National Newswatch

Earth given 50-50 chance of hitting key warming mark by 2026

May 10 2022 — — The world is creeping closer to the warming threshold international agreements are trying to prevent, with nearly a 50-50 chance that Earth will temporarily hit that temperature mark within the next five years, teams of meteorologists across the globe predicted. With human-made climate change continuing, there’s a 48 percent chance that the globe will reach […]

Record Oil Exports Test Trudeau’s Climate-Change Ambitions

May 4 2022 — — Canada is becoming more reliant on the fossil-fuel sector, even as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seeks to strengthen the country’s policies on climate change. Oil, natural gas, coal and refined petroleum exports hit a one-month record of C$17.4 billion ($13.6 billion) in March, according to data released Wednesday by Statistics Canada. Shipments totaled about C$150 […]

Canada can and must get out of fossil energy

May 3 2022 — — Despite some good plans and initiatives, Canada is shirking its international climate obligations. Its recent approval of the Bay du Nord offshore oil megaproject in Newfoundland and Labrador and its substantial investments in experimental carbon capture technology fly in the face of warnings from climate, economic and public health experts about the dangers of exploiting […]

Government expanding electric vehicle rebate program to include trucks, vans, SUVs

Apr 22 2022 — — Program offers $5,000 rebate for new electric vehicle purchases. The federal government is expanding its electric vehicle rebate program to include larger vehicles such as vans, SUVs and trucks which previously had not qualified. The program, launched in 2019, offers a $5,000 rebate for fully electric vehicles and $2,500 for hybrid vehicles, but had a […]

Liberal-NDP deal no match for the climate emergency

Mar 28 2022 — Seth Klein — Last Tuesday, we awoke to news the federal Liberals and NDP had entered into a “supply-and-confidence agreement” (SACA). The agreement would see them collaborate on a shared policy agenda, and so long as the terms of the SACA are honoured, the NDP will pass the Liberals’ next four budgets and support other confidence motions, allowing […]

Ottawa issues $5 billion in green bonds for the first time ever

Mar 23 2022 — — Ottawa has completed its first ever offering of green bonds that will be used to help pay for its investments in green infrastructure and other projects that will help fight climate change. The federal government says it issued $5 billion in 7.5-year green bonds. Ottawa had promised it would issue the bonds in its budget […]