Climate

Canada falls short of its 2020 climate change commitment
Publish Date: 09-DEC-2014 08:46 AM
Canada remains well short of meeting its international 2020 climate change commitment, Environment Canada reported Monday, even if the economy tanks and global oil and gas prices remain on the skids. Even under the worst-case scenario, the 2014 Emissions Report says Canada would still fail to cut greenhouse gases 17 per cent below 2005 levels by 2020 — as Canada committed to do under the Copenhagen accord. 
 
Shifting Sands: How Energy is Shaping Canada’s Foreign Policy
Publish Date: 09-DEC-2014 08:41 AM
The recent rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline project in November by the United States Senate is only the latest chapter of an ongoing saga reflecting a dramatic shift in Canada’s foreign relations in recent years. The Canadian government has been engaging in an aggressive public relations campaign for its booming oil and gas industry. The strategy includes prominent marketing and behind-the-scenes lobbying in close partnership with oil industry executives. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, first elected in 2006, has long maintained his goal was to make Canada an energy superpower. But he has also changed the country’s role and policies in international climate change efforts as a means to achieve that goal. 
 
Letter: Scientific literacy under attack in Quebec and Canada
Publish Date: 02-DEC-2014 10:21 AM
There’s a billboard on Highway 40 disfiguring the Montreal landscape by claiming that “The sun is the main driver of climate change.” This duplicity undermines the scientific education and awareness that we have been building for decades. It is all the more vicious since by their very name, “Friends of Science” — the Albertan organization that believes human behaviour is not responsible for climate change — usurps the credibility of science in order to misinform the public. 
 
L'ACS lance une campagne de sociofinancement pour dénoncer la désinformation scientifique (French)
Publish Date: 27-NOV-2014 08:36 AM
En réaction aux panneaux climatosceptiques affichés sur l’autoroute 40 par l’organisme albertain Friends of Science, l’ACS lance une campagne contre la désinformation et l’imposture scientifique. L’Association répliquera en installant trois panneaux sur les autoroutes 40 et 440, dans la région montréalaise, rétablissant les faits sur les changements climatiques. 
 
Les ennemis de la science (French)
Publish Date: 26-NOV-2014 08:28 AM
Cette pancarte sur l’autoroute 40 défigure le paysage montréalais en affichant que « Le soleil est le principal facteur du changement climatique ». Cette imposture scientifique mine une éducation et une sensibilisation scientifiques que nous bâtissons depuis plusieurs décennies. Elle est d’autant plus vicieuse que ses auteurs, Friends of Science, un organisme climatosceptique albertain, usurpent la crédibilité de la science pour désinformer la population. 
 
Les changements climatiques menacent la sécurité alimentaire, selon la Banque mondiale (French)
Publish Date: 24-NOV-2014 03:17 PM
Le réchauffement climatique risque d’aggraver « considérablement » la pauvreté sur le globe en asséchant les récoltes agricoles et en menaçant la sécurité alimentaire de millions de personnes, a avertit la Banque mondiale (BM) dimanche. 
 
Compressions : les chercheurs privés de données essentielles sur le climat
Publish Date: 16-NOV-2014 02:12 PM
La réduction des investissements fédéraux dans la recherche sur les changements climatiques prive les chercheurs qui y oeuvrent toujours de données essentielles. Interrogé sur les effets des compressions du gouvernement conservateur dans le domaine de la science climatique, le directeur général du consortium Ouranos, Alain Bourque, a noté que les chercheurs peinent désormais à trouver les données requises pour analyser l'évolution des changements climatiques. 
 
Compressions: les chercheurs privés de données essentielles sur le climat (French)
Publish Date: 16-NOV-2014 10:03 AM
La réduction des investissements fédéraux dans la recherche sur les changements climatiques prive les chercheurs qui y oeuvrent toujours de données essentielles. 
 
Friends Of Science Tackle Tax Status Of The Alberta Wilderness Association
Publish Date: 13-NOV-2014 01:37 PM
A group that doesn't believe carbon dioxide emissions cause global warming has taken aim at a prominent Alberta environmental group's charitable status. The Calgary-based Friends of Science has asked its supporters to write the Canada Revenue Agency about the activities of the Alberta Wilderness Association. "We think there are some questions that should be asked of the CRA," Friends spokeswoman Michelle Stirling said Thursday. The Friends object to the association's refusal to print a rebuttal to an article critical of the group in the Alberta Wilderness newsletter. The article referred to a billboard the Friends rented in Calgary that said the sun is the cause of climate change, not rising greenhouse gas emissions. 
 
Wobbling on Climate Change
Publish Date: 11-NOV-2014 09:58 AM
I’m a climate scientist and a former astronaut. Not surprisingly, I have a deep respect for well-tested theories and facts. In the climate debate, these things have a way of getting blurred in political discussions. 
 
Canada and B.C unprepared for climate-based migration
Publish Date: 05-NOV-2014 09:29 AM
A new study co-authored by Simon Fraser University researchers recommends that the federal government create a new immigration class of "climate migrants" to help address the mounting global human displacement associated with climate change. In Preparing BC for Climate Migration, the authors also recommend Canada implement immigration targets and programs to ensure the country absorbs its fair share of those migrants.  
 
Republicans, Meet Science
Publish Date: 04-NOV-2014 09:25 AM
Just days before the midterm elections, we got the latest alarm: The globe is heating up like a griddle, and we’re just lolling here like eggs. This happened on Sunday, when a United Nations panel issued what The Times called its “starkest warning yet.” But while the report made headlines, it didn’t make the campaign. Like other big issues being shelved for some later, scarier day, climate change wasn’t high on the agenda, especially for Republicans. 
 
Les maires du monde entier invités à la conférence sur le climat de Paris
Publish Date: 16-OCT-2014 02:46 PM
 
REUTERS SUMMIT-Global climate deal should be legally binding in parts: U.S
Publish Date: 14-OCT-2014 03:00 PM
The United States wants to broker a global agreement on climate change that would contain some legal elements but would stop short of being legally binding on an international level, the country's top diplomat on climate change issues said. 
 
Half of All Summers Will Soon Be Boiling Hot for Hundreds of Millions of People
Publish Date: 12-OCT-2014 09:47 AM
A new study finds climate change has caused a 60-fold increase in the likelihood of extreme temperatures in eastern China since the early 1950s. 
 
Editorial: Climate change is no less urgent a threat than Islamic State
Publish Date: 10-OCT-2014 09:51 AM
The government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper needs to tackle climate change with the same urgency and sense of duty as it did Canada’s contribution to the U.S.-led coalition striking the Islamic State. 
 
Climate damages litigation could cost Canadian oil & gas companies billions: study
Publish Date: 09-OCT-2014 12:32 PM
Canadian oil and gas companies could be liable for billions of dollars of damages for their contribution to climate change, according a study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) and West Coast Environmental Law (West Coast) that analyzes scenarios in which the legal landscape concerning climate damages litigation could suddenly and dramatically change.  
 
Climat : le Canada et le Québec déçoivent (French)
Publish Date: 06-OCT-2014 11:59 AM
Au moment où il entame une visite au Canada, Nicolas Hulot, ambassadeur des questions climatiques du président français François Hollande, critique sévèrement les partisans des énergies fossiles, qui ne font selon lui qu’aggraver des bouleversements climatiques déjà bien réels. 
 
Les morses, prochaines victimes des changements climatiques? (French)
Publish Date: 02-OCT-2014 11:40 AM
Pas moins de 35 000 morses ont été forcés de venir s’échouer sur une plage du nord-ouest de l’Alaska, en raison de l’absence de glace. Un phénomène directement lié aux bouleversements climatiques qui frappe l’Arctique. 
 
Scientists rail against imposed ignorance: Goar
Publish Date: 02-OCT-2014 11:18 AM
A year ago, a handful of Toronto scientists decided they could no longer watch helplessly as the government of Canada systematically stifled information on everything from climate change to drug safety. They formed a collective called Scientists for the Right to Know. This week, they held a public forum at the Munk School of Global Affairs. It was called Imposed Ignorance, a panel discussion highlighting what Canadians are losing and why it matters.