National Newswatch

Could climate policy become climate trade?

Jan 21 2021 — Aaron Henry — One of the most compelling and least reported elements of the federal government’s recently announced plan to meet its ambitious 2030 climate targets is the commitment to pursue greater collaboration with Canada’s trading partners and allies on climate policy. In its Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy plan, the government signalled it will seek partners […]

Prairie provinces reportedly chipped in for new climate data hub ClimateWest

Jan 20 2021 — Carl Meyer — Canada’s three Prairie provinces are particularly vulnerable to the climate crisis, and now their governments are helping make climate data more accessible, according to the head of a new non-profit. Jane Hilderman is executive director of ClimateWest, an organization that launched Tuesday aiming to make data on climate change accessible to municipal planners, land use […]

The good, the bad and the ugly in Canada’s 2030 climate plan

Jan 18 2021 — — There’s good news and bad news about Canada’s 2030 climate target. The good news is that for the first time, Canada has proposed a way to meet a climate target. The government’s recently announced Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy (HEHE) plan contains enough new climate policy proposals that, if implemented, will allow Canada to […]

What the Clean Climate Fund can teach us about multilateral organizations

Jan 14 2021 — — The United Nations marked its 75th anniversary in September, and with the milestone has come scrutiny – yet again – of the relevance of multilateral institutions (including the UN and other institutions). Experts have long criticized multilateral systems for their high budgets, excessive fragmentation across agencies and hegemony of a few members. Supporters of such […]

The electric car future is finally taking off

Jan 14 2021 — — There have been many false dawns for the electric car. France and the UK were among the pioneers of electric vehicles in the late 19th century, with well-heeled customers using them for short trips around cities. By the early 1900s, however, the discovery of abundant oil reserves and larger road networks had helped to undermine […]

World leaders meet to ‘reconcile humanity with nature’

Jan 12 2021 — Carl Meyer — After the world failed to meet a single target last decade to stop the disappearance of the natural world, the leaders of several nations, including Canada, met for a virtual summit on Monday and committed to safeguarding biodiversity in future. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared by videoconference at the One Planet Summit, hosted by French […]

Climate denial mixing with other disinformation, analysis shows

Jan 5 2021 — Carl Meyer — A new coalition is monitoring the overlap of climate denial with other conspiracy theories online, and one of its founders says Canada is not immune from this new “wave of disinformation.” Michael Khoo, co-CEO of Washington-based UpShift Strategies, helped start the group that has been tracking digital conversations in the United States in anticipation of […]

Masks for cows aim to filter burps to curb greenhouse gas emissions

Jan 3 2021 — — A company has developed a burp-catching device for cows in hopes that the invention will help curb greenhouse gas emissions. The U.K.-based startup ZELP — or Zero Emission Livestock Project — claims that its burp-catching masks will help slow the spread of greenhouse gas emissions, a key component in the force of climate change. The […]

Is carbon pricing a burden on Canadian households?

Jan 2 2021 — — The federal Liberals’ main counterattack in the political jousting over carbon pricing has been that their carbon levy isn’t a cost burden for most households, with annual rebates larger than the added costs for fossil fuel use. And that average benefit will increase in 2021 in the four provinces where the federal government has put […]

Federal Climate Plan needs a better balance for agriculture, CAPI says

Dec 29 2020 — Alex Binkley — Many details still need to be clarified.   Ottawa—The federal Climate Plan, which has angered some farm groups because of steadily-rising fuels costs, does contain some positives for agriculture but could be better balanced, says the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute. While the Plan recognizes the significant progress Canadian farmers have made during the last 20 […]