This morning the Kingston Ontario Whig-Standard is reporting that Ontario’s environment minister thinks climate change needs to be back at the center of the agenda.
“The climate is changing, it’s measurable right now and it will accelerate and change from the emissions we’ve already put out and will continue to put out,” [Gord Miller, the province’s environmental commissioner] said.
“We’re going to have more severe weather and we’re going to have more severe problems and we have to plan for that and look at our infrastructure.”
This includes implementing changes to roads by adding culverts to accommodate more water from intense storms, he said.
In an interview this morning with NCPR, activist and author Bill McKibben argues that groups like his 350.0rg are once again gaining some traction on climate issues, including President Barack Obama’s recent decision to cancel a controversial Canadian oil pipeline project.
Also, this week, state officials in New York state are hosting a national conference on the impacts of climate change on plant and animal species.
The National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy is geared toward providing a unified approach—reflecting shared principles and science-based practices—to reduce negative impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, plants and the natural systems they depend.
Federal, state and tribal partners, with input from many diverse groups across the nation, are collaborating to develop a common strategy to respond to the challenges a changing climate poses for our nation’s species, ecosystems and natural resources.
So what do you think? Climate has been on the back burner as the US and other countries grappled with the recession.
In the midst of this warm winter and in the wake of epic floods, is it time to revisit the global warming debate?