National Newswatch

Farming blamed for elevated levels of another greenhouse gas

Oct 28 2020 — Alex Binkley — Science magazine calls for reduced use of nitrogen fertilizers.   Ottawa—Farm use of fertilizers to boost crop production is once again getting the wrap for worsening the planet’s greenhouse gas problems without recognizing that the 4-R Program developed by Fertilizer Canada presents a solution. An article in ZME Science, an online publication that generally places […]

Green groups urge governments to support sustainable agriculture

Oct 19 2020 — Alex Binkley — The next federal budget should endorse the concept.   Ottawa—The push from within the agrifood community for sustainable farming and food production has won the backing of a broad coalition of environment groups. The 25-member Green Budget Coalition issued a sweeping set of proposals for the federal government to follow in implementing promises made in the […]

Prince William Announces New Prize Aimed at ‘Repairing’ the Planet

Oct 9 2020 — Prince William on Thursday announced the establishment of an environmental prize worth 50 million pounds, or $65 million, that will reward climate change solutions over the next 10 years, saying it was an effort to “turn the current pessimism surrounding environmental issues into optimism.” Sir David Attenborough, the naturalist behind dozens of documentaries chronicling the […]

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

Sep 29 2020 — Adam Radwanski — 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 manageable cost. Produced by the new Institute for Sustainable Finance at Queen’s University, the study estimates that meeting the […]

Leaders to UN: If virus doesn’t kill us, climate change will

Sep 27 2020 — — In a year of cataclysm, some world leaders at this week’s annual United Nations meeting are taking the long view, warning: If COVID-19 doesn’t kill us, climate change will. With Siberia seeing its warmest temperature on record this year and enormous chunks of ice caps in Greenland and Canada sliding into the sea, countries are […]

Montreal demonstrators demand climate justice a year after Greta Thunberg speech

Sep 26 2020 — The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Demonstrators gathered in downtown Montreal on Saturday to protest planetary warming on the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice. The coalition behind the event is calling for net zero emissions by 2030, one item on a slate of demands that include Indigenous self-determination, migrant rights and defunding the police. Lylou Sehili, co-spokeswoman […]

Transit is in grave danger of falling into a death spiral

Sep 22 2020 — — No issue affects mobility, equity, and climate change more than public transit, which is essential to a green and socially inclusive recovery. If we don’t get our approach to transit right, we risk making urban congestion worse, making mobility dependent on income, and putting climate goals further out of reach.

Feds reluctantly approve Ontario carbon price for big industrial emitters

Sep 21 2020 — — Ontario will be able to use its own carbon-pricing system for big industrial emitters after getting a green light from the federal government over the weekend. However Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says the nod of approval comes begrudgingly because Ontario’s proposal will not cut greenhouse-gas emissions as much as the federal version. Wilkinson says in […]