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 … Read more

Getting away from official Press Releases

Stephen Leahy and independent journalists from other countries will be reporting on COP 19, which will be held this month in at Warsaw.  They will relate COP 19 issues to the consequences of climate change in their own countries.

The COP 19 “negotiations” will continue from November 11th to November 22. You can follow reports (in English) by going to The Climate News Mosaic.

During last year’s COP at Doha, typhoon Bopha hit the Philippines.  The delegates were moved by an emotional speech by a delegate from the Philippines referring to the death, damage and destruction caused by that typhoon. His message was simple: no more delays, no more excuses.

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Proud of What?

Alison Redford, the Premier of Alberta, has just returned from her Washington visit where she lobbied US politicians and administrators to approve the Keystone Pipeline. She also wrote a column for USA Today  under the caption: Keystone is responsible oil sands development.  In her column she stated:

“I’m proud to say Alberta applauds and shares the President’s strong desire to address climate change and we’re already taking action.”

She used “proud” in connection with Alberta’s record.  Go to the on line version of her comments and see if proud is a word you would have used.

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Kent is proud of Canada’s performance at Doha!

Peter Kent, our Minister of the Environment, used the word “proud” three times in his address to the Doha delegates. First he said that he was “proud to be here representing Canada in these important negotiations towards a new, more effective, international climate change agreement.” How’s that again? The world knows that Canada was the … Read more

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

After Doha, what’s next?

Last year we said that the Durban Conference (COP 17), “was probably the last chance to come up with a world order that would indeed stop climate change.” Yet, as we have since pointed out, GHG emissions have continued to rise, world temperatures have set new records, most governments have wavered in their determination to … Read more

Black Joke at Doha

During the Doha Conference the Chairman of the UN International Panel on Climate Change, Dr. R.K. Pachauri, recommended that the deliberations should be grounded in scientific understanding on the risks of climate change.  In his view, each day’s agenda should include a review of elements of climate science. A brief comment of sorts about the science did … Read more

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