A made-in-Canada climate-change puzzle

Canada’s December’s presentation at the UN sponsored COP Paris could be two-faced.  One face will be our Federal Conservative Government.  The second face will be Provinces who are serious about reducing GHG. The Federal Government must submit Canada’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC’s) for Greenhouse Gas reductions to the UN.  No less a person than …

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JustEarth’s Submission to the Ontario Government on putting a price on Carbon

Like 4RG, the focus of JustEarth is Climate Change.  Although primarily based in Toronto, JustEarth has supporters in British Columbia, a jurisdiction that has successfully introduced a carbon tax on the consumption of fossil fuels by consumers.  JustEarth recommended the Ontario Government introduce a carbon tax modeled on the BC legislation. In its submission, JustEarth …

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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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A Common Front for the Common Good

Delegates to the 2013 Energy and Mines Ministers Conference in Whitehorse   visited a large wind-turbine installation that would significantly reduce GHG emissions from an operating mine.  Yet the Official Press Release for the Conference said nothing about the great potential of renewable energy in the Northern Territories. This Press Release summarized the consensus reached at …

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Yorklands Green Hub

Methane is a powerful GreenHouse Gas.  Methane emissions, such as the potential emissions from the Arctic waters, present a longer-term threat to our climate. There are other sources of methane that contribute to this threat, such as emissions from extraction of natural gas, and the recycling of organic waste.

Harvest Power is an American company that specializes in processes that generate electricity from organic waste.  A Harvest Power subsidiary in B.C. received a $4 million grant from the Federal Clean Energy Fund to develop a high efficiency system for producing renewable energy from food and yard waste. The proposal is to extract purified methane from waste that would otherwise be landfill.  This methane is then used to generate electricity.

This development is timely.  Unfortunately there are many municipal waste sites that still vent methane to the atmosphere.

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