Highlights/emissions

Environment

Oilsands’ GHG emissions may be greater than reported

Government scientists say carbon emissions from oilsands in western Canada may be significantly higher than industry calculated. Researchers took samples from the air and found emissions from four oilsands operations to be on average one third higher than those taken» 

Environment, Health, International

Climate change threatens human health: report

As report from the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, says the lack of progress on climate change threatens human lives and the viability of health care systems in Canada and around the world. The report says the most important thing» 

Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

G20 not meeting Paris climate change targets

A coalition of climate groups says industrialized and emerging nations of the G20 must cut emissions by about half by 2030 in order to meet the targets set at the Paris conference in 2015. Climate Transparency has issued a report» 

Environment

Climate change could turn earth into a ‘hothouse,’ say scientists

A new report by an international team of scientists says that even if current emission targets are met, warming could trigger an irreversible domino effect raising temperatures  4-5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels. Currently, global average temperatures have increased just» 

Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Rolling back vehicle emission standards in U.S. will affect Canada

Canada will have to decide what to do in light of the U.S. decision to ease emissions standards for cars and trucks. In 2014, Canada and the United States jointly adopted rules to radically increase fuel efficiency of the vehicles» 

Environment

Ontario colleges funded to cut carbon emissions

Colleges in the province of Ontario are praising the provincial government’s gift of up to $200 million to reduce carbon emissions in the college system and up to $300 in interest-free loans to retrofit college and university facilities. The announcement» 

Environment, International

Carbon emissions up, ‘time is running out,’ warn scientists

After being stable for three consecutive years, carbon dioxide emissions are up in 2017, reports an international team of scientists. The findings from the Global Carbon Project will be presented to the UN climate change conference going on now in» 

Environment

Consider livestock emissions at climate change talks, say activists

Delegates attending the World Climate Change Conference in Bonn this month are being asked to consider the contribution that livestock make to greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). As they digest food, livestock emit methane gases contribute an estimated 15 per cent» 

Environment

Report flags freight emissions as threat to Paris climate goals

Increasing freight means increasing greenhouse gas emissions and that could be “a major roadblock” to Canada’s pledge in the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change, according to the Pembina Institute. The energy think-tank prepared a report focusing on emissions from» 

Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

February was second hottest on record, NOAA

The earth experienced the second hottest February on record in 2017 in spite of the fact that there was no El Nino effect warming the planet’s waters. Calculations by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration indicate that the temperature»