National Newswatch

Passive House building boom shows low carbon future may be closer than we think

Dec 17 2016 — Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze Dylan Heerema, and Karen Tam Wu — Building standard curbs carbon pollution and locks in ultra energy efficiency Did you know that buildings are responsible for nearly a quarter of Canada’s carbon pollution? Buildings are also linked to about a third of carbon pollution in the United States and constitute the largest source of emissions in North America. Meanwhile, leading countries, states, […]

Carbon pricing continues to spread across Canada

Nov 29 2016 — Matt Horne — Only 7% of Canadians live in a province or territory without a plan to price carbon pollution.   In case you missed it, 93% of Canadians now live in provinces and territories that have implemented, or are in the process of implementing, carbon pricing. The most recent step forward occurred this week in Nova Scotia. […]

Despite COP 22 award, not yet time to celebrate B.C. climate action

Nov 16 2016 — Josha MacNab — Canadian provinces need to step up despite election of Donald Trump. British Columbia’s carbon tax is once again being lauded as praise-worthy on the international stage. Today (November 16) in Marrakech, Morocco, the government of B.C. received the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Momentum for Change award for its revenue-neutral tax. As a […]

5 things you need to know about B.C.’s new climate plan

Aug 22 2016 — Josha MacNab — This isn’t the climate leadership you’re looking for. After much delay, Premier Christy Clark has finally released B.C.’s new Climate Leadership Plan (CLP). You may recall that, back in May 2015, the premier convened a panel of experts to design a plan to put British Columbia on track to meet its legislated emissions-reduction targets while […]

Success of the Paris Agreement will be measured by policy progress here at home

Dec 15 2015 — Erin Flanagan — When the final text of the Paris Agreement was gavelled on Saturday evening, thousands of people in the room – from business leaders, climate activists, to UN negotiators – were overwhelmed with relief, excitement and exhaustion. The agreement marks decades of international diplomacy efforts to solve climate change, one of the planet’s most pressing – […]