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Using the California Effect to fight climate change

May 5, 2015 | Leave a comment

By Science and Policy Manager, Ian Bruce and Communications and Research Specialist, Steve Kux

The "California Effect" describes the leadership role of a region that enacts progressive legislation that is adopted beyond its borders. It got its name from regulations passed in the Golden State requiring better gas mileage and fewer emissions from automobile makers that led to massive fuel efficiency improvements in cars, including hybrid and zero-emission electric vehicles now in use around the world. California continues to live up to its reputation as a leader with recent leaps in promoting renewable energy, energy efficient homes and appliances, and an innovative economy focused on advanced technology. Today, Californians use about half the electricity per capita as the rest of the U.S. while over a quarter of new homes in South California are powered by the sun.

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Is Metro Vancouver's future buried in your backpack?

April 28, 2015 | Leave a comment
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By Steve Kux, Communications and Research Specialist

Let's face it, finding a mailbox is not a normal part of life these days. When most communication is done online, mail ends up in recycling bins, buried at the bottom of backpacks or hidden under a big pile on a messy desk. That could be why many ballots for Metro Vancouver's transit and transportation plebiscite have yet to be returned.

Too much is at stake not to dig those ballots out and get them mailed in. One million new residents are moving to Metro Vancouver by 2040. Without a fast, reliable transit network, more people will mean longer commutes, more congestion, polluted air and less green space. Every major city across Canada has its eyes firmly fixed on this vote, the first of its kind in this country. Politicians need to know that voters value investment in transportation networks for the good of people and the environment.

Voting Yes to more effective transportation networks benefits everyone. That's why an unprecedented coalition of groups representing the environment, public health, students, business and labour have come together to support voting Yes.

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One week in Quebec City

April 28, 2015 | Leave a comment
Photo: One week in Quebec City

Credit: Renaud Philippe

By Steve Kux, Communications & Research Specialist

The year 2015 will be remembered as an important one in the global battle against climate change. With the international community set to meet in Paris in December to establish clear targets and methods to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the conversation in Canada is getting louder. The clock is ticking and Canadians are demanding action on climate change on an unprecedented scale.

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Ontario's green energy future isn't buried in the ground

April 2, 2015 | Leave a comment
Photo: Ontario's green energy future isn't buried in the ground

Credit: Daniel Foster via Flickr

By Steve Kux, Climate and Clean Energy Communications and Research Specialist, and Niki West, Energy Policy Analyst

Ontario NDP environment critic Peter Tabuns recently introduced a private member's bill to ban high-volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) across the province. The intent was to follow the lead of jurisdictions like New York, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Quebec, which have put in place moratoriums on fracking until more is known about the risks and potential impacts to the environment and public health.

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David Suzuki Foundation supports City of Vancouver commitment to renewable energy

March 25, 2015 | Leave a comment
Photo: David Suzuki Foundation supports City of Vancouver commitment to renewable energy

Credit: Seán Ó Domhnaill via Flickr

By Steve Kux, Climate & Clean Energy Communications & Research Specialist

The City of Vancouver's goal of shifting to 100 per cent renewable energy sources is a positive step that sets an example for other cities and regions. Big problems require big solutions. The City of Vancouver has become a leader with its plan to phase out environmentally damaging carbon emissions. Recent reports by the world's leading scientific body on climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, show that the climate change crisis is already having profound effects on communities around the world.

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