In a recent interview with the ECOreport, Simon Fraser University Climate ScientistDr, Kirsten Zickfelddescribed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s idea of fighting climate change while expanding the oil sands and building new pipelines as “delusional.” There is only a finite amount of carbon we can release into the atmosphere and if we hope keep the global temperature rise to 2 degrees C. We are already close to 1.5 degrees and may pass that threshold this year. Even if we do not build any new fossil fuel infrastructure, Canada will exhaust “its’ fair share” of carbon emissions by 2030. These were quite strong statements, so I asked a couple of other scientists – as well as environmentalists, politicians and government spokespersons – Can Canada build more pipelines? Or LNG facilities? Continue reading Can Canada Build More Pipelines? Or LNG Facilities?→
There are more than 130 of them, from Alaska, Russia, the West Coast as far south as California and east to the Atlantic coast. Their joint letter refers to “Misrepresentation,” “lack of information” and “Disregard for science that was not funded by the proponent.” Scientists Condemn The Flawed Review Process For Lelu Island, at the mouth of British Columbia’s Skeena River, as “a symbol of what is wrong with environmental decision-making in Canada.” Continue reading Scientists Condemn The Flawed Review Process For Lelu Island→
After 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?
Premier Christy Clark has just received some sound advice in a public letter, as she prepares for the premier’s conference with Prime Minister Trudeau. Energy economist Mark Jaccard, sustainable energy system specialist John Axsen and atmospheric climate scientist Kirsten Zickfeld were among the signatories. In total, twenty-five of the province’s academics set criteria for BC’s successful climate action. Continue reading Academics Set Criteria for BC’s Successful Climate Action→
A second British Columbian “poll” suggests more Green MP’s might be accompanying Elizabeth May back to Ottawa. UBC’s Sauder School of Business Prediction Markets‘ system is more akin to the stock market than regular polls, but has proven to be surprisingly accurate in the past. As of October 13, Sauder’s market predicts 3 Green Seats.