Russia at Paris: a Preview

In 2011 Russia was the fifth largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, and will probably be in the top five for 2015. So any contribution by Russia to further reducing world levels of GHG could positively influence the Paris negotiations for an agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol.  Unfortunately, this will not happen. …

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When it isn’t leadership!

Time and again the Canadian Government has asserted it plays a leadership role in international climate change negotiations.  A blatantly inaccurate claim – unless winning the Fossil of the Year Award is “leadership”. At last year’s COP 20 Conference in Lima Canada Canada’s Minister of the Environment continued to make specious statements about Canada’s leadership. …

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Why no” fossil of the year” recognition for Canada at Lima

COP 20 Lima was the end of a long winning record.  Canada had been awarded the “Fossil of the Year” at five consecutive COP meetings.   At the Warsaw COP Canada received “Lifetime Unachievement Fossil Award.” At Lima Canada was shut out!! Why did this happen?   It wasn’t for lack of trying by our Government.  Just …

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Lima COP 20: Conclusion

A much earlier 4RG blog raised the question that Canadians should be asking themselves:  is my country honest?  When our Goverment representatives speak at the Conference of the Parties are they being candid?  Or do they evade issues, knowing that what they should say is inconsistent with the image they wish to present? Our Minister …

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Canada’s Climate Policy: a Disappearing Act! 

Our first Lima blog suggested that there could be progress at the COP20 Conference.  Our optimism was encouraged by the statement that Canada would contribute $265 million (US) to the Green Climate Fund.   This positive sign has been off-set by recent negative changes in our climate policy. Previously the Canadian policy, repeated at every COP …

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