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Under Biden, America will be a leader in the climate fight – and that changes everything

In the News   |   January 22, 2021

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For the first time, a holder of the world’s most powerful elected office is treating climate change as the existential challenge that it is. Joe Biden will not have an easy time rapidly transitioning the... read more

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Pretending that energy jobs will come back is only making things worse

In the News   |   January 18, 2021

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Jim Stanford is an economist and the director of the Centre for Future Work in Vancouver and author of a new report for Environmental Defence, Employment Transitions and the Phase-Out of Fossil Fuels. Like most... read more

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Climate commitments: will these steps work?

Lesson Plans   |   January 8, 2021

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This article examines the government’s recent proposals to address the challenge of meeting its Paris Agreement commitments.... read more

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Liberals pitch $15-billion in new spending, hike carbon tax to pass 2030 emissions goals

In the News   |   December 14, 2020

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The federal government plans to triple its carbon tax and spend more than $15-billion to pass Canada’s 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. The long-awaited update to Ottawa’s climate change plan was released by Prime... read more

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Quebec’s electrifying challenge to Canada

Lesson Plans   |   December 4, 2020

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This article examines Quebec’s stated position of banning gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035 and the implications that statement has for the rest of Canada.... read more

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From Quebec, a climate plan serves as a wake-up call to other provinces

In the News   |   November 16, 2020

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Quebec Premier François Legault just issued the latest wake-up call to his counterparts across the country, concerning how seriously they take the transition to a low-carbon economy. Within his own province, Mr. Legault’s announcement on... read more

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Climate change: Is there reason for hope?

Lesson Plans   |   November 6, 2020

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This article outlines not only the reason for some optimism but also some of the challenges that remain in order to reach the targets.... read more

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How the U.S. election result will shape Canadian climate policy

In the News   |   November 4, 2020

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Once the votes have been counted, Americans will either have elected a new president with by far the most ambitious climate-change plan of anyone who has held the office, or re-elected a climate-change denier. Never... read more

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Ottawa’s climate-change policies fail to protect First Nations against food scarcity: study

In the News   |   October 22, 2020

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Federal climate-change policies have largely ignored the effects of global warming on First Nations’ access to traditional food, leaving Indigenous people increasingly vulnerable to food shortages and related health problems, according to an 18-month study... read more

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Scientists tally nitrogen threat to climate

In the News   |   October 9, 2020

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Human activity, primarily through the use of industrial fertilizers, has nearly doubled the world’s atmospheric concentration of nitrous oxide and made the gas a more significant contributor to global warming than previously thought, an international... read more

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The catastrophic effects of climate change

Lesson Plans   |   October 9, 2020

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This article outlines the cause of the deaths of these elephants and explains how this recent development is the result of climate change.... read more

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Youth argue in lawsuit that courts must force Ottawa to take climate action

In the News   |   October 2, 2020

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A group of Canadian children and youth told a Federal Court judge on Wednesday that the courts need to take control of the federal government’s fight against climate change. The group – 15 people between... read more

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New report offers unexpected optimism that Canada could meet its 2030 climate targets

In the News   |   September 29, 2020

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As the federal government prepares to roll out climate-related spending commitments as part of its economic recovery strategy, a report being released on Tuesday suggests that Canada’s emissions reductions targets could be achieved at a surprisingly... read more

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Climate change leaves the Rhine, Danube and Europe’s other commercial arteries in danger of running dry

In the News   |   September 28, 2020

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Low water threatens to cut off waterways more often, and less predictably, than ever before – and the alternatives to river shipping are potentially even worse for emissions In the late summer of 2018, Ben... read more

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Arguments that federal carbon pricing encroaches on provincial powers met with skepticism at Supreme Court

In the News   |   September 23, 2020

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Provincial governments arguing that the centrepiece of Ottawa’s plan to combat climate change intrudes on their powers met a wall of skepticism at the Supreme Court of Canada on Tuesday. Federal law sets minimum national... read more

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