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Budget creates programs to reduce agricultural emissions

National Farmers Union / 19 April 2021

Today’s federal budget committed significant new money to programs to help reduce agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. New funding in Budget 2021 includes:

  • $200 million over two years to fund programs to improve nitrogen fertilizer-use efficiency, accelerate cover crop adoption, and expand rotational grazing.

In addition to new spending, the Budget allocates existing funds to create new programs, including:

  • $60 million, over two years, from previously announced funding, for a reverse auction pilot program to protect wetlands and trees on farms;
  • $10 million to help farmers adopt clean energy solutions and begin to transition off fossil fuels;
  • $50 million to help farmers purchase more efficient grain dryers; and
  • Approximately $100 million of the money that farmers currently pay in carbon levies on natural gas and propane will be rebated back to farmers.

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Climate change to take big chunk of Canadian economy

Globe and Mail / Bob Weber / 22 April 2021

Canada will be more than $100 billion poorer by 2050 if the world doesn’t work harder to fight climate change, says one of the world’s largest insurers.

That anticipated drop in GDP is much higher than the economic effect the COVID-19 pandemic is projected to have on the country’s gross domestic product, said Jerome Haegeli, chief economist for Swiss Re, a multinational corporation that insures insurance companies, large corporations and governments.

“That’s huge,” Haegeli said from Zurich on Thursday.

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Cheap wind power is making dams more valuable as a ‘battery’

CBC News / Don Pittis / 8 February 2021

The cost of wind and solar power have fallen so much over the last decade that they are much cheaper than building new hydroelectric dams — “The cost declines have been astounding,” said Carlson — but they have the disadvantage of being intermittent.

“The sun doesn’t shine at night,” he said someone always tells him on Twitter when he mentions solar’s cost advantages, “As if I weren’t aware of that.”

The advantage of combining less-expensive intermittent power with Quebec’s existing system of hydroelectric power dams is that it allows the power utility to use up the cheap wind power as it is produced while the water behind the dams is retained, at the ready.

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Canada and U.S. drastically underestimate methane emissions

The Energy Mix / Mitchell Beer / 3 February 2021

Federal environmental agencies are underestimating methane emissions from abandoned oil and gas wells by 20% in the United States and 150% in Canada, according to a McGill University study published late last month in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, one of several in recent weeks that have pointed to a mounting crisis in releases of the climate-busting gas.

From oil and gas operations and abandoned wells in North America, to urban gas lines in Europe, to farms in China and coal mines everywhere, the reports point to unexpectedly high emissions of a greenhouse gas that is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide over the crucial, 20-year span when humanity will be scrambling to get climate change under control.

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Canada has yet to embrace rooftop solar power

CBC News / Jade Prévost-Manuel / 5 February 2021

The U.K. and Germany, places Gall said receive less light on average than Canada, have more than 20 times the number of solar rooftops.

Quantity is one measure of uptake but the rate of installations is equally important, and in countries like Vietnam, rooftop solar is booming. Despite a global pandemic and countrywide lockdown last year, Vietnam saw rooftop solar installations increase by nearly 2,435 per cent from 2019, to more than 100,000 systems in total.

“Last year, Vietnam installed three times more solar than Canada did in the last 10 years, so it’s pretty incredible,” said Gall, who added there’s no reason Canada couldn’t achieve the same growth.

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Homeowners, towns partner to take CO2 out of home heating

CBC News / Jonathan Ore / 29 January 2021

According to 2017 data from Statistics Canada, 43 per cent of homes in Canada are heated with natural gas. They’re billed as cleaner than coal or oil, but nearly 18 per cent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions come from heating our buildings.

Some homeowners like Manning are switching to electric heating systems to do their part to reduce emissions even further than the oil-to-natural gas shift. But it can come with a high price tag — Manning said the bill for their retrofit reached $16,000.

That’s when the town of Berwick stepped in. Its Green Energy Program offered to finance a homeowner’s new heat pump with a loan, letting them pay it back over 10 years.

[ FULL ARTICLE ]  [ See also: Local Improvement Charge (LIC) Financing Pilot Program Design for Residential Buildings in Ontario and Ontario: Local improvement charges ]

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