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On our home page, we select news articles about climate change that we feel might be of interest to Manitobans.

The following are news articles from the past two weeks:

This week

Rainstorms pound province, Strong winds knock out power

June 30, 2014 - Winnipeg Free Press

Mother Nature's climatic vendetta against Manitoba was on full display this weekend.
After enduring the worst winter since 1898 and then waiting until well into May for spring, Manitobans are mopping up today from an all-weekend deluge that flooded basements, streets, highways and farmers' fields.

Communities declare states of emergency

June 30, 2014 - Winnipeg Free Press

BRANDON - Western Manitoba was not spared from the weekend deluge, with the City of Brandon declaring a state of emergency Sunday and the town of Cromer being partially evacuated. Brandon city crews responded to numerous instances of overland flooding, drainage issues and downed tree debris caused by high rainfall and high winds over the weekend.

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Last week

Getting drenched in the rain part of Countryfest experience

June 28, 2014 - Winnipeg Free Press

DAUPHIN — A little rain — OK, a lot of rain — isn’t enough to dampen the spirits of 14,000 country music fans at the 25th annual Dauphin’s Countryfest. On Saturday afternoon, rain was steadily falling, soaking the already soggy site. Friday night brought with it severe thunderstorm watches and unrelenting rain.

Rob Lowe and his family rescued from French floods

June 26, 2014 - BANG Showbiz

According to local residents, as much rain fell in four hours that usually falls in four months, causing mudslides, road washouts and power disruption, but thankfully emergency services were on hand to help those stranded and Lowe and his family paid tribute to their rescuers.

Landmark Supreme Court ruling grants land title to B.C. First Nation

June 26, 2014 - Vancouver Sun

OTTAWA — A room full of surprised veteran B.C. Aboriginal leaders erupted in “cheers and tears” after the Supreme Court of Canada, in the most important aboriginal rights case in the country’s history, ruled that the Tsilhqot’in First Nation has title 1,750 square kilometres of land in south central B.C.

City council approves long-debated, $590-M transit plan

June 26, 2014 - Winnipeg Free Press

WINNIPEG - A 38-year effort to complete a bus corridor from downtown Winnipeg to the University of Manitoba has survived another vote on the floor of city council. On Wednesday, a divided city council approved a $590-million plan to extend the Southwest Transitway and widen the Pembina Highway underpass at Jubilee Avenue with the help of federal and provincial funds.

Academics call for oilsands moratorium, U.S.-Canada carbon co-operation

June 25, 2014 - Canadian Press

Canada needs a moratorium on new oilsands projects and pipelines, says a group of Canadian and U.S. academics. In a comment article in the prominent science journal Nature, they argue that leaders have to stop considering the industry's development project by project and start thinking about the big picture.

Tackling climate change would grow global economy, World Bank says

June 24, 2014 - The Guardian

Fighting climate change would help grow the world economy, according to the World Bank, adding up to $2.6tn (£1.5tn) a year to global GDP in the coming decades. The findings, made available in a report on Tuesday, offer a sharp contrast with claims by the Australian government that fighting climate change would “clobber” the economy.

Earth has warmest May on record, may signal warmest year in pipeline

June 23, 2014 - Washington Post

NOAA reports today that May was the globe’s warmest in 134 years of records, besting the previous high mark established in 2010. Last week, NASA and the Japan Meteorological Agency – in independent analyses – also released data indicating it was our home planet’s toastiest May on record.

El Niño 2014: What it is, when it's coming, and what to expect

June 23, 2014 - Christian Science Monitor

El Niño is stirring in the Pacific, although forecasters aren't ready to pronouncing it awake just yet. It's warming effect on Earth's climate can lower winter heating bills in some regions but it also alters rainfall patterns in ways that increase the risk of floods in some areas and drought in others.

Anti-shale gas group suing New Brunswick government

June 23, 2014 - CBC News

The New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance, which represents 22 community organizations, along with three other plaintiffs, filed a notice of action and statement of claim with the Court of Queen's Bench in Saint John on Monday, alleging Charter of Rights and Freedoms violations.

Assessment of homes damaged by central Ontario twister nearly done

June 22, 2014 - Canadian Press

ANGUS, Ont. - Teams of building inspectors and engineers have finished checking 80 of the 101 residences affected when the twister struck Angus, in Essa Township some 100 kilometres north of Toronto. Tuesday's twister touched down in the early evening and left three people with minor injuries.