Environmental Watchdogs

Environmental groups call on Canadian government to ensure oil and gas companies reduce their carbon emissions, just like everyone else The federal government must immediately close loopholes and rein in carbon emissions from oil and gas companies, say a broad cross- section of Canada’s major environmental groups. “True leadership in 2018 means having the courage … Read more

Divestment Now!

St. James Cathedral

Yes, liquidating pension fund investments in fossil fuel companies is not a popular course of action. The moral justification for doing so it clear:  the continued consumption of fossil fuels is dooming the earth that our grandchildren – and their grandchildren – will ultimately inherit. But on the practical level –- managers of these funds … Read more

Ottawa gets it right!

In our 4RG blogs we have commented on mitigation of risks (adaptation) created by a warming climate:  severe weather events that result in flooding, and long periods of drought that lead to devastating forests fires. According to Don Forgeron, the President and CEO of the Insurance Bureau of Canada, the annual economic costs of natural disasters … Read more

Divestment – where do the Churches stand today?

The Federal budget released yesterday (March 23)  included a very minor change to provisions of the Income Tax Act that allowed companies to fully deduct exploration expenses (seismic testing, exploratory drilling etc.) from revenue in the year in which these expenses were occurred.  Now these expenses can only  be deducted over time – unless the … Read more

The Arctic on the Brink

In 2012 the Arctic set new records for warming and reduced ice coverage of the Arctic Sea. Climatologists warned that the Arctic was warming more quickly than projected. The denialist industry quickly criticized this conclusion, pointing out alleged inconsistencies in the scientific accounts of polar climates. Four years later the Arctic shows signs of climatic stress. … Read more

Climate Change: the Need for Optimism

Not so long ago, the US and China were regarded as obstacles to the reduction of GHG emissions that are the principal cause of climate change. Yet these two countries very recently ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which requires a country-by-country reduction in emissions needed to avoid global warming to a degree that … Read more

A Merchant of Doubt reacts to the Portland Schools Board Resolution

To no one’s surprise, the Heartland Institute reacted negatively to the April 19th Resolution of the Portland Public Schools Board that committed the Board and its teachers to explore the breadth of causes and consequences of the climate crisis.  According to the Institute: “[The Resolution] is filled with so many layers of nonsense, ignorance, petty … Read more