Latest Climate change reports

Focus Canada 2014 — Public opinion on climate change

November 28, 2014
Focus Canada 2014 - Public opinion on climate change
The Environics Institute for Survey Research partnered with the David Suzuki Foundation to take a new sounding of public opinion on climate change, as part of its ongoing Focus Canada public opinion research program. Many people consider global warming or climate change to be the most pressing challenge facing human...

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Canadian Oil and Gas Sector

January 23, 2014
Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Canadian Oil and Gas Sector
In developing low carbon scenarios for Canada, it is important to understand the role of the oil and gas sector as a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. The Canadian Energy Systems Simulator model has been chosen to provide estimates of current and future energy use and GHG emissions....

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An Inventory of Low-Carbon Energy for Canada

March 27, 2013
An Inventory of Low-Carbon Energy for Canada

An Inventory of Low-Carbon Energy for Canada shows that Canada's supplies of solar, wind, hydroelectric and biomass energy are much larger than the current or forecast demand for fuel and electricity, and technology costs have been falling in recent years.

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Low-Carbon Energy Futures: A Review of National Scenarios

January 22, 2013
Low-Carbon Energy Futures: A Review of National Scenarios

In Low-Carbon Energy Futures: A Review of National Scenarios, the Trottier Energy Futures Project summarizes common themes in leading greenhouse gas reduction strategies for eight countries: Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Carbon in the bank: Ontario's Greenbelt and its role in mitigating climate change

August 9, 2012
Carbon in the bank: Ontario's Greenbelt and its role in mitigating climate change
This report is the sixth in a series that studies natural capital and ecosystem services in Canada's major urban centres. It highlights the important role that the Ontario Greenbelt's forests, wetlands, and agricultural soils play in capturing and storing vast amounts of carbon. A principle goal of the report is...

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All Over the Map 2012

April 4, 2012
All Over the Map 2012
In the absence of effective policies from Canada's federal government to tackle global warming, many provinces have stepped up to implement their own plans and policies. This report documents the shift, assessing each province's climate change plans and programs and comparing the relative merits of each. It updates the status...

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Is natural gas a climate change solution for Canada?

July 14, 2011
Is natural gas a climate change solution for Canada?
Our energy systems must change if we are to combat climate change. Many people are asking whether natural gas can play a role as a "bridging" fuel that enables near-term reductions in the greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change. "Is natural gas a climate change solution for Canada?" explores...

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Property Assessed Payments for Energy Retrofits

April 7, 2011
Property Assessed Payments for Energy Retrofits

Local Improvement Charges are fees for municipal financing of infrastructure
improvements that benefit homeowners and are repaid on tax bills. This report
discusses how a similar mechanism could be used in Ontario to finance retrofits
to make homes more energy efficient, reduce overall energy use and greenhouse gas
emissions, and save homeowners money on their energy bills.

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Setting the Stage for a Sustainable Energy Strategy: Canada's Necessary Opportunity

September 15, 2010
Setting the Stage for a Sustainable Energy Strategy: Canada's Necessary Opportunity

This paper will begin to explore how the Trottier Energy Futures Project is defining the challenge and immense opportunity of designing and implementing a Canadian sustainable energy strategy.

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The Maple Leaf in the OECD

June 15, 2010
The Maple Leaf in the OECD
The study rates the record of 25 developed countries belonging to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development using 28 environmental indicators. The most recent environmental data from the OECD, in which Canada is a member, was used to formulate the results. Canada currently ranks 24th but the study proves...

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Climate scorecard for the 2010 winter games

February 3, 2010
Climate scorecard for the 2010 winter games
The 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver raised the bar for climate action, including energy efficient venues, the use of clean energy sources, and by promoting the use of public transit. Of course, there is still lots of room for improvement, as noted in our climate scorecard for the Vancouver Olympics....

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A New Climate for Conservation: Nature, Carbon and Climate Change in British Columbia

January 28, 2010
A New Climate for Conservation: Nature, Carbon and Climate Change in British Columbia

A New Climate for Conservation explores the role of nature conservation in a climate action strategy for ecological adaptation and ecological mitigation.

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