Canada Carbon

Everything You Need To Know About Carbon

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 03.09.2017 | Canada
Carl Duivenvoorden

Carbon, number six on the periodic table of the elements, is at the very heart of climate change. Here's all you need to know to understand why. Bas...

The Sustainable Benefits Of Building A Carbon Neutral Laneway Home

David Dodge | Posted 03.05.2017 | Canada Business
David Dodge

A carbon neutral home and net-zero home are similar in that both produce as much energy as they consume over the course of a year. The difference is a net-zero home produces its own energy right on the home, whereas a carbon neutral home can produce its energy elsewhere in the community.

Alberta Can Learn From Washington State's Coal Phase Out

David Dodge | Posted 11.24.2016 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

Asking companies to shut down plants isn't easy but as Alberta wades into this challenge it behooves us to examine successful case studies where coal power producers, workers, governments and environmental groups worked together to shut down a coal plant in a smart, humane and economically responsible way.

Our Carbon Quota Is Shrinking All the Time

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

Perhaps you've heard of the notion of a global carbon quota. I first learned of it a few years ago, and got a refresher on the subject last month. It jolted me then, but even more so this time. Here's an overview, with some basic math.

The Solution to Climate Change Might Be Right Under Our Feet

David Dodge | Posted 05.09.2015 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

Soil is the thin crust of organic matter that supports all life on this planet. And if we treat it right it might just be solution to one of our greatest problems: climate change.

Trudeau Makes Big Carbon Emissions Pledge

CP | Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada Politics

CALGARY - A Liberal government would set national targets for reducing carbon emissions but would allow provinces to design their own policies to meet...

The Overlooked Group of Climate Change Fighters

David Fogarty | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada Impact
David Fogarty

There are a group of people often overlooked in the fight against climate change and they can be one of our greatest allies as we figure out how to limit the damage from extreme weather, rising seas and threats to food security. They are the millions of indigenous people who live in the world's remaining forests. Often overlooked, ignored, marginalized and attacked, they stand at the heart of a global solution on climate change that all of us, whether we live in big cities or remote villages, can benefit from.

Putting A Price on nature

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Selling carbon offsets is an important funding mechanism for progressive organizations such as NCC and provides critical funds to steward existing properties and conduct future conservation activities. It allows companies to demonstrate the importance of climate change mitigation in their corporate missions.

What the TransCanada Pipeline Will Really Cost Us

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Business
Carl Duivenvoorden

Because Alberta oil is landlocked and therefore traditionally sold below world prices, it's been suggested that bringing it east will lower energy prices for us. It's probably more realistic to expect that Alberta crude will get more expensive as soon as a pipeline links it to us, and the world market.

Canada Massively Fails to Meet Copenhagen Targets, Calls it "Progress"

DeSmog Canada | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
DeSmog Canada

Canada's carbon emissions in 2020 will be 20% per cent higher than Harper government's promised reductions under the 2009 Copenhagen Accord. More impo...

The Climate Change Dilemma for Investors

Sangita Iyer | Posted 10.04.2013 | Canada
Sangita Iyer

In this sequel to my previous article, I shed light on some of the recent divestment decisions by European banks, sending a stern message to the fossi...

Can Canada Reduce Greenhouse Gas by 80%?

Mitchell Beer | Posted 04.09.2013 | Canada Business
Mitchell Beer

A new survey of some of the world's leading low-carbon energy research shows that Canada can realistically set course for an 80 per cent reduction in its energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. But 80 per cent will be a particular challenge for Canada.

Canada Not Doing Enough On Pollution, Report Finds

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.13.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The environmental advisory body that Ottawa is killing off has issued a final tally of how well federal and provincial governments are meetin...

Feds Low-Balling Carbon Emissions From Hydro By Factor Of 20?

CP | Posted 03.19.2012 | Canada Politics

A study by an environmental group suggests the federal government may be underestimating greenhouse gas emissions from hydro developments by a factor ...

Lunch With... Leading International Climate Scientist Dr. Ian Burton

Mary Warner | Posted 01.30.2012 | Canada
Mary Warner

Dr. Burton believes that although there are climate skeptics now, they will come around and the necessary change to reduce greenhouse emissions will happen -- likely in something like 50 years. The problem with this scenario is that many irreversible impacts of climate change will have already occurred.

A 56-Million-Year-Old Lesson in Climate Change

David Suzuki | Posted 12.21.2011 | Canada
David Suzuki

The main difference between now and then is that now we are fuelling the current change, whereas 56 million years ago, it was a natural phenomenon -- although scientists are still not entirely sure what caused it.

Governments Need to Come Clean on Tar Sands Oil

Gillian McEachern | Posted 11.23.2011 | Canada
Gillian McEachern

The oil industry is used to getting its way without much fuss, but now thousands of citizens, unions, legislators and celebrities have come together to fight for the energy future they want. It has been inspiring, but it also raises an important question: shouldn't every decision about a new energy project face this type of scrutiny?

Tone Deaf on the Oil Sands

Matt Price | Posted 10.19.2011 | Canada
Matt Price

This campaign pushing dirty fuels wavers between messages. Underneath all those messages, though, is a total refusal to take any responsibility for the fact that burning fossil fuels is actively undermining our life support systems.