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True recovery means looking to the future, not the past
The global call for a just, green recovery from COVID-19 will require planning for the short and long term. One immediate need is to stop subsidizing the polluting, climate-altering fossil fuel industry.
U.S. Fossil Fuel Sector Has Come Out Far Ahead of Renewables in Pandemic Relief
At least $71.6 billion in federal funds has been allocated to the U.S. fossil fuel industry since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, while $349.5 million has been devoted to renewable energy.
Nature-Friendly Economy Would Deliver $10 Trillion in Opportunities, 395 Million Jobs
A “fundamental transformation” in the direction of a nature-friendly global economy could produce US$10 trillion in annual business opportunities and a mind-boggling 395 million jobs.
Canada supporting fossil fuels at 10 times the G20 average during pandemic
If we’re going to have economic stimulus, it ought to be green. That sentiment has achieved surprising levels of agreement around the world.
We, the people, should demand green strings attached
Prospects for nearly half of the world’s projects to build infrastructure for exporting LNG have faltered amid rising concerns about climate change, public protests and delays due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Lasting Legacy of Phosphorus Buried in Lakes
Research at an experimental lake suggests that phosphorus inputs from runoff may affect the health of aquatic ecosystems long after external additions of the nutrient are reduced.
Trevor Hancock: Governments ignore urgent issues
A major obstacle to achieving a more ecologically sane, socially just and healthy future is that we lack a clear understanding of the scale and significance of the global ecological crisis.
Why scientists intentionally spilled oil into a Canadian lake
Generally, we know much less about how oil spills affect freshwater ecosystems than the ocean and, when it comes to dilbit spills, we know even less.
Post-COVID-19 revival: Along with stimulus package, govt must focus on the low-hanging fruits
While the Indian government has announced a Rs 20 lakh crore stimulus package, preliminary thoughts being voiced are that this may be much smaller than envisaged.
Is India’s first round-the-clock renewable energy contract really what it claims to be?
In May, India claimed to have reached a historic milestone in renewable energy. The government awarded a contract for the supply of 400 megawatts of solar and wind energy.
World in Progress: Arbitration courts - why citizens foot the bill for big investors
When foreign investors sue governments for losses due to policy changes in so-called arbitration courts, countries can end up paying billions.
New Online Tool Tracks Energy Investments During Economic Recovery
G20 governments represent about 80% of the world’s economic input and together have pledged to inject trillions into the global economy to counteract the shocks caused by COVID-19.
For all its green talk, the IEA still gives comfort to oil and gas producers
Under Fatih Birol, the International Energy Agency leads talk of a green recovery, yet dodges hard questions about phasing out dirty energy.
It doesn’t require a ‘social revolution’: pandemic reshaping what’s possible
In a span of fewer than six months, the pandemic has upended, encroached, and transformed just about every facet of life. The months ahead may help set the course for how society adapts.
Canada's long-term economic recovery
Richard Florizone, head of the Task Force for a Resilient Recovery, discusses proposals to transform Canada's economy post-pandemic.
Spending to Build Back Better
The response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has seen unprecedented public spending. As economies reopen, we can expect even higher sums of public money to be spent on rebooting consumption and upgrading public infrastructure.
COVID-19 Aid for Canada’s energy sector weighted towards fossil fuels
Federal energy and environment officials were warned in late April that Canada’s clean-tech sector was in danger as COVID-19 knocked the bottom out of the industry.
Green or Brown? As lockdowns lift, governments face a recovery climate choice
Despite mounting pressure for economic rescue packages to be used to tackle climate change, most of the money spent so far on overcoming the coronavirus pandemic has gone towards propping up business as usual, according to three studies.
Reset your economy: the power of green stimulus packages
Around the world, governments are using stimulus packages to jump-start business growth. Catherine Early explores the potential of ‘green recovery’ investments, designed to reshape as well as rebuild national economies.