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Quantifying climate hypocrisy – the Canada file

An Outside Chance / Bart Hawkins Kreps / 28 November 2018

It was within the first few weeks of the Justin Trudeau administration that Canada surprised most observers by backing a call from island nations to hold global warming to 1.5°C, as opposed to the 2°C warming threshold that had been a more widely accepted official goal.1

Yet according to a new peer-reviewed study2 of countries’ pledged emissions reduction commitments following the Paris Agreement, Canada’s level of commitment would result in 5.1°C of global warming if all countries followed the same approach to carbon emissions. In this tally of the potential effects of national climate commitments, Canada ranks with the worst of the worst, a select club that also includes Russia, China, New Zealand and Argentina.

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Alberta’s problem isn’t pipelines; it’s bad policy decisions

The Tyee / Andrew Nikiforuk / 23 November 2018

The Alberta government has known for more than a decade that its oilsands policies were setting the stage for today’s price crisis.

Which makes it hard to take the current government seriously when it tries to blame everyone from environmentalists to other provinces for what is a self-inflicted economic problem.

In 2007, a government report warned that prices for oilsands bitumen could eventually fall so low that the government’s royalty revenues — critical for its budget — would be at risk.

The province should encourage companies to add value to the bitumen by upgrading and refining it into gasoline or diesel to avoid the coming price plunge, the report said.

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Plastic bottle recycling needs deposit incentive

The London Free Press / Robin Baranyai / 23 November 2018

Two years ago, the World Economic Forum made a frightening prediction: By 2050, there could be more plastic in the world’s oceans than fish.

Staggeringly, these projected rates of consumption are calculated by weight. One of the reasons plastic packaging is so popular is its lightness. Yet each year, on average, eight million tons of plastic waste ends up in the ocean.

It doesn’t disappear or decompose; it simply breaks down into smaller and smaller shards, until it looks a lot like fish food.

It’s also choking lakes. Plastic waste in the Great Lakes has been found in concentrations comparable to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, as high as 6.7 million pieces per square kilometre.

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Two ‘clean growth leaders’ to lead climate advisory panel

CBC News / Salimah Shivji / 24 November 2018

The federal government is turning to a longtime environmental activist and the CEO of the country’s largest community credit union as it seeks advice on how to reach its climate change targets, particularly in the transportation and buildings sectors.

The newly named panel chairs are Steven Guilbeault, co-founder of Equiterre, a Quebec-based non-profit that promotes sustainable agriculture and solutions to environmental degradation, and Tamara Vrooman, president and CEO of Vancity, a member-owned financial cooperative.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the establishment of the panel in his fall economic update on Wednesday. Its mandate has not yet been fully defined, said Guilbeault.

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‘We’ve never seen this’: Canadian glaciers shrinking rapidly

The Guardian / Leyland Cecco / 30 October 2018

Scientists in Canada have warned that massive glaciers in the Yukon territory are shrinking even faster than would be expected from a warming climate – and bringing dramatic changes to the region.

After a string of recent reports chronicling the demise of the ice fields, researchers hope that greater awareness will help the public better understand the rapid pace of climate change.

The rate of warming in the north is double that of the average global temperature increase, concluded the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in its annual Arctic Report Card, which called the warming “unprecedented”.

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Feds’ carbon pricing plan will leave you better off

Clean Energy Canada / 23 October 2018

Merran Smith, executive director at Clean Energy Canada, made the following statement in response to the federal government’s detailed plan to put a price on carbon pollution:

Putting a price on pollution works. It cuts pollution and spurs innovation in our economy. We have seen this in B.C., Quebec and many other jurisdictions in North America and around the world, so it’s an important addition to the federal government’s policy toolkit.

The government is taking the right approach, ensuring Canadians are incentivized to cut pollution—but aren’t punished if they can’t.

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