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‘Carbon leakage’: industrial avoidance of carbon tax

Canada has instituted a carbon tax in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, a new study show there may well be unintended and less desirable consequences. Carlos Murillo prepared a study of these concerns. He is the senior» 

Economy, Environment, Health, Politics, Society

One of Canada’s major cities will ban heating oil

Montreal is Canada’s second largest city with a population of over 3.5 million residents. The mayor, Valerie Plante announced this week that heating oil would no longer be permitted anywhere by 2030. The ban is part of the plan to» 

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» 

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Oil, gas companies weaken climate goals, charge groups

Oil and gas companies in Canada are systematically weakening and delaying Canada’s climate plan, say environmental groups attending the climate summit (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland. The group Environmental Defence charges that the Canadian government continues to give subsidies to» 

Economy, Environment, International

Greenhouse gas: new record, more concern

The World Meterological Organisation’s latest bulletin  on greenhouse gasses shows a new record has been reached. The global average of CO2 is now 405.5 parts per million. The report notes that figure is now similar to the level of 3.5 million» 

Environment, International

Antarctic ocean: Warming rapidly and “freshening”.

Newly published research by Canadian scientists show a rapidly warming southern Antarctic Ocean. Melting ice and increasing rainfall are also contributing to decreasing salinity, or “freshening” of the southern ocean Neil Swart (PhD) research scientist from Environment and Climate Change» 

Economy, Environment, International

Carbon emissions from tourism growing rapidly

A new study suggests that tourism is growing rapidly and is already responsible for about eight per cent of greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change. A large part of the emissions comes from flights, but this accounting also includes» 

Economy, Environment, Indigenous, International, Politics, Society

Expert says NAFTA trade deal means Canada can’t limit emissions

The trade talks continue with senior members of the Canadian, American, and Mexican governments to work out details on renewal of the North American Trade Agreement. It’s being called “NAFTA 2.0 For People or Polluters?” The international trade talks now» 

Economy, Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Northern climate farm fields: an unexpected source of greenhouse gas

A Canadian farm field in spring as the snow melts may look present a tranquil picture, but there’s something dramatic taking place unseen to our eyes. A new study in Canada found a surprising level of nitrous oxide emissions from» 

Economy, Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology, Politics, Society

Ontario’s “green plans” – more costs, few controls, little result

Ontario is Canada’s most populous and most industrialized province. The Auditor General of Ontario has just released her latest report on the provincial governments policies and activities and in it she critiques the province’s plans to control greenhouse gasses. Bonnie»