Currently in Toronto — October 24th, 2022

Mainly sunny and mild!

The weather, currently.

The warm temperatures continue! Monday morning will start under variable skies, with a few localized fog patches. The wake-up temperature is near 8 degrees C. Beautiful conditions for much of the day, with mainly sunny skies. There will be  just a few scattered clouds with a high of 18 degrees C.  This will be the fourth consecutive day of above-seasonal temperatures, as the seasonal norm is near 13 degrees C. The wind will be light from the southeast, and the UV index will be 4 or moderate. Ideal conditions for heading to your local polling station for election day. Please consider making your vote count. Voter cards are not mandatory providing that you have valid ID. More on that below.

Monday night: cloudy periods with a low near 9 degrees C.

Anwar Knight

Solutions to the climate emergency are often portrayed as something out of reach for the average person. However, the reality is we all have the power to propel change. Election Day whether, Federal, Provincial or Municipal is an opportunity to have your voice heard. Climate change is the defining issue of our time and we must address it at a local level. Each election could mark a historical turning point for your community. Be informed, and research what climate action plans your local leaders are proposing. What efforts will be made to protect your local environment and what will help improve your communities well-being? Get out and vote and propel change! If you are on the voter's list, you need to present one piece of ID with your name to vote. If you are not on the voter's list, you must present one piece of ID showing both your name and current residential address to vote.

What you need to know, currently.

The recent flooding across Nigeria has spread to the south, disrupting gas production and cutting of gas supplies to Nigeria LNG Ltd., the country’s largest gas producer. This flooding has hobbled gas exports to Europe as well, as the states struggle to replace Russian exports.

Thousands of  square kilometers of farmland—roughly the size of Rhode Island—are also completely submerged, worsening ongoing food shortages across the nation.

“These floods act as a misery multiplier and are the final straw for communities already struggling to keep their heads above water,” said Chris Nikoi, the UN World Food Program’s regional director for Western Africa.

This is the worst flooding the West African nation has seen in a decade.

“I was witness to the serious flooding in 2012,” said Goodness Dickson, the Chief Executive Officer of Eco Clean Active Initiative. “Now, the flooding is even worse. This time around, the water is so deep and so high that it covers houses and structures unlike 10 years ago. The water had a limit back then, but not anymore.”

Since September, the climate disaster has killed over 600 people, injured more than 2,400, displaced 1.4 million residents and destroyed more than 200,000 homes, said Sadiya Umar Farouq, Nigeria’s minister of humanitarian affairs and disaster management, at a recent press conference.

The flooding has already impacted about 27 of Nigeria’s 36 states. Nigeria’s meteorological agency has warned that flooding could continue until the end of November in some states, including Anambra, Cross Rivers and Bayelsa.

While Nigeria is used to seasonal rainfall and flooding, this year has been much worse than usual due to to climate change.

-Aarohi Sheth

What you can do, currently.

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