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Rising carbon emissions from oilsands a ‘unique’ challenge, federal cabinet told

CBC News
May 20, 2015
Margo McDiarmid, Environment Reporter

Canada may need international emissions credits to offset increasing emissions from oilsands

Greenhouse gas emissions from increasing oilsands production will rise faster than Canada’s ability to curb them, the federal government was warned before new emissions reduction targets were announced last week.

Cabinet documents obtained by CBC News reveal the thinking behind the scenes as the cabinet members mulled over various proposals for Canada’s target to cut its greenhouse emissions by …

Now is the time to transform Canada’s approach to climate protection

by Louise Comeau

Daffodils weren’t the only things blooming this May long weekend. New commitments to protecting the climate are blossoming all across the country. On May 15, the federal government announced its contribution to the United Nations negotiations on a new global climate treaty, with a national target to cut climate altering pollution 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. On May 14, Ontario announced it would cut its emissions 37 percent below 1990 by 2030; Quebec is expected …

Momentum Builds for Pricing Carbon Pollution

“The scientific case for prioritizing action on climate change is clearer than ever. We have little time before the window of opportunity to stay within 2ºC of warming closes. To keep a good chance of staying below 2ºC, and at manageable costs, our emissions should drop by 40 to 70 percent globally between 2010 and 2050, falling to zero or below by 2100. We have that opportunity, and the choice is in our hands”. R. K. Pachauri, Chair of the

Opinion: Prime Minister Harper a no-show at upcoming UN Climate Summit: Sadly, that’s a good thing

by Louise Comeau, Executive Director, Climate Action Network Canada – Réseau action climat canada

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World leaders have been invited by United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to New York on September 23rd for a Climate Summit. The one-day event is designed to bring momentum to global climate negotiations; Heads of State are being called to talk about the actions their countries are taking to accelerate the phase-out of fossil fuel powered economies and to bring …

EU at stalemate on Canada’s oilsands ranking

European Union officials are at a stalemate after voting on whether to classify Canada’s oilsands crude as more harmful to the environment than other fuels — a proposal that Canada would fight.

The ballot by experts from the EU’s 27 member countries, which are weighted by population, failed to produce the required 255 votes needed to approve the classification.

As a result, the proposal will move up to the European Council, which will vote on it in late spring or …