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Civil Society Reactions: Papal Encyclical for Climate Action

Pope Francis, Papal Encyclical for Climate Action

Vatican City, Italy – June 18, 2015 – NGOs have today welcomed Pope Francis’ strong moral case for people and leaders to tackle climate change delivered in today’s historic Papal Encyclical.

Pope Francis, Papal Encyclical for Climate ActionIn a rare open letter that will shape Catholic teaching, His Holiness Pope Francis laid out our moral imperative to “care for our common home” and end the inequalities which are driving interlinked problems of climate change and poverty. Pope Francis is the latest and most high profile voice …

Over 100 Leading Scientists Call for a Moratorium on New Oil Sands Development

Consensus statement says the science is clear: there can be no more oil sands development if we are to solve the global climate crisis

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June 10, 2015, Ottawa – Today more than 100 prominent scientists from across North America, including climate scientists, economists, geophysicists, and biologists, released a consensus statement entitled “Ten Reasons for a Moratorium” that shows why Canada and the United States should postpone new oil sands development.

“Based on evidence raised across our many …

Le Canada manque des opportunités de sauver des vies et de créer des emplois à cause de ses piètres cibles de protection du climat

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Ottawa, Canada. Le 3 juin 2015. Une analyse effectuée par le New Climate Institute démontre que la cible proposée par le Canada de réduire de 30 % des gaz à effets de serre en-dessous de 2005 d’ici 2030 prive le pays d’importants co-avantages reliés à la réduction des importations de pétrole, des vies sauvées par la réduction de la pollution de l’air et des emplois créés par l’expansion du secteur des énergies renouvelables.

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Canada Missing Opportunities to Save Lives and Create Jobs with Weak Climate Protection Targets

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Ottawa, Canada. June 3, 2015. Analysis by the New Climate Institute shows that Canada’s proposed target of 30 percent reductions in greenhouse gases below 2005 by 2030 robs the country of important co-benefits relating to reduced oil imports, lives saved from lower air pollution, and jobs created from growing the renewable energy sector. The report compares the potential co-benefits of Canada’s proposed climate protection target to a scenario consistent with keeping global warming to well …

Le Canada propose une cible mince pour la protection du climat

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Ottawa, Canada. Le 15 mai 2015. Le Canada a annoncé aujourd’hui une cible de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre (GES) de 30 % sous les niveaux de 2005 d’ici 2030. La cible proposée serait atteinte cinq ans plus tard que celles des États-Unis ; elle est aussi basée sur une comptabilité douteuse sur le rôle des forêts et les changements d’utilisation du territoire; et, elle comprend des crédits de …

Canada’s proposed climate protection target weaker than it looks

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Ottawa, Canada. May 15, 2015. Canada today announced that it will cut carbon pollution by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. The proposed target would be achieved five years later than the United States, relies on questionable carbon accounting practices in the forestry and land use sectors, includes international offsets to compensate for growing oil sands emissions rather than regulating the country’s fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions, and would emphasize regulations of …

Sommet de Québec sur le climat : les principaux groupes environnementaux saluent l’initiative des premiers ministres, mais appellent à une action urgente contre les sables bitumineux

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14 avril 2015 (Québec) – Des groupes environnementaux de partout au Canada se félicitent de voir certains premiers ministres provinciaux travailler ensemble pour faire face à la question importante des changements climatiques. Les groupes saluent le fait que ces provinces reconnaissent la nécessité de faire la transition vers une économie faible en carbone (GES) et de mettre un prix sur le carbone. Les groupes environnementaux canadiens sont heureux de constater que certaines provinces ont …

Major environmental groups praise initiative from premiers at climate summit but press for urgent action on tar sands so efforts not undermined

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14 April 2015 (Quebec City) – Environmental groups from across Canada are pleased to see some of Canada’s provincial premiers working together to tackle the critical issue of climate change and that the provinces recognize the importance of moving towards a low carbon economy and of putting a price on carbon. The groups are excited some provinces are already moving forward with ambitious goals to reduce absolute levels of greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution and transition …

61% of Canadians say protecting the climate more important than pipelines and tarsands

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National poll shows Canadians want leadership on climate protection

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Ottawa, Canada – Canadians believe climate disruption is a moral issue and that climate protection trumps development of the tarsands and pipelines. They want politicians to control carbon pollution and give citizens a say in energy decision-making.…

Canada misses end of March deadline for announcing its contribution to global efforts to reduce carbon pollution

Ottawa, Canada. April 1, 2015. Canada, as part of the ongoing United Nations climate negotiations, should have announced by the end of March its plan for contributing to global efforts to reduce carbon pollution. We’ve written Prime Minister Stephen Harper to offer advice on what a comprehensive contribution to the Paris climate negotiations should look like.…

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 …

Southern US ice storm a harbinger of new normal as the climate changes

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[Ottawa, February 13, 2014]: Joining with leading experts in climate change, Climate Action Network Canada is drawing attention to the implications of climate change for severe weather events such as the major winter storm currently battering the southern United States. The storm, the latest of several that have hit North America this winter, began earlier this week and is scheduled to worsen in the days ahead, and has been called potentially “catastrophic” for a …

Warsaw climate talks signal missed opportunity amid some small signs for hope

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Warsaw climate talks signal missed opportunity amid some small signs for hope

[Warsaw, Poland. November 23, 2013]: The UN climate negotiations wrapped up in Warsaw today with mixed results, even after over 24 hours overtime. Countries have been exposed at the climate negotiations in Warsaw as beholden to vested interests, such as the dirty fossil fuel lobby, after they once again missed an opportunity to put the world on a certain pathway to securing a comprehensive climate …

Canada wins ‘Lifetime Unachievement’ Fossil award at Warsaw climate talks

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Canada wins ‘Lifetime Unachievement’ Fossil award at Warsaw climate talks

WARSAW, Poland, November 22, 2013 – Canada was dishonoured with an inauspicious ‘Lifetime Unachievement’ Fossil award this evening during the final official day of the UN climate negotiations. Granted as part of the long-running satirical Fossil of the Day / Fossil of the Year awards series, the special prize was given to point to the Harper government’s longstanding failure to make meaningful contributions and instead resort to …

Parts of Civil Society Walk out of United Nations Climate Talks in Warsaw

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CONTACT: Christian Holz, local phone: +48 795 665 642, cholz@climateactionnetwork.ca

PARTS OF CIVIL SOCIETY WALK OUT OF UNITED NATIONS CLIMATE TALKS IN WARSAW

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Statement by Christian Holz, Executive Director, Climate Action Network Canada – Réseau action climat Canada

Warsaw, Poland (21 Now 2013) – Earlier today, the second last day of the U.N. climate talks in Warsaw, representatives of a number of civil society organizations expressed their frustration with the conference in …