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Oil Sands to Raise Emissions, Report Says

Aug 8, 2011
New York Times

The Canadian government has long fought efforts by politicians and environmentalists in other countries, including the United States, to characterize oil sands production as “dirty oil.” But an analysis quietly released late last month by its environmental agency indicates that the tar-like deposits will become an increasingly significant source of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade.

“Canada’s Emissions Trends,” a peer-reviewed report by the agency, Environment Canada, forecasts that greenhouse gas emissions from the oil sands will triple to 92 million metric tons, or 101 million short tons, by 2020 from a base level of 30 million metric tons, or 33 million short tons, in 2005. more

Canada 'too small' to develop Northwest Passage shipping, diplomat says

Aug 8, 2011
Postmedia News

Canada will lose out to Russia's Arctic shipping routes because it is too small to finance the infrastructure, France's ambassador for the polar regions said Monday.


Melting polar ice will make Canada's Northwest Passage more accessible in the next decades, but Canada does not seem interested in exploiting it for shipping, said Michel Rocard, who recently returned from a tour of the Arctic aboard the Canadian icebreaker Amundsen. more 

Debt is the new carbon

Aug 9, 2011
Globe and Mail

Our collective attention spans are short. Public enemies are forgotten or ignored, and we move on to our next societal nemesis. In the 1980s, it was the war on drugs and communism. In the 1990s, it was AIDS and holes in the ozone. In the 2000s, it was terrorism. Most recently, it was global warming. But now we have a new enemy: government debt.

 Environmentalists won’t be happy with this because nothing has really been achieved on the climate-change front, at least not in North America. A few U.S. states have some sensible policies in place, as do a couple of provinces. But Washington’s attention has turned to other priorities, and the environment isn’t one of them. It’s not to say climate change should fall off the agenda. But it will. more 

Montreal STM won't decide on air conditioning yet

Aug 9, 2011
Montreal Gazette

MONTREAL— The humidex will be hovering around 30 this week and city buses will start to fill now that the construction holiday has ended.


But sweltering Montreal commuters will have to wait until the end of this year to know whether the Société de transport de Montréal will even think about giving the green light to air conditioning on its buses. more 

Tar sands pipeline backers resort to fake Twitter accounts to show grassroots support

Rainforest Action Network

The office of a former Nebraska Senator working for the American Petroleum Institute appears to have set up more than a dozen fake Twitter accounts to promote the KeystoneXL tar sands pipeline. more 

700 Environment Canada jobs on the chopping block

Aug 3, 2011
The Star

OTTAWA—Meteorologists, scientists, chemists and engineers are among more than 700 Environment Canada employees on the chopping block as the department launches sweeping cuts to cope with federal belt-tightening. The shakeup could be a taste of further cuts in other departments to come as the Conservative government reins in spending to eliminate a $32 billion deficit. The cuts represent 11 per cent of the workforce at Environment Canada, calling into question the department’s ability to carry on its mandate, said Bill Pynn, national president of the Union of Environment Workers, which represents 476 of the affected workers. more 

Canadian government accused of 'unprecedented' tar sands lobbying

Aug 4, 2011
The Guardian

The Canadian government has been accused of an "unprecedented" lobbying effort involving 110 meetings in less than two years in Britain and Europe in a bid to derail new fuel legislation that could hit exports from its tar sands.

The allegation comes from Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE), which claims Ottawa ministers have attempted to mislead European decision-makers by underplaying the carbon-heavy nature of their crude in assessing new petrol standards. more 

McGuinty Energizes Ontario campaign with promise of green jobs

Aug 3, 2011
Globe and Mail

Ontario’s governing Liberals are ratcheting up their campaign for the fall election, making the creation of jobs in the green energy sector the cornerstone of their bid for a third consecutive term.

A multibillion-dollar deal with South Korean industrial giant Samsung Group is at the centre of the Liberals’ ambitious goal to transform the province into a green energy powerhouse. But the same deal the Liberals are presenting to voters as evidence of their ability to create jobs is being attacked by their opponents for secrecy and “sweetheart” terms. The Progressive Conservatives have vowed to kill it if elected. more 

Report questions value of federal clean energy incentives

July 28, 2011
Postmedia News

An internal federal report is raising questions about the value of some recent government spending on clean energy initiatives, including hundreds of millions of dollars in research funding for the fossil fuel industry that has produced few tangible results in terms of a reduction in emissions.

The analysis, released to Postmedia News through access to information legislation, said that regulations, standards and other similar policy tools are the most cost-effective options for cracking down on industrial pollution. On the other hand, it said that a wide range of "incentive-based initiatives" was stimulating the economy and creating jobs, but was more expensive and less effective at reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. more 

Harnessing the ocean's power

July 29, 2011
The Star

The waves in the world’s oceans contain enough energy to supply two-thirds of the world’s needs, says a paper by two Ryerson University researchers. And that doesn’t count the energy produced by ocean tides and currents, by the chemistry of ocean water or by the heat stored in its depths. As the country with the world’s longest coastline, ocean energy should be a natural for Canada. It hasn’t necessarily been the case, though.

“Most people overlook the potential from bodies of water to capture renewable energy,” says mechanical engineering professor Alan Fung, who co-authored the paper with Farshid Zabihian. more 

Does the 'ethical oil' campaign effectively promote the oil sands?

July 30, 2011

The campaign is seeking to clean up the image of Canada's oilsands by comparing the project with crude production from less ethical regions of the world. In the story, Federal NDP environment critic Megan Leslie said debating whether Canada's oil is relatively more ethical misses the point. Canada should be working to move beyond fossil fuels toward renewable sources of energy, she said. more 

Spending fails to cut greenhouse gases

August 1, 2011
Vancouver Sun

An internal federal report is raising questions about the value of some recent government spending on clean energy initiatives, including hundreds of millions of dollars in research funding for the fossil fuel industry that has produced few reductions in emissions.


The analysis, released to Postmedia News through accessto-information legislation, said regulations, standards and other similar policy tools are the most cost-effective options for cracking down on industrial pollution. more 

British Columbia's carbon tax woos sceptics

July 21, 2011
The Economist



VANCOUVER: DURING Canada’s 2008 federal election campaign Stephen Harper, the Conservative prime minister, warned that an opposition promise to introduce a carbon tax would “screw everybody”. Partly for that reason, Mr Harper is still the prime minister. But in the same year, the provincial government in British Columbia introduced a carbon tax of its own. Despite the levy, its economy is doing well. What is more, the tax is popular: it is backed by 54%, says a survey in the province by Environics, a pollster. Gordon Campbell, the Liberal premier who introduced the tax, won a provincial election the next year. more

Hudak promise dims business, says solar developer

July 25, 2011
The Star



Renewable energy projects are being shelved as a result of the pledge by Ontario’s Conservative leader Tim Hudak to chop green energy programs, says a solar energy developer.


Leonard Allen, president of Sclera Sustainable Energies, says projects started disappearing after Hudak said he’ll end the “unsustainable” feed-in tariff program, or FIT. more. 

Green Energy Act to stay, but public to be more involved public to be more involved, if NDP elected

July 23, 2011
Shoreline Beacon


An NDP provincial government would not mean the end of The Green Energy Act (GEA) and industrial wind turbines, but provincial leader Andrea Horwath says if her party forms the next Ontario government, communities will have a lot more input than they currently do under the Liberals. 

 An NDP government, Horwath said, would remove control from the private sector when it comes to large turbine development. She envisions a much larger role for Ontario Power Generation (OPG) as the GEA evolves. more. 


More Edmontonians choosing city transit

July 26, 2011
Edmonton Sun


A spike in Edmonton Transit ridership from 2009 to 2010 was mainly due to the first residential LRT station, Century Park, transit officials say.

A report released by the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) found a jump in transit use across the country. more.  







Horn of Africa drought due to climate change and other causes

July 26, 2011


The current food crisis in the Horn of Africa is a humanitarian emergency, but it has a distinctly geopolitical dimension, say experts who follow the region.


Although the immediate problem facing the 11 million people aid agencies say need help is a shortage of food, the causes of the crisis take in a broader spectrum of problems affecting the region, including climate change, agricultural policy, military conflicts and the effects of global markets on local economies more. 

2011 shaping up to be the year of the forest fire

July 26, 2011
Globe and Mail 

With hundreds of fires scorching northern Ontario, and Alberta and Northwest Territories battling bigger blazes than usual, this is potentially shaping up as one of the nation’s most destructive wildfire years.

 Forest fires have already left an indelible imprint in 2011. Flames razed or heavily damaged nearly 500 homes and businesses in the northern Alberta town of Slave Lake in May, while the threat of destruction has forced more than 3,000 people from their isolated northwestern Ontario communities. more. 

U.N. Security Council to take up Climate Change

July 6, 2011
Scientific American

UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. Security Council will debate climate change for the second time in four years, its current chair announced yesterday.

The July 20 discussion, led by the German government, will be a repeat of a 2007 attempt by the United Kingdom to put climate change on the council's agenda. That earlier move garnered sharp criticism from many developing country leaders, who accused the 15-member panel of attempting to strip power from other U.N. groups. more. 


Exxon has yet to craft Montant pipeline fix plan

July 5, 2011
Scientific American

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp does not have a definite repair plan yet for the ruptured Montana crude oil pipeline that it shut over the weekend, and company and government officials are still trying to determine the cause of the spill, a top executive said on Tuesday. more. 


Star power pushing back against Keystone pipeline

June 27, 2011
The Telegram

Washington - A group of prominent North American environmentalists and progressives - including Danny Glover and David Suzuki - are urging opponents of TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL pipeline to get arrested this summer in protests at the White House against the project. more


U.S. legislation presses Obama on Keystone XL pipeline decision

June 23, 2011
Postmedia News

WASHINGTON — A U.S. congressional panel on Thursday passed legislation that would force President Barack Obama to speed up a decision on whether to approve Calgary-based TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL oilsands pipeline.

The House Energy and Commerce committee, in a 33 to 13 vote, advanced a bill that requires a decision on the 2,700 kilometre pipeline bill by Nov. 1. more. 


Capital Power seals wind project deal

June 21, 2011
Calgary Herald

A $33-million deal for a wind farm project in Alberta with contracts in California highlights the importance of green energy credits in a carbon-sensitive North American market, said observers.

On Monday, Edmonton's Capital Power announced it bought out the Halkirk I wind project, a 50-50 joint venture the former city utility entered with privately owned Greengate Power Corp. last December. more. 


Province wise to take role in developing carbon-capture technology

June 21, 2011
Edmonton Journal

Opposition parties in Alberta unanimously oppose the government's $2-billion carbon capture and storage (CCS) plan, but we think Albertans need to separate the politics from the reality of living in an oil-producing province such as Alberta.

The reality we face as a society is that the future will be "carbon constrained." That means, whether through taxation or international cap-and-trade schemes, CO2 emitters will be responsible for the cost of those emissions. more. 


‘Pretty bleak situation’: Mass extinctions in oceans predicted

June 21, 2011
The Star

WASHINGTON — The health of the world’s oceans is declining much faster than originally thought — under siege from pollution, overfishing and other man-made problems all at once — scientists say in a new report.

The mix of interacting ingredients is in place for a mass extinction in the world’s oceans, said a report by a top panel of scientists that will be presented to the United Nations on Tuesday. more.



China's CO2 stats soaring; Emissions up 10.4% in 2010

June 8, 2011
Edmonton Journal

China's carbon dioxide emissions rose 10.4 per cent in 2010 compared with the previous year, as global emissions rose at their fastest rate for more than four decades, data released by BP on Wednesday showed. more. 


Triple price of gas to save planet, climate expert argues

June 8, 2011
Post Media News

VANCOUVER - Canadians may abhor the rising price of gasoline, but Thomas Stocker suggests the planet might be better off if it soared to "three to four" times its current level. more. 


Canada's UN climate inventory data clashes with new Environment Canada report

June 8, 2011
Post Media News

OTTAWA — The federal government has told the international community that its policies to reduce heat-trapping pollution linked to global warming are up to 10 times more effective than what it told Parliament at the beginning of the month.

The mixed messages were sent less than a few weeks apart in separate reports required by Environment Canada under Canadian and international law. more. 


North America's largest forest carbon project launches, sells $4-million in credits

June 8, 2011
The Globe and Mail

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is receiving more than $4-million in what it says is the largest forest carbon project to date in North America and the first deal of its kind in Canada.

The land conservancy organization announced in Vancouver Wednesday that it has sold carbon credits that are the equivalent of 700,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. more. 


Federal policy on emissions has little effect

June 7th, 2011
The Toronto Star

While most of the political world tuned in to the throne speech on Friday, the federal government quietly tabled a report showing that Ottawa's emissions-cutting efforts have barely made a dent to date. The report is a required annual accounting of what Ottawa's rules and regulations have done to bring down the amount of greenhouse gases produced in Canada. more


'Bad news' on global warming before key talks; UN climate chief urges negotiators in Bonn to heed carbon emissions data

June 7th, 2011
Montreal Gazette


The UN's climate chief urged negotiators gathering on Monday for new talks to heed a double dose of "bad news" that global warming could bust a threshold widely considered safe. Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), urged nations at the 12-day talks in Bonn to uphold their pledge to peg warming to 2C. more.


Natural disasters displaced 42 million last year

June 7th, 2011
The Associated Press

About 42 million people were forced to flee their homes because of natural disasters around the world in 2010, more than double the number during the previous year, experts said. One reason for the increase in the figure could be climate change, and the international community should be doing more to contain it, the experts said. more


Do more to protect forests or pay a heavy cost: study

June 6th, 2011
Postmedia News

Federal and provincial governments must do more to protect the forests and natural ecosystems that are providing hundreds of billions of dollars in free public services, including flood prevention and water filtration, says a new study released Monday. more.


Hot enough for you? Preparing for Canada's 100-year heat wave

June 3, 2011
The Globe and Mail

The long-range forecast for Canadian cities is hot. And we’re talking for the next 100 years or so. As summer weather finally arrives, municipal governments across the country are preparing for the long-term impact of climate change, adapting everything from the trees they plant to how their emergency services personnel are trained in preparation for the gradual increase in temperature and wildly fluctuating weather patterns expected in decades to come. more.


Forget the sex, new revolution calls for 'sustainability'

June 2, 2011
Postmedia News

MONTREAL — The cultural revolution a generation ago in the 1960s was all about sex. Now, the latest research shows, it's all about sustainability.

Not as titillating a revolution, perhaps, but the outcome is sure important — young adults participating in the new research equate the threat of global warming with the threat their grandparents felt with the onset of the Second World War. more.


British authorities see link between fracking and quakes

June 2, 2011
Globe and Mail

The British Geological Survey is investigating to determine any connection between the two temblors and fracking at a shale gas project near Blackpool. Cuadrilla Resources, the company involved, said today it had temporarily stopped drilling in the area while authorities investigate. more.


U.S. lawmakers want Keystone pipe risks re-examined

June 2, 2011
The Edmonton Journal

WASHINGTON — U.S. lawmakers want the State Department to delay its decision-making process on whether to approve a $7 billion pipeline that would deliver crude from Canada's oil sands to Texas until a number of environmental risks are addressed. more.


Climate change to ravage arctic ice roads

June 1, 2011
CBC News

Winter roads that provide an important link to Arctic communities and mines will become increasingly inaccessible as the climate warms over the next 40 years, scientists predict. more.


Canadian Environment Week pays tribute to our forests

June 1, 2011
Postmedia News

 The call is out to strap on your roller blades, take a bus, carpool with colleagues, clean up a beach or take a hike in a national park starting June 5 to help celebrate Canadian Environment Week. more.


May urges Harper to be more like Mulroney on environment and in treatment of opposition parties

May 31st, 2011
Postmedia News

After working on the inside of a former Progressive Conservative majority government, Elizabeth May has returned to Parliament as a member of the opposition and the first national representative of the Green party to be elected on the continent. more.

Oxfam report warns of "broken" food supply system and global hunger crisis

June 1st, 2011
All Headline News

Aid agency Oxfam in its new report, Growing a Better Future, says the global food system is “ broken” and warns that we have entered “a new age of crisis where depletion of the earth's natural resources and increasingly severe climate change impacts will create millions more hungry people.” more

 Worst ever carbon emissions leave climate on the brink

May 29th, 2011
The Guardian

Greenhouse gas emissions increased by a record amount last year, to the highest carbon output in history, putting hopes of holding global warming to safe levels all but out of reach, according to unpublished estimates from the International Energy Agency.

The shock rise means the goal of preventing a temperature rise of more than 2 degrees Celsius – which scientists say is the threshold for potentially "dangerous climate change" – is likely to be just "a nice Utopia", according to Fatih Birol, chief economist of the IEA. It also shows the most serious global recession for 80 years has had only a minimal effect on emissions, contrary to some predictions. more.


Feds considered hiring PR firm to polish image of oilsands

May 30, 2011
Postmedia News

The federal government has explored
hiring a professional public relations firm and
organizing trips for international leaders to promote
Canada's oilsands industry, while fighting back
against foreign climate change policies requiring it to
reduce its pollution, a newly released federal
document has reveale

The federal government has explored hiring a professional public relations firm and organizing trips for international leaders to promote Canada's oilsands industry, while fighting back against foreign climate change policies requiring it to reduce its pollution, a newly released federal document has revealed. more.


Future Watch: Audi Launches e-Gas Initiative

May 27, 2011
Edmonton Journal

Audi believes the electrification of the automobile is the right route, but only as long as the power needed to recharge the main battery or create the hydrogen that will feed the fuel cell comes from a sustainable, renewable resource. more


Gas Tax Honesty Day Celebrated by Advocacy Group

May 26, 2011

Edmonton Sun

The Alberta branch of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation marked the 13th Annual Gas Tax Honesty day in Edmonton on Thursday by calling for an end to “tax-on-tax.” more


Pedal Power Takes Kelowna Farmer's Crops to Market

May 26, 2011
Globe and Mail

KELOWNA At 5:30 a.m. on market day, Kelowna, B.C. farmer Curtis Stone is busy loading two custom-made trailers with 10 bins of salad greens and radishes. He adds two small totes, three folding tables and a canopy tent packed into a duffle bag. more


Germany to Subsidize Electric Vehicles

May 27, 2011
National Post

BERLIN - Germany's Cabinet has agreed on plans to boost the country's electric auto sector with billions of euros in subsidies, aiming to have one million of the cars on the road by 2020. more


Welcome to the Anthropocene

May 26, 2011
The Economist

Humans have changed the way the world works. Now they have to change the way they think about it, too. more


Scientists link some severe weather to climate change

May 26, 2011
McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON The deadliest tornadoes in decades. Severe flooding on the Mississippi River. What's up with the weather?

Some scientists say there are connections between some of the severe weather events of the past month and global warming. more.


Outgoing A-G warns of hard choices; Fiscal pressures

May 26, 2011
National Post

OTTAWA . Auditor-General Sheila Fraser says a stark choice lies ahead for Ottawa: Raise taxes or cut back on government programs.

In her final public address as auditor-general, she warned the federal government that Canadians need to be told much more about the looming costs of the aging population, climate change and this country's deteriorating infrastructure. more.


Central China drought worst in five decades

May 26, 2011
Edmonton Journal

Central China's worst drought in more than 50 years is drying reservoirs, stalling rice planting, and threatens crippling power shortages as hydroelectric output slows, state media said Wednesday.

Rainfall levels from January to April in the drainage basin of the Yangtze, China's longest and most economically important river, have been 40 per cent lower than average levels of the past 50 years, the China Daily said. more.


Province's draft plan for Lower Athabasca falls short

May 26, 2011
Edmonton Journal

Over the last six weeks, Albertans have had a rare opportunity to shape the environmental management of the oilsands by commenting on the provincial government's draft plan for the Lower Athabasca region.

The plan is an important first step, as Albertans have consistently demanded improvements in oilsands environmental management. But as that window of opportunity closes, the question is whether the province will take the public's input into account by making much-needed improvements to the draft plan before it goes to cabinet next month. more.


High and rising price for carbon pollution emerges as credible deficit reduction strategy

May 25, 2011
Climate Progress

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation funded six groups from across the political spectrum to put forward plans addressing our nation’s fiscal challenges.  All the plans are here.   The Center for American Progress plan, “Budgeting for Growth and Prosperity” brings the deficit below 2% of GDP within 6 years and fully balances by 2030.

The CAP budget does so while boosting clean energy research and deployment funding roughly $10 billion a year — and instituting a high and rising CO2 price.  The plan achieves the CO2 reduction targets from the 2009 House climate and clean energy jobs bill (Waxman-Markey). more.


 Norway to donate billions for clean energy

May 25, 2011
Montreal Gazette 

Norway wants to channel billions of dollars to renewable energies in developing nations, building on a scheme to protect tropical forests to which Oslo has been the biggest donor, officials said. more.


Upcoming oilsands brawl could forever change Alberta

May 24, 2011
The Calgary Herald

With the federal election over and Prime Minister Stephen Harper's majority entrenched, a monumental battle is looming over the oilsands.  The provincial PCs have known for at least two years, of course, that the feds would come after Canada's most valuable resource.more. 


   Scientists around the world working on artificial leaves to produce fueld for homes, cars  

May 24, 2011
The New York Times

ONLY God can make a tree, the poem says. But scientists are working on making artificial leaves that can produce fuels directly from sunlight, water and carbon dioxide, just as real leaves do. One day, the new leaves could help people heat their homes and drive their cars.more. 


A Fiery Environmental Apocalypse 

May 24, 2011
The Toronto Star 

Graham Thompson, writing in the Edmonton Journal, observes that climate scientists are beginning to discern an emergin pattern between human-engendered climate change and the increasing frequency and scope of forest fires in Canada and around the world. more.


 Harper Conservatives 'hypocrites' on oilsands: Alberta

May 23, 2011
The Vancouver Sun

CALGARY — As Ottawa prepares to regulate Alberta’s oilsands, the Stelmach government says it’s “very concerned” about federal intervention and is accusing the Harper Conservatives of being hypocrites when it comes to the lucrative resource. more.


 The Vatican urges people to take climate change seriously

May 22,2011

For many Tea Party leaders and their representatives in Congress, it is an "article of faith" that the Earth was given to humans by God for their exploitation and dominion. Many have used this distorted theology to support destructive mining and drilling projects, and to pass legislation attempting to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its ability to regulate planet-warming carbon pollution. Conservative members of Congress would rather the federal government subsidize oil companies than invest in clean energy technology. more.


Where iconic beasts roam

May 21,2011
Montreal Gazette

Quebec City – Joëlle Taillon says two-day-old caribou can outrun adult humans. She knows because she’s tried – and failed – to chase them down in Nunavik.

“They can really go,” said the biologist, who has studied the calves as part of the groundbreaking research she is conducting for her doctoral thesis at Université Laval here. “They are very impressive.”

Her findings, however, have her worried that the tens of thousands of caribou that are born in the first two weeks of June every year in northern Quebec won’t be able to outrun the threats posed by human encroachment on their birthing habitat. more.


Wildfire in the streets

May 21, 2011
The Globe and Mail

The boreal forest covers a third of Canada, stretches across seven provinces and three territories and is home to 2.5 million people. And it’s becoming more volatile. more.


 Freakish weather may be here to stay

May 17, 2011
Edmonton Journal

EDMONTON - If there's a silver lining to the clouds of smoke roiling over Slave Lake, it's the response by Albertans to the catastrophe.

It's as fine a demonstration as any that, for all its faults, the system seems to work when we need it most -from the firefighters on the front line to the police officers safely evacuating the community, to the premier and cabinet ministers holding an emergency meeting. more.


Canada lone holdout in reporting greenhouse gas emissions

May 11, 2011
Postmedia News

OTTAWA — Canada has once again missed an international deadline for submitting an inventory of its greenhouse gas emissions to the United Nations.

While 42 governments, including from earthquake-stricken Japan, have submitted their data on emissions of the heat-trapping gases that warm the atmosphere, Canada is the only one behind schedule in reporting to the UN's climate change secretariat as part of its international obligations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. more.


Ontario urged to stick with green energy program 

May 10, 2011
The Globe and Mail

Ontario’s green energy plan, with its “feed-in tariff” that pays high prices for renewable power and its incentives for local manufacturing, has met with intense opposition, mainly from critics who say the province’s power prices will be pushed sharply higher. more.


Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation

May 9, 2011
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN), agreed and released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on May 9th in Abu Dhabi, assesses existing literature on the future potential of renewable energy for the mitigation of climate change. It covers the six most important renewable energy technologies, as well as their integration into present and future energy systems. more.


Full disclosure of problems with Rainbow pipeline needed because of past failures

May 6, 2011
Greenpeace Canada

Little Buffalo, Alberta – Greenpeace is calling on the Alberta government to release all the information it has on the Rainbow Pipeline following the leak last Friday on 4.5 million litres of oil and in light of a spill of 1 million litres from the same pipeline in 2006.

Greenpeace climate and energy campaigner, Melina Laboucan-Massimo, a member of the Lubicon Cree First Nation, is in Little Buffalo bearing witness to the response to the spill and the impact on the community, including the impact on members of her family. Greenpeace has taken aerial photos of the spill and made them available to media. more.


Conservatives lack environmental vision

April 29, 2011
by David R. Boyd, Times Colonist

The majority of Canadians tell pollsters that they'll vote based on the policies offered by the parties. An even greater proportion of Canadians claim to have serious environmental concerns.  So why are we on the brink of electing a Conservative government whose platform provides more details about celebrating Canada's victory in the War of 1812 than protecting the air and water upon which life and health depend? more.

Bruce Carson scandal greased by Harper's oil sands agenda

April 27, 2011
by Andrew Nikiforuk, The Tyee

Everyone loves a good political scandal and the Bruce Carson affair squarely fits the bill.  A 66-year-old former senior policy advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper seemingly lobbies the government on behalf of his 22-year fiancée, a former sex worker.  She dresses in sexy lingerie. Newspapers publish lurid photos.  Ottawa talks, yet its busy gossipers recognize Carson as your average political fixer with an active sex life and a couple of criminal convictions.

 Climate change, ghost issue of 2011 election

April 27, 2011
by Geoff Dembicki, The Tyee

One of the world's best known climate scientists, an Australian, watched in amazement earlier this month as Canada's four federal leadership contenders debated the country's future.  "I was mystified to see that the environment just didn't rank at all," Tim Flannery, best-selling author of the Weather Makers. more.

There's a dirty secret in Tory greenhouse gas plan

April 26, 2011
by Andrew Leach, Globe and Mail

There’s a hole in the Conservative platform…a hole so big, you could fit Canada’s oil and gas sector or every single one of our fossil-fuel power plants into it. The hole is projected to get bigger, and will be large enough to fit every single car, truck, SUV, train, bus, and ATV in Canada into it by 2020. more.

An open letter to the leaders of Canada's federal political parties

April 25, 2011
by CSWA National Office, Canadian Science Writers' Association

Dear Misters Harper, Ignatieff, Layton, and Duceppe, and Ms May:

The Canadian Science Writers’ Association (CSWA) represents science journalists, communicators, publicists and authors—500 and growing. For almost a year now, the CSWA has pushed for changes in the government’s current communication policy to enable timely access to government scientists who have published studies and research in journals.more.

 Tory tactics to battle pollution, a bad choice: government study

April 25, 2011
by Mike de Souza,

The Conservative party's approach to tackling industrial pollution would be the most costly for governments, the most damaging to the economy and the least effective at cleaning up the atmosphere, says a federal government analysis of climate change policies.  "This option is the most expensive, both in terms of overall economic impact and costs to government," says the government-prepared report: A discussion paper on Canada's contribution to addressing climate change. more.

Ozone hole blamed for increased rainfall in Australia

April 25, 2011
by Margaret Munro, The Gazette

A Canada-U.S. study, described as a "game changer" for climate science, says Australia can blame its increased rainfall on the Antarctic ozone hole.  The hole has had a profound impact on the Southern Hemisphere, altering the climate all the way to the equator, changing wind patterns and increasing rain in southern Australia by about 35 per cent, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science. more.

NDP casts doubt over its own green spending

April 24, 2011
by Mike de Souza, The gazette

The European Union is preparing to slap a dirty fuel label on Canada’s oil sands, a move that would increase political pressure on Europe’s major oil companies to curb their investments in the Alberta projects. The Conservative government has been lobbying furiously to prevent the EU from targeting the oil sands – so much so that one member of the European Parliament has condemned Canada’s intervention as “unacceptable.” more.

 NDP platform 'science fiction,' Ignatieff says

April 23, 2011
CBC News

Michael Ignatieff is dismissing the NDP's budgeting as "science fiction" as the Liberals launched an all-out assault on Jack Layton.  The NDP is now taking heat from all sides as the Liberals, Conservatives and Bloc Québécois try to push Canadians away from Layton's party with more polls suggesting increasing support for it. more.

 Biggest silent election issue: Oil's erosion of Canada

April 21, 2011
by Andrew Nikiforuk, The Tyee

Canada, an emerging petro state that now supplies the failing U.S. empire with a fifth of its oil, is in the midst of a surreal federal election.  Although the country pretends to be a "clean energy superpower," most analysts recognize the place as a cheap energy supermarket with a poor environmental record and absolutely no national energy strategy. more.

Women as environmental change agents

April 22, 2011
by Melanne Verveer, Huffpost Green

  Today as we celebrate Earth Day, we would be wise to focus on the role of women as environmental leaders. All over the world, women are advancing the green revolution -- from transforming farming in rural Africa, to creating businesses around clean technology in India, to investing in renewable energy. more.

Ottawa fights EU's dirty fuel label on oil sands

March 27, 2011
by Shawn McCarthy, Globe and Mail

The federal New Democrats say they might not be able to pay for $3.6 billion worth of green spending initiatives that were promised in their platform for the first year of a new mandate if elected to form a government.  The party quietly explained in a statement over the weekend that it would be forced to delay the promises, in government, if it is unable to launch a market-based system forcing polluters to pay for greenhouse gas emissions by buying credits from those that reduce emissions.  more.

 Disgraced former Harper advisor continued to be consulted by ministers

March 23, 2011
by Mike De Souza, Postmedia news

The minority Conservative government downplayed new revelations Wednesday that a former adviser to the prime minister facing allegations of influence-peddling continued to be called upon by federal cabinet ministers even after he had supposedly left Stephen Harper's office to work for an academic think tank and an oilpatch industry lobby group.more

 British Columbia survives three years and $848 million worth of carbon tax

March 22, 2011
by Christa Marshall, New York Times

As it nears its third anniversary, British Columbia's carbon tax is loved by some, hated by others, and yet forgotten by many Canadians. more.

 Stewardship of Alberta's oilsands must remain free of controversy 

March 22, 2011
by Paula Simons, Edmonton Journal

How did Bruce Carons, 66, come to be appointed as the executive director of the Canada School of Energy and Environment, a federally-funded think-tank that links academics from the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary and the University of Lethbridge? more.

 Oil sands emissions rules stalled, despite vows to EU

March 21, 2011
by Shawn McCarthy, Globe and Mail

Canada’s ambassador to the European Union privately promised EU politicians a year ago that the government would bring in regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the oil sands, newly released documents indicate. But Ottawa has yet to act on that commitment. more

Money talks: tomorrow's federal budget will outline the value the Government of Canada places on the environment

March 21, 2011
by Lisa Gue, David Suzuki Foundation

Tomorrow is budget day in the House of Commons. For weeks, pundits have been speculating that Parliament's vote on the budget — a confidence measure — may trigger a federal election. So with the spotlight focused on the Government of Canada's spending priorities, what will Budget 2011, mean for the environment? more

 Fuzzy math for kids on carbon capture and storage

March 21,2011
by Keith Stewart, Greenpeace Canada

There’s a story in the Calgary Herald today about the Science Alberta Foundation’s new on-line game CO2 Connection that is aimed at teaching children about carbon capture and storage (CCS).

The game has you building pipelines and bridges all across Alberta in order to help Kelvin and his trusty pal Celsius take on “the noble task of reducing Alberta’s carbon footprint.” more.

 Oilpatch distances itself from former Harper aide

March 19, 2011
by Mike de Souza, Montreal Gazette

Canada’s oil and gas industry is distancing itself from Bruce Carson, the former top adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper who was one of its strongest allies until this week, when he found himself at the centre of influence-peddling allegations. more.

Internal report says climate policies on chopping block create jobs

March 11, 2011
by Mike de Souza, Montreal Gazette

Federal clean-energy programs on the chopping block have slashed megatonnes of pollution and created thousands of jobs, according to an internal government report.

Although the harper government has delayed releasing the findings that it received more than a week ago, Postmedia News has learned they reveal some climate programs were among the most cost-effective at reducing pollution and stimulating the economy. more


Green agenda gets top billing in China's 5-year plan

March 3, 2011
by Mark MacKinnon

When some 3000 Communist Party delegates gather inside the Great Hall of the People for the once-a-year sitting of China's rubber-stamp parliament, which starts Saturday, they will pass a document that is expected to finally set the world's second largest economy - and largest polluter- on a greener course.

Premier Wen Jiabao will open the National People's Congress with a prepared speech that will lay out the broad principles for the country's next five-year plan. It will include hard new energy efficiency and pollution-reduction targets aimed at putting the country's notoriously dirty industries on a more sustainable path. more



Canadians want urgent action on climate change more than ever before

March 9, 2011

A poll conducted on behalf of WWF has found that Canadians are increasingly convinced about the need for urgent action on climate change. WWF's year-over-year data shows that 84 per cent of Canadians are as convinced or more convinced than last year that urgent action is necessary.

At its core, climate change is about energy: how we produce it and how we use it. Switching from non-renewable to renewable energy, coupled with energy efficiancy and conservation, is the only effective solution to climate change. more


Oil sands leaking contaminants into Alberta watersheds

March 9, 2011
by Bob Weber, The Globe and Mail

A scientific panel has backed research that indicates oil sands development is releasing contaminants into northern Alberta watersheds. The panel also concludes that government monitoring programs weren't even trying to determine if the industry was polluting the Athabasca River.

Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner said the results from the panel's review will be used in an ongoing redesign of how the province keeps track of industry's impact on land and water. more


Environmentalists lobby for end to energy handouts

March 8, 2011
by Sharon Singleton, Money

Environmental groups are stepping up their campaign against subsidies to Canada's oil and gas industries, which they say are costing taxpayers more than a $1 billion a year while the companies make bumper profits.

The groups, under the banner of the Climate Action Network, are lobbying the government to cut handouts to the sector in the upcoming federal budget. In an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty to be delivered next week they argue the subsidies encourage exploration in highly polluting fossil fuels rather than researching greener technologies. more


TO DO: Email Minister Kent asking that women must play a key role in implementing climate change solutions

March 8, 2011
by Oxfam Canada

Canada will soon be joining with other world leaders to establish a climate fund to help poor countries adapt to the droughts and floods caused by climate change. We want to make sure this fund recognizes that women are often the first adn worst affected by these disasters. Watch the video and hear Lorenza Aguilar speak about the amazing work women have done to save lives put in danger by hurricanes in Honduras.

Please email Minister of the Environment Peter Kent to ensure that women play a key role in envisioning and implementing climate change solutions. more


Half the sky: Women and climate change

March 8, 2011
by Caroline Howe,

On International Women's Day, it's hard not to think about the most vulnerable, the women all around the world whose lives are being most impacted by climate change. As Kingsolver described, it's women and girls who are travelling farther to bring water to their homes, walking for hours a day, eliminating many girls already-slim chance to attend school.

It's women who cook for hours in the kitchens, breathing in the smoke from cookstoves that pollute their lungs and their air. And, it's women who are often last to eat, even when the first responsible for putting food on their families plates, even in the face of increasing food scarcity. more


Wind and solar power are leaving nuclear in the dust

March 7, 2011
by Keith Stewart, Greenpeace Canada blog

We often hear that wind and solar power are nice, but they can't deliver the power that we need. So there were probably a few raised eyebrows last week when I was quoted saying that "Wind and solar energy are the Niagara Falls, as they can do a similar job of replacing polluting power from coal or nuclear plants to power a prosperous Ontario in the twenty-first century." more


Climate change to have greatest impact on those least responsible: study

March 6, 2011
The Globe and Mail

Climate change will have the greatest effect on those least responsible for causing the problem, a new study suggests.

Researchers at McGill University found what many have long-suspected - countries that produce the least carbon dioxide emissions per-capita also tend to be more vulnerable to climate change. more


Ontario wins court ruling on wind turbines

March 3, 2011
by John Spears, The Star

Ontario acted properly in setting regulations for the placement of large wind turbines, an Ontario court has decided.

A Superior Court of Justice panel has rejected the application from anti-wind activists. They had sought to strike down regulations governing how close turbines can be erected to dwellings. Turbines must be located at least 550 metres from dwellings. But the anti-wind groups had argued that the province had no scientific basis for setting that standard. more


Action Alert: Budget cuts to Environment Canada are unacceptable

March 2, 2011
The Council of Canadians

New agencies are reporting that the Harper government is planning a $222-million or 20% reduction in spending at Environment Canada. This includes a $141 million cut to climate change and clean air initiatives!

Tell the Prime Minister, Environment Minister Peter Kent and the leaders of the opposition that you are opposed to this decision! more



Is there a "silver bullet" for climate change?

February 28, 2011
by Julia Kilpatrick, The Pembina Institute

When James Hansen says there's a "silver bullet" in the fight against climate change, I'm inclined to keep listening.

The author, professor and NASA climatologist is world- renowned for both his scientific expertise and his outspoken views on the need for world governments - particularly his own - to take strong and swift action to deal with climate change by curbing fossil fuel use. He's also well aware of the economic forces driving nations to develop their natural resouces. more


PLAY - The fate of the world game

February 28, 2010

The fate of the World will be in your hands and time is running out!

"Fate of the World is a great way to introduce people to the challenge of slowing down and reversing climate change and engage them in the solutions which will eventually save the planet. Many are now willing to roll up their sleeves, and we hope that the master plans for the planet in this game will also inspire people to design their own missions for positive change in the real world." more


It's time to end Canada's billion-dollar handout to big oil and coal

February 25, 2011
by Cheryl McNamara,

After two years of stimulus spending and years of tax cuts, Canada's debt has ballooned to $56 billion. NOw the Harper government is sharpening the axe. Who will feel the cut? Given the Conservative's position on social spending, they will likely focus on provincial transfers that support healthcare and social welfare.

Meanwhile, the federal government subsidizes oil sompanies to the tune of $1.4 bilion every year, according to the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). It's more if you factor in other fossil fuels such as coal. If the government is looking for ways to pay down the debt, ending fossil fuesl subsidies in the 2011 - 12 budget is a good place to start. more


Canada pressured EU over its green policy to protect Alberta's oilsands: Documents

February 23, 2011
by Mike de Souza, Postmedia News

A battle over foreign environmental policies that target Alberta's oilsands has spilled over into a meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and European Union President Jose Manuel Barroso, according to newly released EU documents.

The briefing notes prepared by EU officials for the negotiations reveal Canadian officials at the highest levels were pressuring their European counterparts to turn away from stringent environmental policies in order to protect the oilsands industry. more


Phase out subsidies to the fossil fuel industry

February 23, 2011
by David Suzuki Foundation

The Government of Canada gives out $1.4 billion annually in tax subsidies to the fossil fuel sector. Although Prime Minister Harper and other world leaders committed to phasing out these subsidies at a G20 meeting in Pittsburgh in 2009, the federal government has not moved to end the tax breaks it offers to companies producing carbon-polluting fuels in Canada.

Please email the Prime Minister and your Member of Parliament to call on the federal government to use the 2011 budget as an opportunity to end special tax breaks for oil, coal and gas companies. more


Climate change an issue in Canada: Poll

February 22, 2011
by CBC News

Far more Canadians than Americans believe climate change is real. according to a report produced by U. S. and Canadian think tanks. The report, based on the results of two national surveys of public opinion on climate change, was to be released Wednesday by the Public Policy Forum and Sustainable Prosperity and their project partners.

Respondents on both sides of the border were asked their opinion on a range of issues on climate change, starting with whether they believed it was real. In Canada, 80 per cent believe in the science behind climate change, compared with 58 per cent in the United States. more


Wild weather, wild events. There's a link

February 22, 2011
by Edmonton Journal

There's been some disturbing, yet oddly reassuring news on the climate front recently. A report in the scientific journal Nature has for the first time linked a specific weather event to human induced climate change - in this case, to heavy rainfall that led to devastating floods in Britain in 2000.

A second report also in Nature - this one from Canadian scientists - has detected a link between climate change and more severe storms hitting the Northern Hemisphere since 1950. more


Climate Change extends allergy season in North America

February 21, 2011
by Douglas Fischer & The Daily Climate, Scientific American

Bad news for - achoo! - those who sniffle, er suffer their way through ragweed - sniff, snort, itch - season: A team of researchers have found that increased warming, particularly in the northern half of North America, has added weeks to the fall pollen season.

It's enough to make you grab a tissue: Minneapolis has tacked 16 days to the ragweed pollen season since 1995; LaCrosse, Wisconsin has added 13 days, Winnipeg and Saskatoon in Canada have added 25 and 27 days, respectively. more


Tar sand row threatens Canada-EU trade deal - sources

February 21, 2011
by Reuters Africa

Canada has threatened to scrap a trade deal with the European Union if the EU persists with plans that would block imports of Canada's highly polluting tar sands, according to documents and sources.

The European Union has already told its fuel suppliers to reduce the carbon footprint of fuels by 6 percent over the next decade, and is now fine-tuning "default values" to help suppliers identify the most carbon-intensive imports. more


Windmill foes are full of hot air

February 14, 2011
by Marcus Gee, The Globe and Mail

When not-in-my-backyard groups fight to kill a garbage dump or a gravel pit, it is at least possible to see where they are coming from. When they kill something like an offshore wind farm, designed expressly to help the environment, things are getting weird.

Last week, the government of Ontario quietly announced it was placing a moratorium on building wind farms in the Great Lakes. Well-organized residents groups have campaigned tirelessly against the idea. The transparently political decision, taken just months before a provincial election, douses Toronto Hydro's hopes of erecting a complex of wind turbines off the Scarborough Bluffs. more


TO DO - Sent Peter Kent a Love Letter!

on February 14, 2011
courtesy of Greenpeace

Polluter Harmony is the number 1 matchmaking site for polluters, industry lobbyists & politicians!! Now in Canada!!

If you don`t believe us, watch the testimonial of Peter Kent and Janet!! Polluter Harmony works!! more


Environment Minister unfazed by anti-oilsands campaign in his riding

February 11, 2011
by Linda Nguyen, Postmedia News

A campaign launched against Environment Minister Peter Kent in his Toronto-area riding is not going to ``scare`` the government into backing down on their views of the Alberta oilsands, the minister said Friday.

`They don`t scare me.` said Kent in an interview with Postmedia News. `As long as they deal in the facts and the science...we have nothing to be embarrassed about.`more


Enbridge: Spills, Lies and Videotape

February 3, 2011
by ForestEthics

Video showing Enbridge deny responsibility for its major oil spill in Michigan. Are we going to let them bring disastrous oil spills to BC's pristine Great Bear Rainforest? Keep Enbridge out of the Great Bear! Share this video with your networks and community to get the word out!! more


Tar sands are a blot on Canadian politics - as well as the landscape

February 7, 2011
by Felix von Geyer, UK Guardian

Here in Canada our Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, seems hell-bent in exploiting our natural resources for economic gain, regardless of the environmental consequences.

Having oil or gas reserves, such as Canada's tar sands, often brings a questionable benefit to the producer nation's economy or society as a whole (Norway is one notable exception) more


Another Amazon Drought Spurs Greenhouse Gas Emissions

February 4, 2011
by Lauren Morello & ClimateWire, Scientific American

A severe drought last year in the Amazon rainforest outpaced a 2005 dry spell thought to be a once-in-a-century event, a new study finds.

Researchers from the UK and Brazil also said the pair of droughts have raised concerns that the forest could be approaching a point where it ceases to be a carbon "sink," absorbing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than it produces, and flips to a carbon source. more


Outside Obama-Harper meeting, environmental groups rally, call on Obama to say no to Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

February 4, 2011
by Elizabeth Shope, NRDC's staff blog

Today, while President Obama met with Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the White House, environmental groups staged a rally in Lafayette Park outside the White House. The protestors held colorful signs depicting each of the states along the Keystone XL pipeline's right-of-way, as well as other states put at risk by tar sands pipelines and refineries. Both the press conference held by Obama and Harper after their meeting and the rally were well attended by media.

Tar sands, a high-carbon fuel which causes much more environmental destruction and health risks than conventional oil, was on today's agenda for the Obama-Harper meeting. Canada has been lobbying heavily for the U.S. - and European and Asian countries - to import more of this dirty fuel. Nevertheless, President Obama held strong in their meeting. more



Mr. Harper Goes to Washington

February 4, 2011

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will travel to Washington Friday February 4 to meet with President Obama. "Clean Energy is reportedly on the agenda. But more likely to come up is dirty energy from tar sands, and the proposed TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to Texas.

Download a photo with a blank cartoon-style speech bubble. Using an image editor such as Photoshop, add what you think harper or Obama will say, or should say, on the topic of dirty oil from the Alberta tar sands. Extra points for humour. Upload your image and it will be added to a gallery of images. more



Facts, inconvenient truths and rising pollution in Canada

February 3, 2011
by Mike de Souza, Postmedia News

The office of newly-minted Environment Minister Peter Kent went ballistic Wednesday over a Postmedia report that Canada is on pace to be nearly 30 per cent above its 2020 target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions under the international Copenhagen agreement on global warming

The article was in response to a speech Kent gave last Friday in which he blasted critics for daring to suggest the government has no plan for the environment. more



Canadian PM's White House Visit Stirs Controversy Over Dirty Energy

February 2, 2011
by Tony Iallonardo, National Wildlife Federation

President Obama and Canadian Prime Minsiter Stephen Harper will meet Friday and "clean energy" is reportedly on the agenda according to the Canadian Broadcasting Company. More likely to come up however is dirty energy from tar sands.

A decision on the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is probably only weeks away after all. The maligned project would lock the U.S. into decades of dirty tar sands oil from Canada. more



New government documents show Canada on track for failure on climate change.

February 1, 2011
by Clare Demerse, The Pembina Institute

I watched one of Peter Kent's very first interviews as Environment Minister - on CBC's Power and Politics back in early January - with a few of my colleagues. Comparing notes afterwards, we were all puzzled by a comment he made about Canada's national greenhouse gas emission target, which is to cut emissions to 17 per cent below the 2005 level in 2020. Based on his initial briefings from Environment Canada, Minister Kent said, he had some good news: "we've already achieved almost a quarter of that 17 per cent reduction."

We'd love to see that, but we knew that isn't what the data shows. more



Government targets won't prevent increased greenhouse gas emissions: Data

February 2, 2011
by Mike de Souza, Postmedia news

The Haroer government's existing climate change policies won't stop greenhouse gas emissions from increasing to levels that are nearly 30 per cent higher than its new target for 2020 under the Copenhagen Accord, Environment Canada has revealed.

According to newly released figured posted on the department's website, Canada's annual emissions would rise by about 16 per cent above 2005 levels by 2020 if there is no government action to fight climate change. more



Professor quits oil-sands panel over strict confidentiality requirements

February 2, 2011
by Josh Wingrove, Globe and Mail

Less than a week after its members were announced, an Alberta oil sands panel has lost one of them over strict confidentiality rules she felt would prevent her from involving other groups, including aboriginals, in the panel's work.

American water policy expert Helen Ingram submitted her resignation to Alberta Environment on Tuesday, five days after Environment Minister Rob Renner announced the composition of the panel. It's the latest blow as the province continues to pledge it will strengthen monitoring of the oil sands. more



David Suzuki: It will take more than rebranding to make tar sands oil "ethical"

February 1, 2011
by David Suzuki & Faisal Moola,

Ripping a page - or the cover - from fellow Conservative and former tobacco industry lobbyist Ezra Levant's book, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his new environment minister, Peter Kent, have taken to referring to the product of the Alberta tar sands as "wthical oil"

The Prime Minister and Mr. Levant go back a long way. It was Mr. Levant who reluctantly stepped aside as the Alliance candidate in Calgary Southwest so that Mr. Harper could run in a by-election there in 2002. But the "ethical oil" argument they promote has holes as big as the ones in the ground around Fort McMurray. more


Editorial: Recognizing that it's time to act on global warming

February 2, 2011
by The Montreal Gazette

It has been three years since the federal government promised to come up with a national strategy to reduce greenhouse gases and to help the country adapt to the impacts of global warming. Where there should be an adaptation policy or a list of priority actions, there is still a void.

Whether the federal government chooses to believe it or not, Canada is not immune to the effects of climate change. No country is. more




Report levels harsh criticism at Alberta oilsands monitor

January 31, 2011
by Hanneke Brooymans, Edmonton journal

The organization charged with monitoring aquatic impacts of the oilsands industry was hit with a highly critical external review report Monday.

The report says that the existing Regional Aquatics Monitoring Program is not sufficient to detect changes if they occur, couldn't identify potential sources for change if the changes are detected, is not asking the types of questions that the program should be asking, nor is it monitoring the kinds of things they should be to answer the proper questions. more


Environment MInister targets critics in first major speech

January 28, 2011
by Linda Nguyen, Postmedia News

Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent has only been on the job for three weeks but says he's already tired of the criticism from people who think the government is not taking any action on the environment.

"As an aside, just weeks into this job let me say how especially frustrating I find the constant, critical refrain that this government has no environment plan," he said Friday in Toronto during a noon-hour speech with the Economic Club of Canada. more


Energy-efficiency changes to building code on hold

January 27, 2011
by Hanneke Brooymans, Edmonton Journal

The Alberta government has abandoned efforts to increase energy efficiency in the building code, says the Pembina Institute.

In its 2008 Climate Change strategy, the province declared that increasing energy efficiency would be one of the plan's three prongs. Since then, public consultations and two technical reports have been completed, along with a poll in 2010 that found 87 per cent of Albertans support implementing stronger energy-efficiency standards on new homes, the institude noted. more


Stop Government Handouts to the Oil Industry in Budget 2011

Time: Jan 26 at 4:30pm - Mar 31st at 7:30pm
Location: Your MP's Office

Get the Government to End Tax Breaks to Dirty Fuels!

We are only weeks away from the 2011 federal budget and the federal government continues to give billions of dollars in tax breaks to the companies producing oil and gas in Canada. Analysis shows a total of $1.4 billion per year in federal tax breaks alone, with a disproportionate share going to dirty fuels such as the Alberta Tar Sands.

Lets take action and ensure the government stops these irresponsible tax-breaks in 2011!! more




Does Peter Kent even care about emissions?

January 26, 2011
by Jeffrey Simpson, The Globe and Mail

It was a pity, although quite predictable, that new Environment Minister Peter Kent should have leaped to defend the oil sands even before being briefed by his department. Mr. Kent was briefed, of course - by the Prime Minister's Office, where the lines had been scripted for the oil sand's new song-and-dance man.

The oil sands are going to be developed. The issue is how, at what rate and under what circumstances. In that connection, it's too bad Mr. Kent didn't read, smong other things, the latest report by the Royal Society of Canada. more


CONTEST! - Help New Environment Minister understand Ethics and Tar sands

Deadline: February 4, 2011
Held by: Environmental Defence

On his first week on the job as Environment Minister, Peter Kent came out swinging to defend the tar sands as 'ethical oil' and claiming the tar sands are 'regulated'. Mr. Kent needs to know that leaking toxic waste, soaring global warming pollution, and habitat and species destruction are anything but ethical.

Enter to win an iPad while helping our new federal Environment Minister understand the ethics of his role as the elected official responsible for reversing the growth of pollution from the tar sands! more


Canada lobbied U.S. over TransCanada's Keystone pipeline

January 23, 2011
by Stanley Tromp. Financial Post

Canada's ambassador to the United States wrote to the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last fall, asking it to disregard greenhouse gas emissions from Alberta oil extraction as it decides whether to support a proposed massive Canadian pipeline to Texas.

As well, one Alberta bureaucrat warned the EPA its greenhouse gas policies could place at risk "the longstanding energy trading relationship between our two jurisdictions." more



Environmentalism runs hot and cold, McGuinty finds

January 23, 2011
by Martin Regg Cohn,

The vision thing can blind you to political realities on the ground. Especially if the lay of the land keeps shifting.

Dalton McGuinty has long boasted of being an environmental visionary. But the premier is paying a price for trying to get ahead of the curve -- or taking a wrong turn, if you believe his critics. more

Week-long Bed-In: A Peacful Protest for Climate Justice

Time: January 23rd 10am to January 29th at 5pm
Location: Dalhousie Killam Atrium

Feel strongly about Climate Justice? Do you think the issue needs more attention? If so, join us for a moment, an hour, a day or an entire week as we camp out in the Killam Atrium to raise awareness of the environmental crisis we are facing and demand that the government take more action! more



Ontario Leaps to Second in North American Solar PV for 2010

January 21, 2011

The province of Ontario has leapt ahead of New Jersey to take second place in solar photovoltaic (PV) rankings for 2010. ONtario still trails California. At the current rate of growth ,however, the solar upstart could rival California in 2011. The only other competitor for the top slots is Colorado. more


Protesters seek donations for wood to fuel protest fire at Beaver Pond Forest

January 21, 2011
by The Ottawa Citizen

The coalition trying to prevent construction on a part of the South March Highlands is seeking contributions to keep alive a "sacred fire" near the site.

Daniel Bernard, who also goes by the Algonquin name Amikwabe, started the flame in a firepit near the north end of Walden Drive in Kanata, siming to keep it burning night and day until Sunday. more


Free trade talks continue between Canada and EU

January 18, 2011
by Bryn Weese,

Canada and the European Union have entered the sixth round of trade talks this week for what could be the largest free trade agreement since NAFTA. But critics from both sides of the Atlantic are protesting outside the EU Headquarters in Brussels to voice their concerns the deal will be neither good for the environment nor the economy.

The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which has largely gone unreported, has been in the works since October 2009 and INternational Trade Minister Peter Van Loan has said negotiations could be wrapped up by the end of this year more



Following the Americans on climate change -- until they do something

January 18, 2011
by Fred Wilson.

New Environment Minister Peter Kent has a big problem. For five years, the Conservative mantra on climate change has been that Canada must harmonize our targets and programs with the U.S.. That was an easy cop out, as long as the Americans were doing what Harper's government was doing -- nothing.

It's now show time for the new Minister and the Harper government, because the Americans are at last doing something. more


"So, How was Mexico?"

January 11, 2011
by Erica Nickels

Since I arrived home in December, people have been asking me about my experience as a Canadian Youth Delegate to COP 16, the sixteenth round of climate change negotiations at the United Nations. The conversation usually starts off with them asking, "did you have fun in Mexico?"

The first couple of times this happened, I wasn't quite sure what to say. Did I have fun in Mexico...did I meet a lot of interesting people? Definitely. Did I learn more in two weeks than I ever thought was humanly possible? WIthout a doubt. Was I glad that I went? Absolutely. But did I have fun in Mexico? No, not really. more


Keep Europe out of the Tar sands

January 14, 2011

On the morning of January the 14th a group of protestors invaded the Department for BUsiness, Innovation and Skills and are demanding a meeting with Stephen Green, the new Minister for Trade. Calling themselves the "Big Society Trade Negotiators", they are concerned that trade negotiations between the EU and Canada, due to start in Brussels on MOnday, will dramatically boost Europe's involvement in the Canadian Tar Sands - the most destructive project on earth.

Unbeknownst to most citizens, the EU and Canada are in the midst of negotiating an ambitious free trade deal (the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA) that could open up the European market to imports of carbon-intensive Tar Sands oil for the first time Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the talks is the plan to allow multinational companies like BP and Shell to sue national governments over social and environmental regulations. more


Michigan environmentalist calls Enbridge Northern Gateway pipelines "nearly impossible"

January 13, 2011
by Matthew Burrows,

Crews hired by Enbridge to clean up its oil spill in a wetland area of MIchigan last July are still on site.

Beth Wallace, the National Wildlife Federation's global warming program assistant, grew up in a town called Battle Creek, close to the spill site. Next Thursday (January 20, 2011), she will speak at a panel discussion in Kitsilano, organizaed by environmental froup ForestEthics. more


Clean energy Investment at record Levels in 2010

January 14, 2011
by Jess McCabe,

Global investment in clean energy reached a record of $243 billion in 2010, a 30% increase on 2009 levels, according to research house Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF)

2011 will have to be a very strong year to beat 2010. "At this stage, the signs are encouraging," said Michael Liebreich, chief executive of London-based BNEF, citing that costs will come down for solar panels and wind turbines, and the increasing availability of private sector debt and equity finance. more


Protesters invade British government office over tar sands trade deal

January 14, 2011
by UK Tar Sands Network,

On Friday morning, a group of protesters invaded Britain's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and are demanding a meeting with Stephen Green, the New Minister for trade.

Calling themselves the "Big Society Trade Negotiators," they are concerned that trade negotiations between EU and Canada, due to start in Brussels on Monday, will dramatically boost Europe's involvement in the Canadian tar sands -- the most destructive project on earth. more




Boucherville's oldest building turns into car-charging station

January 13, 2011
by Lynn Moore, The Gazette

It's a sign of the times that one of the oldest buildings in Boucherville - a stable built around 1696 - today has a charging station for electric cars.

The former horse stable is one of the participants in Canada's largest trial of electric vehicles. more



News from south of the border: Court lets EPA mess with Texas

January 12, 2010
by Robin Bravender, Politico

For the third time in two month, Texas officials have lost a legal bid to keep the Obama administration from regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants in the Lone Star State.

Wednesday, a federal appeals court rejected a request from Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and state attorney general Greg Abbott to bar the Environmental Protection Agency from taking over the state's greenhouse gas permitting program. more



Can Peter Kent be our Captain Canuck?

January 12, 2011
by Clare Demerse, The Star

Judging by the turnover rate alone, it's clear that being Stephen Harper's environment minister isn't easy for anyone. But for the newest recruit, Thornhill MP Peter Kent, the assignment might be even tougher than usual.

That's because Kent took the job just as new U.S regulations are shining a spotlight on our government's inaction on climate change. more



2010 hottest year in Canada on Record

January 11, 2011
by Postmedia News

Environment Canada has quietly released its climate report for 2010, confirming that it was the hottest year on Canadian record books.

National temperatures exceeded average values by a whopping 3 C, the warmest since record-keeping began in 1948, says the report, posted on the department's website Monday. more




Saskatchewan farmers worried about CO2 leaks!

January 11, 2011
by CBC News

A Saskatchewan farm couple say greenhouse gases that were supposed to be stored permanently underground are leaking out, killing animals and sending groundwater foaming to the surface like shaken-up soda pop.

Cameron and Jane Kerr, who own land above the Weyburn oilfield in eastern Saskatchewan, have released a consultant's report that claims to link high concentrations of carbon dioxide in their soil to gas injected underground every day. more


A "harmonization of outcomes" far off as U.S. prepares to regulate more sources of climate pollution

January 10, 2011
by P.J. Partington, Pembina Institute

As anticipated for many months now, the US environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new regulations for industrial greenhouse gases took effect on January 2. And despite dire warnings from some U.S. industry lobby groups, the sky appears to have remained in place!

This is hardly a surprise, given that requiring major new and modified facilities to apply the most energy efficient technology available (keeping in mind economic costs) is hardly a bank-busting proposition. more



New federal environment minister calls oilsands 'ethical oil'

January 6, 2011
by Renata D'Aliesio, Calgary Herald

Canada's new Environment Minister Peter Kent says the oilsands have been unfarily demonized as an ecologically destructive development, lauding the resource as "ethical oil" and an economic boon for the entire country.

On his second day in the federal environmental portfolio, the Toronto-areas Conservative MP reiterated his predecessor's pledge to enhance water monitoring in northern Alberta's vast oilsands region. However, he said labels such as "dirty oil" and claims that bitumen extraction is the most destructive industrial activity on the planet are overblown.


Schwarzenegger on cross-Canada speaking tour

January 5, 2011
CBC News

Former California governor and Hollywood actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is coming to Canada for a cross-country speaking tour which will include stops in Calgary and Winnipeg on Jan. 25, Toronto on Jan. 26 and Montreal the next day.

The tour represnets Schwarzenegger's first formal public speaking engagements since he completed his term as governor on Monday.


Time to build not to destroy: who is Canada actually representing in the climate negotiations?

December 9, 2010
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz's Blog

Canada is getting used to winning the "fossil" awards for being a bad actor in the international climate negotiations. It begs the question of who Canada is actually representing in the climate talks? The Canadian people? Or the tar sands oil industry?

Whereas in the past Canada was one of the leaders in developing the existing climate treaty (the Kyoto Protocol), under the current federal government, Canada has tried to undermine the international negotiations at every step.


Nature talks see mood of compromise emerge

December 6, 2010
Richard Black, BBC News

The second week of this year's UN climate summit opens in Mexico with signs that countries are keen to find compromise on key issues.

China and India have softened some hard lines that helped drive last year's Copenhagen summit to stalemate. However, fundamental divisions remain - not least over the future of the Kyoto Protocol.


What better time to say no to new Tar sands pipeline than during the international climate negotiations?

December 6, 2010
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz's Blog

Listening to the discussions in Cancun at the climate negotiations, I wondered what would happen if the delegates focused on actions that are undermining reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Perhaps the countries here should take a look at some domestic decision coming up where they have the choice between clean and dirty energy - and take the opportunity of the international climate negotiations to announce their clean energy choice. For the US, this would mean saying no to the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.




 Message from the North, It is past time for a public debate on tar sands and climate

December 6, 2010
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz's Blog

At the Copenhagen climate conference, I had more optimism for international leadership to fight climate change. Here in Cancun, at this international climate conference, I am not as optimistic.

I do not see a country stepping up to the plate to take the strong action that we need. And what is more disturbing, Canada is undermining the fight against climate change in order to protect the interests of oil companies investing in tar sands extraction in Canada.


 Canada tearing 'the heart' out of Kyoto accord: environmentalists


December 4, 2010
The Montreal Gazette 

Environmental activists on Saturday accused Canada of trying to "rip the heart out" of what remains of the the Kyoto accord at a climate-change summit in Cancun, Mexico.

The strong criticism came as news emerged that Canada, Russia and Japan had stood together in opposing the extension of Kyoto Protocol's legally binding greenhouse-reduction targets


2010 set to be Canada's warmest year

December 2, 2010
CBC News

The year 2010 is expected to be one of the warmest years worldwide since the collection of reliable climate data began - and Canada's on track to record its hottest year yet.

The data released Thursday by the UN's weather agency, the World Meterorological Organiization, provides further evidence of a warming trend that has been seen for many years. Scientists blame a steady rise in man-made greenhouse gases, which have been building up in the atmosphere, trapping heat in. more

Caught in the act: Canada's lobbying for tar sands and against clean energy

December 1, 2010
Elizabeth Shope, Switchboard Blog

To be accurate, Canada wasn't exactly caught with its hand in the cookie jar. It was more as though it was caught by one of those traffic cameras, blatantly running a red light, making traffic with the green light screech to a halt to avoid an accident. But it took awhile before the photographic evidence could be processed and the ticket issued.

Except, it wasn't a one-time-deal - it has continued to run red lights in even more dangerous situations and with greater frequency and refuses to acknowledge that putting others in peril this way is at all wrong. more



Canada Adrift

November 30, 2010
aege, Climate Action Network International

Let's say you're a tar sands loving North American government with a bit of a carbon dependency problem. You need a clever way to get away with doing nothing on climate change.

For Canada's Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, the solution surely seemed obvious: announce that you just can't lift a finger to deal with climate change unless the U.S moves first. As they say in Canada: problem solved, eh? more




Negotiating in Bad Faith

December 1, 2010
Hannah McKinnon, Embassy

In order to negotiate, negotiators must bring something to the table, and that is what Canada is not doing entering into the United Nations climate talks in Cancun this week.

The Canadian government is arriving to the table basically empty-handed while the climate crisis continues to impact millions of people around the world and here in Canada.more




Canada sweeps fossil of the day awards in Cancun

November 30, 2010

Back again as Canada's environment minister, JOhn Baird wins an unprecedented three Fossil of the Day awards on the first day of UN climate talks in Cancun.

The Canadian government, led by reincarnated Environment Minister John Baird, has kicked off United Nations (UN) climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, by winning three Fossil of the Day awards - first, second and third place simultaneously! more




Canada wont follow new U.S. plan to slash industrial greenhouse gases: Baird

November 28, 2010
Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

The Harper government has no plans to follow a U. S. initiative to slash the greenhouse gas emissions of big polluters - even though Ottawa has pledged to harmonize its climate policies with the Americans.

The White House, stung by its failure to legislate a cap-and-trade bill before the recent congressional elections, has a Plan B set to be implemented within weeks. The new U. S. rules - passed by executive order - are aimed at curbing emissions from large industrial facilities like refineries and cement factories. They go into effect Jan 2. more





 Harper government ends funding to climate research organization

Nov 25, 2010
Mike de Souza, Postmedia News

A Canadian climate-change research foundation is celebrating its 10th anniversary, but has already begun winding down its operations after failing to get new funding from the Harper government.

The budget crunch at the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences comes on the heels of revelations that the government is leasing out the Amundsen, a coast guard icebreaker equipped to monitor climate change in the North, to a pair of fossil-fuel companies for oil exploration in the region. more




Feds go into climate talk with little to offer

November 24, 2010
David Ljunggren, Toronto Sun

Canada will head into U.N climate talks in Cancun next week with a part-time environment minister, little chance of meeting its own emissions targets and under broad attack for the development of its oilsands.

The country regularly wins "Fossil of the day" awards from green groups at international meetings. more




Beaches, bargaining and building blocks at the Cancun Climate talks

November 24, 2010 
Clare Demerse, Pembina Institute

Like a lot of climate collegues from around the world, I'll be packing my flip-flops later this week for the UN climate talks in Cancun, Mexico. Although I've never been much of a beach person, I'm hoping that the two-week conference can deliver some of the bulding blocks we need for a global effort to tackle climate change.

A year ago we headed into a similar meeting in Copenhagen hoping to see countries agree to a binding deal. Those negotiations fell far short, and as a result, expectations are more modest this time: Cancun is widely understood as a potential stone on the path to a full agreement a year from now, at the South Africa talks in 2011. more





Government accused of lobbying against action on climate change

November 22, 2010
Shawn McCarthy, Globe and Mail

The Harper government is on the defensive over its climate-change policy amid charges it is conspiring with the oil industry and Alberta to lobby for weaker emissions rules in the United States and Europe.

Environment Minister John Baird, brushed aside a report released by environmental groups on Monday that suggested the government has launched a co-ordinated campaign with Alberta and the oil industry to persuade governments to weaken U.S. and European greenhouse-gas emission regulations that would hurt oil sands producers. more



Feds, Alberta fight foreign climate laws: report 

November 22, 2010
CBC News 

The federal government and Alberta are working to weaken climate policies in the U.S. and Europe in order to support the oilsands, according to environmental group Climate Action Network Canada.

 The group released a report Monday finding "a concerted effort to weaken climate policies outside our borders, with the aim of ensuring that no doors are closed to Canada's highly polluting tar sands." more





In defence of the oilsands: Documents reveal Canada's 'advocacy strategy'

 November 22, 2010
Mike de Souza,

Newly released federal documents reveal that, three major departments in the federal government have been actively co-ordinating a communications strategy with Alberta and its fossil-fuel industry to fight international global-warming policies that "target" oilsands production.

The documents obtained by Postmedia News, suggest that Environment Canada, Natural Resources Canada as well as the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, have collaborated on an "advocacy stradegy" in the United States to promote the oilsands and discourage environmental-protection policies. more 






Harper's Hypocrisy: Conservatives Ambush Canadian Climate Change Bill

November 19, 2010
MIchael Berkowitz,

Canada's only federal Climate Change Bill was killed on Tuesday, leaving the country without a single climate change law, and no plan at all.

The Climate Change and Accountability Act (C-311) was voted down in the Canadian Senate in a surprise maneuver by the conservative Harper government. No debate was held. more 






 Climate bill, Commons crushed in one blow

November 17, 2010

 Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s defiant views on democracy and the environment have exploded together in one Parliament Hill uproar, as unelected Conservative senators killed a climate-change bill passed by a majority of elected MPs in the Commons. 

The bill was killed without debate - the first time in at least 70 years that the Senate has killed legislation from the Commons without a hearing, according to parliamentary experts more 






Fuelling the oil addiction

 November 8, 2010
Hannah McKinnon,

 A report released last week by the Climate Action Network Canada tells the story behind the government's nearly $1.4 billion per year in tax breaks and subsidies to the oil, gas and coal industry in Canada. It shows that despite obvious problems, as well as domestic and international pressure, this government has actively tried to protect tax breaks to big fossil fuel companies.

 With the forthcoming budget in early 2011, there is an urgent opportunity for the government to stop being reckless and end these giveaways. more






Climate Change prosperity ot disparity?

November 7, 2010
Stephen Bede Scharper, The Star

What do you do when your entire homeland is slipping into the sea? This is the earth shattering reality facing the Polynesian nation of Tuvalu, rapidly being reclaimed by the Pacific owing to rising sea levels.

For the families of this small, slivered island nation, climate change is not something to prepare for in the distant future; it is a reality leading to the melting of the polar ice caps and currently stripping them of their homes, their livelihoods and their ancestry. more





 The Movement with a Thousand Faces


November 4, 2010
The Huffington Post

In just four short weeks UN delegates return to the table at the 2010 UN climate summit to be held in Mexico with the hope of making progress on fair, ambitious and legally binding climate treaty. Though the outcome of this meeting is as of yet uncertain, one thing at least is clear - the climate movement has blossomed, growing into a powerful positive force for action that reflects a broaddiversity of stakeholders.

If the climate movement in the past was defined by iconic images of polar bears floating on ice and desperate pleas to world leaders, this year it is being defined by thousands of outspoken voices who are moving into action - from those in the poorest communities already suffering the impacts of climate change, to those working to protect our last rainforests or cutting CO2 emissions by installing solar panels on their rooftops. more



Green groups lament Prentice's exit 


November 4, 2010
Mike De Souza, Postmedia News

Environmental groups say they may have lost their "best hope" for change within Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government following the departure of Jim Prentice as environmental minister.

But after three ministers in the same portfolio, they say they remain skeptical about whether anyone can get Harper to take significant action to protect the environment, rather than the interests of oil and gas companies. more



Canada Environment Minister resigns to join CIBC


 November 4, 2010
David Ljunggren, Allan Dowd & Rob Wilson, Yahoo News

 Canadian Environment Minister Jim Prentice announced his resignation on Thursday, saying he will leave the high-profile government post for a senior position at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.

Prentice said the time had come for him to leave public service, but he has been frequently mentioned as a possible contender for the Conservative Party leadership should Prime Minister Stephen Harper decide to step aside.more



Prospects for cap-and-trade system waning

November 3, 2010
Richard Blackwell, The Globe and Mail

The one bright spot for Canadian environmentalists in Tuesday’s U.S. midterm elections was the defeat of Proposition 23, the California proposal that would have suspended that state’s emissions-reduction law until unemployment rates fell sharply. more




Ontario, Quebec urged to get on with tackling large polluters in wake of California climate vote 

November 3, 2010
Environmental Defence

Environmental groups today urged the governments of Ontario and Quebec to move forward on promises to clamp down on large polluters in the wake of a vote in California that saw citizens reject a ballot proposal to put that state’s climate efforts on hold. If the vote had succeeded, a North American push on large polluters that Ontario and Quebec are a part of – the Western Climate Initiative – may have stalled, since California is seen to be the anchor state in the effort. more




2C climate target may need to change: UK scientist

November 4, 2010
Gerard Wynn, Reuters

A widely agreed international target to avoid dangerous global warming must take account of local impacts and may need to change, said the chief scientist at the MetOffice Hadley Center, Britain's biggest climate research center.

Julia Slingo said the target of limiting global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius (2C) may need adjusting to take into account research into local and regional effects, particularly on rainfall patterns, as climate science advances. more




Rich nations urged to develop climate aid plan for Cancún

November 4, 2010
Suzanne Goldenberg and John Vidal, Guardian

Governments in the industrialised world must have a clear climate aid plan for developing countries if they want to avoid a fiasco at the Cancún climate conference this month, Brazil's environment minister, Izabella Teixeira, has warned.

In an interview with the Guardian before this week's preparatory ministers' meetings in Cancún, Teixeira said negotiators needed to show they can produce concrete agreements to restore faith in the international talks for a global climate deal. more



Gouged Earth: Big Part of Oil Sands Carbon Footprint

November 4, 2010
Andrew Nikiforuk, The Tyee

The carbon footprint of oil sands mining projects caused by land disturbance is greater than that of highly destructive bio-fuel projects in Indonesia, says a new study by U.S. and Canadian researchers. more




Carbon capture storage: friend or foe of climate change?

November 4, 2010
Lauren Kelleher, Reportage

In March this year, the New South Wales government announced the allocation of $28.3 million to develop the state’s first large scale commercial carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility. more




Let's Hope Minister Prentice Means It: Environmental Defence

November 3, 2010
Matt Price, The Tyee

Let's begin with what may be a surprise: we at Environmental Defence agree with much of what federal Environment Minister Prentice has said in recently regarding the tar sands industry. In particular, we were pleased with his comment on that industry's role in meeting national greenhouse pollution reduction targets -- that he intends ". . . to deal with all sorts of emissions in Canada in order to achieve those targets," and that "No one, including the oil sands, will receive a bye in that process." more



How scientists are creating a glimpse of the climate change future

November 3, 2010

Every year the world loses thousands of hectares of land as rising sea levels engulf coastal areas.

By the end of this century the sea is expected to rise another 18 to 59cm, threatening heavily populated coastlines such as Bangladesh and entirely destroying other nations such as the Maldives. more




Nature doesn't care what you think

November 2, 2010
Nick Ward, Comox Valley Echo

The science is clear. Carbon dioxide and methane are causing real climate change and the source of excess greenhouse gases is human activity. Among scientists, there is little debate. The theory is accepted.

That's not to say there is no debate. Outside the cloistered world of science, debate rages but this is a scientific question, non-scientists don't get a say. If ten doctors tell you that you have lung cancer, you understand the consequences and they frighten you. You don't ask the cigarette retailer for his opinion. You take action. more




Climate change multiplies natural disasters

October 30, 2010
Paul Weinberg, InterPressService

The world is ill-prepared for the human toll from the expected increase in floods, droughts and extreme storms and hurricanes on the horizon.

So say experts like Peter Walker, director of the Tufts University-based Feinstein International Center near Boston. In late 2008, his organisation authored a report titled "Humanitarian Costs of Climate Change" for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. more




Gov't moves to assume carbon-capture liability

November 2, 2010
Hannieke Brooymans, Edmonton Journal

The Alberta government introduced legislation Monday that would see the province assume long-term liability for carbon dioxide pumped underground in the province.

Energy Minister Ron Liepert said the liability role needed to be picked up by a long-term organization such as the government. more




Why the United Nations (UN) climate change talks are now largely irrelevant

November 3, 2010
Louise Gray, Telegraph

The panel of experts concluded that the UN talks will not force countries to reduce emissions, the only way to stop run away global warming, only economic self interest will do that. Instead environmentalists should be putting pressure on their own governments, business and wider society to act.

Michael Jacobs, a former adviser to Gordon Brown on climate change who is now at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London, said that the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) had made a “fundamental mistake” by expecting countries to sign up to binding targets to reduce emissions. more




Climate Change Puts Food Security At Risk

November 3, 2010
Ubaidillah Masli, Brunei Times

Developing nations, particularly those lying near the equator, will need to adapt to increasing higher temperatures as the impacts of climate change threaten their agricultural output, and in turn, food security. more




Alberta gives oilpatch $1B a year in 'subsidies,' says study

November 3, 2010
Kelly Dryderman, Calgary Herald

The Alberta government provides about $1 billion a year in subsidies to the oil industry, but not necessarily to the benefit of the province's workers or the environment, according to a new report examining the benefits and trade-offs of government support. more




Political shift won't help oilsands plight

November 3, 2010
Richard Cuthbertson, Calgary Herald

American voters will likely turf Democrats in favour of Republicans, but the shift in U.S. politics expected in Tuesday's mid-term election won't suddenly spell smooth sailing for Alberta's efforts to sell the oilsands south of the border. more




Climate change computer game released by Oxford company

November 3, 2010

An Oxfordshire company is challenging people to save the planet from climate change through a computer game.

The games developer Red Redemption has created 'Fate of the World' which puts the Earth's future in players' hands. more




Study ranks nations' vulnerability to global warming

November 2, 2010
Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post

Several Asian countries are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change over the next three decades, according to a new study by a British firm specializing in risk analysis. more




China Says Nations Have a `Common Duty, Responsibility' on Climate Change

November 2, 2010
John Duce, Bloomberg

A Chinese climate change official said countries share “a common duty and responsibility” to tackle the issue, even in the absence of an international agreement on what steps to take.

Nations shouldn’t delay acting on climate change, Sun Zhen, deputy general counsel at the National Development and Reform Commission’s department of climate change, said at a global warming forum in Hong Kong today. “Evidence of the effects of climate change is there,” he said. more




Californians Vote Up or Down on Saving the Climate

November 2, 2010
Dan McKinney, The Tyee

It has all the makings of a blockbuster movie -- Arnold Schwarzenegger battles alien powers while planet Earth's future hangs in the balance. But what sounds like Hollywood boilerplate is actually the story reaching its climax today in California.

And how people vote in that state will be felt soon enough here in British Columbia. Because the success or failure of Proposition 23 is going to have a major effect on whether the climate policies set in motion by Premier Gordon Campbell will gain momentum or lose a key regional partner. more




Canadian government tough on crime but AWOL on pollution

November 2, 2010
Rick Smith and Marlo Raynolds, Troy Media

Tough on crime. Tough on people smugglers. Tough on prison pensions. The list of things the federal government is getting tough on continues to grow – with a glaring exception. If the intention is to project a “getting tough” image, we need to be consistent and get tough on polluters.

Specifically, why is the federal government standing weakly on the sidelines while the oil sands industry makes a mockery of its national commitments to reduce global warming pollution? more




Stelmach agrees to Fort Chipewyan visit

November 2, 2010
Carol Christian, Fort McMurray Today

Premier Ed Stelmach will be going to Fort Chipewyan, but when that trip happens has yet to be determined.

The trip from Fort McMurray to the aboriginal community downstream from oilsands development is thanks to the efforts of Stand With Fort Chipewyan, a student advocacy group spearheaded out of the University of Alberta. more




Cap-and-trade likely on hold: Prentice

November 2, 2010
CBC News

Federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice expects a North American cap-and-trade plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions will move to the back burner if Republicans make expected gains Tuesday in U.S. midterm elections. more




UPDATE 1-IEA: $70-$90 price needed for unconventional oil

November 2, 2010
Reuters Africa

An oil price range of $70-90 per barrel is needed to stimulate investment in unconventional oil resources, Nobuo Tanaka, executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), said on Tuesday. more




European politicians to tour the oilsands

November 1, 2010
Frank Landry, QMI Agency

European decision makers touring the oilsands want to learn more about why hundreds of ducks died last month in a toxic tailings pond.

Members of the European Parliament are in Alberta this week as part of an annual fact-finding trek to Canada. more




Dead ducks and resource curses

November 2, 2010
Keith Stewart, NOW

One could be forgiven for thinking that the ducks, who are once again dying in the hundreds in Albertan tar sands tailings ponds, are trying to tell us something.

But before we get too smug, imagining that the fowl message is intended only for missing-in-action government regulators in Ottawa or Calgary or the conscience of oil executives, we should consider that they might be trying to warn us about a much more pervasive curse. more




Largest Donor To Prop 23 Has Ties To Alberta Tar Sands

November 2, 2010
Gina-Marie Cheeseman, TriplePundit

By now if you know anything about California’s ballot initiative Proposition 23 then you are familiar with the Texas oil company Valero. Besides being the largest donor to the pro-Proposition 23 campaign, Valero has ties to the tar sands in Alberta, BC, Canada. The Texas oil company owns several Alberta area refineries. Bill Day, Valero spokesperson, calls Canada “a tremendous potential supplier for us.” more




WWF prescribes recipe for climate success in Mexico

November 2, 2010

With another round of preparatory climate change talks starting in Mexico City this week to get ready for the Cancun climate summit, WWF is publishing a list of “policy prescriptions” for eleven of the world’s most influential nations to bring to the table of the UN climate negotiations. more




Study details trade-off between growing crops, climate change

November 2, 2010
Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A new study led by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison underscores the often conflicting goals of feeding a growing global population and working to combat climate change.

The study, published online Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, provides a detailed picture of how clearing land for farming also releases greenhouse gases into the environment. more




Climate Change Expanding Dead Zones in Great Lakes, Other Waters

October 29, 2010
Haley Walker, Onearth

Areas of low oxygen are 30 times more prevalent in the nation’s waterways now than they were in 1960, according to a recent federal report. And climate change means they will continue to worsen. more




How Climate Change Influences Children

October 29, 2010
Francie Diep, Envrionment Blog

Polar bears and coral reefs are the usual poster children for victims of climate change—human children don’t usually come to mind. But it turns out that kids, too, are at special risk, especially if they live in the developing world, according to a new report published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Already, 86 percent of deaths linked to climate change happen in children under five years old, according to the World Health Organization. more




Is climate science disinformation a crime against humanity?

November 1, 2010
Donald Brown, Guardian

Although there is an important role for scepticism in science, for almost 30 years some corporations have supported a disinformation campaign about climate change science.

It may be reasonable to be somewhat sceptical about climate change models, these untruths are not based upon reasonable scepticism but outright falsification and distortions of climate change science. more




System needed to monitor oceans' vital stats, warn of disasters: scientists

October 31, 2010
Alison Auld, The Canadian Press

Scientists are urging governments around the world to pour billions of dollars into a high-tech network of devices that would monitor the ocean's vital signs and warn of floods, droughts and other natural disasters.

An international consortium of researchers is in Beijing this week to press for an expanded ocean-based system that could identify salinity, temperature and anomalies that might alert countries to everything from earthquakes to tsunamis and droughts. more




Shifting sands threaten Mali's remote communities

November 1, 2010
Madeleine Bunting, Guardian

Last month, Madeleine Bunting visited Mali to see the impact of climate change on the west African county. In Anakila, the effects are stark, as the community tries to prevent a sand dune encroaching on the remote town. more




Corruption drain on forest carbon schemes

November 1, 2010
Graham Lloyd, The Australian

AUSTRALIA could waste hundreds of millions of dollars on forest carbon schemes in Third World countries.

This would occur unless more was done to combat corruption, the nation's peak aid agencies have warned. more




The water crisis and climate change

October 29, 2010
Leon Gettler, G Online

The extreme fallout from the decision to slash people’s water entitlements in the Murray-Darling Basin highlights the significance of water as an environmental issue.

This water shortage is closely linked to climate change. The 13-year drought might have broken in Australia, but the problem is not going away. Research released by the South Eastern Australian Climate Initiative, reported here, reveals that the Murray-Darling Basin and much of the south-east of Australia is getting drier, despite the long overdue rains this year. more




Climate change requires shift similar to smoking, slavery - professor

October 28, 2010
Douglas Fischer,

Maybe what we have here isn't just a failure to communicate.

Addressing climate change requires a shift in cultural attitudes about greenhouse gas emissions on a scale similar to the rise of abolitionism in the 19th century, according to a new study. more




Arctic ice in ‘death spiral’ means civil resistance is our best hope

October 30, 2010
Simon Butler, Green Left

Not so long ago, the polar ice sheet made it almost impossible to circle the North Pole by sea.

But in June, two boats set off to do just that. By mid October, both returned to port successful — the first ships to sail around the pole in a single summer season. more




Students give Alberta premier air ticket to visit community affected by oilsands

October 28, 2010
The Canadian Press

Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach has one more reason to fly north to see firsthand the health impacts of the oilsands.

University students lobbying to have the government deal with the health issue have presented Stelmach's aides with a $220 open-ended, round-trip air ticket to Fort Chipewyan. more




Tar sands: Ottawa has to step in

October 28, 2010
The Star

Alberta’s rapidly expanding tar sands are creating double trouble: an environmental mess that feeds a public relations disaster. The latest example: hundreds more ducks were killed after landing in yet another tar sands tailings pond this week.

The province’s response has stressed damage control so far: a high-octane public relations counterattack bankrolled by Alberta’s $25 million war chest. Meanwhile, the federal government has basically abdicated responsibility to the province. more




IPCC vice-chair: Attacks on climate science echo tobacco industry tactics

October 28, 2010
Damian Carrington, Guardian

The attacks on climate science that were made ahead of the Copenhagen climate change summit were "organised" to undermine efforts to tackle global warming and mirror the earlier tactics of the tobacco industry, according to the vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). more




More ducks dead after landing in oilsands ponds

October 27, 2010
Frank Landry, QMI Agency

Some northern residents fear more waterfowl will die on Alberta's toxic tailings ponds unless the government takes action.

It comes as this week's death toll rose to nearly 400. The birds had to be euthanized after landing on tailings ponds near Fort McMurray Monday night, presumingly forced down by bad weather. more




Futuristic climate schemes to get U.N. hearing

October 27, 2010
Alister Doyle, Reuters

Futuristic schemes for slowing climate change such as dimming sunlight are fraught with risks but will get a serious hearing from the U.N. panel of climate scientists, a leader of the panel said on Wednesday.

Thomas Stocker, co-chair of the panel's working group examining climate science, said some so-called geo-engineering solutions could disrupt world rainfall and might backfire by causing abrupt temperature rises if they go wrong. more




230 ducks euthanized after landing on Syncrude tailings pond

October 27, 2010

At least 230 ducks had to be euthanized after landing on a Syncrude tailings pond, with new reports emerging that ducks also landed in tailings ponds owned by Suncor and Shell. more




Oxfam climate change ad cleared by regulator

October 27, 2010
Mark Sweney, Guardian

Oxfam has won the right to continue to claim in marketing campaigns that climate change is directly responsible for killing people, after the advertising watchdog dismissed complaints that the assertion could not be proven.

The charity ran a poster advertising campaign that stated: "People dying thanks to climate change is a long way off. About 5,000 miles, give or take ... Our politicians have the power to help get a climate deal back on track." more





October 22, 2010
Ben O'Halloran, Murdoch Independent

Thousands of journalists, world leaders and scientists descended on Denmark last year for the 15th United Nations conference on climate change in Copenhagen.

The media coverage of the conference was unprecedented even though it turned out to be a fizzer.

So what happened to Mexico? more




The American gorilla in the oilsands

October 26, 2010
Vivian Krause, The Vancouver Sun

There has never been a major oil spill in Vancouver harbour, but last week protesters who say a spill is inevitable took kayaks and canoes out into the water to stare down any oil tankers they could find. more




Oilsands offensive opens British front

October 26, 2010
Jason Fekete, Calgary Herald; Postmedia News

Piccadilly Square in London is the latest international site in the Alberta government's oilsands marketing campaign.

On the heels of an Alberta government ad in New York's Times Square, the government of Premier Ed Stelmach is spending $30,000 on prooilsands electronic billboard ads in the heart of the British capital. more




Increased shipping likely to accelerate climate change as Arctic warms

October 26, 2010

Washington, Oct 26 (ANI): Scientists have revealed that as the ice-capped Arctic Ocean warms, ship traffic will increase at the top of the world.

And if the sea ice continues to decline, a new route connecting international trading partners may emerge - but not without significant repercussions to climate, says a U.S. and Canadian research team that included a University of Delaware scientist. more




World Bank Urges Collective Action to Reduce Climate Change and Natural Disasters Impacts on Asian Economies

October 26, 2010
The World Bank Group

Seoul, Korea, October 26, 2010 — The World Bank today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding later this year with the Government of Korea, to strengthen cooperation and sharing of expertise in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation among Asian nations. This is "both timely and relevant, given the increasing convergence of the disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation agendas," said World Bank Sector Director for Sustainable Development in the East Asia and Pacific region (EAP), John Roome, pledging Bank's support for the implementation of the Incheon road map at a high level plenary of the 4th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction here today. more




G20 summit to confront climate change

October 26, 2010
Koh Young-aah, The Korea Herald

As the premier forum for global economic coordination, the Group of 20 has focused on overcoming the financial crisis and promoting balanced growth.

The finance chiefs’ meeting over the weekend added credentials to the gathering of the world’s biggest economies with agreement to prevent a currency war and reform the International Monetary Fund. 

Preoccupied with those pressing issues, the G20 meeting sidelined other critical challenges from climate change to resources, and to human security. more




First Nations Women to Speak Out in Toronto against Tar Sands

October 25, 2010
Kathleen Airdrie, suite101

National First Nations Women's Speakers Tour on Tar Sands will hold an event October 27, 2010 at the University of Toronto.

The women’s tour is sponsored by several organizations concerned with the devastation caused by the massive projects’ degradation of the land. more




Want to Learn More about Climate Change?

October 25, 2010
Scientific American

Some people, such as Judith Curry, raise questions about the way climate policy is conducted and criticize specific aspects of climate science, but scientists--including Curry herself--broadly agree on the fundamentals: that the climate is warming, and that greenhouse gas emissions from human activity is the leading cause. Scientific American has covered aspects of this issue for 50 years, starting with an article in July 1959 ("Carbon Dioxide and Climate," by Gilbert N. Plass). We offer a selection of articles about root causes of climate shifts, possible solutions to the problem, and policy-related aspects. We hope these articles will help in continuing the discussion of this issue--perhaps the most important facing humans today. more




Cancun Could Start `Concrete Actions' on Climate, Senior EU Official Says

October 25, 2010
Ewa Krukowska, Bloomberg

Negotiators may be able to agree on ways to adapt to climate change, transfer technologies and slow deforestation when they meet next month in Cancun, Mexico, a senior European Union official said today. more




A New Kind of Crime Against Humanity?: The Fossil Fuel Industry's Disinformation Campaign On Climate Change

October 24, 2010
Donald A. Brown, Climate Ethics

This post examines the question of whether some US companies are guilty of a new kind of vicious crime against humanity that the world has yet to classify. This post is not meant to be a polemic but a call for serious engaged reflection about deeply irresponsible corporate-sponsored programs that have potentially profound harsh effects upon tens of millions of people living around the world, countless millions of future generations, and the ecological systems on which life depends. more




Alberta Fueling California's Anti-Green Politics

October 25, 2010
Geoff Dembicki, The Tyee

The biggest funder of a campaign to suspend American climate change legislation has strong ties to Alberta's oil sands.

Proposition 23, as the initiative is known, has become one of the most contested issues of California's upcoming election. It would put the state's strict greenhouse gas standards in limbo, and could imperil an international climate deal that B.C. helped pioneer. more




Mali's women face an even tougher future

October 25, 2010
Madeline Bunting, Guardian

Even in the remote villages in eastern Mali when we pitch up, dusty and tired, children crowd around us eager for photographs. They love looking at the replay to find their faces reproduced in tiny form on the back of the camera. As I flicked through the images, I found an old one of my 14-year-old daughter and explained who she was. A group of elderly women pressed forward to have a look at this unfamiliar image of a blonde English girl. One woman, her face creased and lined with age, looked at me with astonishment, "So, you are an old woman," she said to me. I laughed and agreed that I was, indeed, an old woman. But as we looked each other in the eye, we both saw the gulf in our life experiences: we were probably about the same age but she looked 20 years older. more




Tea Party climate change deniers funded by BP and other major polluters

October 24, 2010
Suzanne Goldenberg, Guardian

BP and several other big European companies are funding the midterm election campaigns of Tea Party favourites who deny the existence of global warming or oppose Barack Obama's energy agenda, the Guardian has learned.

An analysis of campaign finance by Climate Action Network Europe (Cane) found nearly 80% of campaign donations from a number of major European firms were directed towards senators who blocked action on climate change. These included incumbents who have been embraced by the Tea Party such as Jim DeMint, a Republican from South Carolina, and the notorious climate change denier James Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma. more




Economist charts new oil realities

October 25, 2010
Martin Cash, Winnipeg Free Press

JEFF Rubin says he believes that regardless of the scientific debate about how much oil might be left in the ground, its price will continue to escalate -- maybe even back to $100-plus per barrel level in a matter of weeks. more




ImagineNATIVE 2010: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change

October 24, 2010
CBC News

Last night, I went to see the documentary Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change, which was a sold -out event at the Al Green Theatre. Directed by Zacharias Kunuk and Ian Mauro, the doc was shot in Inuktitut with English subtitles and preceded by Inuit High Kick, a short film made by Aleathea Arnaquq-Baril. 

Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change explains how the thawing permafrost, shrinking ice and warmer weather of the Arctic affect its people. It also reveals the realities of indigenous and scientific thought, and what can happen when the two intersect. more



Why So Many People Are Wrong About Climate Change (Video)

October 24, 2010
Brian Merchant, TreeHugger

Why are so many people flat-out wrong about climate change? Why is it that there's a huge, sturdy foundation of scientific evidence supporting the idea that humans are warming the atmosphere, with a nearly unprecedented consensus among scientists that this is the case--and yet plenty of people still don't believe it? I caught up with Kathryn Schulz, the author of Being Wrong and former editor of Grist, at this year's Poptech to get her take: more



As the sea ice melts, so melts the Arctic

October 23, 2010
Jeffrey Simpson, The Globe and Mail

The Harper government, to its credit, put in a great deal of money to fund Canada’s participation in the International Polar Year, 2007-2008. For a government that doesn’t like talking about climate change and has among its supporters many who don’t think the Earth is warming, the results might be disturbing. more



We must take radical action to address climate change

October 23, 2010
Nathalie Heiberg-Harrison, The Delta Optimist

The World Wildlife Federation just released its 2010 Living Planet report, which includes more than 100 exceptionally uplifting pages about how, at this rate of consumption, we would need about 1.5 planets to sustain our habits. By 2030 the federation estimates we'll need two. more



Climate change funds fall short

October 23, 2010
Mike De Souza, Postmedia News

The Harper government is falling short on its "fair share" of a $30-billion international fund to deal with climate change, according to a breakdown provided by Environment Canada and a recent analysis by an environmental think-tank. more



The Dalai Lama on Global Warming

October 22, 2010
Zoe, It's Getting Hot In Here

I was in the same room as his Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama for approximately 1.5 hours this afternoon. He made a visit to Toronto, Canada to address a crowd of over 30,000 in what could be summarized as a lesson of kindness. more



Alberta government splashes new pro-oilsands ads in London

October 22, 2010
Jason Fekete, Calgary Herald

First we take Manhattan, then we take . . . London?

Indeed, Piccadilly Square in London, England is the next major media centre the Alberta government is targeting in its oilsands and environmental marketing campaign. more



Investors Warned of Hidden Financial Risks of Water Shortages

October 22, 2010
Lisa Song, SolveClimate

An economic study released yesterday on ongoing and worsening water shortages in municipalities from Georgia to California is sending a warning signal to the investment community and highlighting the link between environmental and financial security.

Called The Ripple Effect , the study warns investors of the hidden risks embedded in bonds backing public water utilities and municipal power plants, increasingly vulnerable to water shortages due to climate change. more



Climate Change a Trojan Horse for Alien Species Invasion?

October 22, 2010
David Braun, National Geographic

Changing climate conditions and the massive invasions of exotic species introduced by human migration and the global economy are two of the biggest factors driving native species and habitats toward extinction. Now a new study finds that the combination of climate change and invasive species is compounding the devastation of ecosystems. more



Syncrude pays $3M penalty for duck deaths

October 22, 2010
CBC News

Oilsands giant Syncrude Canada will pay a $3-million penalty in the case of 1,600 ducks that died in one of its tailings ponds. more



Alberta Clipper challenge rejected

October 22, 2010
Dina O'Meara, Calgary Herald

A U.S. court has ruled in favour of Enbridge Inc.' s Alberta Clipper bitumen pipeline in a case that pitted environmental and aboriginal groups against high-ranking government offi-cials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. more



Scientists' diplomacy role must grow: panel

October 21, 2010
Emily Chung, CBC News

The failure of recent climate change talks shows scientists need to be more involved in diplomatic relations concerning global problems, say former Canadian and U.S. diplomats. more



Hamilton: If you can’t take the heat…

October 21, 2010
Tyler Hamilton, The Star

A couple of years back I bought a tiny device that looks like a cross between a windmill and one of those oil pump-jacks scattered across Alberta.

When I place the device on a cup of hot coffee it begins to slowly pump and spin. After a few seconds of gathering momentum it moves quite fast, powered only by the hot air rising from the coffee cup. more



Arctic warming at near record pace

October 21, 2010
The Associated Press

The temperature is rising again in the Arctic, with the sea ice cover dropping to one of the lowest levels on record, climate scientists say.

The new Arctic Report Card, released Thursday, "tells a story of widespread, continued and even dramatic effects of a warming Arctic," said Jackie Richter-Menge of the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facility. more



US climate envoy says global deal on carbon emissions still possible in Cancun

October 22, 2010
The Associated Press

BEIJING, China - A global agreement to curb carbon emissions is possible at an upcoming U.N. climate conference but hinges on the efforts and political will of countries, the U.S. climate envoy Todd Stern said Friday in Beijing. more



A Century of Worsening Drought

October 22, 2010

A second report in as many weeks points to a much drier planet emerging as a result of climate change.

Researchers from the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research conclude that the warming global climate will likely create increasingly dry conditions across much of the globe over at least the next 30 years. more



Why Research Alone Won’t Fix the Climate

October 22, 2010
David Leonhardt, The New York Times

Robert Stavins, the environmental economist, argues that more funds for clean energy research will not, alone, solve climate change. Governments will also have to raise the cost of dirty energy, more



WHO: Climate change treaty must address health issues

October 22, 2010

New Delhi, Oct 22, 2010 (Coal Geology) The World Health Organisation (WHO) said next month’s climate change conference in Mexico must address health concerns in any legally-binding agreement on mitigating the impacts of global warming as it threatens human health. more



Climate change through the eyes of West Coast First Nations

October 21, 2010
Stefania Seccia, Westerly News

With the change of the climate so have technological responses progressed to map it.

Clayoquot Sound residents are utilizing a new web-based mapping tool on the effects of climate change to cultural data and much more, called the Living Atlas. more



Oilsands giant Syncrude faces sentencing for duck deaths

October 21, 2010
Darcy Henton, Postmedia News

ST. ALBERT, Alta. — A judge will sentence Syncrude Canada Friday on federal and provincial charges stemming from the deaths of more than 1,600 ducks on one of its oilsands tailings pond two years ago. more



Making BC a Green Jobs Machine

October 21, 2010
Tom Sandborn, TheTyee

What's wrong with this picture? In B.C., taxpayers spend millions to subsidize mining, oil and gas industries, which create a third of all our climate-wrecking green house gases but only 1.2 per cent of provincial employment. Add in the manufacturing sector and the freight and transportation sector, and the imbalance is equally striking. Creating 81 per cent of B.C. emissions, these sectors only employ 15.5 per cent of B.C. workers. more



Scientist demands end to America's 'addiction to oil'

October 21, 2010

A scientist for the National Wildlife Federation, Doug Inkley, has criticised what he described as America's "addiction to oil". Inkley stated it is ultimately responsible for the Deepwater Horizon disaster earlier this year.

Inkley commented on the incident, six months after the explosion which killed eleven rig workers and resulted in over 170 million gallons of crude oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico causing damage to marine and wildlife habitats as well as the Gulf's fishing and tourism industries. more



Neb. governor protests pipeline plan

October 21, 2010
Ed Brayton, The Michigan Messenger

Gov. Dave Heineman of Nebraska has written a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton raising concerns that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry tar sands crude oil from Alberta, Canada to Texas and span some 300 miles through his state, could leak and contaminate the nation’s largest and most important aquifer. more



U.N. urged to freeze climate geo-engineering projects

October 21, 2010
Chisa Fujioka, Reuters Africa

The United Nations should impose a moratorium on "geo-engineering" projects such as artificial volcanoes and vast cloud-seeding schemes to fight

climate change, green groups say, fearing they could harm nature and mankind.The risks were too great because the impacts of manipulating nature on a vast scale were not fully known, the groups said at a major U.N. meeting in Japan aimed at combatting increasing losses of plant and animal species. more



Climate change may result in tipping point for populations, not just species

October 21, 2010
sify news

Researchers have indicated that as the Earth's climate gets warmer, species are expected to shift their geographical ranges away from the equator or to higher elevations.

"This study illustrates the critical need for long-term research to address our most pressing ecological challenges," Nature quoted Saran Twombly, program director in the National Science Foundation (NSF)'s Division of Environmental Biology, which funded the research, as saying. more



Climate change threatens emerging superpowers, warns report

October 21, 2010

Some of the "big economies of the future" are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, according to a new study published today.

UK consultancy Maplecroft identified Bangladesh and India as the two countries facing the greatest risks to their populations, ecosystems and business environments after ranking 170 countries based on their exposure to climate-related natural disasters and their social, economic and political ability to adapt to a changing climate. more



First nations continue tar sands pushback

October 20, 2010
Caitlin Sislin, High Country News

George Poitras of the Mikisew Cree First Nation – a tribal nation whose traditional homeland lies downstream from Canada’s Athabascan tar sands – articulated the devastating impacts of oil development on traditional peoples when he said, “if we don't have land and we don't have anywhere to carry out our traditional lifestyles, we lose who we are as a people.”  A decision by the U.S. State Department this week represents a significant step towards the preservation of the homeland and culture of indigenous peoples impacted by the tar sands. more



Greenpeace calls for tougher fuel efficiency standards

October 20, 2010
660 News

Greenpeace is calling on the European Union to implement tougher fuel efficiency regulations.

If the plan is adopted, car companies would have to make vehicles go a lot further on less gas.  

Keith Stewart with Greenpeace says, it would eliminate the need for Europe to import oil from dangerous sources including the Alberta oilsands. more



Feds failing to meet legal obligations regarding oilsands, report says

October 20, 2010
Mike De Souza, Postmedia News

OTTAWA — The federal government is contributing to international controversy over the oilsands by failing to live up to its legal and constitutional responsibilities to regulate the industry, says a new report released on Wednesday.

The analysis, Duty Calls: Federal responsibility in Canada's oilsands, highlights at least five different laws that require the government to act, not including its constitutional responsibilities toward aboriginal peoples. more



Why Europe Could Decide Fate of Canada's Oil Sands

October 20, 2010
Geoff Dembicki, The Tyee

High-ranking Canadian officials and several of the world's largest oil companies are fighting attempts by the European Union to deal with climate change. They're lobbying heavily against a fuel standard provision proposed last year, which they fear will restrict energy imports from Alberta's oil sands, a high emitter of greenhouse gases.

This informal coalition scored a major victory earlier this March, and is now doing all it can to defend it. more



Why the OECD tore a strip off Alberta

October 20, 2010
Jeffrey Simpson, The Globe and Mail

Forget Hollywood director James Cameron, who swept through Alberta recently to draw attention to the environmental problems of the oil/tar sands. He came and went, cameras in tow, his visit largely (if wrongly) dismissed by defensive locals as a publicity stunt.

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, however, can’t be so easily dismissed. In diplomatic language, the organization tore a strip off Alberta for its short-sightedness in energy policy. In contrast to Norway and Chile, the OECD found that Alberta isn’t building up a fund from oil and gas revenues to be used for the benefit of future generations. more



Set limits on oil sands water use: DFO report

October 19, 2010
Geoff Dembicki

Without clear limits on water use, oil sands operations could damage aquatic life in northern Alberta, a federal government agency has noted.

“A flow should be established for the Lower Athabasca River below which there would be no water withdrawal,” reads a recent report from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). more



Gulf Coast land loss could add up to $350 billion by 2030

October 20, 2010
Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune

Economic losses along the coasts of Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Alabama caused by rising seas, subsidence and hurricane damage could total $350 billion by 2030, if no steps are taken to counteract the effects of subsidence and global warming, according to a new report commissioned by Entergy Corp. and the America's WETLAND Foundation. more



Climate change affects health in Indonesia

October 20, 2010
Tommy Dharmawan, The Jakarta Post

Climate change is responsible for 2.4 percent of all cases of diarrhea worldwide and for 2 percent of all cases of malaria, according to the WHO.

Moreover, an estimated 150,000 deaths and 5.5 million “disability-adjusted life years” were recorded in 2000 due to climate change. “There is growing evidence that changes in global climate will have profound effects on the health and well-being of citizens in countries throughout the world. more



Bear attacks surge in Japan, climate change blamed

October 20, 2010

TOKYO — Bear attacks have shot up in Japan this year and sightings of the animals have spiked, a trend blamed on climatic changes and shifting land use patterns, officials and media reports said on Wednesday. more



Best loved wines at risk from climate change

October 20, 2010
Alasdair Cross, BBC News

Cava growers are battling to keep the wine's fizz, Burgundy is struggling with pinot noir grapes that ripen more quickly, and Argentina and Chile are moving wine production higher into the cool Andes - as climate change threatens the world's wines. more



New documentary recounts bizarre climate changes seen by Inuit elders

October 19, 2010
Guy Dixon, The Globe and Mail

Imagine how this feels: The land and weather are turning erratic and dangerous. Warmer, unpredictable winds are coming from strange directions. Severe floods threaten to wash away towns. And native animals, the food supply, aren’t behaving as they used to, their bodies less capable in the changing climate. more



Concerned About Jobs? Then You Should Be Concerned About Climate Change, Too -- Here's Why

October 19, 2010
Jeremy Brecher, Brendan Smith, and Lisa Hoyos, AlterNet

What will be the impact of climate change on California workers if the US and other countries around the world fail to significantly reduce green house gas emissions? In other words, what happens in a "do nothing" scenario? more



A Bad Climate for Food

October 19, 2010
Ben Gorssman-Cohen, The Huffington Post

Every day seems to bring a new story of the impacts of climate change on poor farmers and families around the world. Last week, the New York Times brought us a dramatic report of scorched farmland in the "heartland of the Fertile Crescent" where hundreds of thousands of people have fled as dispossessed farmers and their families in Syria and Iraq adjust to four consecutive years of drought. more 



What should we call people who care about climate change and clean energy?

OCtober 18, 2010
David Roberts,

This may not be the most important thing in the world, but it drives me crazy: What do you call people who care about climate change and clean energy (PCCCCE)? more



Much of planet could see extreme drought in 30 years: study

October 19, 2010

WASHINGTON — Large swathes of the planet could experience extreme drought within the next 30 years unless greenhouse gas emissions are cut, according to a study released Tuesday.

"We are facing the possibility of widespread drought in the coming decades, but this has yet to be fully recognized by both the public and the climate change research community," said National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) scientist Aiguo Dai, who conducted the study. more



Can the Canadian Economy Afford the Tar Sands?

October 19, 2010
Jeffrey Rubin, The Huffington Post

America is banking on a lot more Canadian bitumen exports to supply it with oil in the future. Already the single largest source of the US's imported oil, the Alberta tar sands' supply could soon comprise as much as almost a third of America's total oil imports--apart from the fact that it's far from clear whether or not the rest of the Canadian economy could afford the consequences. more



For Whistler IPO, what happens if it doesn’t snow?

October 18, 2010
Fabrice Taylor, The Globe and Mail

The preliminary prospectus for the initial public offering of Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. offers plenty to regale the ski enthusiast cum investor. But what it doesn’t much talk of, strangely enough, is the weather, particularly climate change.

There are only two references to the topic in the documents filed by the famed ski resort and they both gloss over the subject, although the issuer does acknowledge that a warming trend could lead to “material” consequences. more



Top 10 tips to cut fuel consumption

October 19, 2010
Graeme Fletcher, National Post

With the cost of regular gasoline hovering above $1 a litre, wasting this precious commodity is an expensive proposition that is placing a needless burden on the environment. With this in mind, the following are 10 fuel-saving tips that will help keep the air cleaner and more of your hard-earned cash in your wallet. more



In Kansas, Climate Skeptics Embrace Cleaner Energy

October 18, 2010
Leslie Kaufman, The New York Times

SALINA, Kan. — Residents of this deeply conservative city do not put much stock in scientific predictions of climate change.

“Don’t mention global warming,” warned Nancy Jackson, chairwoman of the Climate and Energy Project, a small nonprofit group that aims to get people to rein in the fossil fuel emissions that contribute to climate change. “And don’t mention Al Gore. People out here just hate him.” more



Water: Lake Mead Is at Record Low Levels. Is the Southwest Drying Up?

October 18, 2010
Brayn Walsh, TIME

The Hoover Dam may be the Eighth Wonder of the World, but to me the more impressive achievement has always been Lake Mead, the man-made reservoir—which can contain nearly 10 trillion gallons of water—that the dam holds back. Lake Mead is a vast, living tank of water in the middle of the Nevada desert, as unexpectedly remarkable as Las Vegas itself. But the lake is also a keystone in the complex irrigation system that keeps the parched  states of the American Southwest wet with the waters of the Colorado River. Las Vegas gets 90% of its water from Lake Mead, and the sight of the rocky reservoir filled to the brim has always been a reassuring sign for a town built on luck. more



Saying no to oil tankers off B.C. coast

October 18, 2010
Ian Austin, Global Toronto

Under the watchful eye of several security forces, a flotilla of protesters took to the waters off Vancouver Sunday to stop oil-tanker traffic along the fragile B.C. coast.

The Wilderness Committee, Greenpeace and No Tanks! had floating protesters, a rally at Second Beach in Stanley Park, and a swimming SOS at Third Beach as several police craft kept a wary eye. more



Adapt to climate change or face infrastructure crisis, experts warn

October 18, 2010
Michael Posner, The Globe and Mail

Global warming will wreak havoc on Canada’s infrastructure unless governments and individuals start adapting now, a panel of experts has told a Toronto gathering.

“We have a real crisis,” said Paul Kovacs, executive director of the London, Ont.-based Institute for Catastrophic Loss told a meeting on the environment held by the Royal Canadian Geological Society and the National Round Table on the Economy and the Environment. more



In Climate Denial, Again

October 17, 2010
The New York Times

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has to be smiling. With one exception, none of the Republicans running for the Senate — including the 20 or so with a serious chance of winning — accept the scientific consensus that humans are largely responsible for global warming. more



10:10 climate campaign gains support from four medical associations

October 18, 2010
Amy Fallon, The Guardian

Four medical associations signed up to the 10:10 campaign today, acknowledging climate change could pose the "biggest global health threat of the 21st century": the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Great Ormond Street hospital.

Tens of thousands of GPs and thousands of psychiatrists and the RCN will be encouraged to increase energy efficiency to reduce carbon emissions. more



Welcome to new world; Imperial boss says activism here to stay

October 17, 2010
Gary Park, Petroleum News

Bruce March, chief executive officer of Imperial Oil — 70 percent owned by ExxonMobil — delivered a dispassionate assessment of unconventional resource development (especially the oil sands and shale gas) earlier in October. more



Saying no to CO2

October 17, 2010
Sheila Pratt, Edmonton Journal

James Hansen is a physicist and head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space

Studies in New York. He is also a well known climate change expert and activist. Earlier this month he travelled to Alberta to address a public hearing into Total's plans to expand its Joslyn oilsand mine.

Here is an edited version of media interviews with Hansen. more



UN says global farm methods 'recipe for disaster'

October 17, 2010

GENEVA — The United Nations top official on the right to food has called for wholesale changes in farming methods to safeguard the environment and ensure everyone has enough to eat.

Olivier De Schutter, the UN special rapporteur on the right to food, said in a statement to mark World Food Day that there is currently "little to rejoice about," and "worse may still be ahead." more



Climate change activists blockade oil refineries near London

October 16, 2010

Climate change protesters have blockaded a road leading to a major oil refinery outside London, in order to slow the flow of fuel to the capital.

The demonstration on Saturday 16 October 2010 was organised by action group The Crude Awakening. It involved around 500 people. more



Ethiopia: Official says climate change causing migrations

October 16, 2010
Afrique en ligne

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Climate change is causing growing internal population migrations and displacements in Africa, a top official of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Chrysantus Ache, said Friday. Ache, the UNHCR representative at the African Union and the Economic Commission for Africa, said more and more people were on the move, escaping climate change-induced disasters such as droughts and flooding. more



On the record: Ted Morton

October 15, 2010
The Globe and Mail

Alberta Finance Minister Ted Morton visited The Globe and Mail editorial board on Thursday, October 14. The following are some excerpts from that conversation, which touched on the environment and energy, health care, Alberta’s finances, and provincial and federal politics. more



IPCC aims for clarity and relevance in new report

October 15, 2010
Richard Black, BBC News

Providing information that policymakers can use is key to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as work begins on its next global assessment.

The report, known as AR5, will focus on factors that materially affect people's lives, such as the Asian monsoon.

It will also look at what aspects of climate change might be irreversible. more



WTO official eyes trade rules on fossil fuel subsidies

October 15, 2010

GENEVA — A senior World Trade Organisation official said Thursday that hard thought must be given to WTO-enforced restrictions on multibillion dollar subsidies for polluting fuels such as oil and coal.

"Fossil fuel subsidy reform is undoubtedly one of the major tools in the hands of the international community to fight climate change," WTO Deputy Director General Harsha Vardhana Singh said at a conference hosted by the organisation on the issue. p://" target="_blank">more



Republican Global Warming Deniers Funded By Energy Industry

October 14, 2010
Lucia Graves, The Huffington Post

Pennsylvania Senate candidate Pat Toomey drew headlines when he said in a local radio interview on Friday, that the degree to which human activity is to blame for global warming is being "very much disputed" and "debated."

It's not the first time he's made the argument.

"There is much debate in the scientific community as to the precise sources of global warming," Toomey claimed in June. more



Climate: Why CO2 Is the "Control Knob" for Global Climate Change

October 14, 2010
Bryan Walsh, TIME

Not to use an overly technical term here, but there's a neat paper in this week's Science that explains clearly why carbon dioxide (CO2) is the main agent behind changes in the Earth's climate—now and in the geologic past. First a bit of background: one argument you might hear from skeptics of manmade climate change is that CO2 is much less important as an atmospheric warming agent than water vapor. more 



Water a precious commodity

October 13, 2010
Shelagh McNally, Postmedia News

Although water is plentiful in Canada today, studies suggest there may not be enough to go around for the generations to come.

Available water in southern Canada has been on a steady decline since 1971, according to research by Statistics Canada. The effect of climate change, poor management of stormwater run-off and antiquated sewage plants are contributing factors. more



Ontario applauded for replacing coal with clean energy

October 1, 2010
the Green Energy Act Alliance

Toronto – The Green Energy Act Alliance (GEAA), a coalition of farmers, First Nations, trade unionists, environmentalists and builders of clean energy, applauded today's announcement by the Ontario government that it is shutting down four coal-fired units today. more.



Pipe ruptures, spilling diesel fuel into the St. Lawrence River

September 29, 2010
Peter Rakobowchuk, The Canadian Press

Crews wearing face masks worked furiously in Montreal on Wednesday to clean up diesel fuel that spilled into the St. Lawrence River from a Petro-Canada refinery belonging to Suncor Energy Inc.

Officials with Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) said the source of the leak was a broken pipe and that the equivalent of about 35 barrels of low-sulphur diesel made it into the river. more



James Cameron Glides into the Tar Sands

September 30, 2010
Andrew Nikiforuk, The Tyee

James Cameron, one of the world's most famous story tellers, is the sort of Black Swan that multinational oil companies and Alberta politicians never imagined would land anywhere near their huge toxic tailing ponds in Canada's oil sands. Although imperfectly prepared for ducks and geese, neither big oil nor Canada's Saudi princes had any idea how to deter let alone welcome a big Hollywood bird.

Yet after three days of sponging up the energy-intensive nature of bitumen and the corrosive politics of oil sands development, Cameron, the Canadian-born son of an electrical engineer and a physics major, managed to say what no Canadian politician has had the courage to declare about the mega project: "It will be a curse if not managed properly or it could be a great gift if managed properly... Right now it's going in the wrong direction... I think the federal and provincial government need to play a stronger role." more



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September 30, 2010
Jodie Sinnema, Edmonton Journal

A Fort McMurray doctor plans to approach Alberta's health minister in the coming days to ask him to change or throw out a proposed staff bylaw that encourages doctors to advocate for patients internally before speaking publicly about public health issues.

Dr. Michel Sauve says the bylaw will muzzle doctors. They will be afraid they may lose their jobs or their hospital privileges if they talk to the media about their concerns before seeking permission internally from Alberta Health Services, Sauve said. more



Climate change and the limits of skepticism

September 30, 2010
Miriam Geronimus, The Daily Princetonian

Science is inherently uncertain. When scientists test a hypothesis, they can reject the hypothesis or support it, but they can never prove it. There is always the possibility that future research will qualify or even nullify previous work. But if I were to tell you that gravity is just a theory, you would laugh at me. The theory of gravity may have its limitations, but the understanding we gain from not rejecting its implications is vastly beneficial. The uncertainty of science is no reason to stand paralyzed in inaction. And it is no reason to pretend that something like climate change is still controversial or to refer to a skeptic like S. Fred Singer GS ’48 as an expert on par with leading climate scientists. more



Royal Society launches new short guide to the science of climate change

September 30, 2010
The Royal Society

The Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, has today launched a new short guide to the science of climate change.  The guide has been written to summarise the evidence and to clarify the levels of confidence associated with the current scientific understanding of climate change.  It makes clear what is well-known and established about the climate system, what is widely agreed but with some debate about details, and what is still not well understood. more



Paulette argues against oil sands

September 27, 2010
Paul Bickford, Northern News Services

Francois Paulette is pleased with his recent trip to Washington, D.C., as part of a delegation lobbying against Alberta's oil sands project with American legislators, particularly against a proposed pipeline to the U.S.

Paulette, a resident of Fort Fitzgerald, Alta., and a member of Smith's Landing First Nation, said the three-member delegation met with about nine representatives and senators during their Sept. 20 to 22 visit, along with several environmental organizations. more



Suncor Energy’s tailings-pond reclamation claims questioned

September 29, 2010
Richard Gilbert, Journal of Commerce

Suncor Energy claims to be the first oilsands producer to complete the surface reclamation of a tailings pond, but a sustainable energy think tank is not so sure this historic milestone has been achieved.

“We said we would be first to complete surface reclamation of a tailings pond and we have delivered on this important commitment,” said Rick George, Suncor president and CEO. more



U.S. court could put roadblock on oilsands equipment transport

September 29, 2010
Randy Boswell, Postmedia News

With Alberta already enduring this week's tension-filled tour of the oilsands by Canadian-born Avatar director James Cameron, another high-profile oilsands controversy -- this one with links to Brad Pitt and Robert Redford -- is about to move into the spotlight.

A U.S. court hearing Friday could put a major roadblock in front of a contentious bid by Imperial Oil to send more than 200 oversized truckloads of oilsands equipment along a highway that winds through Idaho and Montana en route to an open-pit bitumen operation in northern Alberta. html">more



Richest nations criticised over aid

September 28, 2010
Press Association

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Members of the Group of 77 said developed countries were responsible for challenges such as global warming that the poorer nations were now grappling with.

The group called for better co-operation among the developing nations and joint action on global challenges such as climate change, food security and poverty to promote their own interests. more



Copenhagen climate accord won't do the job, say scientists

September 29, 2010
Emma Woollacott, TG Daily

The Copenhagen Accord is so full of holes that even if countries stick to their targets there could still be a 4.2-degree rise in temperature by 2100, says a new report.

As the United Nations Climate Change Conference kicks off, a new report in IOP Publishing's Environmental Research Letters describes how, due to lack of global action to date, there's little chance of keeping the global temperature increase down to two degrees, as  targeted in the Accord. more




Avatar director to help fund oilsands fight

September 28, 2010
CBC News

Film director James Cameron has promised to help people in Fort Chipewyan fund possible litigation against the government over oilsands development in northern Alberta, according to the local chief.

"He didn't express the fact that how much he would be able to contribute, but he did express the fact that he will help in some way," said Allan Adam, chief of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. more



German town resists carbon capture and storage scheme

September 28, 2010
Dennis Maschmann, Deutsche Welle

Energy giant Vattenfall is currently testing its procedurascript">e for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in a part of eastern Germany known as Lausitz.

"We're working on a process to remove CO2 from waste gas. That way we're hoping to make the process of generating electricity from brown coal climate-friendlier", said Vattenfall's Lutz Picard who shows visitors around daily to explain how the company wants to make coal production green. more



A Troubling Decline in the Caribou Herds of the Arctic

September 23, 2010
Ed Struzik, Environment 360

In late July, a group of Inuit hunters set off by boat along the west coast of Banks Island to search for Peary caribou, which inhabit the Arctic archipelago of Canada. Roger Kuptana, a 62-year-old Inuit who had grown up on the island, didn’t give his fellow hunters much chance of success in their hunt for the animals, the smallest caribou sub-species in North America.

“I think it’s a waste of gas,” Kuptana told me when I visited his modest home in Sachs Harbour, a traditional community of roughly 100 people on the island, not far from the Yukon-Alaska border. “There used to be a lot of caribou around here when I grew up. But now you have to travel pretty far north to find them on the island. It’s not just here. It seems like this happening everywhere.” more



Ice retreat threatens Arctic mammals

September 24, 2010
Scott Highleyman and Henry Huntington, Guelph Mercury

As the Arctic melts due to climate change, its iconic marine mammals are feeling the heat. The Arctic Ocean held less sea ice in June of this year than any previous June on record. For the last four summers, the ice melt has exceeded what even pessimistic climate models predicted only a few years ago.

Yet ice and its inhabitants define this region: take away the ice, take away the Arctic. Without wildlife conservation measures and a serious attempt to address climate change, the adverse impacts will only grow. more



Climate talks deadlocked as UN summit looms

September 27, 2010
The Canadian Press

Top officials, including Canada's environment minister, are lowering expectations that countries will leave a coming round of UN climate talks with a signed deal in hand.

The negotiations in Mexico have been touted as the saving grace of last year's Copenhagen summit. Negotiators in the Danish capital agreed they needed more time to broker a climate deal after deep schisms between countries threw the conference into disarray. more



History and Mathematics Make Higher Oil Prices Inevitable

September 27, 2010
John Polomny, Seeking Alpha

Every week the financial media make a big deal out of reporting the weekly crude oil inventories in the US. Traders will then bid the price of oil up or down based on these reports. The reporting is done with much fanfare from a correspondent who is strategically positioned on floor of the NYMEX to give the whole affair a sense of authority and importance. In fact the whole spectacle is Kabuki Theater unless you are a trader. There is never any discussion or analysis of long term secular demand trends in the emerging markets or what will have to be done on the supply side to accommodate this increased demand. My view is that commodities, and energy in particular, are going to become significantly more expensive and that this represents a huge long term investment theme. more



James Cameron set to visit oil sands

September 28, 2010
Josh Wingrove, The Globe and Mail

Hollywood director James Cameron arrived in Canada’s oil sandsMonday evening for a 48-hour, whirlwind look at an industry described by the director himself as a “black eye” on the country.

Mr. Cameron set up the trip after an invitation from the Alberta government and local aboriginal leaders, who have scrambled since to accommodate him. more



UPDATE: No pipeline in my back yard!

September 27, 2010
Roger Gray,

Last week you met some angry landowners in Wood County who are in the path of a proposed oil pipeline from Canada.

A new citizens groups called S.T.O.P. or Stop the Tarsands Oil Pipeline, was organized in Winnsboro.

Landowners who don’t want a pipeline under their property have vowed to fight it. more



Some new voices on climate change

September 28, 2010
Tim Wieclawski, Metro Ottawa

As a member of Canada’s youth delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Meetings, Carleton University Student Arielle Kayabaga is expecting some pressure from other countries. 

“Our country is a little bit slacking, but we want to be there to show that even though our politicians are slacking, we are not,” she said. more



A CONVENIENT TRUTH: Gearing Up For Climate Change Could Supercharge The Job Market

September 28, 2010
Dan Froomkin, The Huffington Post

Could one major crisis be solved.... by solving another?

If we're talking about the nation's desperately poor job market on the one hand, and the dire threat of climate change on the other, then the answer is: Quite possibly, yes. more



No, Double Hull Tankers Do Not Ensure 'Total Safety'

September 27, 2010

Mitch Anderson, The Tyee

Is it safe? That was the question posed last July when Mayor Gregor Robertson convened a special meeting of Vancouver city council to discuss increased oil tanker traffic through the treacherous waters of Burrard Inlet.

Vancouver has quietly become a major oil port, as the capacity of the Kinder Morgan pipeline from Alberta to Burnaby has recently been scaled up to 300,000 barrels per day. Every week several oil tankers squeeze through Second Narrows at the highest tides with less than two metres of water under the keel. These shipments have doubled over the last two years. more



Global Voices: Don't mock the messengers

September 27, 2010
Craig and Marc Kielburger, The Star

Oil executives can’t go far without meeting young people doused in molasses.

You could call it a fashion statement of sorts. Hey, if Lady Gaga can wear a dress made of raw meat to sustain her outrageous image, these activists can surely point out our society’s dependence on oil with a baking essential. more



Activist camp targets oilsands

September 26, 2010
Richard Liebrecht, QMI Agency

Green activists are huddling in camp to plot their next civil disobedience acts targeting the province's oilsands industry.

So says Mike Hudema, a Greenpeace campaigner in Alberta taking part in the weekend-long event at Camp Meywasin on Lake Wabamun for three-days of study and planning. more



Let MoD tackle climate, says Lucas

September 26, 2010
John Lichfield, The Independent

Responsibility for climate change should be transferred to the Ministry of Defence as the single most important threat facing the nation, the Green MP Caroline Lucas said yesterday. Only if global warming is classified as an issue of "national survival", like a military threat, will it be treated with the urgency it now needs, she told the Sustainable Planet conference in Lyon. more



NWT activist meets U.S. senators to protest pipeline

September 24, 2010
CJCD Mix 100 News

A long-time political activist in the Northwest Territories is trying to send a message to the American people about Alberta's oil sands and their impact on Northern waters. 

The U.S. government is considering a proposal to build the Keystone XL pipeline from Hardisy, Alberta to the southern states on the Gulf Coast. morep>



8 ways climate change can kill you

Sweltering summers and melting glaciers aren't the only effects of a warming planet. As global temperatures rise, weather patterns change, food becomes scarce and diseases spread. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that 150,000 people are killed by climate change-related issues every year, and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said that global warming poses as much of a threat to the world as war.8 ways climate change can kill yo

September 24, 2010
Mother Nature Network

Sweltering summers and melting glaciers aren't the only effects of a warming planet. As global temperatures rise, weather patterns change, food becomes scarce and diseases spread. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that 150,000 people are killed by climate change-related issues every year, and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said that global warming poses as much of a threat to the world as war. more



Maine Voices: Climate change is an emergency

September 24, 2010
Dr. Tony Owens & Dr. Paul Liebow, The Portland Press Herald

As emergency room doctors, we face crises every day. We recognize when vital signs are weak and we know what we need to do to restore health. We also know that sometimes it is too late for intervention.

Global warming and climate change are real and so are their impacts on public health. People with heart problems, asthma, the elderly, the very young and the homeless are vulnerable to extreme heat, like the record-breaking temperatures we had in Maine this summer. more



 China seeks binding climate treaty late 2011-report

September 24, 2010
Reuters Africa

China wants the world to seal a binding climate change treaty by late 2011, a Chinese negotiator said in a newspaper on Friday, blaming U.S. politics for impeding talks and making a deal on global warming impossible this year.

Li Gao, a senior Chinese negotiator on climate change, said his government would remain unyielding on issues of "principle" in the talks aimed at forging a successor to the Kyoto Protocol. The first period of that key treaty on fighting global warming expires at the end of 2012. more



Low-carbon energy revolution needed to prevent disruptions, agency says

September 23, 2010
Mike De Souza, Postmedia News

Consumers, industries and governments must scale up efforts toward a low-carbon energy revolution centred around renewable power to prevent economic and environmental catastrophe, a senior official with the International Energy Agency said Thursday.

In an interview with Postmedia News, Richard Jones, the deputy executive director of the France-based agency which advises governments on energy policy, said consumers will see prices going through the roof based on current trends unless the world stabilizes its energy system. more



Native leaders visit D.C. to lobby against oilsands expansion

September 22, 2010
Sheldon Alberts, Postmedia News

In the ongoing battle to sway American opinion about Canada’s vast oilsands, Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach scored a public relations coup last week when he hosted three U.S. senators on a tour of some of the biggest projects around the northern Alberta community of Fort McMurray.

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham returned to Washington with a glowing report, declaring Canadian oil “reliable, safe and secure” and vowing to do “everything I can” to ensure there are no obstacles to its future production and export to the U.S. market. more



Oilsands boss reaches out to green foes

September 23, 2010
Hanneke Brooymans,

An oilsands company executive said Wednesday he wants to sit at the table with environmentalists to work out a "progressive solution" to issues in the industry.

Marcel Coutu, CEO of Canadian Oil Sands and chairman of Syncrude's board, met with broadcaster and environmentalist David Suzuki last Friday in an apparent attempt to further that cause. Suzuki, however, said he rebuffed a request from Coutu, who asked him to broker a truce between energy companies and environmentalists. more



The Eighth Leaders’ Representative Meeting

September 21, 2010
Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate

The eighth Meeting at the Leaders’ representative level of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate took place in New York City, September 20 - 21, 2010. It was attended by officials from the seventeen major economies, as well as the United Nations, with Barbados, Denmark, Egypt, Singapore, and Spain also participating in the session. Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Grenada, Peru, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen were invited but unable to attend. Participants discussed how to advance prospects for a successful outcome at the climate negotiations in Cancun. more




Alberta road show defends tarsands

September 20, 2010
Rob Ferguson, The Star

Under attack from North American environmental groups over its tarsands, Alberta launched a charm offensive Monday extolling the economic benefits to Ontarians of extracting oil from the western soil. more



Science subject to political agenda

September 21, 2010
Ryan Bromsgrove, The Gateway

The Canadian government is ramming its lumbering, secretive, bureaucratic ignorance into science. As of the spring of 2010, scientists at Natural Resources Canada aren’t able to talk freely to the media — they require pre-approval from the office of Christian Paradis, the Minister of Natural Resources, who is a lawyer. And it doesn’t matter whether they’re studying something as non-political as ancient floods or as contentious as the oil sands — they still require his word before they can open their mouths. A politician has no business telling scientists which of their discoveries are suitable for the consumption of the press, and which are apparently so controversial the government must censor them. more



Greenpeace mocks Alberta energy board with giant 'rubber stamp'

September 20, 2010
The Canadian Press

Greenpeace has delivered a giant ‘rubber stamp’ to the Calgary office of Alberta's energy regulator to mock its high approval rating of oilsands projects. more



US climate change fighter now oil sands cheerleader

September 20, 2010
Geoff Dembicki, The Tyee

A Republican senator who once declared global warming an urgent issue – and willing to fight his party over it – referred last week to Alberta’s carbon-polluting oil industry as “a national treasure for Canada and the United States.”

One prominent climate change blogger is now convinced Graham has drunk the “tar sands Kool-Aid.” more



Oil sands in DC: the party never stops

September 20, 2010
Luiza Ch. Savage, Macleans

A delegation of indigenous leaders from Canada and the U.S. will hold a media briefing in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, September 22. The leaders are in the U.S. capital this week to discuss their concerns over the impacts of tar sands development with high-ranking officials in light of deliberations over the Keystone XL pipeline project. more



Climate change enlightenment was fun while it lasted. But now it's dead

September 20, 2010
George Monbiot, Guardian

The closer it comes, the worse it looks. The best outcome anyone now expects from December's clim


November 5, 2010
David Ljunggren, Allan Dowd & Rob Wilson, Yahoo News

Canadian Environment Minister Jim Prentice announced his resignation on Thursday, saying he will leave the high-profile government post for a senior position at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.

Prentice said the time had come for him to leave public service, but he has been frequently mentioned as a possible contender for the Conservative Party leadership should Prime Minister Stephen Harper decide to step aside. more

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