Canada Environment

TransCanada Must Believe In Santa Claus

Gerard Montpetit | Posted 12.22.2016 | Canada Business
Gerard Montpetit

In a press release dated Dec. 18, TransCanada announced that "support for Energy East is growing across Canada." Did I read that right, or is this merely a wish list that TransCanada has sent to Santa Claus on Christmas Eve? TC seems to believe that social acceptability is on the rise!

We Must Help Vulnerable Countries Adapt To Climate Change

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 12.18.2016 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

When Craig visited Dadaab, Kenya, four years ago and met Ali, he witnessed hundreds of families lined along the road to the world's largest refugee camp. Most weren't fleeing violence, they were fleeing the weather. As climate change advances, disasters like the drought that ravaged East Africa in 2011 are becoming more frequent and severe.

Canada Has Restored Its Tarnished Environmental Reputation

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 12.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Capt. Trevor Greene

Canada fell woefully short of 2012 emissions targets and in December 2011 became the only country to pull out of Kyoto, the world's only binding climate treaty. That was in the dark decade of Stephen Harper. Prime Minister Trudeau led a younger, far more optimistic and enlightened entourage to Paris.

Real Christmas Trees Help Keep Canada's Economy Growing

Michael Rosen | Posted 12.16.2016 | Canada Business
Michael Rosen

Last year, we exported almost $30 million in fresh-cut trees to the United States and another $32.6 million in trees to the rest of the world. When combining the $60+ million that Canadians spent on real trees last year, it all adds up to a $125 million contribution to our rural economy.

Paris Agreement Marks A Global Shift For Climate Action

David Suzuki | Posted 12.16.2016 | 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 Planet Is Dying Of Consumption And Only We Can Halt The Process

Doreen Barrie | Posted 12.14.2016 | Canada Living
Doreen Barrie

If the warming of this planet is to be slowed -- if not halted -- it will not come about by government fiat, nor should it. Governments are reluctant to impose unpopular measures and the corporate sector will resist attempts to curtail our freedom to consume. The impetus must come from citizens.

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.

A Holiday Guide To Giving Greener Gifts

Jillian Doucette | Posted 12.10.2016 | Canada Living
Jillian Doucette

The holidays are a notoriously wasteful time of year with an estimated 300,000 additional tonnes of garbage created by Canadians between mid November and New Years' Day. With an excess of gift wrap, consumer packaging, and food waste, that's not hard to believe. Here are five ways you can give the gift of green this holiday season.

Healing Humanity's Grief In The Face Of Climate Change

David Suzuki | Posted 12.09.2016 | 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.

Canada's Environment Minister Says Deal Will be Reached in Paris

CP | Patrice Bergeron, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.09.2016 | Canada Politics

"We've turned the page."

Canada's Climate Inaction Undermines Its Words In Paris

Cameron Fenton | Posted 12.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Cameron Fenton

I am really confused by my government right now, because when it comes to climate action, it feels like I have two different governments. One government is in Paris, and their words on climate sound like the kind of ambition we need. The other one is in Ottawa, and its actions are looking more and more like the Harper government's on climate change.

Poor Countries Face The Greatest Climate Change Challenges

Development Unplugged | Posted 12.04.2016 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

It is the people in the poorest countries that are and will be most affected by the consequences of climate change. A recent World Bank report on the subject states that climate change will possibly lead more than 100 million people below the poverty line by 2030, in addition to the one billion individuals already living this harsh reality.

Here's How Municipalities Can Reach Their Sustainability Goals

Stephanie Cairns | Posted 12.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Stephanie Cairns

On December 4, over a thousand mayors from around the world will meet in Paris to accelerate the work of local governments on climate change. Many Ontario mayors attending this event will arrive with a starting advantage.

Don't Mistake China For The West's Partner On Climate Change

Patricia Adams | Posted 12.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Patricia Adams

Curbing fossil fuel use, China's leaders understand, would dampen its already faltering growth and provide an existential threat to their rule. While they may talk a good game at the UN's Paris talks, they will make no binding commitments to reduce C02.

What's So Special About 2 Degrees Celsius?

Blair King | Posted 12.02.2016 | 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.

UN Climate Talks Offer Hope For Humanity

David Suzuki | Posted 12.02.2016 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

With world leaders now meeting in Paris for the UN Climate Change Conference, we're seeing signs of hope for an agreement to limit the escalating effects of global warming. Canadians, especially, have reason to be optimistic about our country's role.

The Ghost Of Maurice Strong In Paris

Wade Rowland | Posted 12.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Wade Rowland

It is a sad coincidence that Maurice Strong has died on the eve of another ambitious attempt, this time in Paris, to come to grips with global environmental crises that have become ever more grave. We can only hope that a reinvigorated diplomatic corps inspired by fresh political leadership will once again do our country proud.

Fossil Fuel Companies Threaten To Undermine Paris Climate Talks

Nick Fillmore | Posted 11.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Nick Fillmore

Fossil fuel companies have not managed to get a much coveted seat at the actual negotiating table during COP decision-making. But they are lobbying so hard that they hope politicians will come up with pro-industry solutions. A growing number of public interest groups want the fossil fuel lobby barred from the UN process.

Rachel Notley Has Staged A Masterwork Of Political Imagery

Sean Mallen | Posted 11.26.2016 | Canada Alberta
Sean Mallen

Rachel Notley's challenge has been to reassure the fiercely skeptical Alberta business elites that were horrified to wake up last May to discover the NDP had risen to power. With the economy already hammered by plummeting oil prices, they feared that the New Democrats would inflict further damage through a climate change plan that would drive up costs and cripple the oil sands. But business leaders in the Alberta can read the financial press as well as the rest of us and now seem to be buying Rachel Notley's view that they better try to be part of the solution.

Climate Change Will Be Felt Differently In Canada, Premiers Told

CBC | Posted 11.24.2016 | Canada Politics

The meeting comes a week before the start of the UN climate change conference in Paris, known as COP21.

Save The Environment, Chop Down A Real Christmas Tree

Michael Rosen | Posted 11.19.2016 | Canada Living
Michael Rosen

As the president of Tree Canada, an organization that's helped plant more than 80 million trees over the past 20 years, you might expect an argument against cutting down a "live tree," but make no mistake -- you are helping both the environment and the community you live in when you choose a real tree.

Marching Matters Ahead Of The Paris Climate Talks

Cameron Fenton | Posted 11.19.2016 | Canada Impact
Cameron Fenton

I'll be honest, when I first heard of plans for a global day of climate marches on November 29, I rolled my eyes. In some ways, I still feel like that might be the case, but after recent events in Paris and Beirut, the global mobilizations matter in a way they never could have before.

No Act Is Too Small In The Fight To End Climate Change

Beverley Golden | Posted 11.18.2016 | Canada Impact
Beverley Golden

If you want change; be the change. Remember the power of one. If you don't do anything, nothing will change. So do something. Our future depends on it. No act is too small. How will you contribute?

To Paris, With Hope

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 11.13.2016 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

Previous UN climate conferences have started with great optimism and hope but ended with underwhelming success at best, disappointment at worst. However, there are many reasons to hope that, finally, this one will be different.

Rejection Of Keystone XL Is A Leap Forward For The Climate Movement

Ecojustice | Posted 11.13.2016 | Canada Impact
Ecojustice

The U.S. decision on Keystone XL sent a clear message: Tar sands pipeline projects like the ones currently under consideration or subject to litigation in Canada -- TransCanada's Energy East Pipeline, Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Expansion Project, and Enbridge's Northern Gateway Project -- are not the way of the future.