InsideClimate News on Canada Scientists are calling hypocrisy on Canada's government, which says publicly that climate change needs to be addressed but, under the rule of the Conservative Party, has been "leading a slow and systematic unraveling of environmental and climate research budgets." This has led some scientists to leave the country. For example, critics cite the closing of the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory, which "is one of the closest labs in the world to the North Pole and is considered one of the best in the Arctic."
The Guardian on food shortages in Britain Following flooding in Britain, expect a Christmas with fewer homegrown winter vegetables this year. Supermarkets have noted that they might need to import potatoes and sprouts, notable parts of "the traditional Christmas dinner." The National Farmers Union have predicted that terrible weather will "wreak financial havoc" on British farmers.
The New York Times on cities as climate-change tool Guy Gugliotta reports that cities are a tool to understanding how we can manage climate change because they have "conditions that can mimic what life may be like in the temperate zone of a heated planet." A plant physiologist says cities may portend a "silver lining." Plants, for instance, could benefit from warmer temperatures at night. Still, "scientists caution that while the studies of New York City in August may be a way to preview what the temperate zone might be like in the future, lush parks during northern summers could mean trouble in hotter latitudes."