A glimmer of hope for grandchildren?

Just after a Federal Court in California dismissed a similar claim, the State of Rhode Island commenced an action against fossil fuel companies for compensation for the costs required to protect the State from rising seas and severe weather. It is unlikely that the defendants will dispute the reality of the consequences of climate change …

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First days of a Government whose policy on climate change is negative!

The new Ontario Conservative Government cannot ignore the environment, but it probably wishes that climate change was not such a high-profile item. The Government has already acted to reduce voter scrutiny of its performance on climate change issues. It dropped the words “Climate Change” from the title of the Ministry responsbile for the environment. The Government …

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Will courts make climate change law?

The US Houses of Congress will not in the foreseeable future compel fossil fuel companies to reduce Green House Gas emissions to lessen the serious risks caused by climate change. If elected lawmakers won’t act, what might the Courts do? In 2011, 4RG and other environmental organizations brought together a Panel of experts to analyse …

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Baby Sea Gulls on a Hot (Tin) Roof

So Toronto can expect that this Canada Day to bring an epic heat wave. According to Anthony Farnell, the Chief Meteorologist of Global News, Saturday and Sunday are probably going to set new standards for Toronto. Not just the heat, but the humidity “What will make this weekend potentially dangerous is the humidity,” he said. …

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Pope Francis links climate change, energy and world poverty

In his encyclical “Laudato Si”, Pope Frances appealed for efforts to limit climate change through reducing consumption of fossil fuels. Many Christians responded to the Encyclical and worked to persuade their country to reduce the use of coal, natural gas and oil for the production of energy. 4RG expected that the Laudato Si would be …

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