Windfall's Executive Director reflects on his experience at COP 21
Right after the COP 21 Climate Change agreement was reached in Paris this past December I tweeted, Today's COP21 agreement is definitely a turning point that marks the end of the Fossil Fuel Age. It was not a euphoric statement as much as a grudging acknowledgement that out of the grinding multi-threaded UN process that winds up and unravels almost simultaneously there came just enough clarity of vision among 195 countries to stumble into a new era of determined decarbonisation.
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Extreme weather due to climate change causing to rate hikes
In the summer of 2013, the Greater Toronto Area received five inches of water in a day (as much as the city would normally receive in the entire month, and then some). Five thousand residential basements were flooded and the Insurance Bureau of Canada reported that insured property damage was estimated to be in excess of $850 million, and costs to the city itself were $170 million, making it the province's costliest natural disaster.
Healthy Kids Community Challenge, a partnership between Windfall Ecology Centre and the Town of Aurora, will focus on improving the health and fitness of local youngsters and those who guide them. Read the full story in the Auroran.
A wake-up call for Ontario and its struggling auto sector
Windfall's EV Adoption study cited in article
Toyota Motor Corp.'s goal of reducing emissions from new vehicles by 90 per cent within the next 35 years is a wake-up call for Ontario and its struggling auto sector, experts say.
Reaching such a goal would require the world's second-largest automaker to virtually phase out all gasoline-fuelled vehicles and base future models on hybrid-electric or pure electric propulsion (fuel cell or battery).
Ontario's Environmental Commissioner recently urged the province to up its game if it hopes to achieve its GHG emission reduction target.
Ontario is ideally positioned to be a leader in EV manufacturing, research and development, according to a recent study from Windfall Centre, which calls on the province to exploit its strengths and carve out an EV manufacturing node that will shore up its sagging auto sector. Missing the manufacturing opportunities presented by a transformative shift to low carbon vehicles would have dire economic consequences for Ontario's labour market.