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Premiers going in one direction on climate action, the world in another

July 15, 2015 | Leave a comment
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By Gideon Forman, Climate Change and Transportation Policy Analyst

If Canada's premiers sign an agreement this week to speed up oil sands pipelines they will be out of step with much of the world, which is now recognizing the need for unprecedented action on climate through a phase-out of fossil fuels. They will be giving a green light to the expansion of dirty, expensive bitumen projects and squandering a moment, perhaps unique, of extraordinary hope and possibility.

While the World Bank, G7, and International Energy Agency have expressed concern about climate, the last few weeks have seen the emergence of developments that are more impressive still.

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Is climate change adding fuel to the forest flames?

July 9, 2015 | Leave a comment
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By Kyle Aben, climate change and clean energy policy analyst

Sydney Crosby played many games in which he didn't score a single point. We don't judge him on these scoreless games, but on all the games he played over his career to know he's an extraordinary player. The same concept should apply to climate change. It is difficult to attribute individual forest fires to climate change in the same way it is difficult to attribute individual weather events — such as heavy precipitation and flooding or extreme heat and drought— to climate change. Yet we know that with higher temperatures we are experiencing more severe weather events, and more forest fires.

Natural Resources Canada reports that Canada's temperature increased 1.5 C between 1950 and 2010, and further warming is inevitable. The whole country is expected to have warmer temperatures, more and heavier rainfalls and extreme heat events, and less ice and snow cover. Canada is susceptible to all the effects of climate change, including more forest fires.

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Metro Vancouver's No result doesn't stop push for transit

July 2, 2015 | Leave a comment
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By Steve Kux, Climate & Clean Energy Communications & Research Specialist

The Metro Vancouver transit plebiscite results are in. Although people in Metro Vancouver voted against a small tax increase for transit and transportation improvements, we can all take away some positive lessons from the campaign.

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G7 nations commit to end carbon pollution

June 9, 2015 | Leave a comment
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Canada needs to start now to shift policies — such as phasing out fossil fuels, ramping up support for renewable energy alternatives and investing in transit — if it is to take its commitment seriously.

By Steve Kux, Climate and energy communications and research specialist

Change can take a long time, but when happens, it often occurs at once. When resistance finally gives way to action it can be difficult to remember why it took so long to get the ball rolling. That is the situation now unfolding at the international level around climate change. The end of 2014 saw an agreement between the world's top two carbon-polluting countries (China and the United States) to cap and reduce their emissions. Since then, state and provincial governments around the world — including Ontario, Quebec and California — have made increasingly powerful commitments to support the idea that change is possible.

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Canada's booming clean technology industry will bust without political support

May 27, 2015 | Leave a comment
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By Steve Kux, Communications & Research Specialist and Ian Bruce, Science and Policy Manager

Canada's opportunity to become a global leader in innovation and clean technology may be slipping away, according to a new report released today by Analytica Advisors. The fourth installment of their annual report on the state of this increasingly important industry says that Canada has lost 41 per cent of its global market share since 2008 — the third largest loss of any country measured.

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