Tag Archives: COP 21 (Paris)

Trump Wants A New Climate Deal

By Roy L Hales

Though often been portrayed as a climate change denier, the President made no reference to climate when he explained the reasons for America’s withdrawal from the agreement reached at Paris in 2015. Rather, it seems Donald Trump wants a new climate deal.
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Why Didn’t Any Canadian Clean-Tech Companies Make The Top 100?

By Roy L Hales

More than 500 start-ups, from 66 countries, made submissions. Though the Start-up Energy Transition Tech Festival is a German Energy Agency (Dena) initiative, even a casual perusal of literature reveals its’ international  character. The General Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) were among the presenters. The list of speakers included representatives from the Rocky Mountain Institute and Hyperloop Technologies. So why didn’t any Canadian clean-tech companies make the top 100?

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Canada Gets It

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Last December, Canada thrilled the world’s environmental community by announcing its return to the fight against climate change. After its’ dazzling performance at Paris, the newly elected Trudeau government promptly returned to energy policies of the preceding administration. More than 130 scientists condemned the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s report on the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG terminal as “a symbol of what is wrong with environmental decision-making in Canada.” The proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, in British Columbia’s most populated area, will undoubtedly be approved on December 19. This would result in a threefold increase in the number of oil tankers sailing through Vancouver, which aspires to be the world’s greenest city. Then there is the ongoing melodrama connected to the proposed Energy east pipeline in eastern Canada. Disenchantment is spreading through the environmental community. Despite this, a new report from Environment and Climate Change Canada shows Canada “gets it.”

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Becoming A “No Carbon Nation”

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The negative impacts of climate change are already upon us, but there alternatives to the energy sources that caused them. In the space of 94 minutes, Peter Sircom Bromley’s documentary attempts to give a comprehensive overview of pathways to becoming a “No Carbon Nation.”

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Overshooting Our Planet’s Resources

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMRex Wyler spoke of a wolf pack that found a valley full of deer. Initially, they flourished and grew plentiful. Only they were too successful. They eventually ate all the deer and there was no food left for the wolves. Humanity is in a similar situation, overshooting our planet’s resources.

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Is Canada really prepared to fight against climate change?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMIt has only been four months since a tentative agreement to “pursue efforts to” limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C was signed in Paris. After a decade of being virtually ignored, climate change became the central issue on Canada’s political stage. Yet even as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other world leaders fly to ratify the Paris Agreement in New York, some ask is Canada really prepared to fight climate change?

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What Does Canada’s New Budget Say About The Environment?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe environmental community has been watching Justin Trudeau’s Liberals closely, to see how they live up to their promise to give Canada a low carbon, climate resistant economy. The new government’s performance at COP 21 was nothing less than stellar. While the Federal government’s meeting with the province’s in Vancouver failed to achieve much beyond an agreement that carbon will be priced, the herd is now moving. News from the  environmental assessment front is less encouraging: the National energy Board’s flawed Trans Mountain Pipline Expansion hearings are continuing and Catherine McKenna appears to have just rubber stamped the Woodfibre LNG project. So what does Canada’s new Budget say about the environment?
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How far has the Vancouver Declaration taken us?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMAfter two days of sometimes heated meetings behind closed door, Canada’s first ministers emerged with an agreement as to their overall goals for a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy.  The contentious issues, like carbon pricing mechanisms, emissions caps and oil pipelines, have been left for another First Ministers meeting in the fall. So How far has the Vancouver Declaration taken us?

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5 Million Tourists Came To BC In 2015

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMTourism has long been one of British Columbia’s main industries, employing more than twice the number of people as the combined figures for the entire natural resources sector. 1 A news release from the Ministry of Tourism reported that close to 5 million tourists came to BC in 2015.

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  1. According to Statistics Canada, B.C.’s  Forestry, fishing, mining, quarrying, oil and gas sectors employed 52,000 in January 2016. A provincial government news release states “Tourism supports approximately 19,200 businesses and 127,500 employees in British Columbia.”

Lelu Island Will More Than Double Canada’s LNG Emissions

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s (CEAA) draft report on Petrona’s proposed Lelu island terminal, at the mouth of BC’s Skeena river,  states that, ” … if the Project were to proceed, it would be amongst the largest single point sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the country.” Lelu Island will more than double Canada’s LNG emissions.

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