Canada, a Climate Change Laggard?

Deciding which countries will successfully meet climate change goals is as difficult as choosing the winning horse before a race starts. There are too many variables to be certain of the outcome., So, just as in a horse race, an assessment of a country’s commitment to meet these goals requires a consideration of “the odds”, …

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Why we are cautiously optimistic!

A previous blog pointed out the obstacles to a successful outcome at COP 21, but ended on a note of cautious optimism.  Here is the explanation of our optimism. Times have changed since the Copenhagen Conference, which some commentators now consider to be a failure. Here are the main factors that will push the Parties …

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“Canada’s miss on emissions.

Jeffrey Simpson is one of our favourite columnists.   Read his article in today’s Globe (An unambitious emissions target we won’t even hit) that should be compulsory reading for all voters. Here are some excerpts from his column: “Being the Environment Minister in the Harper government is political purgatory. The environment generally, and greenhouse-gas emissions reduction …

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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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Lima – COP 20 – setting the stage for climate progress

The UN-Sponsored Conference of the Parties will commence deliberations at Lima, Peru today. There is a certain optimisim that there will be progress at this Conference.  Is that realistic, given the lack of progress up to now towards meeting reduction goals? There are several hoped-for results.  One is the development of a consensus on emissions …

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