Talking to your relatives or friends about climate change can be an uncomfortable situation. Everybody has the right to prioritize issues in their own lives, and nobody should feel talked down to by someone who is concerned about the climate apathy many Canadians feel.
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers offered some praise for the Durban agreement on climate change, suggesting it's an improvement over the Kyoto accord which did not include hard targets...
As you read this on Sunday morning, I am most likely stumbling around in my bathrobe, ice pack on head, recovering from the annual holiday party my husband and I throw for colleagues and friends. It's traditional for us to serve a blue cocktail in celebration of Hanukkah. Why we started this, I don't know, because blue drinks are unfailingly disgusting. The key ingredient in a blue drink is Curacao liqueur and this year we mixed the Curacao with vodka and lemonade. For once, the result wasn't too bad. In any case, it doesn't really matter what the cocktail tastes like, I've found. At a party, people will toss back anything if they are having fun. Which makes a somewhat long preamble to the launch of our newest section, HuffPost Canada Style. Style will show you how to look fabulous even while holding a blue drink.
The historical culprits for causing climate change have gotten away with murder in Durban, abandoning their responsibility for this crisis and placing the burden upon the shoulders of the world. But this is not the time to mourn Durban. We must organize and create a just, sustainable future.
Few issues have united delegates at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa. But if you mentioned the name of "Canada," the response would be unanimous -- a collective groan and lament. Canada dug the grave for the Kyoto Protocol so the United States could put a bullet in its body.
Great business leaders who embrace tomorrow's sustainable markets need to move out of their comfort zone. Chief executives with business models in mind that can profit from environmentally bounded markets should focus post-Durban on what to do about their backward-looking peers.
The world doesn't want us to stop pumping oil out of the oil sands anytime soon. But the vast majority of nations also want us to start playing nicer, to start acknowledging the changed reality, to start supporting their citizens' ambitions for a cleaner, more responsible future -- and we're not doing any of that.
Here at COP17 the world's biggest emitters, being led by the United States, are telling the rest of the world that right now is the time to wait. And yet we are standing upon a continent literally being cooked by climate change.
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As we enter Durban's final day, an agreement seems plausible on a second period under the legally-binding Kyoto deal -- without Canada. Other scenarios are equally plausible. Governments that take climate change seriously could choose to defer, or a dramatic final plenary could end in collapse.
Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent’s opening address on Wednesday at the UN climate change conference in Durban, South Africa, in which he affirmed that Canada would not make a second commitment...
Durban must move beyond demands for a drip-fed plan A. It must embrace an ambitious plan B rooted in communities' interests in having jobs, income and food on the table. With this in mind, new financing mechanisms must focus on mobilizing driving international co-operation.
Canada has decided to put polluters ahead of people. It is only nation to weaken its international commitments after the Copenhagen conference; this after it stood alone as the only nation to renounce its commitments under the Kyoto Protocol.