Currently in Toronto — January 31st, 2023

The weather, currently.

Some sunshine - but cold!

Some sunshine is on the way as we start up the last day of January. It will be very cold tomorrow morning with a wake-up windchill near -18°C under partly cloudy skies. We will see some sunny breaks throughout the afternoon with just a risk of an isolated flurry. The wind will be from the west 15-20KM/H. The high -6°C, but dress for -10°C windchills. That is below seasonal, as the norm is around -2°C.

Tuesday night: clearing skies with a low of -13°C, feeling like -20°C with the windchill.

Side note: Snow squalls in parts of the cottage country will continue through tomorrow morning. Barrie, Grey Bruce, and Parry Sound are under snowsquall warnings.

Anwar Knight

What you need to know, currently.

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes on the Flathead Reservation wrote their own climate action plan.

Temperatures continue to rise, damaging plants and wildlife that many ecosystems—and of course, people—rely upon. Climate change threatens the reservation’s 5,000 inhabitants and their way of life.

Since 2013, the CSKT have written and twice revised a strategy to protect their lands, according to original reporting by Grist.

The CSKT Climate Strategic Plan centers community engagement in the fight against a warming world. The committee that created the plan grew to about 100 people and eventually became the Climate Change Advisory Committee, most of whom are members of the tribe.

The committee focused on nine areas of life, including water, air, and fish, that are directly affected by climate change and then ranked them by their threats to the residents. Then, the committee called upon experts and people with lived experiences to think of mitigation strategies, rather than adaptation. Eight tribal elders were also invited to share their perspectives on how the land has changed.

The plan included restoring whitebark pine populations that hold spiritual significance and feed several species; removing invasive fish species, so native ones could thrive; restoring bison populations; and gathering more youth in preservation and conservation efforts.

—Aarohi Sheth

What you can do, currently.

Climate change is making wildfires worse, damaging our communities and the environment. Not only do wildfires hurt our forests and put people in danger — burn scars can result in harsher floods — like we’ve seen in recent weeks across California.

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