Report raises troubling questions, suggests reasonable solutions

Matthew BramleyThe Pembina InstituteA new report from Climate Action Network Canada reaches some troubling conclusions about the federal government's approach to climate science research in Canada. On Monday, Canwest reporter Mike de Souza and La Presse journalist François Cardinal reported that leaked Environment Canada documents obtained in CAN's research show the federal department's new media ... [click title to continue]

Canada’s Climate Policy Sinks to New Lows

Green Party of CanadaIt is not enough that the current Canadian government is moving backward on the issue of climate change, as evidenced by the total lack of funding for climate initiatives in the recent budget, but now government officials are pressuring other countries to do the same. South Africa is the latest victim of Canadian pressure tactics. Committed to a carbon neutral development path, ... [click title to continue]

Money spent on tar sands projects could decarbonise western economies

The GuardianThe £250bn cost of developing Canada's controversial tar sands between now and 2025 could be used to decarbonise the western economy by funding ambitious solar power schemes in the Sahara or a European wide shift to electric vehicles, according to a new report released today.The same amount of investment would also help the world to hit half of the Millenium Development Goals in the 50 ... [click title to continue]

The 2010 People’s Summit: Building a Movement for a Just World

Basic Principles of the People's Summit The 2010 G8/G20 Summit, set to take place in Toronto, Ontario (June 25-27, 2010) presents Canadian civil society organizations and groups with an opportunity to strengthen our collective voice and lend cohesion to our efforts on the environment, poverty, human rights and social justice.The actions and policies of the G8 and its member-states have significant ... [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]

Canada Urged to Ban Nuclear Weapons from Arctic

by in CanadaBan Nuclear Weapons from Arctic, Increase Security Cooperation: ReportArctic and nuclear weapon states need to work together to rid the Arctic region of nuclear weapons, finds a new report by security analysts Michael Wallace and Steven Staples.“Ridding the Arctic of Nuclear Weapons: A Task Long Overdue” was released today by the Rideau Institute and the Canadian ... [click title to continue]

The (Un)frozen North

By Liz Stanton Public Goods: The economics of climate, equity and shared prosperityThe deeper the understanding that scientists gain about climate change, the more “feedback” processes they uncover. In other words, the more they realize how climate change leads to yet more climate change. This is one of the biggest areas of uncertainty in projecting future climate impacts. Average and best-case-scenario ... [click title to continue]

Environmental crime scene in Regina

Written by Hunter ActUp in SaskatchewanMarch 3 was the day the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) held its annual meeting in Toronto. RBC is the largest financier of the environmentally devastating Alberta Tar Sands project. Since 2007 the RBC has extended over $14.3 billion (USD) in credit to companies operating in the Alberta Tar Sands. The tar sands operation currently uses 350 billion litres of water annually, ... [click title to continue]

Cashing in on the Tar Sands

Taxpayers' money involved in financing controversial tar sands companiesIndignous Envionmental Network NewsIt's been revealed that RBS have been involved in providing loans worth $7.5 billion in the last three years to companies carrying out highly controversial ‘tar sands’ mining [1] in Canada.A coalition of NGOs including PLATFORM, the World Development Movement, People & Planet and Friends of ... [click title to continue]