$2.6 Trillion Divested From Fossil Fuels Is Paying Off

Carol Linnitt | Posted 09.24.2015 | Canada Business
Carol Linnitt

Investors are realizing that divestment doesn't mean financial losses. Thanks in part to plummeting global oil prices and the booming clean energy economy, divested portfolios have been outperforming those with investments in fossil fuels. Divestment doesn't just mean pulling your investments from fossil fuel holdings -- it also means redirecting investment dollars to alternatives like clean energy, green tech and climate solutions.

It's Time for Canadian Doctors to Divest in Fossil Fuels

Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers | Posted 08.30.2015 | Canada Impact
Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers

In line with the hippocratic oath, we physicians-in-training make a formal request to our colleagues and mentors, we call upon the Canadian Medical Association, MD Financial, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada to divest from fossil fuels.

The Non-Binding International Climate Treaty Process Has Been a Colossal Failure

Andrew Weaver | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Andrew Weaver

From November 30 to December 11, 2015, world leaders will gather in Paris in an attempt once more to negotiate an international treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and hence global warming. Whether or not society chooses to take the necessary steps to mitigate climate change ultimately depends on the extent to which we value the importance of intergenerational equity.

Canadians Want Climate Action. So What Are the Conservatives Waiting For?

Carol Linnitt | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Carol Linnitt

While the majority of Canadians see climate change as a serious threat to the planet, Canada has no climate legislation and, according to Environment Canada, growing emissions from the Alberta oilsands will prevent the country from meeting its emission reduction targets under the Copenhagen Accord.

Canada Will Miss Its Climate Target And We'll All Miss Out

Carol Linnitt | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Carol Linnitt

Environment Canada has been telling us for years that Canada is running off the climate track and -- because of growing emissions largely from the oil and gas sector -- we are getting farther and farther away from meeting our government's self-imposed climate targets. Because of that climate failure, Canada is holding all of us back from prosperity, jobs and better health. That's according to a new study of benefits from international emission pledges made in the lead up to December's UN climate summit. Developed countries around the world -- with the exception of Canada and Japan -- are unveiling their individual climate plans, which were due yesterday.

Canada Keeps Skirting the Oilsands Issue at the COP20 Climate Talks

Carol Linnitt | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Carol Linnitt

Canada's negotiators are working hard to sidestep the issue of the country's growing greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas sector while simultaneously keeping quiet about the oilsands as nations come up with their "intended nationally determined contributions" in the global climate agreement.

Canada Should Start Taking Climate Change Very Seriously

Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada
Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers

The situation in Canada is not different from the rest of the world. The country is already feeling the consequences of climate change: diminishing quality and quantity of water, increasing pollens and other allergens, coastal erosion, road and infrastructure degradation and floods. The health consequences of those climate change impacts are already being strongly felt.

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.

Post-Typhoon Haiyan, Climate Action Is More Important Than Ever

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

Scientists are still trying to understand the connection between specific weather events such as Typhoon Haiyan and climate. Climate change is reshaping our world, and the science is telling us in every way possible that we can expect more extreme weather disaster going forward, unless we do something about this now.

Will Harper Take a Big Climate Change Opportunity?

Kevin Grandia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Kevin Grandia

With talks starting this week in Warsaw Harper and his new environment minister, Leona Aglukaqq, have an opportunity to redeem themselves. It would be good for our international reputation to do so, not to mention my children's children who, as it stands today, face a pretty bleak future

It's Up To Us To Stop The Government From Breaking Our Carbon Budget

Cameron Fenton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Cameron Fenton

It feels like I'm watching some sort of terrible, tragic cosmic joke as the climate talks in Warsaw prepare to open with a bleak prospect for any real action while Haiyan returns to make the point that the world seemed to miss with Bopha last year. The United Nations climate talks have devolved into what feels like a negotiated surrender.

This Holiday, Give the Gift of Climate Justice

Maryam Adrangi | Posted 02.11.2013 | Canada
Maryam Adrangi

If we want to see change from negotiations, we need to see fundamental changes in the way decisions are actually made. Politicians and bureaucrats with connections to oil and gas profiteers are not going to reduce greenhouse gas emissions because it is in their bank accounts' best interest to pollute. This holiday season give the gift of climate justice. Give the gifts of solidarity, resistance, and community power.

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.

Santa Claus, the United Nations Climate Talks and Other Things That Kids Believe in...

Cameron Fenton | Posted 02.06.2012 | Canada Politics
Cameron Fenton

Youth have the power to kick polluters out of the negotiations for our future, and to force leaders to change the game when it comes to climate progress, but we can't do it playing nice. We're trying to change that by taking on our own government.

Our Politicians Not Warming to Climate Change

Andrew Weaver | Posted 12.04.2011 | Canada
Andrew Weaver

It's no wonder that our political leaders are having such a difficult time introducing the policies needed to reduce greenhouse gases. They would not see the climate effects of this policy realized during their political career. In fact, they may not be realized in their entire lifetime.