Tag Archives: Alberta

Shift to clean energy


The following essay was written by Cheryl McNamara, Communications Officer of the Citizens Climate Lobby. I am pleased to present it here. Earlier this month, the world convened once again to nail down a post-Kyoto commitment on climate change. And … Continue reading

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Poor information leaves government unable to properly manage environmental change


(The Commissioner’s Perspective—October 2011 Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development) Ottawa, 4 October 2011—The federal government lacks reliable information to inform Canadians about environmental change and to take actions needed to safeguard environmental quality, says Scott Vaughan, … Continue reading

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Trial tests whether ‘ecocide’ could join genocide as global crime


Top lawyers put fossil fuel bosses on trial in the UK’s supreme court in a mock case to explore the crime of ecocide – environmental destruction – which is being considered by the UN It’s a grim list: genocide, crimes … Continue reading

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A fossil hat trick for Canada at the UN climate talks: if only the ‘other’ Canucks had such luck.


First Place Fossil is awarded to Canada. Guess what sector is Canada’s fastest-growing source of greenhouse gas emissions? That would be the tar sands, where emissions from digging up dirty oil have close to tripled since 1990. Now guess which … Continue reading

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Sand Dollars: Will Tar-Sands Oil Undermine U.S. Alternative-Energy Development?


Scientific American 2011-05-25 – Plans call for running the 3,200-kilometer-long pipeline from Canadian tar-sands fields to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries Dear EarthTalk: What is “tar sands oil” and what is the controversy over possibly building a pipeline for it from … Continue reading

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Shaping Alberta’s Future


On May 5, 2011, the Premier’s Council for Economic Strategy released its report, Shaping Alberta’s Future. It includes an important call to all Albertans, outlining broad direction on important themes for our future: broadening the economy, realizing the full potential … Continue reading

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Oil Sands Need More Study – Alberta


The Globe & Mail newspaper has published two articles concerning scientific studies of the impact of the oil sands on the environment. As usual, they do not provide links to the relevant studies, leaving commentary open to confirmation bias, misrepresentation … Continue reading

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