National Newswatch

Nova Scotia puts climate change consultation on hold because of COVID-19

Apr 2 2020 — — A new climate change strategy for Nova Scotia hinges upon public consultation, which has now been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In October, the provincial government passed the Sustainable Development Goals Act, which requires the province to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 53 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, and reach net-zero emissions […]

Pineapple Power Surges Through Asian Markets

Mar 31 2020 — When your idea of getting into business is to help improve social and environmental health, the sky’s the limit. Just ask Thailand-based American entrepreneur Peter Wainman.

2019 saw over 60 gigawatts of wind power installed

Mar 31 2020 — On Wednesday, the Global Wind Energy Council, an industry trade organization, released its review of the market in 2019. During the past year, wind power saw its second-largest amount of new installed capacity ever, with over 60GW going in. But the news going forward is a bit more uncertain, with the report predicting that after […]

COVID-19 is a taste of climate change left unchecked

Mar 31 2020 — — Over the coming weeks and months the resilience of our financial and healthcare systems will be severely tested. Previously allocated resources are already being rapidly redeployed to contain the spread of COVID-19 and minimize the economic fallout.

Plant trees, but remember: nature is more than a carbon sink

Mar 18 2020 — — The federal government pledge to plant 2 billion trees over 10 years has garnered considerable attention from Canadians eager to find solutions to the climate crisis. Planting trees is intuitively attractive: if trees soak up carbon, why not plant more? But ensuring best value for money turns out to be complicated.

Global warming to drastically reduce regrowth of key softwood species in Maritimes

Feb 21 2020 — Michael Tutton — HALIFAX — Global warming is likely to drastically reduce regrowth of a tree species that is a cornerstone of the Maritimes pulp and lumber industry, a new study by forestry scientists concludes. Lead author Anthony Taylor, a forest ecologist with Natural Resources Canada, also suggests that harvesting practices, including clear cutting, will be a factor if stands of balsam fir — sought […]

Can Solar Power Compete With Coal? In India, It’s Gaining Ground

Feb 18 2020 — — In a dusty northwest India desert dotted with cows and the occasional camel, a solar-power plant is producing some of the world’s cheapest energy. Built in 2018 by India’s Acme Solar Holdings Ltd., it can generate 200 megawatts of electricity, enough to power all the homes in a middle-size U.S. town. Acme sells the electricity […]

Canadian law schools must do their part to help combat climate change

Feb 18 2020 — — The intensifying physical and socio-economic effects of climate change, mainstreamed by political debates and scientific evidence on anthropogenic disruptions to the global climate system, have motivated changing legislation, regulation, litigation and institutions. But legal education is not keeping up; climate change has not yet been taught well and broadly in Canadian law schools. While a […]

Jeff Bezos commits $10 billion to combat climate change

Feb 17 2020 — Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO and the world’s wealthiest person, said Monday he was committing $10 billion to combat climate change through a global initiative. Bezos announced the initiative, called the Bezos Earth Fund, in a post on Instagram Monday afternoon. The fund will support scientists, activists, non-governmental organizations and “any effort that offers a real […]

Government tells UN it’s on track to meet climate goals for power generation

Feb 13 2020 — Bob Weber — Canada appears poised to rack up a climate-change win, says a recent government report submitted to the United Nations. The federal report filed last month says Canada is on track to meet one of its crucial climate-change commitments — generating at least 90 per cent of non-industrial electricity from emissions-free sources by 2030. "Yes, it's good news," said David Sawyer of […]