The International Energy Association

The Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) was established in 1974, with a mandate to promote “sustainable energy policies that spur economic growth and environmental protection in a global context – particularly in terms of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions that contribute to climate change.” One of the IEA’s proposals for reducing GHG emissions appears to have influenced … Read more…

What have countries done in response to the Copenhagen Summit on Climate Change?

Other targets of greatest relevance and interest to Canada include those of China, (which has already surpassed the US as the world’s largest emitter), NAFTA partner Mexico, Australia (like Canada, a major resource exporter and carbon-intensive economy) and the EU, where Canada is engaged in comprehensive trade and investment negotiations. China, which considers itself as … Read more…

Progress after Copenhagen

Despite general disappointment with the overall results, the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference in December did make progress. Members of the United Nations “agreed” to submit their 2020 greenhouse gas reduction target by January 31, 2010. The action was to be the first step in a process to transform the Accord into a comprehensive and legally … Read more…

Quote from Reinhold Niebuhr

As a bonus feature this month, below is a quote from American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr.  Niebur is best known for relating Christian teachings to the realities of modern political issues, and is one of the favourite philosophers of U.S. President Barack Obama. Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime, Therefore, we are saved by hope. Nothing true … Read more…

Who Says the Science is Settled

Andrew Bolt, an Australian commentator whose words appeared in the Herald Sun, headlined his commentary on the research of Qing-Bin Lu, a Waterloo University Professor of Physics and Astronomy with these words.  Mr. Bolt has written even more scathing remarks about those who consider climate change a risk to the Earth.  Another of his columns was … Read more…