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America has a plan and ambition. Canada is adrift and rudderless. Canada's 2020 climate "target is completely aligned with the U.S. target." -- Prime Minister Harper's promise 1   After the last major global climate conference, Copenhagen 2009, the United States and... read more

Why Have Governments Pledged to Eliminate Fossil Fuel Subsidies? At their 2009 Summit meeting in Pittsburgh, the leaders of the Group of Twenty principal world economies pledged to “phase out ... over the medium term inefficient fossil fuel subsidies ...[that] encourage wasteful consumption,... read more

How Do Renewable Energy Sources Compare with Current Fossil Fuels Use? According to the National Energy Board, fossil fuels (oil, gas and coal) accounted for 74.3% of primary energy demand in Canada in 2012. This is projected to rise to 76.8% by 2035. Renewable energy sources, principally hydro,... read more

Why Put a Price on Carbon Emissions? The purpose of putting a price on carbon emissions is to discourage the use of fossil fuels – coal, oil and natural gas – whose combustion causes climate change. Pricing carbon makes fossil fuels more expensive and encourages energy conservation, investment in... read more

According to James Hansen (American adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University): "GLOBAL warming isn’t a prediction. It is happening. That is why I was so troubled to read a recent interview with President Obama in Rolling Stone in... read more

This talk was a consequence of David Robert talking smack on Twitter. He said he could explain climate change in 15 minutes and was then invited to do so. D’oh! The challenge he took on was to convey the gist of his “brutal logic of climate change” post in a reasonably short... read more

There is much each of us can do to lower our carbon footprint. The following gives some ideas on where to focus and some optimistic news about how much we can all do! Regular Expenses By far, the best way to personally make tangible steps to reducing your carbon footprint is to reduce the carbon... read more

Electric or plug-in vehicles come in all shapes and sizes with a wide array of technologies making up this sector.

Professor Kevin Anderson will give an intimate talk on the implications of the Paris agreement and what it means in practical terms for the EU and its member states. His talk will focus on the implications of the Paris agreement and what it means in practical terms for the EU and its member states... read more

We made a video discussing some of the main points in our “Ice Melt” paper[1], which is about to be published in Atmos. Phys. Chem. The main point that I want to make concerns the threat of irreparable harm, which I feel we have not communicated well enough to people who most need to know, the... read more