Canada Climate

Canada Must Take Global Opportunity To End HFC Pollution

Catherine McKenna | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Catherine McKenna

Bold action to phase out HFCs could bring remarkable results. In Paris last year, leaders dared to set a goal of limiting global warming to below two degress Celsius. If we act in Kigali and phase out HFCs, scientists believe we could avoid 0.5 degrees Celsius of warming by the end of the century.

We Need To Move From Climate Commitment To Climate Action

BC Council for International Cooperation | Posted 10.11.2016 | Canada Politics
BC Council for International Cooperation

We cannot spend tens of millions of dollars promoting a low carbon future while also spending tens of millions promoting extractives. With the Agreement in full force, Canada can pivot its approach to international assistance to reflect real policy coherence. We need to support small-scale, decentralized clean energy programs that promote pro-poor, gender sensitive projects.

4 Things Will And Kate Need To Know About B.C.

DeSmog Canada | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

Don't get me wrong: B.C. truly is a glorious place -- the type of place you can fly over in a seaplane and easily think the wilderness will never end. But it's also one of the world's last frontiers and the race is on to cut down our old-growth forests, to send more oil tankers into our ports, to build natural gas plants in our salmon estuaries and to flood our rivers for megadams.

We Must Learn From El Niño Or Face The Consequences

David Morley | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Impact
David Morley

The climate phenomenon has left us with not only a trail of destruction so vast that more than one million children will need treatment for severe acute malnutrition this year, but also a taste of what could be to come with its stormy sister, La Niña.

Forest Fires May Be Our New Reality If We Ignore Climate Change

Mike Hudema | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Impact
Mike Hudema

May is on track to be the 12th consecutive hottest month globally ever recorded. The day the fires raced into Fort McMurray, Alta., set 24 different temperature records, including a record-breaking 32.6 degrees Celsius in Fort McMurray (20 degrees above normal) and a scorching 4.8 degrees above the previous record set in 1945. These tinder-dry conditions helped lead to one of the earliest wildfire seasons in Alberta's history and fuelled the fire that raged through the city.

An Open Letter From the Post-Apocalyptic Future To Donald Trump Supporters

Lauren Messervey | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Lauren Messervey

America was so preoccupied with fear that it made the entire world afraid. We were all so terrified of each other that our silent killer slipped into our homes without protest. They say that there were some people who tried to warn us... but we didn't listen, and we paid the price.

Let's Make 2016 The Year Canada Becomes A Climate Leader

Cameron Fenton | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Impact
Cameron Fenton

At 27 years old at the time, I had never lived through a month of below-average global temperatures. The second was the realization that Stephen Harper had been my prime minister for all of my adult life. Taken together, these painted a striking portrait of the challenge ahead -- the pervasive climate crisis.

Dear Premier Notley: Alberta Workers Need Jobs Not Pipelines

Mike Hudema | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Business
Mike Hudema

Raising the minimum wage, diversifying Alberta's economy and supporting working people have my full support, but I'm sorry Premier Notley, I just can't get behind you on pipelines. New pipelines aren't good for the environment, they aren't good for the climate, and I'm sorry, but they aren't good for working people or good governance, either.

The Polar Vortex Is Back

The Huffington Post Canada | Jessica Chin | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada

Yes, there might be snow in April.

Last Month We Passed The Climate 'Red Line'

Mike Hudema | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Impact
Mike Hudema

Two degrees is the absolute red line that scientists say the world must not pass if we are to have any chance of stopping a growing climate crisis before it spins beyond our control. The 2-degree mark was only breached temporarily but it is a worrying sign that everyone, especially our elected leaders, need to pay attention to.

The First Ministers' Climate Declaration Falls Short

Karri Munn-Venn | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Karri Munn-Venn

During the fall election, the federal Liberals committed to meet with the provinces within 90 days of COP21 negotiations in Paris to "develop a carbon pricing policy." This highly anticipated First Ministers' Meeting took place last week in Vancouver. Much like the Paris Agreement itself, the Vancouver Declaration may have been the best consensus we could have reasonably hoped for. But also like Paris, it doesn't go nearly far enough.

Spring Will Be Warmer Than Normal: Environment Canada

CBC | CBC News | Posted 03.06.2016 | Canada

But don't put your winter coats away just yet.

It's Time For Trudeau To Lead Canada Into Climate Action

Elizabeth May | Posted 03.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Elizabeth May

From Canada's early entry as a climate action leader -- hosting the world's first international scientific climate conference in 1988 -- until today, most governments have played for time. Stalling tactics and procrastination, two steps forward and one step back, have typified climate strategies. For the Trudeau administration, the clock is ticking loudly. Canada has still not replaced the weak target of the previous government. The Liberal platform promised a national plan, based on provincial consultations, within 90 days of the Paris talks, which is March 12.

How Notley And Wynne Can Change Canada's Energy Future

Mike Hudema | Posted 01.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Mike Hudema

Rather then talking about increasing the damage for short-term gain, Premier Wynne and Notley should be talking about how they can create jobs by collaborating on solutions. Solutions that keep carbon in the ground, create jobs, and that could benefit everyone from coast to coast to coast for generations to come. Let's make the discussion about creating good green jobs, healthy communities, and clean, renewable solutions that allow everyone to participate and benefit. It's time for Canada to build its clean energy dream not expand its tarsands nightmare.

Trudeau Has Broken His Promise To Overhaul The National Energy Board

Cameron Fenton | Posted 01.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Cameron Fenton

While it's so ridiculous that you can't help but laugh at it, it's also unjust, anti-democratic and something that Canada's new prime minister promised would never happen again. Last June, now-Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled his party's environmental platform standing with his back to the Burrard Inlet in Vancouver's Kitsilano neighborhood. With a withering critique that Stephen Harper's government had "chosen to be a cheerleader instead of a referee" when it came to pipelines, he promised a complete overhaul of the National Energy Board assessment process.

The One Way We Can All Make 2016 A Year Of Hope

David Suzuki | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada
David Suzuki

Those who fear and reject change have always been and always will be with us. They've argued ending slavery would destroy the economy; they've claimed putting people on the moon would be impossible; they've rejected ending South Africa's apartheid system; they've said the Berlin wall wouldn't come down. We can and must speak louder than those who would keep us on a destructive path despite the overwhelming evidence that it's past time to shift course.

Balmy December In Parts Of Canada 'A Taste Of Things To Come'

CBC | Posted 12.23.2015 | Canada

If climate change is weighing on your mind this holiday season, especially after the signing of the Paris agreement, you're not alone.

Paris Agreement Marks A Global Shift For Climate Action

David Suzuki | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

When our children's children look back to what we did to keep our planet livable, they may see this year's United Nations climate conference in Paris as a turning point. The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) may have been our last chance for a meaningful agreement to shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy before ongoing damage to the world's climate becomes irreversible and devastating. Government ministers, negotiators and world leaders spent the first two weeks of December creating a guide for the next stage of humanity's action on climate change.

The End Of Fossil Fuels Is Near - Let's Speed Its Coming

Mike Hudema | Posted 12.14.2015 | Canada Impact
Mike Hudema

As the dust settles on COP21 we know that while historic steps have been taken, the demands of justice are still unfulfilled. Together we are challenging the fossil fuel system, we are ushering in the era of solutions, and we are moving the political yardsticks of what it possible. While our political leaders walk, our movements run.

Nearly 200 Countries Reach Climate Agreement In Paris

CP | Karl Ritter, Seth Borenstein, Angela Charlton, The Associated Press | Posted 12.13.2015 | Canada

The world will have to stop emitting greenhouse gases altogether in the next 50 years.

Healing Humanity's Grief In The Face Of Climate Change

David Suzuki | Posted 12.09.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

The suffering we're witnessing because of loss of land, culture, ways of life and identity may portend what is to come for all of us. Now is the time to come together and decide how we will respond. Let's make sure it's the best humanity has to offer.

The Arctic Is A Frozen Security Blanket For The World

WWF-Canada | Posted 12.09.2015 | Canada Impact

To most Canadians, the Arctic is a faraway and mysterious place. It's a romantic piece of our history and identity. That wildness and cold is something we're proud of, but we don't know much about. It should play a bigger role in our consciousness. The Arctic makes up almost 40 per cent of Canada's landmass and two-thirds of our coastline.

What's So Special About 2 Degrees Celsius?

Blair King | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Blair King

We keep hearing about the need to keep global climate change below a target of two degrees Celsius. However, few people know where this comes from. The reason for this is that the target is one of the most deliberately muddied topics in the climate change debate -- not a scientific number, but a political one.

The Day The World Spoke: #ClimateMarch

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.30.2015 | Canada Impact
Mike Hudema

All around the world people took to the streets to help give the earth a voice. From Mumbai to Australia, London to Berlin, Ottawa to Vancouver millions danced, sang, and marched to push our world's elected leaders, currently in Paris for COP21, to increase their ambition, listen to the science and the voices of those most impacted, and lead the world out of climate chaos.

Alberta's Historic Cap On Tar Sands Emissions Is Not The End

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

As momentous an occasion as it is when an oil jurisdiction actually puts limits on growth, 100 million tonnes of carbon a year at a time when science is demanding bold reductions is still far too much. While historic, the government's cap needs to be viewed as a ceiling rather then a floor.