Climate & Clean Energy archives

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  • Photo: Ontario's Oxford County a renewable energy pioneer

    Ontario's Oxford County a renewable energy pioneer

    August 22, 2016

    In June 2015, Oxford (which is between Hamilton and London) passed a motion committing itself to 100 per cent renewable energy for electricity, heating and transportation by 2050. It's the first municipality in Ontario to make this promise. (Oxford won't ban fossil fuels but any used will be offset by renewables, resulting in net-zero carbon emissions.) More »

  • Photo: David Suzuki Foundation's Olympics campaign lives on in Rio

    David Suzuki Foundation's Olympics campaign lives on in Rio

    August 16, 2016

    Last night, while watching the Rio 2016 Olympics, I was reminded that the David Suzuki Foundation's work can sometimes have unexpected ripple effects. A case in point: DSF's 2010 Olympics campaign, and how it's influenced subsequent Olympics, large companies and even governments. More »

  • Photo: Green Timiskaming and SolarShare turn marginal land into power

    Green Timiskaming and SolarShare turn marginal land into power

    August 11, 2016

    Investing in community-owned solar power "really pays off." So says Ambrose Raftis, board chair of Green Timiskaming, a renewable energy co-op north of Sudbury near the Quebec border.... More »

  • Photo: Bloor Bike Lane is reason to celebrate

    Bloor Bike Lane is reason to celebrate

    August 4, 2016

    Construction of bike lanes on Toronto's Bloor street got underway this week — the fulfillment of a decades-long wish by citizens hoping to address global warming and air pollution, reduce congestion and boost physical fitness. More »

  • Photo: David Suzuki Foundation input on Ontario's Long-Term Energy Plan

    David Suzuki Foundation input on Ontario's Long-Term Energy Plan

    June 8, 2016

    As part of our ongoing efforts to work for positive climate action, the David Suzuki Foundation regularly provides input into government policies. The following was submitted to Ontario's Minister of... More »

  • Photo: Ontario acknowledges climate urgency

    Ontario acknowledges climate urgency

    May 25, 2016

    In a recent Globe and Mail article, columnist Jeffrey Simpson attacked Ontario's climate plan, writing that it will be complicated and inflexible and will rely "on government to force-feed change." Putting aside the fact that the authorized version of the plan has not even been released yet — all we have at this point is a leaked document obtained by the Globe — the criticisms seem unfair. While some aspects of the plan are problematic, much of it appears highly beneficial. More »

  • Photo: An Open Letter to the Premier of B.C. and the Metro Vancouver Mayors' Council

    An Open Letter to the Premier of B.C. and the Metro Vancouver Mayors' Council

    May 18, 2016

    Dear Premier Clark and Members of the Mayors' Council, We the undersigned are a diverse group of organizations from business, labour, health, environment and student associations working together to advocate for investment in Metro Vancouver's transportation system. More »

  • Photo: Call for action on climate change with a letter to the editor

    Call for action on climate change with a letter to the editor

    February 16, 2016

    A window of opportunity has opened in Canada to tackle the threat of climate change. Together, our voices can echo throughout the country's news and social media to tell decision-makers we want action on climate change. More »

  • Photo: Federal clean tech and municipal funds help environment and economy

    Federal clean tech and municipal funds help environment and economy

    February 10, 2016

    The federal government's "latest commitment":http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/mckenna-green-fund-cities-grants-loans-1.3442159 to provide $2 billion over four years to support the Canadian clean technology sector and invest $31.5 million in municipal environmental projects demonstrates an understanding of three important facts about tackling climate change: More »

  • Photo: What can Canada learn from Germany's energy transition?

    What can Canada learn from Germany's energy transition?

    January 13, 2016

    Sitting in the office of Agora Energiewende, a Berlin-based energy think tank, I thought I heard its director, Patrick Graichen, say that from 1990 to 2014 Germany's GDP expanded by about 40 per cent while its greenhouse gas emissions dropped 26 per cent. More »

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