Canadian churches, climate change and Durban

By Dennis GruendingPulpit and PoliticsDecember 11, 2011I have at times been critical of Canadian faith communities for failing to make the environment a moral priority. But a good number of religious leaders in Canada and elsewhere, weighed in for the climate talks in Durban, South Africa. I will get to Canadians in a moment but will start with the fireworks that arose from an advertisement in the ... [click title to continue]

Climate Action Network Canada responds to outcome of UN climate talks in Durban

Climate Action Network Canada December 11, 2011(Durban, South Africa) Following an extra day of negotiations, the UN climate change talks in Durban, South Africa have finished. Hannah McKinnon, Campaigns Director of Climate Action Network Canada has responded as follows:“The most important thing to understand out of Durban is that countries have not yet succeeded in moving the world away from a ... [click title to continue]

Canada, the Grave Digger of Kyoto

Martin Lukacs HuffPost December 11, 2011 Few issues have united delegates at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa. But if you walked the halls of the International Convention Centre and mentioned the name of "Canada," the response would be unanimous -- a collective groan and lament. The only time the country elicited anything else was during a silent ... [click title to continue]

Nunavut youth accepts Canada’s “Colossal Fossil” award in Durban

"The embarrassing part was me being Canadian" By Frank Tester Special to Nunatsiaq News December 9, 2011 Sponsored by the Climate Action Network, a global coalition of over 700 non-governmental organizations dealing with climate change, a “First Place Fossil” award went to New Zealand for its mixed messages on climate change action.DURBAN, South Africa — Canada picked up an award Dec. ... [click title to continue]

Climate Change: Turning Our Backs on Canada

Bill McKibben, David Suzuki and others sign letter in support of the actions taken by the Canadian youth in Durban. On Nov. 28, international climate-change negotiations began in Durban, South Africa, as the 17th annual Conference of Parties (COP17) got underway. This is the third in a series of blog posts from Amara Possian, who is the co-ordinator of the Canadian Youth Delegation to this conference. ... [click title to continue]

COP17’s fossil awards: Week One, Canada in the lead

Money WebDecember 4, 2011 And the worst offenders are… DURBAN – After six days of deliberations at the United Nations COP17 climate change conference in Durban, Canada has the dubious honour of being awarded the “fossil of the day” award twice in a row. It has also notched up a second and third place, making it the most “capped” of the some 196 countries attending the forum.For those ... [click title to continue]

Secret U.S.-Canada Border Deal Hides GMO Takeover

Canada-U.S. Regulatory Co-operation Council under border deal coverage would put Canada under draconian Food Safety Modernization Act, fast track GMO approval. By Aaron Dykes December 3, 2011 Our report sounding the alarm that Obama and Harper’s secretive border deal, due to be signed next week, would be used to fast track GMO acceptance has been confirmed. The details have been ... [click title to continue]

China Digs Deeper Into Canadian Tar Sands During Durban Talks

By Brad JohnsonThink ProgressDecember 3, 2011Although China boasts of its green progress, the booming nation is also making major bets on North and South American tar sands, one of the most carbon-intensive fuels on the planet. This play for civilization-threatening energy comes even as the world’s nations jockey over the fragile international climate accords in Durban, South Africa: On Monday, ... [click title to continue]

Native leaders vow to block Northern Gateway pipeline

By Wendy StueckGlobe and MailDec. 02, 2011Describing their opposition to Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project as an unbreakable wall, native leaders say they will physically block the project if regulators allow it to proceed. Ta' Kaiya Blaney, 10, speaks Thursday during a signing ceremony with other first nations members in Vancouver after an announcement on the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway ... [click title to continue]