Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Halifax Councillors Join Vancouver in Declaring Climate Emergency

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Halifax Councillors Join Vancouver in Declaring Climate Emergency

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Halifax councillors declare climate emergency

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Halifax has become the second Canadian city to declare a climate emergency.

Council voted Tuesday to pass a mostly symbolic acknowledgment that climate change is a serious and urgent threat.

The municipality is unlikely to receive additional funds from the provincial or federal governments as a result, but will use the declaration to stress that climate change is real and how it might affect its climate change plan.

Vancouver city council unanimously voted to declare a climate emergency earlier this month, and cities such as London and Los Angeles have made similar declarations.

Coun. Richard Zurawski, a meteorologist who brought the motion to Halifax council, said it was in response to a recent report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. …

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