Currently in Toronto — September 1st, 2022

A sun-tastic start to September!

The weather, currently.

A sun-tastic start to September. A ridge of high pressure will build in, providing mainly sunny skies starting Thursday morning with a wake-up temperature near 14°C. Bright skies will continue for the day with a pleasant high of 24°C and no significant humidity to worry about. It will be a stellar day. The wind will be light and the UV index will be 7 or high.

Thursday Night: Mainly clear with a low of 16°C.

Side Note: New month, new norms. Our daily temperature average for the month of September is just over 16°C, but it is worth noting we typically register at least one day with a temperature of 30°C+. That may occur this long weekend. Our average rainfall this month is around 74mm.

Anwar Knight

What you need to know, currently.

“How inappropriate it is to call this planet Earth,” science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke once remarked, “when it is clearly Ocean.” The ocean covers more than seventy percent of the world and absorbs roughly a third of mankind’s carbon emissions — yet it remains largely unprotected and unregulated. This past Saturday, negotiations at the UN headquarters stalled when diplomats failed to reach a decision on a treaty deal that would protect biodiversity in two thirds of ocean areas that remain outside of individual countries' jurisdictions.

“The oceans sustain all life on Earth, but for the last two weeks, the self-proclaimed High Ambition Coalition has not shown enough ambition or urgency until the final hours,” said Laura Meller, of Greenpeace. “As a result, they have failed to deliver a strong Global Ocean Treaty that can protect the high seas. They promised a Treaty in 2022, and time has all but run out. They shouldn’t shoulder all responsibility, other countries have been deliberately obstructive, but failure to deliver a Treaty at these talks jeopardizes the livelihoods and food security of billions of people around the world.”

Protecting marine biodiversity is particularly important as the ocean is opened up to deep sea mining and becomes yet another extraction zone.