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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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Liberals announce environmental platform

June 30, 2015 | Leave a comment
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By Steve Kux, Climate & Clean Energy Communications & Research Specialist

The Liberal Party of Canada announced its environmental platform for the October federal election at a news conference in Vancouver on June 29. In formally announcing their environmental plans, the Liberals have set the bar for all other political parties in the coming months. The promises made the Liberals are outlined in detail at www.realchange.ca.

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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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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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