4. Oil and gas: Oil sands industry wants tax credit review after U.S. goes big on carbon capture
  5. From The Narwhal: On condo balconies and in front yards, gardeners across the Greater Toronto Area are fighting grocery bills, food insecurity and stress

A deeper dive

A recent study shows you lose 44 hours of sleep a year due to climate change

Sierra Bein is the author of Globe Climate. For this week’s deeper dive, she catches you up on a Decibel Podcast episode exploring the ways a warming climate affects sleep.

The University of Copenhagen published research earlier this summer indicating that as the climate warms, people are losing sleep.

Not exactly because of climate anxiety, but because researchers found that the chance of having a short night of sleep steeply increased as temperatures became warmer. Sleep loss per degree of warming was twice as large among the elderly compared to younger or middle-aged adults. It was three times larger for lower income versus high income countries, and it was significantly larger for females compared to males.

Kelton Miner is the lead author of that study, and a researcher and Ph.D. candidate at the university. He spoke with Decibel host Menaka Raman-Wilms on a recent episode of The Globe’s podcast.

Miner said that ambient temperatures outside are warming faster at night in most regions as a result of human-caused climate change, affecting human sleep outcomes globally.

And yes, they found that about 44 hours of sleep are lost per year per person. And without further adaptation, we would expect that by 2099 that will exceed about 50 hours per year per person.

Sleep helps to regulate our mood, our emotions, and even is involved in the clearance of neurotoxic metabolites that we produce every day. Just doing the cognitive work that we put in every day as humans. It also is really important for human performance, not just for athletes, but for everyday co-ordination. And it’s really important for our cardiovascular health as well.

What can we do about this?

As long as temperatures are expected to keep rising, we can expect our sleep to get worse. Air conditioning is a temporary solution, but not accessible to all and in the long run it’s still an environmental stressor.

So think of this this way: the emissions reductions that we make today will directly translate into how well you sleep during hot nights globally in the future without further adaptation.

That’s not something to snooze on.

You can listen to the full episode today. For the best listening experience and to never miss an episode, subscribe to The Decibel on your favourite podcast app or platform: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Pocket Casts and Youtube.

Psst... While you’re there, check out this recent episode as well, about Investigating the explosion that rocked a small town. The cause is assumed to be an “orphan” natural gas well tucked away near a building’s basement, one of many thousands left behind after the last 150 years of oil and gas drilling in Ontario. You might remember the story from before.

- Sierra


What else you missed


Opinion and analysis

Adam Radwanski: How Trudeau could use his new friendship with Germany to help fix Canada’s carbon-pricing system

Kelly Cryderman: German Chancellor Scholz’s visit failed to address the elephant in the room

Andrew Willis: Germany looks past VW and Mercedes deals to deeper Canadian partnerships

Adam Radwanski: Canada’s moment with Germany won’t last long unless Ottawa now does the hard work

Mike Tipton: Why we should name heat waves like we name storms

Editorial Board: Canadian hydrogen versus Canadian natural gas? Let investors decide

Peter Kuitenbrouwer: Cycling in the Netherlands was a balm to my spirit. How can we replicate this in Canada?


Green Investing

As ESG strategies change, impact investing is on the rise

Environmental, social and governance-themed investing has taken its knocks this year, and an alternative, has grown in Canada.

Impact investing and its proponents hope that more retail investors will soon have access to options that promise measurable social and environmental improvements along with financial returns. Early adopters of sustainable investing are moving over to the impact world as they seek greater alignment with their values and possible also to distance themselves from some of the ESG controversies. Jeff Jones has more details in his story here.


Making waves

We will be taking a break from publishing profiles this summer! But we’re still looking for great people to feature. Get in touch with us to have someone included in our “making waves” section after the summer.

Do you know an engaged individual? Someone who represents the real engines pursuing change in the country? Email us at GlobeClimate@globeandmail.com to tell us about them.


Photo of the week

A dog runs on a treadmill at the 'Posh Pets' boutique and spa in Abu Dhabi on August 16, 2022. the Gulf's increasingly fierce temperatures becomes dangerous to health amid fears over the pace of climate change, those who can afford not to work outside in the blazing sun stay inside in air-conditioning. And for owners of pampered pets able to splash the cash, an air-conditioned gym for dogs has become an attractive option.KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images


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