How badly does the world need oil? Introducing the Fossil Fuel Dependence Index

The production and consumption of oil, gas and coal has been one of the primary drivers of global growth and development for more than a century. Unfortunately—and ironically—those same fuels are now the greatest threat to our future wellbeing and prosperity. Fossil fuels are the main source of human-made greenhouse…
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Climate policy report card: how does your province measure up?

While governments in Canada are increasingly taking climate issues seriously, efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change in Canada remain all over the map. Some governments are taking meaningful steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and build low-carbon economies, while others double down on environmentally-destructive resource extraction and…
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Car sharing: A solution that deserves more development

Since greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles have risen more than 33% since 1990, governments’ failure to take action and promote alternatives comes as quite a surprise. In fact, even if they keep on telling us that they want to solve the problem, their policies are often counterproductive. For instance, even…
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Nova Scotia and the Carbon Tax: Build on Early Actions, Prepare for our Green Future

The government of Nova Scotia isn’t happy with the federal government’s carbon pricing plan. The Nova Scotia Environment Minister walked out of a federal-provincial meeting, and the Premier is asking the feds to recognize earlier reduction efforts. The Premier’s line suggests the federal policy is unfair to Nova Scotia, yet…
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