Climate & Clean Energy archives

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  • Photo: Barack Obama, Climate-Optimist-in-Chief

    Barack Obama, Climate-Optimist-in-Chief

    January 19, 2017

    The most exhilarating aspect of Barack Obama's recent article in the prestigious journal Science, "The irreversible momentum of clean energy", is the deep optimism it embodies. Published on January 9 — just a week-and-a-half before the end of his presidency — it provides consoling words to a world greatly in need of consolation. More »

  • Photo: Walking the talk: Putting the sun to work on Canada's Prairies

    Walking the talk: Putting the sun to work on Canada's Prairies

    January 18, 2017

    Sun shines on the Prairie provinces more often than anywhere else in Canada. That's what inspired retired University of Saskatchewan professor Lynn Oliphant to start taking advantage of this untapped resource. More »

  • Photo: Breaking down Canada's long-awaited climate action plan

    Breaking down Canada's long-awaited climate action plan

    December 14, 2016

    Before Canadians head off to enjoy eggnog and holiday cheer, we wanted to provide some additional context to the federal climate action plan (the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change) released on December 9 in Ottawa. More »

  • Photo: David Isaac: A leader in First Nations solar energy

    David Isaac: A leader in First Nations solar energy

    December 14, 2016

    David Isaac, an Ottawa-born renewable energy developer whose ancestry is Mi'kmaq, tells me the English translation of his company's name, "W Dusk", is "northern lights". The moniker is appropriate. Isaac has spent the past several years capturing sunlight with the solar power arrays he designs and builds in First Nations communities across British Columbia and Alberta. More »

  • Photo: What Canada's coal phase-out means

    What Canada's coal phase-out means

    November 28, 2016

    On November 21, 2016 the federal government announced a plan to speed up the shift off coal, Canada's dirtiest power source. Under the new regulations, Canada will be free of conventional coal-fired electricity by 2030. This is a major win for public health, the environment and the economy. More »

  • Photo: Trump, climate and us: A letter to those who won't give up

    Trump, climate and us: A letter to those who won't give up

    November 9, 2016

    Like me, you likely woke up before sunrise this morning, opening your eyes in the dark to confirmation that the nightmare is real. Like you, last night I felt sick... More »

  • Photo: Ontario-Quebec electricity deal a breakthrough for renewables expansion

    Ontario-Quebec electricity deal a breakthrough for renewables expansion

    November 1, 2016

    In February, the David Suzuki Foundation, Équiterre and the Ontario Clean Air Alliance urged the federal government to facilitate greater electricity trade between Ontario and Quebec. We particularly wanted Ontario... More »

  • Photo: Tell Canada to stop supporting Big Oil

    Tell Canada to stop supporting Big Oil

    October 28, 2016

    We won't be able to realize the potential of Canada's renewable energy and clean technology industries unless we stop supporting and investing in new fossil fuel infrastructure. (function(n,e,w,m,o,d){m=n.createElement(e);m.async=1;m.src=w; o=n.getElementsByTagName(e)[0];o.parentNode.insertBefore(m,o); })(document,'script','//engage.newmode.net/embed/4/236.js');... More »

  • Photo: Click to call your MP to ask for investment in transit

    Click to call your MP to ask for investment in transit

    September 19, 2016

    In many places in Canada, improving transit is one of the best ways to improve quality of life, address affordability in our cities and tackle climate change and air quality issues. Using this simple tool, you can call your MP to ask them to support much needed investment in transit. More »

  • Photo: Is Ontario's surplus electricity a problem?

    Is Ontario's surplus electricity a problem?

    September 1, 2016

    Supply and demand in an electricity system must always be the same. When you produce too much, you have to figure out how to curtail production or export the excess. In Ontario we often curtail nuclear from the Bruce plant. To do this, we simply send the heat from the nuclear reactor into Lake Huron, but we don't save any nuclear fuel. More »

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