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Call for comments: “A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan”

Government of Ontario / 29 November 2018

Proposal summary

The proposed Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan reflects our government’s commitment to address the pressing challenges we face to protect our air, land and water, reduce litter and waste, and support Ontarians to continue to do their share to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and help communities and families prepare for climate change.

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Ontario’s new climate change plan gets a failing grade

Environmental Defence / Sarah Buchanan / 03 December 2018

After axing most of the province’s programs that reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution, the Ontario government’s promised plan to address climate change has finally arrived. But does the plan have what it takes to do Ontario’s fair share to reduce carbon pollution?

We’ve scored the plan in ten key areas. This was a tough task given that the plan includes few specifics in its proposed actions. While there are commitments to “investigate” or “consider” promising policies, we’ve decided not to count any actions without commitments behind them. This led to a total score of 2 out of 10 – a failing grade by any standard.

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Ontario’s climate plan needs to fill in its blanks

Clean Energy Canada / Sarah Petrevan / 29 November 2018

TORONTO — Sarah Petrevan, senior policy advisor at Clean Energy Canada, made the following statement in response to the Ontario government’s plan to address climate change:

“If you want to tackle climate change, you need a plan. For months we’ve been listening to the Ontario government say what they wouldn’t do, and now they’ve said what they will do.

“Unfortunately, while the plan rightfully acknowledges the seriousness of climate change, it remains scarce on details—setting an emissions target without clear pathways to hit it.

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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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All about geothermal heating systems

Mother Earth News / Donal Blaise Lloyd / April 2017

If you dig down about five feet or so in the ground to below the frost level, you will find the ground temperature to be amazingly constant, 40 degrees to 70 degrees F (4–21 degrees C), depending on the location.

It is cooler than the air in the summer and warmer in the winter. The earth’s subsurface is an enormous heat sink — a solar battery — and it takes a large amount of energy to keep it in equilibrium. This heat energy comes in great part from the sun, a renewable and inexhaustible source of energy. In lesser amounts, it also comes from the center of the earth that we now know is a heat generator. The inner core of the earth is primarily made of a solid sphere of iron within a larger sphere of molten iron. Calculations show that the earth, originating from a molten state many billions of years ago, would have cooled and become completely solid without an energy input. It is now believed that the ultimate source of this energy is radioactive decay within the earth that continues to this day; the decay produces gradually diminishing temperatures from the earth’s center to the surface. This does not mean that dangerous radioactivity is a hazard to us. We can tap into all of this heat energy, transfer it into our home for heating and return that energy back to the earth during cooling: thus we are really borrowing heat from the earth.

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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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