A collection of links to stories from around the world that reflect the progress that is being made in concrete actions to address the climate crisis.
- Pandemic or not, Canada still faces a climate crisis — and the clock is ticking
Had things worked out differently, the Liberal government's post-election agenda might have started to take shape this spring with a budget focused on addressing climate change.
That might seem like a missed opportunity now. But responding to an economic crisis brought on by a global pandemic is presenting the government with new opportunities to combat climate change — and the Liberals might be judged by how well they seize this moment.
- Federal Cabinet Ministers Assigned To Chart Post-Covid Green Recovery
Federal cabinet ministers ... have been handed responsibility for crafting “an economic recovery plan that aims to accelerate the green shift” as the immediate COVID-19 crisis subsides, La Presse revealed last week
- Trudeau announces $1.7B to clean up orphan wells
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced $1.7 billion to clean up orphan wells in Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, as well as aid for rural businesses and people working in the arts and culture sectors. The money for cleaning up orphan and inactive wells is expected to help maintain 5,200 jobs in Alberta, which will receive about $1 billion of the funding.
- With financial squeeze tightening, coal is collapsing faster than some predicted
Any day now, New York State will be coal-free. Its last coal-fired power station, at Somerset on the southern shore of Lake Ontario, will shut for good as the winter ends. Remember when Donald Trump promised to bring back coal? Well, three years on, coal’s decline is accelerating—in the United States and worldwide.
- BC Campaign to convert school buses to Electric
Just days after Prince Edward Island pledged to make the province’s entire school bus fleet all-electric, a network of parents has launched to convince other provincial governments to follow suit. The new organization, For Our Kids, is starting in British Columbia where the provincial government is actively looking to accelerate climate action to meet its targets.
- Windsor Aims for Deep Energy Retrofit in 80% of Homes by 2041
Windsor’s supervisor for environmental sustainability and climate change, Karina Richters, said the average home in the city was built in 1955, a time when building codes included no requirements for insulation. “So we know we have an inefficient building stock, especially in those homes that haven’t had any sort of retrofit.”
Committee member Kieran McKenzie stressed council’s moral duty to help citizens take action. “I truly believe that we can’t afford to not make the investments that are being proposed here, and what we see in front of us is a roadmap to help us get to where we, as a community, need to be,” he said.
- Peterborough School Board agrees to consider the environment more seriously
A group of students stood together on Tuesday night to call on their school board to become more environmentally conscious.
Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board trustees answered the call, agreeing to commit to ecological sustainability in the board's education, strategic and corporate practices.
- Heathrow third runway ruled illegal over climate change
Plans for a third runway at Heathrow airport have been ruled illegal by the court of appeal because ministers did not adequately take into account the government’s commitments to tackle the climate crisis.
The ruling is a major blow to the project at a time when public concern about the climate emergency is rising fast and the government has set a target in law of net zero emissions by 2050. The prime minister, Boris Johnson, could use the ruling to abandon the project, or the government could draw up a new policy document to approve the runway.
- GHG emissions flat for 2019
Global energy-related CO2 emissions "flattened" in 2019 following two years of increases owing to greater use of renewables and an accelerating shift from coal to gas, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday. Electricity generation produced around 33 billion tonnes of CO2 last year, defying forecasts that emissions from power would continue their upward trend.
- Good news from the Financial World
More and more corporations are becoming leaders on climate policy. It doesn’t really matter that they are doing so because of concerns about the impacts of climate change on their bottom line or because consumers and employees are demanding action. What matters is keeping carbon out of the atmosphere.
- UPS orders 10,000 electric delivery trucks
The UPS deal implies that the base price of an Arrival van will be about £34,000, compared to a £27,900 sticker price for a new Ford Transit with an internal combustion engine – although with lower maintenance and fuel costs the total cost of ownership for electric vans could be lower.
- Parliamentary Budget Officer Sees Most Households Coming Out Ahead From Federal Carbon Price
Most households in provinces subject to the federal government’s backstop price on carbon will get more money back in rebates than they pay out in taxes, though less than Ottawa projected last year, the non-partisan Parliamentary Budget Officer concluded in a new analysis released this week.
- UK Petrol and diesel car sales ban brought forward to 2035
A ban on selling new petrol, diesel, or hybrid cars in the UK will be brought forward from 2040 to 2035 at the latest, under government plans.
- Danish electricity company to be carbon neutral by 2025
By 2025, Ørsted plans to be the first carbon neutral utility, as it rapidly scales up its wind power business and converts its coal plants to biomass.
- School kids brilliant rap video
Pupils at one small national school outside Bantry in west Cork have made a very impressive rap song and video talking about their concerns over climate change.