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Fill out the Alberta climate survey and protect your health!

August 27, 2015 | Leave a comment
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By Gideon Forman, Climate and Transportation Policy Analyst

The Province of Alberta is asking citizens to help fight climate change by filling out a Climate Leadership Survey.

Participation takes only a few minutes. By completing it you can help reduce carbon pollution and improve the health of Albertans.

The survey seeks your opinion on several questions, but the most important are about a phase-out of coal-fired electricity, a new carbon tax and increased use of renewable energy. The David Suzuki Foundation has long supported these ideas, and we hope you will too.

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Contribute now to B.C. Climate Action Plan 2.0

August 6, 2015 | Leave a comment
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Canadian voters can take action on climate change this fall by electing politicians who present strong, long-term plans to cut carbon pollution. Those who live in B.C. have an extra opportunity to be heard in a direct and important way.

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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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