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. Continue reading Trump Wants A New Climate Deal→
It 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.
Canada 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.
The 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.
Aside 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.