Canada Climate

B.C. Shellfish Die-Off Illustrates A Future We Must Avoid

DeSmog Canada | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

By continuing to promote the extraction and export of coal, tar sands, and fracked gas instead of sustainable sectors in B.C., our government is making a political choice to prioritize short-term profits over renewable industries. Let's work together to develop a smart and creative strategy to transition away from fossil fuels and toward a low carbon economy

Is Canada Really An 'Energy Superpower'?

Carol Linnitt | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada
Carol Linnitt

Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver attended the East Coast Energy Conference last week, where he said: "Canada is emerging as a 21st century energy...

Top 15 Climate-Inspired Pick-Up Lines Just in Time for Valentine's Day

Mike Hudema | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Impact
Mike Hudema

Yesterday the creative folks at the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition launched a very innovative twitter campaign to help raise funds for Power Shift - a youth led convergence on climate change. Check out some of the #climatepickuplines hilarity.

'10 Reasons Neil Young Is Right About The Tar Sands'

Mike Hudema | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

To say that rock legend Neil Young has been making waves on his ACFN 'Honour the Treaties' tour would be an understatement. His comments about the horrors of the tar sands have made front-page headlines, set social media ablaze, and have brought out more than a few attacks mostly from stalwarts of the oil industry.

We Shovel it, We Play in it, But What Do We Know About Snow?

David Suzuki | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

We Canadians have a special relationship with snow and ice. We ski in it, skate on it, play in it, shovel it, drive through it, sometimes even bicycle through it and suffer through it for many months of the year -- some of us more than others, depending on what part of the country we call home. But how much do we know about it?

Canada, Do What Our Leaders Have Failed to Do: Defend Our Climate

Tzeporah Berman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Tzeporah Berman

There are moments in history when it becomes clear that our leaders are failing us. They are the moments when people from all walks of life need to dust off those placards, stand up and speak out. This is one of those moments. Canada is failing as a country to curb climate pollution. Under the Harper Conservatives, our country's climate performance has become the worst in the Western world. We cannot sit by and let them put our coast and our country at risk. On November 16, communities from across Canada will stand up to remind our elected officials that they work for us and not just the oil patch.

What Oil-By-Rail Could Do to the Keystone XL Decision

Carol Linnitt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Carol Linnitt

Could rail realistically provide an alternative to the Keystone XL, aiding in the expansion of Canada's highly-polluting tar sands? The Keystone XL will undoubtedly support tar sands production, promote continued tar sands investment, and contribute to Canada's already-significant greenhouse gas output.

Canada in the Era of Unburnable Carbon

DeSmog Canada | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

Investments in the oil, gas and coal industry are starting to lose their value and will become a liability based on a major UN report released Monday. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) 2,000+page report confirms that Canada must keep more than 75 per cent of its fossil fuel reserves in the ground.

Canada Must Step Up and Rise to the World's Climate Challenge

David R. Miller | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada
David R. Miller

Friday, 800 scientists from around the world stood up and told us that humans are the driving force behind dangerous climate change and that the impacts will be pervasive and severe. They did it in the form of the most robust and authoritative report on climate change to date, released this morning in Sweden. As Josh Laughren, WWF's director of climate and energy, wrote yesterday -- this is a message that all of us need to take seriously. The threat is clear, the timing urgent. We have everything it takes to lead. It is in our own best interests, and the world's, to act now.

Why I'm Standing With First Nations to Stop Climate Change

Cameron Fenton | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Impact
Cameron Fenton

We know that a just and sustainable future is about more than clean energy and bike lanes. It means recognizing, acknowledging and working with Indigenous communities to challenge a continuing legacy of colonization and injustice. Stopping climate change may be the means that we come together, but justice is the goal.

Kinder Morgan: Another Enron-Style House of Cards in Waiting

Ben West | Posted 11.13.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Ben West

The Wall Street analyst who labelled Kinder Morgan a "House of Cards" might have had the TV show in mind, but I'm guessing he's also referencing the corporate history involved. You see, Kinder Morgan emerged out of none other than Enron, the infamous energy giant that was tagged as a House of Cards in a book exposing its systemic shenanigans, which among other things tricked its own employees out of their pension funds. Kinder Morgan CEO Richard Kinder is in fact a former Enron executive and almost became its CEO. The Wall Street Journal once called him "the luckiest ex Enron employee" because Jeffrey Skilling, who became the CEO instead of Kinder, is now in the midst of a 24-year prison sentence.

Obama, Dix Talk Climate Action Amid Pipeline Decision

Ben West | Posted 05.06.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Ben West

U.S. President Barack Obama and B.C. NDP Leader Adrian Dix can choose to plot a course. A course towards more dependence on dirty tar sands oil -- a business-as-usual approach -- or, towards a shift in focus with a reduced dependence.

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.

Will We Learn From Last Year's Tragedies in 2013?

Sangita Iyer | Posted 03.03.2013 | Canada
Sangita Iyer

So overall 2012 has indeed been a significant year in relation to our natural and social systems, but the irony is, none of these events seem to have made a dent in the minds of climate skeptics or gun lobbyists, as they continue to cling on to the same archaic paradigms. So what is the deeper problem? What is the systemic issue?

The Human Cost of Climate Change Is Too High

Cameron Fenton | Posted 02.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Cameron Fenton

Developed countries, when they put 30 per cent emissions reductions or less on the table are effectively putting death, displacement and devastation on the table. To call current targets enough, is to effectively announce that on this planet there are acceptable losses in those regions least responsible for causing climate change. People are connecting the dots between extreme weather, droughts and famine, desertification, deforestation, rising sea levels, flooding, wildfires, and a range of devastating impacts the result of a changed climate. They are connecting these dots to a history of the fossil fuel industry and wealthy, developed nations having free reign pollute.

Fossil Foul in Doha: An Open Letter

Cameron Fenton | Posted 01.26.2013 | Canada
Cameron Fenton

As young people, we write today with both grave concern and powerful hope. Unfortunately, our concerns are beginning to outweigh our hope more and more each day. We were raised in a world nearly 1 degree warmer than the pre-industrial average; where disruption of the climate system has become increasingly visible in the few years since we were young children.

A Bad Week to Be a Big Polluter

Cameron Fenton | Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada Impact
Cameron Fenton

As I write this thousands of people are gathered in Victoria, B.C. risking arrest to send a clear message that Canada's west coast is united in opposition to the expansion of tar sands pipelines and tanker traffic. There is no one size-fits-all solution to environmental issues, but that's exactly what PowerShift is all about.

Big Oil Is Gambling Our Future on End Pit Lakes

Cameron Fenton | Posted 12.10.2012 | Canada
Cameron Fenton

Tuesday morning I woke up, opened the paper and saw a full page spread on plans to create massive End Pit Lakes, a process that involved filling the massive, visible from space, open pit mines created by tar sands extraction in Northern Alberta with tailings and water.

Canada 'Very Happy' With Lack Of Firm Commitments At Environmental Summit

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.22.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The huge Rio de Janeiro summit on sustainable development is drawing to a messy close and the end results mean Canada does not have to lift a...

Tar Sands Will Be Quick Sand for the Next Generation

Gillian McEachern | Posted 04.23.2012 | Canada
Gillian McEachern

A federal government concerned about what's being passed along to the next generation would be a leader in global negotiations for a strong, binding agreement to cut carbon pollution, put in place domestic rules to make polluters pay, and focus on building clean energy infrastructure instead of doubling down on tar sands. Instead, it's doing just the opposite.

PHOTOS: Canada's Top Polluting Provinces

CBC | Posted 03.19.2012 | Canada Politics

As Canada begins the process of withdrawing from the Kyoto Protocol this year, and Quebec launches the country's first cap-and-trade system regulating...

NASA Predicts Massive Climate Change Impact For Canada

CBC | Posted 03.13.2012 | Canada

A new NASA study predicts massive ecological changes for Canada's Prairies and boreal regions by the year 2100. Those areas a...