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Trump Wants A New Climate Deal

The ECOreport looks into the United States withdrawal from COP 21, 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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Health Canada Proposes Phasing-Out A Neonictinoid Pesticide

The ECOreport looks at news in the battle against the pesticides suspected to cause colony collapse disorder, Health Canada Proposes Phasing-Out A Neonictinoid Pesticide

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1It has been five years since the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides announced neonicotinoids cause “significant damage and pose a serious risk of harm to a wide range of beneficial invertebrate species in soil, vegetation, aquatic and marine habitats and are affecting ecosystem services as a result..” The European Union responded to public concerns by imposing a ban on three neonicotinoids in 2013. Now Health Canada proposes phasing-out a neonictinoid pesticide and conducting special reviews for two others.

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Canada & The EU Signed CETA

The ECOreport posts news that Canada signed the largest free trade deal in its’ history, Canada & The EU Signed CETA

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pmCanada just signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Europe, the largest free trade deal in its’ history. There are concerns about increased corporate control over natural resources, environmental regulations and the right to prefer Canadian companies, but 98% of our goods will now have tariff-free access to a market of 500 million people . Canada and the EU signed CETA.

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European Polls Consistently Support Renewables

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The latest public attitude tracker released by the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Changed showed that 75% of the population support the use of renewables. Only 4% oppose them. The Government survey did not contain specific questions about biomass, utility scale solar farms, and all onshore wind farms – all of whose subsidies were recently slashed. So Good Energy hired its own pollsters. They found that 4% of the British public are opposed to solar farms and 8% to onshore wind projects. This appears to be a pattern, from the continent whose population is most exposed to wind and solar energy. European polls consistently support renewables.

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Renewables Supplied 32.9% of the EU’s Electricity

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Aside from the cold winter of 2012, Europe’s electric consumption has been declining the past five years. A combination of milder winters, advances in  energy efficiency and some industry  relocations have brought the numbers down. It is against this background that the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) point to the marked growth of  wind and solar energy. According to their report Electricity in Europe 2014, renewables supplied 32.9% of the EU’s electricity.

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The EU’s CO2 Emissions Decreased 5% In 2014

While both Europe & China are making substantial progress on the  emissions front, North America’s continue to rise. This is especially true in Canada, where the government has modest goals & no plans to get there.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1For the first time in forty years, the World’s C02 emissions have been held in check. One of the biggest stories recently came from China, whose emissions decreased for the first time in recorded history.  An announcement this morning says the EU’s CO2 emissions decreased 5% in 2014.

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Western Europe Is The #1 Choice For Foreign Investors

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Western Europe is the #1 choice destination for foreign investors, according to this year’s EY Foreign investment survey. Half of the respondents indicated it was the most attractive region to establish operations and 59% expect the financial climate to get even better. Investors with a European presence were more likely to rank it first (55%), while other respondents tended to prefer North America or China.

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