A Grim Peek on “Down Under”

Australians go to the polls on Saturday, May 18 next to elect members of the 46th Federal Parliament. This has been dubbed the climate change election with good reason: concern about the climate and environment has never been greater among Australians. Over the last twenty years, Australian elections  have seen on-and-off enthusiasm for parties who … Read more

Saskatchewan Court of Appeal confirms validity of Federal Law regulating GHG Emissions.

Last Friday the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal determined that the Federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act was constitutionally valid.  Among other things, this Act established minimum standards for pricing carbon  across Canada. All judges agreed that climate change caused by anthropogenic greenhouse gases is one of the great existential issues of our times.  Climate change … Read more

New and Familiar Voices

For over a decade, For Our Grandchildren has campaigned for a limit on greenhouse gas emissions – the principal reason for increases in the world’s average temperature, the acidity of the oceans and rising water levels, climate disruption that has produced new extremes in storms, drought and floods, food shortages . . Even Richard Attenborough,  … Read more

The Risks are Obvious and closer to unavoidable

In an article published in the Guardian on Wednesday aimed at the international financial community, Mark Carney, the Bank’s governor, and François Villeroy de Galhau, the governor of the Banque de France, said financial regulators, banks and insurers around the world had to “raise the bar” to avoid catastrophe. “As financial policymakers and prudential supervisors … Read more

The biggest “Merchant of Doubt”

In 1977  ExxonMobil, the world’s largest publicly-traded fossil fuel company (Exxon) asked its in-house scientists to study the impacts of the fossil fuel industry on climate change.  They reported that greenhouse gas emissions from the production and consumption of fossil fuels had been and would continue to be the principal contributor to climate change. Eleven years … Read more

Carbon Pricing – Made in Canada

The Ontario government has cancelled the previous government’s carbon pricing program, cap and trade. As a result Ontario will become subject to the backstop measures of the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. That plan includes a price on carbon pollution with rebates to individuals. But, our provincial government intends to fight … Read more

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