The geography of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions

PJ Partington — May 13, 2010Pembina InstituteIt's no secret that Canada's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are much higher today than they were in 1990. By 2008, the latest year with data available, Canada's emissions were 24 per cent higher than in 1990. We're often told the fault lies with our growing economy and growing population. We do, after all, have a strong economy and one of the highest rates ... [click title to continue]

Alberta emissions penalties slammed

Greenhouse gas producers paid $63M for missing carbon-reduction targetsBy Trish Audette, Alberta's biggest greenhouse-gas producers paid the provincial government about $63 million last year to cover failures to meet carbon-reduction targets. While Environment Minister Rob Renner called the 2009 results a reflection of the province's commitment to clean energy, critics said the government's ... [click title to continue]

Climate Scientist Sues National Post

The Guardian Andrew Weaver with the IPCC's 2007 report on which he was a lead author. Photograph: Ray SmithOne of the world's leading climate scientists has launched a libel lawsuit against a Canadian newspaper for publishing articles that he says "poison" the debate on global warming.In a case with potentially huge consequences for online publishers, lawyers acting for Andrew Weaver, a climate modeller ... [click title to continue]

Warmest, driest winter in Canadian history

From the balmy Arctic, to the open water of the St. Lawrence and snowless western fields, this winter has been the warmest and driest in Canadian record books. Environment Canada scientists report that the winter of 2009-10 has been 4 C above normal, making it the warmest since nationwide records were first kept in 1948. It was also the driest winter on the 63-year record, with precipitation 22 per ... [click title to continue]

Raging Grannies do Climate Change, in song!

by Cathy Fitzgerald An art and ecology notebook Please, pour yourself a cup of tea and join us . . . We are out in the streets promoting peace, justice, social and economic equality through song and humour.Just a little something for International Women’s day later this week (8 March), a bit of music from the Canada-led 15 year plus phenomenon, the now International Raging Grannies and one of their ... [click title to continue]

USW Canada Key Partner in $1M Climate Change Study

Our union is proud to take a leadership role in addressing the serious workplace and environmental issues of the future.The United Steelworkers is a key participant in a six-year study of the challenges posed by climate change to Canadian workplaces and possible solutions to these issues.The research project is led by Carla Lipsig-Mummé, professor of work and labour studies in York University's Faculty ... [click title to continue]

Climate Cover-up book still on top

“Canadian environmental activists Hoggan and Littlemore pull no punches in this spirited indictment of global warming deniers.” --Publishers WeeklyClimate Cover-Up:  The Crusade to Deny Global WarmingBy James Hoggan, Contributions by Richard Littlemore Canadian #1 Bestseller in Public PolicyAn insider’s view of how the energy industry has fuelled a bogus controversy about climate change. This ... [click title to continue]

Backgrounder: Harper government’s January 2010 greenhouse gas target

- Greenpeace CanadaOn January 30, 2010, federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice announced new targets for Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions for 2020. The government says it made this announcement to fulfill a condition of the non-binding Copenhagen Accord that came out of the unsuccessful United Nations climate conference in December 2009 in Copenhagen. •The Harper government’s new target for ... [click title to continue]

Greens Decry Harper Government Moving to Even Weaker GHG

 - Green Party of Canada - Parti vert du Canada Harper has done it again. Hiding behind the US weak greenhouse gas targets, Canada has now watered down our commitment again, setting a new base year of 2005 for greenhouse gas reductions. "After sabotaging progress in Copenhagen, the Harper government has now moved to an even weaker target," said Green Leader Elizabeth May. In 2006, when the Harper ... [click title to continue]