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It's Time For Cross-Border Climate Action Along The Salish Sea

Eoin Madden | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Eoin Madden

So long as all of that good work in the U.S. can be undone by backward Canadian decision-making, we'll never make true progress. That's exactly why it is so critical for Americans, Canadians, First Nations and Tribes to come together to stop fossil fuel exports from the west coast of North America -- particularly through the waters of Puget Sound, the Strait of Georgia and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, collectively known as the Salish Sea.

Dying Birds Are Environmental Canaries in the Coal Mine

David Suzuki | Posted 11.03.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Birds have long been the "canaries in the coal mine" for our destructive ways. Extinction of the passenger pigeon sparked the first large environmental movement in the U.S., and led to restrictions on hunting, as well as federal and international regulations to protect migratory birds. Now, birds face a range of new problems, most caused by humans and many serving as further warnings about our bad habits.

China Makes A Radical Move Towards The Elimination Of Coal

AP | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Business

BEIJING (AP) — China's smog-plagued capital has announced plans to ban the use of coal by the end of 2020 as the country fights deadly levels of pol...

New Coal Mine Construction Is a Giant Step Back For Australia

David Fogarty | Posted 09.28.2014 | Canada
David Fogarty

For Australia, coal remains king. The nation, one of the world's top coal exporters, approved construction of the country's largest coal mine Monday. Environmentalists say the decision is a major setback for efforts to fight climate change and further tarnishes the government's global image.

Obama Cools the Planet, But Puts Heat on Ottawa

Joe Gunn | Posted 08.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Joe Gunn

Canada, which has pulled out of the Kyoto Accord and has refused in 2013 to ante up the $400-million contribution to the UN's Green Fund (which we had provided to underdeveloped countries in each of the previous three years) appears to be increasingly offside with the global effort.

Australia Opts for Climate "Bribery" to Cut Emissions

David Fogarty | Posted 06.29.2014 | Canada
David Fogarty

In Australia, fighting climate change is set to take a new direction. Bribery. Just as parents might bribe a child with a sweet to eat their greens o...

Fighting Climate Change is Now Less Gloomy, More Optimistic... Even Fun!

David Fogarty | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada
David Fogarty

Depending on where you are, it's been getting hotter, colder, drier, wetter, stormier. Indeed, the changes, particularly the intensity of heatwaves and droughts, have been occurring faster than many scientists predicted. And that's made it a bit easier to feel there is something real about climate change.

Let's Get Down To The Business Of B.C. Energy

Andrew Weaver | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Andrew Weaver

It's time to get politics out of environmental policy and serious environmental policy into politics. After all, the environment really doesn't care which political party you belong to.

More Grief for the Reef as Australia Backs Huge Coal Port

David Fogarty | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada
David Fogarty

An Australian government authority approved on Friday the dumping of three-million cubic metres of dredging spoil within the Great Barrier Reef marine...

Why Phasing Out Coal in Alberta Isn't As Hard As They Say

David Dodge | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada
David Dodge

Ontario had exactly the same amount of absolute megawatts derived from coal as we do now and their last plant closes this year. It's a tiny little plant. It's in Thunder Bay which only has 300 megawatts and it's the last one to close and they'll have no more coal-fired power in that province.

NEB Predicts Rosy Future for Canadian Energy

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada Business
Kenneth P. Green

The National Energy Board (NEB), Canada's chief energy regulator, has come out with a new report projecting energy development in Canada out to 2035. The potential for growth (and economic benefits to Canadians) is massive, but the NEB shares our concerns that the potential for bottlenecks and infrastructure short-falls imperil this projected growth.

Ontario's a Climate Change Leader

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Impact
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

With coal often as the elephant in the room at the international climate talks, the Canadian province of Ontario has a good news story that shows important leadership in tackling climate change. Ontario is about to become the first jurisdiction in North America to move to zero coal.

Some Places on Earth Should Remain Untouched

David Suzuki | Posted 11.19.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

Areas of Earth that have remained relatively free of industrial development have taken on a special significance. In Canada, they include awe-inspiring landscapes like the Sacred Headwaters in northwestern B.C. But the Sacred Headwaters is not protected under law. It remains at risk from a multitude of proposed mines, railways, transmission lines and other projects that will eviscerate the landscape if approved.

Could Pipelines Have Prevented Quebec's Tragedy?

Robert Waite | Posted 09.06.2013 | Canada
Robert Waite

This weekend's tragic rail disaster in Lac Megantic, Quebec should serve as a reminder that there is no completely safe method of transporting oil, gas and other volatile substances. There are just magnitudes of risk. Canada and, especially, the U.S., need to curb carbon emissions and step away from their addiction to fossil fuels. But will blocking new pipelines in the U.S. or across Canada lead to a faster end to this addiction? Or will it simply lead to the substitution of rail transport -- by most measures relatively safe, but statistically not as safe as pipelines? These are valid questions on both sides of the border and ones brought into sharp focus by Lac Megantic.

One Way to Create Peace in the Middle East

Karin Kloosterman | Posted 08.28.2013 | Canada Impact
Karin Kloosterman

I don't know anything about bulls, and bears, candlesticks or hanging men, but as a resident of the Middle East I can testify that green technologies make nations and communities proud to be part of them. Green technologies make places better. Solar projects change people too: they bring jobs, and sweep away pollution. They give security to people without energy security.

How Bad Is Coal, Really?

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Residents of British Columbia's Lower Mainland have been raising questions about the impact of coal trains on human health, just as the pr...

Why Oil Sands Activists Argue The Wrong Points

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 07.01.2013 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

Quebec's recent Earth Day 2013 celebrations saw a lot of misguided ideas being bandied about by environmental activists who are determined to radically shrink Canada's energy production and consumption based upon a single value: preventing climate change.

Wind Power Opponents May Be Blowing Hot Air

David Suzuki | Posted 06.17.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

Opposition to windmills often centres on health effects, but what is it about wind power that causes people to feel ill? According to recent research, it may not be the infrasound from wind-energy installations but, oddly enough, the warnings from opponents.

Thousands Will Die Early From This, Study Finds

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.26.2013 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - A study says coal-fired power generation is likely to cause thousands of early deaths in Alberta and cost the province hundreds of millions...

Is B.C. Actually Alberta With A Better PR Campaign?

Raphael Lopoukhine | Posted 05.15.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Raphael Lopoukhine

As the British Columbia government rides the wave of opposition to the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline, the province gets to burnish its green credentials, but is B.C. actually Alberta with a better public relations campaign?

Baird Fires Back At U.S., Says Canada Cleaner On Coal

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.20.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada can teach the United States some lessons on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Sunday in a bl...

Sacred Headwaters Is Real Life Promised Land

Summer Rayne Oakes | Posted 03.05.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Summer Rayne Oakes

2013-01-03-ScreenShot20130103at5.06.45PM.pngIt is hard to express the beauty of this great expanse of wilderness. Situated in some of the most magnificent mountains and valleys on the alpine-arctic border, the Sacred Headwaters has truly earned its name.

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.

Our Home and Troubled Land

Cameron Fenton | Posted 11.18.2012 | Canada
Cameron Fenton

This fall, hundreds of youth will come together in Ottawa for a weekend of education, training, networking and more to empower our generation to build the movement we need for a just and sustainable future. Called PowerShift, this is both a gathering but also a call for what Canada desperately needs. We need to shift the way we power our society and give people the power to build the future they want. Don't believe me? Here are 10 reasons Canada is in desperate need of a PowerShift.

The Latest Proof of Global Warming? Adios Summer Sea Ice

Andrew Weaver | Posted 11.08.2012 | Canada Politics
Andrew Weaver

During this past week Arctic sea ice retreated to all-time lows, shattering the previous record set in 2007 by an area roughly the size of (ironically) Alberta. This past week, the much-anticipated new and improved federal regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired electricity plants leaked out. To no one's surprise, they are significantly weakened from what we had been told to expect.