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Links » Monday September 20, 2021

Election day in Canada 🇨🇦

Federal election results (Live) » CBC

CBC declare another Liberal. At this hour (11pm Est) it is not known if it will be a majority or minority government.

On This Day

September 20, 1917

The Parliament of Canada passes legislation giving some women the right to vote in federal elections.

This right is limited to women who are British subjects; 21 years of age or older; and the wife, widow, mother, sister or daughter of any person, male or female, living or dead, who had served in the military. Another law grants the right to vote to some 2,000 military nurses, known as “Bluebirds,” stationed in Europe.

After the 1917 election, the government will extend this right to all non-Indigenous Canadians who are British subjects and 21 years of age or older.

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Happy 70th birthday to the legendary Guy Lafleur!

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Links » Wednesday September 15, 2021

Prince Harry turns 37 years old today

Prince Harry turns 37 years old today

On This Day

September 15, 1916

Canadian 🇨🇦 troops capture the ruined village of Courcelette in France 🇫🇷.

For the first time, Canadians use tanks in combat.

Canada will suffer 24,000 casualties during the four-month Battle of the Somme.

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“Surgeries to remove brain tumors have been postponed. Patients are backed up in the emergency room. Nurses are working brutal shifts. But at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash., the calls keep coming: Can Idaho send another patient across the border?”

 

  • 50 percent of ICU patients in Alabama have COVID-19.

Community transmission levels by state as of Sept. 14, 2021.

Community transmission levels by state as of Sept. 14, 2021.

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  • To be fair, their presentation was made of of many flying drone shots. (Note » Apple doesn’t sell any drones.)

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Links » Tuesday September 14, 2021

On This Day

September 14, 1907

Jasper Forest Reserve, which covers 13,000 square kilometers in the Canadian 🇨🇦 Rockies, is established.

In 1930, Jasper will become a national park under the National Parks Act.

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Canadian Election T -6 Days » Election day is September 20

Costa Rica leads the way in cutting carbon emissions

Rand Review »

Almost every country on Earth has pledged to slash carbon emissions to slow the gears of global warming. The Biden administration has promised a “clean energy revolution” that would make the United States carbon-neutral by 2050. The European Union has proposed ending the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035.

But in the race to cut carbon emissions, Costa Rica has been leading the way. It adopted its own plan in 2019, promising to show the world what a net-zero carbon future could look like. Its plan would transform almost every facet of its economy, from car sales to cattle farming. A recent RAND analysis found that might be what it takes to break our reliance on carbon—and it might make Costa Rica tens of billions of dollars richer.

Carbon is not the only driver of climate change, but it is the big one. Released from tailpipes and smokestacks, it can stay in the atmosphere for hundreds of years, trapping and reflecting heat. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned in August that global temperatures will very likely soar past that 2-degrees mark by the end of the century without steep cuts to carbon emissions. Its models show a world that is hotter than at any other point in the last 3 million years.

Analysts Swiss Re predict US$183bn increase in property insurance costs by 2040 due to climate change

Floods in the Belgian village of Tiff on 16 July, 2021 | Credit: Régine Fabri

Floods in the Belgian village of Tiff on 16 July, 2021 | Credit: Régine Fabri

Cecilia Keating, Business Green »

The growing frequency and severity of extreme weather events caused by climate change is set to send property insurance prices soaring over the next 20 years, Swiss Re has warned.

In a report published earlier this week, the reinsurance giant’s research unit calculated climate-related risks will drive a 22 per cent increase in global property premiums, a spike that would equate to around $183bn in additional costs.

Overall, the firm expects property insurance premiums will triple to be worth $1.3tr in 2040, up from $450bn in 2020, driven largely by economic development and climate change, with the former expected to make up three quarters of the rise.

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