(BRITISH COLUMBIA) Wildfires Report: Triggered by lightning strikes after recent ‘heat dome’ more than 130 are burning across Canada following a recent record heatwave #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.04: More than 130 wildfires – fuelled by lightning strikes – are burning across western Canada following a record-breaking heatwave.

#AceWeatherDesk says ..Canada Heatwave: Lightning triggers wildfires in British Columbia but experts say that #ClimateChange is expected to increase the frequency of extreme weather events, such as heatwaves. However, linking any single event to global warming is complicated according to oficials.

Watch: Lytton, British Columbia residents flee wildfires

Canada’s federal government said it would send military aircraft to help emergency workers battling to control the fires in British Columbia. 

Earlier this week, people had to flee the village of Lytton in the province.

Lytton, which recorded Canada’s highest ever temperature of 49.6C (121.3F) on Tuesday, was destroyed by fire.

The blaze in the village – about 260km (160 miles) north-east of Vancouver – forced many of its 250 residents to leave without their belongings on Wednesday evening.

“Within about 15 minutes the whole town was engulfed in flames,” Mayor Jan Polderman told the BBC: Visual guide to the heatwave’s causes

Abnormally high temperatures have been recorded in swathes of North America in recent days.

On Friday, the British Columbia Wildfire Service said that 136 fires were active across the province following some 12,000 lightning strikes the previous day. 

Hundreds of people have been warned they may have to leave their homes.

Reuters: Authorites in British Columbia have recorded more than 130 wildfires, like this one in Kamloops

Canada’s Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said the government would provide aid, including military helicopters and personnel, to help tackle the fires and reach people threatened by the flames.

The blazes have forced the closure of a number of major roads. 

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said the weather and the wildfires were having a “devastating” and “unprecedented” impact on British Columbia. 

“These wildfires show that we are in the earliest stages of what promises to be a long and challenging summer,” he said.

Health officials say extreme heat is likely to have contributed to 719 sudden deaths over the past week.

“Many of the deaths experienced over the past week were among older individuals living alone in private residences with minimal ventilation,” Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe said in a statement. 

Temperatures have been easing in coastal areas of Canada, but there is not much respite for inland regions. The British Columbia Wildfire Service said it was bracing for more wildfires throughout the weekend. 

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: July.04: 2021:

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(LONDON) UK #Greenwashing Report: Halogen lightbulbs sales will be banned under what government is calling their ‘Climate Change Plans’ but will it really prevent carbon emission savings #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.09: The move will cut 1.26 million tonnes of carbon emissions a year and deliver consumers savings, officials say:

#ClimateChange Report: Halogen lightbulb sales to be banned in UK from September, with fluorescent lights to follow, under government plans but will LED lights make a real dent in UK energy demand

By Alex Therrien
BBC News

Halogen bulb

The UK began phasing out the sale of higher-energy halogen lightbulbs in 2018 under EU-wide rules.

Now retailers will no longer be able to sell most remaining halogen bulbs, such as kitchen spotlights.

Legislation for the plans is being brought forward this month by the government. 

The plan will help continue the shift to low-energy LED lightbulbs, which account for about two-thirds of lights now sold in Britain.

It is expected to mean LEDs will account for 85% of all bulbs sold by 2030, officials said.

LED lights last five times longer than traditional halogen bulbs and produce the same amount of light, but use up to 80% less power.

‘Less waste’

To help people to choose the most efficient lightbulbs, changes to the energy labels that consumers see on bulb packaging are being brought in, with the A+, A++ and A+++ ratings abandoned and efficiency graded between A-G, with only the most efficient bulbs given an A rating.

LED bulbs could be incorporated into the fluorescent light fittings as a more energy-efficient alternative, officials said. 

Legislation will also include moves to phase out high-energy fluorescent lightbulbs – such as strip lights commonly found in offices – with a view to bringing an end to their sale from September 2023.

There was a time when the humble light bulb became the centre of a political storm over “green madness”.

The EU had announced a ban on old-fashioned incandescent bulbs – the ones that give off more heat than light and use a lot of electricity in the process.

It was a move that led to a campaign of resistance with one newspaper even giving away the bulbs to encourage their use.

But this latest move – the final step in ending sales of halogen lights – comes in very different times. 

Many types of halogen bulbs were already banned several years ago, so this is a tightening of the screw on energy waste rather than a massive upheaval.

But it does provide another signal that if the UK is to meet its promises to tackle the heating of the climate, every sector of the economy – in fact almost every aspect of our lives – will have to see some kind of change. 

The cut in carbon emissions as a result of the new rules is the equivalent of removing more than half a million cars from the UK’s roads, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial strategy said. 

It is part of a package of measures which it says will save consumers money and includes the right to get goods repaired, new energy labels and higher efficiency standards for white goods, TVs and other appliances.

Energy minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: “We’re phasing out old inefficient halogen bulbs for good, so we can move more quickly to longer-lasting LED bulbs, meaning less waste and a brighter and cleaner future for the UK.

“By helping ensure electrical appliances use less energy but perform just as well, we’re saving households money on their bills and helping tackle climate change.”

Stephen Rouatt, chief executive of Signify UK, which owns Philips lighting, said: “Using energy-efficient LED equivalents for halogen and fluorescent lighting on an even broader scale will significantly help the UK on its journey to decarbonisation, as well as lowering the annual electricity bills for consumers.”

For higher wattage bulbs, consumers should be able to perform a straight switch to LEDs. But for lower wattage fittings, which use transformers, LED bulbs may not work and might require a new transformer to be fitted.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Jun.09: 2021:

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(BEIJING, China.) Iowa Climate Science Education Report: Officials make promises to reduce carbon emissions in their own country whilst pressing ahead with financing coal-plants in developing countries #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.30: In 2020, China opened three-quarters of the world’s newly funded coal plants, according to the UK-based monitor CarbonBrief, and accounted for more than 80 percent of newly announced coal power projects.

#ClimateChange Crisi But China doubles down on coal plants abroad despite carbon pledge at home: China will press ahead with its multi-billion-dollar financing of coal plants in developing countries, a top climate official said Tuesday, despite Beijing’s stated aim of slashing carbon emissions.

By uwe.roland.gross April, 29, 2021

China News VIA Iowa Climate Report

At home, however, President Xi Jinping has pledged to wean China off coal with a peak carbon emissions target of 2030 – and achieve carbon neutrality thirty years later.

Those ambitious targets have been met with international praise.

But China’s overseas drive shows the complexity of untwining the economic drivers of coal power from environmental concerns.

“We cannot simply say that we’ll stop supporting coal-fired electricity plants in developing countries,” Li Gao, head of the climate change office at the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, told reporters.

“Combating climate change is also about letting people in developing countries live good lives.”

Echoing Xi’s comments at a recent climate summit hosted by US President Joe Biden, Li said poorer nations still need coal to power their economies.

“This is wholly in response to (foreign countries’) actual needs, and we use very high standards (to build the plants),” he said.

Li also suggested that these countries were not sufficiently developed to be able to use renewable energy as their main sources of power.

China is the world’s biggest polluter and emits a third of greenhouse gases globally.

It has also continued to fund dozens of coal plants abroad, from Zimbabwe to Indonesia, and environmentalists say they are set to produce more emissions than major developed nations.

China is making the overseas coal play as part of its trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative, a plan to fund infrastructure projects and increase its influence overseas.

In contrast, officials have pledged to “strictly control” coal use domestically to reach ambitious climate goals.

Just under 60 percent of power in China still comes from coal, but a new five-year national development plan unveiled in March set a target of generating 20 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2025.

China will continue to build smaller-scale coal plants to ensure reliable power supply across the grid, but their “emissions will not be as large” as traditional coal plants, according to Li.

“We will no longer continue large-scale development of coal-fired power plants, this is very clear.”

China doubles down on coal plants abroad despite carbon pledge at home — Iowa Climate Science Education

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Apr.30: 2021:

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(WORLDWIDE) #ClimateChange Scientific American Report: Microbes hidden in permafrost layers may still contain ancient microbes, Pleistocene megafauna and even buried smallpox victims as the earth is warming including millions of years of carbon are buried that could be released into the air according to Scientific American #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsRepor – Nov.21: Permafrost covers 24 percent of the Earth’s land surface, and the soil constituents vary with local geology: Arctic lands offer unexplored microbial biodiversity and microbial feedbacks, including the release of carbon to the atmosphere. In some locations, hundreds of millions of years’ worth of carbon is buried:

The layers may still contain ancient frozen microbes, Pleistocene megafauna and even buried smallpox victims: As the permafrost thaws with increasing rapidity, scientists’ emerging challenge is to discover and identify the microbes, bacteria and viruses that may be stirring. Some of these microbes are known to scientists. Methanogenic Archaea, for example metabolize soil carbon to release methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Other permafrost microbes (methanotrophs) consume methane. The balance between these microbes plays a critical role in determining future climate warming. Others are known but have unpredictable behavior after release……

It is clear that the warmer we make the Arctic, the weirder it will get, as temperatures at the surface become more extreme and thawing deepens: With the coalescence of microbes reawakening from the deep and surface conditions unprecedented in human history, it is challenging to assess risks accurately without improved Arctic microbial datasets. We should pay attention to both known unknowns, such as antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and unknown unknowns, including the potential risks from the resurrection of ancient and poorly described viral genomes from Arctic ice by synthetic biologists:

For all of these reasons, we must come up with guidelines for future Arctic research. As travel through the region increases, the likelihood of pathogen export and import rises as well: The planetary protection guidelines that space agencies follow to prevent interplanetary contamination can provide a framework for how microbial investigation can safely continue. Biosurveillance measures must be put into place to protect communities in the Arctic and beyond. As the Arctic continues to transform, one thing is clear: as climate change warms this microbial repository during the 21st century, the full range of consequences is yet to be told:

#AceNewsDesk report …………….Published: Nov.21: 2020: Scientific American

#ans2020, #artic, #climatechange, #global, #warming

(MADRID, Spain.) #COP25 SUMMIT REPORT: Not Chile due to unrest caused by corrupt politicians caused by BUSINESS COMPANIES & CORPORATION ….NOW #COP20-25 and 5yrs has gone by and still talk is CHEAP NO PROFIT as we are told we are NO further forward and #ClimateChange is NOW A REALITY ..that’s IT #AceNewsDesk says ………

#AceNewsReport – Dec.02: Editor says here we go again and with more protests and children climbing on the already full bandwagon is it not time to stop shouting ‘ STOP #CLIMATECHANGE but actually prepare for a future that has ALREADY been DAMAGED …We are the caretakers over this domain given to us and CARE AND LOVE is what we should apply not a ‘ sticking plaster ‘ but that means the whole world changing and nobody saying NOT ME ! ..Remember promises and commitments in Lima at #COP20 ……………………………..http://www.cop20lima.org/about/cop20.1.html

EuroNews reported: More than 50 world leaders have gathered for the 2019 United Nations Climate Change (COP25) conference at Madrid’s IFEMA convention centre. The event was supposed to take place in Chile but was moved due to civil unrest in the country: The Climate Summit, which should lay the framework for a new phase of climate action, starts today in the Spanish capital. #COP25 is the last UN Climate Summit before 2020, when many nations must submit new climate action plans.

“In Chile and the world we are experiencing social and environmental crises. In order to face them, we must return to our roots: we must listen to each other to rebuild trust and dialogue with a willingness to change”, explained Chilean environmental minister Carolina Schmidt.

Climate and equality:

Schmidt, who will preside over the negotiations during the summit, claimed that the way climate change affects the world is “unfair” as it mainly hurts vulnerable people, communities and countries.

US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi also mentioned that the climate crisis should be addressed in terms of “economic and environmental justice for all”. “We all believe that we have a moral responsibility to future generations to pass on this planet in a better way, the best possible way”, Pelosi said during the opening ceremony.

Ursula is official:

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is attending Madrid’s conference as her first official act. Von der Leyen has set high targets in the European Union’s policy to combat climate change, pledging to reduce the bloc’s carbon emissions by at least 50% by 2030.

On Sunday, her first day at the helm, she repeated to journalists her objective to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, meaning carbon emissions should be fully offset by measures that cut CO2, like planting trees.

Guest list:

The presidents of Argentina, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras and the Dominican Republic; the prime minister of Morocco, Saadeddine Othmani and Prince Albert of Monaco are some of the leaders that will be present this year.

Before the official opening, Spain’s acting Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will meet the heads of state and government of the EU countries and the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres. During the afternoon, he will meet the leaders from Latin America.

#AceNewsDesk reports …………Published: Dec.02: 2019:

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(NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam.) #ClimateChange Thousands of Protestors on Sunday hit the streets over their waterlogged European country is expected to be especially vulnerable to the rising tides brought as much of the country already sits below sea level, and some of its land is sinking #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Mar.12: Tens of thousands of people joined a climate change protest in Amsterdam on Sunday, urging the Dutch government to take action on climate change.The demonstration, the first of its kind in the Netherlands, drew around 40,000 people despite heavy rain, according to Agence France-Presse.“The high turnout is the proof that people now want a decisive policy on climate from the government,” Greenpeace, one of the march organizers, said in a statement.🤩🤩🤩40,000 march in the rain in Amsterdam to call for action on #climatechange@klimaatmars @GreenpeaceNL pic.twitter.com/gtuXtHHpYD— Greenpeace EU (@GreenpeaceEU) March 10, 2019The waterlogged European country is expected to be especially vulnerable to the rising tides brought on by climate change. Much of the country already sits below sea level, and some of its land is sinking.

Dutch lawmakers have passed ambitious climate change laws, seeking a 95 percent reduction of the 1990 emissions levels by 2050: But according to some in the country, the action isn’t happening fast enough…………………In January, a Dutch environmental research agency said the government is lagging behind its goals.“We are under sea level, so we really need to do something about it,” demonstrator Esther Leverstein, a 21-yer-old climate studies student at Amsterdam University, told AFP.

Students around the world have been leading protests to prompt their governments to address climate change: A worldwide school strike is planned for later this week. Greta Thungerg, a Swedish teenager widely known for her climate change activism, said on Twitter that at least 82 countries plan to participate in the upcoming protest. 
#AceNewsDesk report……………Published: March.12: 2019: 
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