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Fall is the season when “real-life sea monsters” are most likely to be seen. Newfoundland’s giant squid sprang onto the world stage in October of 1873. They even made headlines in The Daily Globe, an early incarnation of The Globe and Mail.
When giant squid wash up on Newfoundland’s shores, they become the stuff of local legend – and mystify scientists who want to know why their carcasses keep coming here.
Now, let’s catch you up on other news.
Noteworthy reporting this week:
- Carbon tax: Trudeau softens federal carbon tax policy after backlash from Atlantic Canada. Premiers demand more carbon-pricing carve-outs after Trudeau climbdown
- Independent business: Farms, small businesses hope federal changes to carbon pricing fix disproportionate costs, industry groups say
- Conservation: New federal initiative will buy up private land around 10 national parks for conservation efforts
- Sustainable finance: Canada Growth Fund makes its first investment – a Calgary-based geothermal energy company
- Justice: Ontario asks court to deny Ottawa use of environmental law to make decisions on Highway 413, Ontario Place
- Renewable transition: Changes to Alberta renewables could take up to three years to implement, says minister
- Forests: B.C. Premier David Eby announces $300-million fund to conserve biodiversity and old-growth forests
- Energy: Demand for fossil fuels to peak this decade, International Energy Agency says
- Athletics: On your mark, get set, check the air quality. Marathon race organizers adjust to new climate reality
- On the ground with The Narwhal: How Nipissing First Nation is healing environmental damage
A deeper dive
A new economic model has taken root in B.C.
Deep in B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest, Gitga’at guide Marven Robinson pulls a single strand of pale, shimmering hair from the bark of a silver fir. It is evidence that an elusive Spirit bear had fancied a tree rub here.
The breathtaking coastal ecosystem has become a hub for regenerative travel and non-invasive, culturally sensitive scientific research. Both promise to safeguard the biodiversity of the region – and benefit its local communities – as the effects of climate change take hold.
It wasn’t a short trip for the tour group. After meeting at a small airport in in Terrace, B.C., they drove toward Kitimat, headed toward more than 6.4 million hectares of protected temperate rainforest on the Pacific Coast. Finally, they boarded a catamaran and sailed into the rugged landscape with Maple Leaf Adventures. They spent 10 hours waiting in vain to see the rare white black bears by a river.
The spirit bears are one of the big draws for visitors. Indigenous communities had initially tried to minimize coverage of the bears for generations, for fear that colonizers would trophy hunt them into extinction
This summer, the B.C. government renewed and expanded shared stewardship of the region with First Nations. Robinson believes that the decision to finally embrace public interest in the spirit bear, and the subsequent tourism interest, saved his homeland from irreparable harm when the now quashed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project was at their doorstep.
What else you missed
- Why fall’s arrival hasn’t shaken off the impact of B.C.’s ‘exceptional’ drought
- Alberta NDP says renewable energy windfall should benefit consumers, industry
- Canada needs to move faster than the rest of the world on renewable energy, minister says
- Alberta Premier Danielle Smith says renewable-powered grid by 2035 ‘fantasy thinking’
- G7 offered costly loans, few grants to help Vietnam cut coal use, documents show
- UN warns world on brink of environmental ‘tipping points’ that could cause irreversible damage
Opinion and analysis
Claire Cameron: The floods of September, a poem about climate change
Andrew Leach: The perils of promising a costless energy transition
Daina Lawrence: Nuclear energy’s role in the climate change era remains uncertain
The editorial board: Why Canada needs better carbon taxes
Canadian companies swept up in new climate disclosure rules in Europe
Europe has ushered in a new era of sustainability reporting for companies, imposing new requirements to provide details about their impact on the climate and other environmental and social factors under rules that many Canadian corporations will have to adopt.
Despite pushback from members of the European parliament opposed to increasing environmental, social and governance burdens, the body approved the rules that will eventually be adopted by nearly 50,000 companies. An estimated 10,000 corporations from outside the continent, many based in Canada, will have to report if they have met certain criteria.
- Li-Cycle’s surprise struggles unsettle clean-tech sector
- Canadian business leaders increasingly see importance of climate plans, survey finds
- More alarm bells sound on slowing demand for electric vehicles
- Japanese automakers unveil EVs galore at Tokyo show to catch up with Tesla, other electric rivals
Photo of the week
Guides and Explainers
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- We’ve rounded up our reporters’ content to help you learn about what a carbon tax is and just generally how Canada will change because of climate change.
- We have ways to make your travelling more sustainable and if you like to read, here are books to help the environmentalist in you grow, as well as a downloadable e-book of Micro Skills - Little Steps to Big Change.
Catch up on Globe Climate
- The $15-billion green financing agency helping Ottawa’s clean-economy ambitions
- We are digging deep on critical minerals
- Prudence and ambition in financing climate change solutions
- Big-wave surfers of Nazaré are helping restore the kelp forest