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Coree Tull and Dave Zehnder: Time to invest in watershed security
Recent report from International Institute for Sustainable Development shows that natural infrastructure, like forests and wetlands, provides same services at half the cost of built infrastructure.
How piecemeal carbon pricing affects cross-border lending
In June the IMF made the latest of many calls from economists for a market-oriented policy to tackle climate change. “Carbon pricing... is the least-cost option to deliver deep emission cuts,” it argued in a paper written ahead of a meeting of the leaders of the G20 group of large economies. Carbon taxes, as this newspaper has long argued, can be a powerful way to force polluters to pay for the harm they do to the environment by burning fossil fuels.
Aucun parti n’agira à la hauteur que requiert la crise climatique (in French)
Alors que la crise climatique exige une réduction drastique et rapide de nos GES à zéro émission pour 2030 comme l’ont réclamée les étudiants à la marche du 24 septembre dernier, les partis politiques de l’Assemblée nationale sont plus que timorés dans leurs objectifs. Maintien de l’objectif de Charest de -37.5% pour la CAQ, -55% pour QS, -45% pour le PLQ de Anglade et -50% pour le PQ.
Glasgow summit pledge to phase out fossil fuel subsidies faces an uphill battle
Subsidies that make coal, oil and gas cheaper are widely recognized as a roadblock to a transition toward cleaner energy. But they’ve proven hard to get rid of.
Round-The-Clock Renewable Energy Projects with Battery Storage are the Future
Renewable energy supply round-the-clock (RTC) with the help of battery storage overcomes the intermittency associated with solar and wind, which generate energy only when there is enough sunshine and wind.
Critics want Trudeau to dump oil and gas fund
Green Party MPs and environmental groups say a financial relief program for onshore oil and gas companies should be scrapped after a scathing report by Canada’s climate watchdog was released Thursday.
Dialogue and action – Nordic cooperation and view on COP26
The Nordic countries launched several initiatives at the Glasgow climate conference COP26 which will have a real impact on the ground.
The post-covid fossil fuels boom
Don't look now but the world is in a fossil fuels boom. As the economy bounces back from covid-19, the global demand for oil, gas and coal is skyrocketing. Yet didn't international leaders just make new climate pledges that promise to cut out these fossil fuels? How do we make sense of this contradiction? How long will the fossil fuel boom last? And will it send our climate goals out of reach?
B.C. disaster drives home need for flood-resistant infrastructure across Canada, climate experts say
More than two years after a failed dike led to flooding in his small Quebec community, Joel Godmer recalls the surreal sight of his home half-submerged in water.
Private funds will finance energy transition, investors say
The transition to clean energy will primarily be financed by the private sector as a standardised framework of reporting climate credentials for companies across the globe is established, investors and think tanks said.
After B.C. flooding, billion-dollar questions for Canada
The cascading natural disasters in British Columbia have destroyed key pieces of infrastructure that experts say should trigger a nationwide risk assessment to prepare for Canada's rapidly changing climate.
The Current with Matt Galloway
The rain has stopped in British Columbia, but the situation is still dire on the ground — and the extent of the damage is still being calculated. In Princeton, B.C., half the community is underwater, the town is in a state of emergency, and hundreds of homes are being evacuated. We speak with the town’s mayor, Spencer Coyne. We also talk with Darren Swanson, the director of Novel Futures Corporation. He discusses how communities can better prepare for climate change by improving infrastructure.
Glasgow didn’t deliver on 1.5 C, but not all is lost
The agreement to come out of COP26 is leaving many disappointed for not securing a climate-safe future, but some progress was made that advocates say shouldn’t be ignored.
Climate change is increasing global security threats. Canada can help
Climate change isn't just an environmental issue – it's also a national security threat. Canada has offered to create a NATO centre of excellence on climate and security, which the alliance should move on with alacrity.
COP26 in Glasgow may have a record carbon footprint, despite low-flush loos and veggie haggis
The British government promised to host a carbon-neutral climate conference, but even after all the showy sustainability — the reusable coffee cups, the low-flush loos, the paperless draft documents, the locally sourced vegetarian haggis — COP26 may be the highest emitting United Nations environmental summit so far.
Experts call for Improved Protection of African Fisheries
With subsidies of global fisheries back on the World Trade Organization's agenda, experts are calling for African governments to upscale the protection of the sector long plagued by activities that continue to threaten the continent's blue economy.
Why has it been so hard to get fossil fuels mentioned in U.N. climate deals?
The preliminary draft COP26 agreement on how nations will collaborate to curb climate change, released Wednesday, explicitly mentions reducing fossil fuel consumption — unlike previous global climate accords. Whether that language stays in the final document remains to be seen.
Can the North-South Climate Divide be Fixed?
With the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) underway in Glasgow, Scotland, we take a closer look at how climate change is affecting the Global South, what a fair and just transition to renewable energy would entail, and how concerns from the Global South can be heard and addressed.
Condamnés à faire beaucoup mieux (in French)
« Nous sommes le deuxième pays émetteur de gaz à effet de serre au monde. Les États-Unis sont obligés d’être des leaders » pour renverser la situation, a affirmé lundi l’ancien président américain Barack Obama lors d’un discours à la conférence des Nations unies sur les changements climatiques (COP26). Tout le Canada devrait prêter l’oreille : nous sommes condamnés à la même chose.
Counting carbon in the food export business
Climate change is influencing the way consumers demand food. "Food miles" was an early expression of consumer power with farmers and campaigners in Europe and the US in the 2000s, promoting the idea that the distance a product travels from farm to the consumer contributes significantly to the overall carbon footprint of a food product.