The warnings by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that the current pace of emissions is already consuming the entire global carbon budget is a clear indication that market forces on their own are not in a position to provide the kind of transition that will prevent catastrophic climate change. Governments must step up to the plate by working and providing leadership for the common good and public interest. With a new government in Ottawa, Canada is …
OTTAWA – Today’s meeting in Ottawa of Canada’s environment ministers, the first since the Paris Agreement on climate change was agreed in December, 2015 marks the launch of federal/provincial/territorial negotiations on a national framework to tackle climate change. The framework discussions at the two-day Federal/Provincial-Territorial meeting are expected to lead to principles and objectives that will be finalized by Canada’s First Ministers in early March 2016. We call on all governments to make job creation the priority for Canada’s climate …
By Louise Comeau
Executive Director, Climate Action Network Canada
Paris Agreement a milestone but won’t get us to where we need to go until we face our consumer demons
Recovering from the intensity of the two-week United Nations climate negotiations just completed in Paris, France feels like the slow re-entry from a decompression chamber. First, there is the recovery from the shock and awe of international travel. Then there is the withdrawal from checking in on social media and emails …
By Mychaylo Prystupa
At 8:30 a.m. on day one of the UN climate talks in Paris—a day that would soon see Prime Minister Trudeau, President Obama and other world leaders take stage —a freshly caffeinated group of Canadian climate-negotiation watchdogs began their daily morning huddle.
It was the first daily COP21 meeting of Climate Action Network — Réseau Action Climat Canada (or “CAN-RAC”) —a network of 100 Canadian organizations concerned about global warming.
Sitting in the meeting …
By Suzanne Goldenberg, John Vidal, Lenore Taylor, Adam Vaughan and Fiona Harvey
Two decades of talks have come to this: an ambitious agreement to hold states to emissions targets – but already low-lying countries are worried
French foreign minister and president of the talks Laurent Fabius brings down the gavel to mark the adoption of the agreement. Photograph: Francois Mori/AP
Governments have signalled an end to the fossil fuel era, committing for the first time to a universal …