Canada and Switzerland: a climate comparison.

Grandparents in numerous countries (Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, France, The United States, the United Kingdom and others) are concerned about the impact  that global warming will have on their grandchildren. They have formed organizations to investigate the risks, monitor the response of politicians, keep the public informed as to the continuing increase in world temperatures …

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The Girl Who Silenced the World at the UN for 6 minutes

In 1992, 28 years ago, at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, the Rio Summit, Severn Cullis-Suzuki – daughter of renowned Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki – delivered this speech when she was just 12 years old.  It is chilling that her message calls for action against the same issues that we are confronted …

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Political Change and Climate Change

Data from 2014 to 2017 suggested global annual emissions of CO 2 had approximately stabilized. Regrettably this slight trend did not continue in 2018: the most recent (preliminary) data from the Global Carbon Project reported a 2.7 percent increase in 2018 emissions. The year 2018 delivered no significant measures giving hope that at long last …

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The failure of Ontario’s new climate strategy

 Many economists and other experts assure us that carbon taxes are a good thing.  But, to paraphrase Margaret Wente, canny politicians (e.g. PMs Stephen Harper, Canada and Tony Abbott ,Australia) know some things economists are unable to factor into their analysis:–   viz that  a lot of people don’t like carbon taxes, and will punish governments …

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Can courts force governments to act on Climate Change?

Holland  is a low-lying country seriously at risk of higher sea levels – a consequence of the world’s failure to check global warming.  It has an exposure similar to countries, such as Bangladesh, with  low lying coastal areas and coral island states. Given its past experience with devastating floods (such as the flood of 1953 …

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