Climate Change

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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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Global warming emissions may be in decline

Global warming emissions may be in decline

According to a new article posted in Nature Climate Change, global carbon dioxide emissions may be in decline for the first time in 15 years. From VICE News:  “The study, which was the tenth of its kind published by this team of researchers, showed that CO2 emissions from the consumption of fossil fuel and cement production grew by […]

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Exciting news from Paris: Canada in favour of 1.5C warming limit

Exciting news from Paris: Canada in favour of 1.5C warming limit

In a surprising turn of events, last night in Paris Canada endorsed a commitment to 1.5 degrees Celcius as the limit for planetary warming. Previously, 2 degrees was the target being discussed. From the National Observer: “Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna told a stunned crowd that she wants the Paris agreement to restrict […]

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Vulnerable countries demand 1.5C warming limit at COP21

Vulnerable countries demand 1.5C warming limit at COP21

Countries most at risk of climate change impacts, including Bangladesh, the Philippines, Sudan, and Vietnam, are pressuring other world leaders to cap climate warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius. From The Guardian: As more than 140 world leaders made short opening statements on Sunday, 44 countries that are members of the Alliance of Small Island States (Aosis), along with […]

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Justin Trudeau at COP21: Canada to focus on science, Indigenous perspectives

Justin Trudeau at COP21: Canada to focus on science, Indigenous perspectives

At the start of the COP21 meetings in Paris, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a strong statement about Canada’s role in taking climate action. Trudeau focused on five principles that will guide Canada’s climate policies: strong science, transitioning to a low-carbon economy (including carbon pricing), working with local governments including Indigenous leaders, helping the developing […]

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Market gardens won't solve BC's food challenges

Market gardens won’t solve BC’s food challenges

From the Vancouver Sun: Ted van der Gulik, a former senior engineer in the Ministry of Agriculture who now is president of Partnership for Water Sustainability in B.C., said that protection of farmland — including from port-related development in South Delta — is far more important [than market gardens], along with finding ways to better use […]

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Giving up beef will reduce carbon footprint more than cars, says expert

Giving up beef will reduce carbon footprint more than cars, says expert

“The biggest intervention people could make towards reducing their carbon footprints would not be to abandon cars, but to eat significantly less red meat,” Benton said. “Another recent study implies the single biggest intervention to free up calories that could be used to feed people would be not to use grains for beef production in the […]

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