Good & Bad News – March 2017

Here’s a collection of some of recent good and bad news about climate change that Al Slavin has compiled from around the web. Some bad news While some technological and political progress is being made to slow the rise in greenhouse-gas emissions, almost all the climate science news is bad, showing an accelerating problem that … Read more

Climate Change and Municipal Zoning Policy

Approximately four years ago Toronto approved construction of an apartment building on a large property in a residential area provided the apartments were occupied by seniors; the building could include a place of worship and community spaces – necessary to override restrictions in the zoning by law. A developer acquired the property and sought permission … Read more

Climate change ignored

The Globe & Mail is the principal sponsor of the next leaders debate, to be held in Calgary this coming Thursday.  The Globe – a business oriented paper – decided that the debate will center on economic policy.  To quote the Globe: “(The debate) “will probe the economic platforms of the three official parties, assessing … Read more

Climate Change and Global Health

Lancet confirms that tackling climate change is the greatest opportunity for improving global health. A truly incredible message but not one that has general recognition with climate change “laggards” such as Canada and the United States.  The reason for this lack of recognition may be that most of these health improvements will flow to third world … Read more

Energy Strategy and Emission Targets

Past performance suggests that Canada’s progress towards GHG emissions targets will significantly depend on provincial efforts.  The Quebec Government has been the catalyst for discussion by Provincial Premiers (in their capacity as Council of the Federation).   The Premiers are scheduled to meet at Quebec City in April to decide what further efforts should be taken. Leaving the decision … Read more

Joe Clarke wants a Price on Carbon

Joe Clarke was the keynote speaker at a symposium sponsored by the University of Waterloo entitled “Communicating Sustainability in a Polarized World.” Clarke observed that Canadians will have difficulty understanding how others see the world during this period of continuing change.  Canadians must be prepared to resolve differences that are profound and deep.  Canadian policy should attempt … Read more

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