Not only are the rich getting richer in Canada, they're also creating more greenhouse-gas emissions on a per-person basis, a new study says.
Because of this, more affluent Canadians should take on more of the burden in efforts to fight global warming, concludes this report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.... Read more »
Response to Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent’s announcement in Toronto today on “Domestic Climate Change Adaptation”
OTTAWA – Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent attempted to mislead Canadians today by masking Canada’s lack of action on climate change. In a Toronto speech, Mr. Kent failed to mention that his government has done practically nothing to control the rising greenhouse gas emissions from the Tar Sands and other large industrial sectors.
“Regardless what other countries are doing, Canada has a moral and legal obligation to reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions - and it’s not doing it,” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada.
In his announcement Minister Kent also failed to mention:... Read more »
OTTAWA – Sierra Club Canada is calling for a nation-wide moratorium on fracking (hydraulic fracturing) by the natural gas industry until federal and provincial governments can put in place proper regulations to ensure public safety and protect water supplies and the environment.
“If reports of natural gas infiltrating drinking water wells on properties neighbouring fracking operations wasn’t enough reason to act, then recent earthquakes in Britain should be,” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada. “What will it take for Canadian regulators to wake-up?”... Read more »
It is "highly probable" that shale gas test drilling triggered earth tremors in Lancashire, a study has found.
But the report, commissioned by energy firm Cuadrilla, also said the quakes were due to an "unusual combination of geology at the well site".
It said conditions which caused the minor earthquakes were "unlikely to occur again".
Protesters opposed to fracking, a gas extraction method, said the report "did not inspire confidence".
Six protesters from campaign group Frack Off climbed a drilling rig at one of Cuadrilla's test drilling sites in Hesketh Bank, near Southport, ahead of the report.... Read more »
Federal and provincial programs to cut greenhouse gas emissions won’t even get Canada half of the way toward meeting the reduction targets that have been set for 2020.
But the fact that they will even go that far is being presented as a sign of progress in a new report. Such are the low expectations surrounding the policies to tackle global warming in the country.
The study, by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, a respected, non-partisan environmental think-tank, suggests Canada is on track to cut out 103 megatonnes of greenhouse gases by 2020. That works out to 46 per cent of the emissions reduction goal that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has set for the country.
The gap is equal to 120 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, says the report by Dave Sawyer, the institute’s climate change director.
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