Durban climate deal will allow increasing emissions until 2020

While it is encouraging that a path forward now exists for an international agreement on climate change, the deal completed Sunday in Durban, South Africa, will allow greenhouse gas emissions to continue rising until 2020, at which point we may well exceed the tipping point on global warming, Citizens Climate Lobby said Monday.

Cancun Climate Agreement Raises Temperature on Harper

Vancouver – Expectations were low that any form of agreement would be reached at the UN climate negotiations in Cancun, but in a surprise turn of events a “package” of climate policies was agreed upon by most countries. The package was presented to delegates on the last day of the summit. Canada was awarded the…

Cancun deal a step in right direction

Cancun – Governments in Cancun have chosen hope over fear and put the world on a difficult but now possible-to-navigate path to a global deal to stop dangerous climate change.

Targeting non-CO2 pollutants in Cancun

Cancun – Led by the tiny Pacific island of the Federated States of Micronesia, a growing group of low-lying islands and other vulnerable countries are calling for fast action on the approximately 50 percent of global warming that is caused by pollutants other than carbon dioxide (CO2).

Some Like It Cold: The Politics of Climate Change in Canada

Climate change, climate forcing, global warming – all these terms frame a collective public debate about the future of the world as we know it. Since that “world” is dynamic and geographically diverse, it is not surprising that political responses range widely from hand-wringing to commitment and resignation, to disbelief and reticence, or even outright denial.

A People’s Submission on Climate Change

Ottawa – A network of leading non-governmental organizations has made a people’s submission to the United Nations on behalf of over 150,000 Canadians who have signed the KyotoPlus petition on Canada’s climate change commitments. The submission was made in light of the January 31st deadline for countries to indicate what they will be pledging to do under the Copenhagen Accord.

Pembina Reacts: Shell Press Release Misleading

September 15, 2009 — Dan Woynillowicz, spokesperson for the Pembina Institute, made the following statements in response to Shell’s media release regarding the occupation of its oil sands mine by Greenpeace activists: “Shell’s release makes a misleading statement regarding the Pembina Institute’s ranking of its environmental performance. The Pembina Institute/WWF’s 2008 report card on the…

Science Matters: Scheer determination transforms Germany’s energy grid

Here’s your weekly Science Matters column by David Suzuki with Faisal Moola. Scheer determination transforms Germany’s energy grid In 2005, I attended an international conference in Montreal on the Kyoto Protocol. There, I heard a speech by German parliamentarian Hermann Scheer. I knew nothing about him, but as I listened to him talk about how…

B.C.’s Biodiversity Is Important for All of Canada – Science Matters

One of my proudest moments came in 1992 at the inaugural Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Along with UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (which in turn led to the Kyoto Protocol), a second key outcome of this international meeting was the signing of the Convention on Biological Diversity, a groundbreaking agreement founded on the principle that conserving biological diversity is “a common concern of all humankind”. Canada was the first of 189 countries to sign the agreement.