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‘This Is the Climate Emergency’: Dozens of deaths reported as Canada heatwave hits record-shattering 121°F

Dozens of sudden-death calls that Vancouver authorities have received this week are believed to be tied to the dangerous heatwave currently scorching Canada and pushing temperatures to record levels, an event experts say is a direct result of the human-caused climate emergency. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams On Tuesday, the temperature hit 49.6°C (121°F) in Lytton, […]

July 1st

Why people are risking arrest to join old-growth logging protests on Vancouver Island

The RCMP has recently been arresting protesters who had set up blockades to prevent the logging of old-growth forests on Vancouver Island. Environmentalists say the Fairy Creek watershed, near Port Renfrew, is the last old-growth area left on southern Vancouver Island, outside of protected areas. By David Tindall, University of British Columbia The Conversation The […]

Indigenous youth are playing a key role in solving urgent water issues

Unsolved environmental problems, a national mandate to uphold treaty responsibilities and a new appreciation for positive treaty relationships are leading some water researchers to consider new approaches to their work. They are examining how water monitoring practices that are conventionally considered strong, can be improved.; By Elaine Ho, University of Waterloo and Richelle Miller The […]

March 20th

Biden’s Keystone XL death sentence requires Canada’s oil sector to innovate

In one of his first acts of office, U.S. President Joe Biden has issued an executive order that effectively kills the Keystone XL pipeline project. The order states that the pipeline “disserves the U.S. national interest” and that approving it would be inconsistent with his campaign climate pledges. By Warren Mabee, Queen’s University, Ontario The […]

January 22nd

Canada finally has a climate plan that will let it meet its carbon targets by 2030

I’ve studied Canadian climate policy debates for three decades. Over that time, by my count, there has been seven national climate targets and nine climate plans. None has been credible — with the exception of the plan released last week by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government. By Kathryn Harrison, University of British Columbia The Conversation […]

December 16th

Canada’s latest climate plan bets on expensive and unproven carbon capture technologies

Last week, the Canadian government released its long awaited plan to tackle greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. Bill C-12, if passed, commits Canada to “binding” targets every five years as of 2030 with the goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. By Burgess Langshaw Power, University of Waterloo The Conversation The bill is thin […]

December 3rd

Plastic sovereignty

One of the common conservative, climate-denier refrains whenever international climate efforts ramp up is that it would be unthinkably terrible for the United States of America to cede any sort of sovereignty to the (evil globalists at the) United Nations. Nothing, not even literally the fate of the planet, is apparently worth even the slightest […]

November 12th

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 […]