The economic side of climate change has surfaced lately, with a lot of discussion about how much it will cost to meet the world’s climate targets. But there’s been little information around what the financial costs of climate change might be. A new study finds that investing now will avoid the worst effects of climate change — and save money in the future.

Today in The Conversation Canada, Neal Willcott and Sean Cleary from Queen’s University write about the costs and benefits of investing in ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The financial cost of achieving Canada’s emissions targets is large, but it pales in comparison to the physical costs due to damaged infrastructure that comes with 5 C of warming — or even 2 C. “There is a big incentive to act now,” they write. “The costs of climate change damage are expected to grow gradually until 2050, around which time there is a sharp increase.”

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Wolverine numbers are declining globally due to heavy trapping and predator killing by humans, habitat loss, climate change and various other factors. (Shutterstock)

Connecting fragmented wolverine habitat is essential for their conservation

Jason T Fisher, University of Victoria; Aerin Jacob, University of Northern British Columbia

The key to protecting wolverines around the world is to reduce trapping, minimize predator control pressures, and to protect and connect large blocks of intact habitat they need to survive.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford attends a photo opportunity on a construction site in Brampton as he kicks off his re-election campaign on May 4, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Ontario election: 4 ways Doug Ford has changed the province’s politics

Mark Winfield, York University, Canada

Looking back on Ford’s four years in power reveals four themes in his approach to governance — and what the next four years might have in store if he wins again.

Sport and recreation are political issues because different governments view their role in delivering these services differently. A better understanding of how political parties view sport and recreation can help inform voters’ decisions when they head to the polls. (Shutterstock)

3 questions to ask political candidates about sport and recreation services

Kyle Rich, Brock University

Voters need to hold political candidates and their parties to account on sport and recreation issues and advocate for support from provincial and territorial governments.

Abortion-rights demonstrators hold up letters spelling out ‘My Choice,’ Saturday, May 14, 2022, outside the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Denying abortion access has a negative impact on children and families

Charlie Rioux, University of Manitoba; Leslie E. Roos, University of Manitoba; Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen, University of Calgary

Restricting abortion access has negative effects on parents, as well as children and families, including increased poverty, unemployment, pregnancy-related deaths and higher health risks in children.

A piece called ‘The Last Stand’ by David Ellingsen. (David Ellingsen)

Artists organize to offer new visions for tackling climate change

Melanie Kloetzel, University of Calgary

Climate artists can offer a vision of tangible networks, activities, behaviours and lifestyles that, rather than damaging the planet, support planetary — and personal — health and well-being.

La Conversation Canada

Lorsque l’on mange, parle ou baille, les mouvements de la mâchoire déforment le conduit auditif. Après conversion en énergie électrique, ces déformations pourraient alimenter tout type de technologie intra-auriculaire. (Shutterstock)

Et si nos oreilles pouvaient remplacer les piles électriques ?

Michel Demuynck, École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS)

Le potentiel énergétique de nos oreilles est sous-estimé : les déformations du conduit auditif pourraient alimenter les technologies intra-auriculaires.

Un ouvrier s'affaire sous une section du Réseau express métropolitain (REM), le nouveau réseau léger sur rail automatisé, à Montréal, le 2 février 2022. La Presse canadienne/Graham Hughes

Acceptabilité sociale : il faut repenser la gouvernance des grands projets publics

Maude Brunet, HEC Montréal

Les grands projets structurants ont des impacts importants sur la société actuelle et les générations futures. Une réelle gouvernance participative et inclusive devrait être adoptée pour les gérer.

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