Our Honourary Member, Bishop Desmond Tutu, speaks out!

Nearly two years ago Bishop Desmond Tutu agreed to join 4RG as an Honourary Member of our Steering Committee.  Just prior to this, Bishop Tutu and other South African leaders tried to sway the Canadian Government from withdrawing from the Kyoto Convention on climate change.

In asking for our continued support for Kyoto, these South Africans referred to the leadership that Canada had demonstrated in the fight against Apartheid.   They appealed to Canada to show a similar commitment to moral principles in making the tough political decisions about climate change.

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Biases in Media Coverage of Climate Change

Newspaper headlines influence readers, and often leave a stronger impression than the text of an article. This impression could well be misleading, as headlines may not be balanced or the article may not present the full facts, a practice known as selective reporting. For example, the December 13 Canadian edition of the Epoch Times, a weekly newspaper … Read more

Doha: the Week in Review

After three conferences on Climate Change (Copenhagen, Cancun and Durban) the politicians and the general public in North America are comfortable with the lack of progress in fighting global warming at a world level. So there is no great expectation that the outcome of discussions/negotiations at the Doha Conference (Conference of the Parties or COP18) … Read more

The Doha Conference: Canada’s Credibility

Peter Kent, Canada’s Environment Minister, has to handle all the tough roles.  Last year at Durban he had to tell the world that Canada was not signing on for a second commitment period under the Kyoto Convention. He had to follow that announcement with a statement that Canada was going to withdraw from the Convention … Read more

The Great Divide at Doha.

It is a good legal principle that an agreement to agree is not enforceable in a court of law.  The countries attending the COP18 Conference at Doha are finding that such a principle has a practical basis. Supposedly all countries agreed at last year’s COP17 Conference at Durban to negotiate a replacement for the Kyoto Convention … Read more

Doha – Canada’s Climate Change Record

In 2007 the Conservative Government took climate change very seriously.  In June 7 of that year, Prime Minister Harper told a Berlin audience that he regarded climate change as “perhaps the biggest threat to confront the future of humanity today”.  Yet a mere two years later the Canadian Government did not consider that responding to … Read more

The Road to Doha

Last year it was the inconclusive meeting of nations at Durban.  This year the climate conference will be held at Doha, the capital of Qatar, in the Arabian Gulf. There is a fatigue, a sense of being stuck on the same issues, the disappointment that more is not being accomplished. Climate change: who cares any more? … Read more