Canada Emissions

The Overlooked Group of Climate Change Fighters

David Fogarty | Posted 08.01.2014 | 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.

New Coal Mine Construction Is a Giant Step Back For Australia

David Fogarty | Posted 07.29.2014 | 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.

GE's CEO Can Rescue the Oil Sands

Diane Francis | Posted 07.13.2014 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

General Electric Co. chairman and chief executive officer Jeff Immelt is just what Canada needs to develop its oil sands -- an American leader with stature in Washington, Wall Street, the oil patch and Silicon Valley.

New Poll: Canadians Think Oilsands Contribute Way More to the Economy Than They Actually Do

Carol Linnitt | Posted 07.04.2014 | Canada Business
Carol Linnitt

According to the poll, conducted by Environics and commissioned by Environmental Defence, 41 per cent of Canadians believe the importance of the oilsands to the economy is six to 24 times higher than it actually is. And a full 57 per cent of Canadians overestimate the value of oilsands to the country's economy.

The Hefty Price We're All Paying For Deforestation in Indonesia

David Fogarty | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada
David Fogarty

To further underscore the risks: Indonesia's forests contain 10 per cent of the world's plants, 12 per cent of the world's mammals, 16 per cent of the world's reptile-amphibians, and 17 per cent of the world's bird species. Massive clearance of forests, particularly primary forests, leads to extinctions, floods, reduced river flows, as well as huge fires.

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...

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

DeSmog Canada | Posted 05.25.2014 | 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 05.18.2014 | 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...

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...

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...

FAIL

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The latest internal government report confirms Canada is not close to being on track to meet its promised target for emissions cuts by the ye...

Alberta Emissions Are Huge Compared To Other Provinces

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 04.22.2013 | Canada Alberta

Canada's greenhouse gas emissions continue to level off or decline in most sectors - with the exception of the Alberta oilsands. An annual inventor...

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.

Tories Introduce New U.S.-Influenced Climate Plan

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.27.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - On the eve of global climate talks that will put Canada's contentious policies under the microscope, Ottawa has introduced its next set of ru...

Feds Lower Bar For Coal-Fired Power

CP | Jeff Davis, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.04.2012 | Canada Politics

SASKATOON - Coal-fired power plants got more regulatory breathing room than expected to release greenhouse gases Wednesday, something federal Environm...

Seema Dhawan

Pedal To The Medal

HuffingtonPost.com | Seema Dhawan | Posted 08.16.2012 | Canada Alberta

As the appetite for cleaner energy continues to grow on the part of oilsands crude consumers, Alberta’s massive emissions footprint is only getting ...

We're Halfway There

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.08.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Confronted by a looming 2020 deadline for curbing greenhouse gas emissions, the Harper government will ramp up its efforts to reduce climate ...

We're Nearly Half Way There

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.25.2012 | Canada Impact

OTTAWA - The federal government is set to announce that it is almost half way to meeting its emissions-reductions target — a significant leap in pro...

Tories Claim Economy Growing Without New Pollution

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.11.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government is pointing to a new greenhouse-gas report as a sign that the economy's rebound from recession did not come at th...

The Truth About the EU's Position on the Tar Sands

Hannah McKinnon | Posted 04.25.2012 | Canada
Hannah McKinnon

We are facing a climate crisis, and we have a moral responsibility to take action by finding ways to move away from coal, oil, and gas, and towards a clean, safe, and renewable energy future. The European Union is trying to do just that, and the Canadian government should redirect its efforts towards cleaning up its own act, rather than trying to prevent Europe from doing the right thing.

Why You Should Care About the Oil Sands

Clare Demerse | Posted 10.10.2011 | Canada
Clare Demerse

Sometimes I'm asked to justify why we put so much emphasis on one relatively small piece of Canada's emissions puzzle. For starters, if "business as usual" proceeds, emissions from the oil sands will triple from 2005 to 2020.