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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Canada must do its share on Carbon

Think of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions in terms of a leaky roof, with each country responsible for fixing its portion. Canada, with only 1/200th of the world’s population, has to fix only that little patch of roof. However, the average Canadian emits about 20 tonnes of GHGs per year, compared to 6.9 tonnes in …

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Climate Change Policy will not be Ontario Government Policy

The polls anticipated the Conservative win.  And for the next four years Ontario will be governed by a party that will not address climate change, although it will target litter!. So For Our Grandchildren and many other environmental organizations will  not be listened to, let alone any having actual influence on the Provincial Government. Doug …

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Climate Change: the Need for Optimism

Not so long ago, the US and China were regarded as obstacles to the reduction of GHG emissions that are the principal cause of climate change. Yet these two countries very recently ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which requires a country-by-country reduction in emissions needed to avoid global warming to a degree that …

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A difficult Choice

The Ontario Climate Action Plan was unofficially disclosed a month ago.  Since then there has been an email battle among environmentalists between those who focus on point the shortcomings of the Plan and those who defend the Government’s choices. Both camps make reasonable points.  Environmentalists criticizing the Plan point out that Ontario’s share of the reduction …

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