Canada, the surprise ‘pariah’ of the Kyoto protocol

Some Canadians doubt whether their country should have any say in negotiating the second Kyoto protocol after it became the only nation to reject the first oneBy Isabeau Doucet in November 2012  Oil city: steam rises from refineries outside Edmonton, Alberta. Photograph: Andy Clark/ReutersOf all the delegations in the room in Doha, the Canadians adopt the lowest profile. ... [click title to continue]

CANADIAN GROUPS RESPOND TO CANADA’S BAD FAITH AND BLOCKING ROLE AT RIO+20 Rio de Janeiro/Ottawa – Following Peter Kent’s statement to Canadian and international media and his address to the Rio+20 plenary, Canadians in Rio and back home issued the following statements.“Canada has been trampling our rights here in Rio and back home by expanding the controversial tar sands into our homeland and poisoning our water, air and earth, and negotiating on their ... [click title to continue]

Rio+20: Canada shielding fossil fuel subsidies at Earth Summit

By Mike De SouzaPostmedia News June 16, 2012 An indigenous man from the Tsleil-Waututh nation of Canada, prays to sacred fire during a ceremony of the "ancient indigenous fire lighting" ceremony at Kari-Oca village in Rio de Janeiro June 13, 2012. Indigenous people from many countries have gathered in the village for the "Rio +20" United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, that will be ... [click title to continue]

The Biggest Story of 2011 for Me? Canada’s Failure on Climate Change

By Maude BarlowCouncil of Canadians December 26th, 2011The biggest story of 2011 for me was the national and international attention given to the environmental dangers of Canada’s tar sands, and the failure of the Harper government to meet our obligations to combat climate change. Until this year, most criticism of Canada’s climate policy was restricted to Canadian and some international environmentalists. ... [click title to continue]

Why Harper’s Kyoto Pullout Is a Death Sentence for Many of World’s Most Vulnerable

By Mike Hudema Green Peace CanadaDecember 13, 2011 For a vulnerable country like Tuvalu, its an act of sabotage on our future.—Ian Fry, Tuvalu lead negotiator   Yesterday I commented that the Harper government pulling out of Kyoto is essentially a death sentence on vulnerable populations all over the world. Many people online and in press comments said that such a comment is "sensationalist" and ... [click title to continue]

Canada condemned at home and abroad for pulling out of Kyoto treaty

China calls Canada's decision 'preposterous', while Greenpeace says the country is protecting polluters instead of people Damian Carrington and Adam Vaughan December 2011Canada has been condemned at home and abroad as "irresponsible" and "reckless" for pulling out of the Kyoto climate treaty, just a day after committing to a future legally binding deal at a major UN climate summit."I ... [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]