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Studies Find Canada’s Methane Emissions Are Drastically Underreported

The ECOreport looks at two alarming new reports, studies find Canada’s methane emissions are drastically underreported

By Roy L Hales

Some consider natural gas preferable to other fossil fuels “because it emits 50-60% less carbon dioxide (CO2) during combustion.” But over the course of its’100-year lifespan natural gas’ primary component has “a radiative forcing greater than 30 times that of CO2.”1 According to the David Suzuki Foundation, “Methane is responsible for 25% of already observed changes to Earth’s climate.” Two new studies find Canada’s methane emissions are drastically underreported.

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  1. Emmaline Atherton et al, “Mobile measurement of methane emissions from natural gas developments in Northeastern British Columbia, Canada“, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., doi:10.5194/acp-2017-109, in review, 2017, p 2

Calling On Clark To Tackle BC’s Emissions Problem

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED calling on Clark to tackle BC’s emissions problem

From the Pembina Institute

VANCOUVER / COAST SALISH TERRITORY — With the province’s new climate plan expected to land any day now, a coalition of British Columbia power producers, industry associations and environmental organizations is calling on the government to tackle B.C.’s growing carbon pollution problem.

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implement BC’s Climate Leadership plan

The ECOreport reposts a Public Letter calling on B.C.’s  Premier to implement BC’s Climate Leadership plan

Premier Christy Clark
PO Box 9041 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W9E1

February 9, 2016

Dear Premier Clark,

The Energy Forum is a collaboration of British Columbian power producers, industry associations and non-government organizations that are working together to address the challenges and opportunities presented by the nexus of energy, climate and ecosystems. Our members continue to support an ambitious Climate Leadership Plan that transitions B.C.’s buildings, vehicles and industries away from fossil fuels to become increasingly energy efficient and reliant on renewable energy, while minimizing impact on the environment. 1

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  1.  For more information, see the Climate Leadership Plan submission we made to government in August 2015 and the Call for Action on Energy and Climate that we initiated.

Responses to Alberta’s Climate Plan

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMAll 18 coal powered plants, currently supplying 55% of Alberta’s electricity will shut down by 2030. The percentage of wind and solar energy on the grid will rise from 9% to 30% during the same time period, “while natural gas generation will continue to provide firm base load reliability.” The province has set a cap on oil sands emissions, adopted a carbon tax and will reduce methane emissions 45% over the next decade. Few would have expected such policies prior to the NDP’s election and there are mixed responses to Alberta’s Climate Plan.

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Looking Back On The Blue Dot Tour And Ahead To The New Year

From the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki

I recently travelled across Canada with David Suzuki Foundation staff, from St. John’s to Victoria and up to Yellowknife, joined by friends and allies along the way. Besides our Blue Dot Tour evening events featuring some of Canada’s best-known musicians, writers, artists and thinkers, we also took part in many community events and discussed environmental stewardship and treaty rights with Indigenous people.

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Wind offers a healthy way to generate power

From the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki

There’s no free ride when it comes to generating energy. Even the cleanest sources have environmental consequences. Materials for all power-generating facilities have to be obtained and transported, and infrastructure must be built, maintained and eventually decommissioned. Wind turbines take up space and can harm wildlife. Hydro floods agricultural land and alters water cycles.

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Homegrown ingenuity brings nature to the city

From the David Suzuki Foundation 

By David Suzuki

Canada’s newest “national park” is a vibrant patchwork of green space meandering through dynamic downtown neighbourhoods in one of Canada’s densest metropolises, along the former path of a creek buried more than 100 years. It’s a welcoming space for birds and bees that’s nurturing a new generation of city-builders. And it may spread to your city. Let me explain.

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Clean drinking water should be a human right in Canada

From the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki

Canada is among the world’s wealthiest nations, but our wealth is not equitably distributed. Many communities, particularly northern and Aboriginal, suffer from poor access to healthy and affordable food, clean water, proper housing and other necessary infrastructure. An ironic example of this disparity is at Shoal Lake, about two hours east of Winnipeg. There, two First Nations, Shoal Lake 39 and 40, are next to the City of Winnipeg’s main drinking-water supply, but Shoal Lake 40 has been on a boil-water advisory for decades.

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IPCC report is clear: We must clean up our act

From the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki

It’s become a cliché to say that out of crisis comes opportunity. But there’s no denying that when faced with crises, we have choices. The opportunity depends on what we decide to do.

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More bad news for bees: The new “F” word

From the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki

Have you heard of flupyradifurone? Probably not, unless you work for the federal government agency poised to approve this new pesticide for use in Canada. But take note: This new “F” word is bad news for bees.

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