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Joe Clarke was the keynote speaker at a symposium sponsored by the University of Waterloo entitled “Communicating Sustainability in a Polarized World.” Clarke observed that Canadians will have difficulty understanding how others see the world during this period of continuing change.  Canadians must be prepared to resolve differences that are profound and deep.  Canadian policy should attempt … Read more…

An about Face! And about time!

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Canada has finally recognized that many poorer, developing countries continue to need financial assistance from developed countries to mitigate and adapt to climate change. That is the result of the recent about face by Prime Minister Harper.  He was confronted with an announcement by the US and numerous other countries, all of whom promised substantial … Read more…

Stephen Leahy:  Canada’s Environmental Journalist

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Stephen Leahy, a freelance international journalist who resides just outside of Toronto,is a 2012 co-winner of the UN Global Media Prize for climate change coverage.  He and his colleagues were the source of commentary appearing on the Warsaw Climate Conference (COP 18) of published IN 4RG last fall. These are busy days for international journalists … Read more…

Phasing Out Coal

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In one country – the US – reducing GHG emissions requires replacing coal-fired generating plants.  In another – India – emissions will increase as many more such plants are built. At the September UN Summit in New York, the Indian Environment Minister, Prakash Javadekar said his government is not planning to cut its greenhouse gas … Read more…

Canada continues to be an outlier on GHG emissions!

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The world’s two largest GHG emitters, the US and China, are going one way, and Canada is going another. Fact: Tar sands emissions have doubled since 1990 and are projected to double again by 2020. Fact: The proposed energy pipelines, Keystone XL and Energy East, are infrastructure for export of tar sands oil. Fact: Because of … Read more…

And a Big step forward!

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President Obama is not acting like a lame-duck president.  He recognizes the grave threat posed by climate change. The subject will remain  a primary concern of his government’s foreign policy. Obama and President Xi Jinping of China announced a US/China Agreement on climate change.  The Agreement does not introduce new measures limiting GHG emissions. Rather … Read more…