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Activists ramp up pressure on insurers after Swiss company ditches climate-wrecking Trans Mountain Pipeline

Climate campaigners and Indigenous activists celebrated after reporting from Reuters revealed on Wednesday that the Swiss insurance giant Zurich will soon stop providing coverage to the Canadian government-owned Trans Mountain Pipeline, increasing the pressure on other insurers to also ditch the existing tar sands pipeline and long-delayed expansion project. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Zurich has done the right thing by refusing to […]

July 23rd

More and more homeowners are renovating existing homes to make them net zero energy consumers. Here’s how.

With the world in an unprecedented climate crisis, many of us wonder what we can do as individuals to reduce our carbon footprint. A significant step could begin at home. Energy-conscious retrofits can dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of housing without the need to start from scratch By Mark Huninilowycz Ensia In Canada, housing and […]

July 11th

Canada Day after COVID-19: Biden, Keystone XL and a Green New Deal could shake up Canada’s energy industry

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden recently reiterated his desire to stop the Keystone XL oil pipeline project. “I’ve been against Keystone from the beginning. It is tarsands that we don’t need — that in fact is a very, very high pollutant,” he said. Now Biden says he would shut it down again if he’s elected […]

Tar Sands FAIL: Teck Resources pulls the plug on $15.5 billion Alberta project

Sometimes it’s good to be prescient. CleanTechnica published a story today about two natural gas pipelines that have been held up for years by opponents. In that story, we suggested time may be working to the advantage of environmental activists. Renewables get cheaper every day, it seems, while public awareness that burning fossil fuels is endangering the planet increases. […]

February 25th

Native protest against tar sands pipeline shuts down Canadian rail service

Today, there are 6 groups who can claim Wet’suwet’en heritage. Five of them have signed agreements with the developers of the Coastal GasLink pipeline, but the sixth has refused to do so. According to The Guardian, Wet’suwet’en chiefs say the authority of these groups only applies to reservations, not traditional territory. It just so happens the proposed […]

February 17th

Tar Sands Pipelines: In Canada, militarized police attack indigenous peoples on their own land

From the Indigenous Environmental Network: Watch this video of heavily militarized police invading #Wetsuweten territories. Right now dozens of militarized police with assault rifles and dogs have been deployed against unarmed Wet’suwet’en land defenders on unceded Indigenous land. Militarized RCMP Raid Gidimt'en Monitoring Post at 39KM SHARE WIDELY – This morning at approximately 4:30am, heavily militarized RCMP invaded unceded […]

February 7th

Elections: As Canada heads to the polls, climate progress is on the line

Canada is in a federal election cycle, one mostly ignored internationally in favor of the US Democratic primaries with their 20 candidates. However, it’s an important election for climate change. The Liberals, elected in 2015, brought in a national carbon tax along with a raft of climate positive measures (and some questionable but pragmatic actions). […]

August 22nd

Canada’s Climate Is Warming Twice As Fast As Global Average — Canada’s Changing Climate Report (CCCR)

The newly-released Canada’s Changing Climate Report, comes just months after the NOAA’s annual executive summary of ongoing changes regarding land, ice, and ocean throughout the Arctic during the 2018 calendar year. By Cynthia Shahan Cleantechnica. The CCCR 2019 report assessment was conducted by 9 valued scientists and experts. It is part if the “National Assessment” that was […]

April 6th

Coming in 2019: Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, vow to ditch coal power

The cities of Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, committed themselves to phasing out coal this month, in a move at odds with the Australia’s aggressively pro-coal national government. The country’s two largest cities joined an international coalition of states, regions, cities and businesses who have committed to ending coal power generation. Australia is the fourth largest coal producer […]

December 27th

Carbon fees take center stage in Washington State and Canada – what it means for you

Economists like to talk about “efficiency.” What does that mean? It means using the power of the free market to obtain results that are socially desirable. The alternative is mandating outcomes by government regulation. So-called conservatives love to carry on about the curse of regulations, and they have a point. Economic alternatives such as carbon […]

November 1st