Welcome to TVO.org's hub for coverage of our changing climate and the way people, governments and businesses in Ontario are responding to it. We’re interested in how the climate changes are affecting people in Ontario — the human impact of warmer weather and more frequent storms.
Animal migrations are being disrupted in the north, while the varieties of grapes being grown in Niagara region are changing with the weather. People living on the shores of Lake Erie have to contend with an annual algae bloom threatening their water supply.
Winters are shorter and growing seasons longer, the province's vast natural resources are under pressure and critical infrastructure is being stressed by frequent extreme weather. Most of all, we’re concerned about how the changing climate affects Ontarians today.
We will look at both sides of the coin — how Ontarians are adapting to the changed climate and how they're fighting to slow the change. We will report on progress made towards Ontario's goal of reaching 80 per cent of 1990-level emissions by 2050 and cover the province's contributions towards global efforts to combat climate change.
This province is home to some of the Canada's most beautiful natural landscapes, the Great Lakes, and dense urban areas. Climate change has affected all of these areas and put greater pressure on those who care for them. Our writers will position their pens at the intersection of policy and the natural world, reporting on the steps our public officials are taking and whether or not it will be enough to safeguard the natural landscape for generations to come.
The extraction of the province's natural resources, like the boreal forest and a rich deposit of chromite in the Ring of Fire, are opportunities for a north deprived of economic drivers, but pose a threat to the climate. Ontario sits on the precipice of extracting vast resource wealth and, as it does so, TVO.org will ask the important questions about what this means for the future of the environment on our planet and in our province.
Climate Watch will complement the other sections of this website — The Next Ontario, Shared Values and The Food Chain — by looking at current affairs through a lens focused on climate. We will explore the news and policy changes, interrogating how they were influenced by our changed climate and what it could mean to future generations of Ontarians.
Editor, Climate Watch
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