The freedom to hop on a plane

Transportation is one of the largest contributors to GHG emissions, ranking second after the generation of electricity. Airlines are projected to account for about 2 percent of global emissions — about the same as Germany. Yet the global air transport industry, airlines and manufacturers, is free from any laws that would limit emissions or penalize …

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A letter that should be published!

Our colleague, Michael Brothers, wrote this letter commenting on Alberta’s climate change policies to a Toronto newspaper.  It hasn’t been published. Given the importance of the issues raised the letter should be in the public domain.  Please circulate as widely as possible. Dear Sir, I am, I must admit, a numbers person.  If I am advised …

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Air Transport GHG Emissions

Barbara Falby, a member of the 4RG Steering Committee, attended a panel discussion sponsored by the TransformTO initiative on Transportation and Climate Change.  In the question period that followed she inquired why the panel had not referred to aviation CO2 emissions. The response:  previous research showed that aviation emissions were too low to be of …

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Final Impressions of COP 21

Television networks covering Saturday’s COP 21 meeting explained the lengthy delay in approving a final agreement  by stressing the difficulty in getting acceptance of the text of the document.  Network announcers referred to the process as “deal making”, and many times queried:  “Do we have a deal”? In this bargaining over the text, negotiators considered …

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Alberta leads!

In the months to come all Canadians will appreciate the importance of what the Alberta Government did today.   We are referring to Alberta’s announcement of new climate change policies such as:  a cap on tar sands emissions and setting a price on carbon. Read the Alberta Government web page entitled ” Climate Leadership   …

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