Canada’s GHG Commitment Problem

For the past decade, Canada’s GHG emission targets were framed by the Kyoto Protocol, in which Canada committed to a 6% reduction in emissions by 2012 relative to 1990 levels (590 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, or Mt CO2e). In spite of signing this treaty and its ratification through…
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Decarbonizing Homes and the Price of Gas

Our climate justice framework for BC is to eliminate fossil fuels by 2040. In the household sector, this poses a significant challenge, not so much in terms of technology and knowledge, but because natural gas is much cheaper than electricity per unit of energy. Even though BC has among the…
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Does Capitalism Save Lives?

I was watching CNBC and happened to see this panel about how the number of Americans killed by natural disasters has declined over time. It was also noted that, in early 2010, fewer people died in Chile’s earthquake than in Haiti’s earthquake. The discussion quite reasonably outlined how improvements in…
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UK Conservatives Put Canada’s to Shame on Climate

Across the pond, the UK Conservative coalition government has taken a very different approach to tackling climate change than the Harper Conservatives. The Canadian government’s “commitment” to addressing climate change makes us a global pariah. Our government says it is committed to reducing Canada’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by…
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