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Success of Paris agreement depends on action at home

Success of Paris agreement depends on action at home

Now that the Paris Agreement is complete and world leaders are back at home, each country has to plan their own domestic policies to achieve the Paris promises. For Canada, as the Pembina Institute argues, the success of the Paris Agreement will be measured by policy progress at home. It’s not enough for Canada to promise […]

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Agriculture was left out of Paris deal

Agriculture was left out of Paris deal

While agriculture was mentioned during the Paris talks at COP21, the final main text does not include actions on agriculture. Some countries discussed agriculture in the individual climate pledges they made before the conference, known as INDCs. Food security is also mentioned in the preamble to the final text. However, the absence of having agriculture […]

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San Diego: Entirely Renewable Energy in 20 Years

San Diego: Entirely Renewable Energy in 20 Years

                              San Diego is showing that cities can take bold climate action without waiting for national initiatives. From The New York Times: “With a unanimous City Council vote, San Diego, the country’s eighth-largest city, became the largest American municipality to transition to […]

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Sponge Park: Ecosystem-Based Adaptation

Sponge Park: Ecosystem-Based Adaptation

                            A new park in New York City provides a great example of ecosystem-based adaptation as non-structural flood mitigation. From The New York Times:  “Aptly called Sponge Park, the 2,100-square-foot plot will, when it opens next spring, intercept thousands of gallons of storm […]

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After Paris: What's Next for Canada?

After Paris: What’s Next for Canada?

Now that the Paris agreement has been reached, what will Canada do domestically to keep its promises? Federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna will now turn to working with the provinces and territories to establish a national plan, as well as meeting with North American partners. From The Globe and Mail: “The federal government […]

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Bill McKibben: Falling short on climate

Bill McKibben: Falling short on climate

The big climate news from this past week happened in Paris. Or did it? Bill McKibben reminds us that, while world leaders gathered in Paris and spent two weeks arguing over the slightest of word choices, climate disasters have continued to affect people around the world. In Chennai, India, hundreds of people died due to […]

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COP21: Negotiations to extend past official deadline

COP21: Negotiations to extend past official deadline

As the official climate talks in COP21 come to a close, negotiators expect to continue working on a global deal. French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, host of the conference, said that he expects to have a text by Saturday December 12th at 7:00 pm, Paris time. From ABC: “Mr Fabius said the talks had been extended […]

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Oil sands worker urges transition to clean energy

Oil sands worker urges transition to clean energy

At COP21 in Paris, an oil sands worker from Alberta is urging a transition off of fossil fuels. Ken Smith, a 55-year-old Suncor heavy equipment mechanic and head of Unifor Local 707A, spoke about the need to protect the environment while also ensuring oil sands workers still have jobs and can provide for their daily […]

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