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MB Carbon Pricing Coalition The Manitoba Carbon Pricing Coalition (8/3/2017) - Share This: The Prairie Climate Centre has joined with a variety of other organizations to form the Manitoba Carbon Pricing Coalition. We stand behind the six principles the Coalition set forth regarding the necessity to […]
Trump Rejects Economic and Scientific Sense along with Paris Agreement (6/2/2017) - Share This: Donald Trump announced on Thursday that the USA will pull out of the Paris Agreement. His speech was notable for avoiding terms such as “global warming” or “climate change” almost entirely. Instead, he […]
Keeling’s Curve (4/19/2017) -     How do we know for sure that human activities are resulting in an increase in global carbon dioxide concentrations? The answer involves accurately measuring the amount of CO2 in the air, a seemingly […]
Eight Ways Cities are Building Climate Resilience (4/10/2017) - The Building a Climate-Resilient City series was prepared for the City of Edmonton and the City of Calgary by the Prairie Climate Centre, a collaboration between the University of Winnipeg and the International Institute for Sustainable Development. […]
Winnipeg slush Welcome to your new winter, Winnipeg (11/29/2016) - It’s a slushy, wet, late-November day in Winnipeg. I walked to work this morning missing the usual abrupt onset of the cold, dry prairie winter, and thinking that I’d been happy to leave this kind […]
The Heat is On, Or Why A Few Degrees is a Big Deal (11/25/2016) - Sometimes it’s hot. Sometimes it’s not. But, wait: if we’re emitting more and more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and heating up the planet, why doesn’t the temperature always increase too? The answer comes partly […]
Assiniboine River flooding, Winnipeg Flood Risks, Big Data, and Political Leadership (11/18/2016) -  At the end of October the Intact Centre for Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo released a report entitled Climate Change and the Preparedness of Canadian Provinces and Yukon to Limit Potential Flood Damage (PDF) […]
Manitoba climate policy leadership (11/1/2016) - German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) noted that our perception of truth evolves over time: “To truth only a brief celebration of victory is allowed between the two long periods during which it is condemned as […]
Four degrees of separation: lessons from the last Ice Age (10/28/2016) - Share This:   The pace and magnitude of human-caused climate change is nothing short of remarkable. The dramatic climate change we are now experiencing is a rapid and unexpected side effect of the astonishing ingenuity […]
Punching above our carbon weight: Canada could be low-carbon leader (10/20/2016) - Share This: Pundits and politicians sometimes argue against taking action on climate change because Canada is responsible for a relatively low percentage of the world’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Why, they ask, should Canadians be […]
Carbon Tax: your questions, our answers (10/14/2016) - Share This: Q: “What is a carbon tax?” A carbon tax is a fee paid to the government upon the purchase of fossil fuels, which are major sources of the well-known, planet-warming gas: carbon dioxide. […]
Snowfall on tundra “Climate” vs “Weather” (10/7/2016) - Share This: Canadians pay a lot of attention to weather. Over the course of the year most of us see remarkable extremes of heat and cold—from -40°C in the winter to +40°C in the summer—that […]
This ain’t your grandparents’ climate (7/21/2016) - Share This:     Memory has a way of distorting our perceptions of climate change. We remember snow drifts as high as our heads when we were kids, but forget that we were only three […]
Warmer Prairie winters: sounds good, but what does it really mean? (7/14/2016) - Share This: Residents of Churchill, Manitoba know cold. On average, Churchill experiences about 44 days of extreme cold — where the minimum temperature drops below -30 °C — per year. These temperatures are potentially dangerous […]
Science Update: Tropical Nights in Manitoba? (6/29/2016) - Share This: A Tropical Night occurs when the overnight temperature remains above 20 °C. Tropical Nights are exceptionally rare phenomena across most of Prairies. In fact, both Calgary and Edmonton experienced a grand total of […]
Opinion: The 1.5 °C Challenge (6/27/2016) - Share This:       A recent article in the Guardian newspaper highlights the implications of the Paris agreement to limit global warming to 1.5 °C compared to 2 °C as had been the generally […]
Climate Report Cards: how prepared is your region for climate change? (6/17/2016) - Share This:     With the launch of the Prairie Climate Atlas last month came a new adaptation tool we called the ‘Climate Report Card.’ These reports detailed climate change statistics for major cities and […]
Science Update: the ‘wet gets wetter, dry gets drier’ trend (6/14/2016) - Share This:     A recent publication in Nature Climate Change (Donat et al, 2016) has significant implications for future water management on the Canadian Prairies.   The influence of a warming planet on precipitation patterns is a […]
New Poster Highlights Implications of the Changing Prairie Climate (6/6/2016) - Share This:     What will climate change mean for the Canadian Prairie Provinces? A new educational poster was published today by the Prairie Climate Centre highlighting the risks of climate change across the region. […]
Research and Collaboration: Adapting our Forests to Climate Change (6/1/2016) - Share This:     For forest ecologist Dr. Andrew Park, getting Manitoba’s forests ready for climate change is of top concern. Park, an associate professor at the University of Winnipeg, is partnering with the Prairie […]
Win a deck of limited edition Prairie Climate Centre playing cards!!! (5/27/2016) - Share This:     The Prairie Climate Centre Playing Cards feature 52 unique maps, graphs and tables depicting expected changes in temperature, precipitation and much more for communities across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Enter our […]
Climate Atlas points to very large increase in +30 °C weather for the Prairies (5/20/2016) - Share This:     Last week we launched the Prairie Climate Atlas – which illustrates how climate change is likely to impact the Canadian Prairie Provinces. One of the most dramatic maps in the atlas […]
New online Prairie Climate Atlas puts relevant, timely research into the hands of farmers, First Peoples and decision-makers (5/7/2016) - Share This:     The Prairie Climate Atlas launched today is the first interactive online tool to map the dramatic changes projected to occur to the climate on the Canadian Prairies. The interactive website developed by […]
The Prairie Climate Centre opens its doors (12/2/2015) - Share This: A joint initiative of the University of Winnipeg and the International Institute for Sustainable Development, the Centre will help governments, businesses and community members identify and anticipate risks, take advantage of emerging opportunities, build capacity, and […]