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Washington is right: Canada must confront its climate neglect

Published on February 19, 2013 by in Home

  TZERPORAH BERMAN Globe and Mail   This article is signed by Tzeporah Berman, an environmental author and co-founder of ForestEthics; Sarah Winterton, acting Executive Director of Evironmental Defence; Steven Guilbeault, deputy director of Equiterre, and Ben West, oil-sands campaign director of ForestEthics Advocacy. U.S. President Barack Obama, through his ambassador to Canada, has every

 
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Canada’s financial sector has its ‘mine truck’ moment

Published on December 6, 2012 by in Home

  Historically speaking, Canadian energy issues haven’t always played as prominently on the global stage as they do today. In 2006, the oilsands were just an emerging story, known principally to investors on the hunt for returns (although Pembina has been working on oilsands issues since the mid-1980s). It took Ralph Klein, then-premier of Alberta, parking

 
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Sustainability by the Numbers: The Growing Reality of the Green Economy

Steven Cohen Executive Director, Columbia University’s Earth Institute Posted: 11/19/2012 1:21 pm One of the more persistent myths in our political dialogue is that we must tradeoff environmental sustainability and economic growth. This is probably reinforced by a fact, pointed out to me recently by my Columbia faculty colleague, Michael Gerrard. Professor Gerrard noted that

 
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Why CFOs Need to Care About Sustainability — Now

Tyler Elm and Jim Harris Posted: 11/20/2012 11:23 am   This is the tenth blog in a weekly series on how sustainability can save business. It appears every Tuesday. Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) and Chief Operating Officers (COOs) are increasingly accountable for sustainability. A study by Deloitte – Sustainability: CFOs are coming to the table – found their

 
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ON BC’S CENTRAL COAST, THE WAY FORWARD

Published on November 7, 2012 by in Home

 by Chris Wood, TheTyee.ca    [Tyee Editor’s note: In this, the last of a series on B.C.’s Enduring Central Coast, we see how the Heiltsuk are trying to build a unique future based on values steeped in a prosperous and resilient past. Get a sense of that future in the photo essay here  (use the arrows to

 
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A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years

Published on November 2, 2012 by in Home

  Av Ilan Kelman Center for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo   Jørgen Randers: 2052 – A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years Chelsea Green Publishing “The future is here now” is often said with respect to climate change. That is, what we expect to happen in the future under climate change is

 
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Rethinking the Work Week

Published on October 5, 2012 by in Home

 The Worldwatch Institute’s Moving Towards Sustainable Prosperity website is a valuable resource for anyone  trying to make ecocide a think of the past. It is chock full of insightful articles and innovative policy solutions. by Antonia Sohns Worldwatch Institute/Sustainable Prosperity   Unemployment plagues today’s nations. In Europe, unemployment rate was 11.2% in June. Within those European unemployment

 
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So what are the costs of global warming?

  Flooding in St. Jean, Quebec in 2011 September 13, 2012 So what are the costs of global warming?   Our most recent blog pointed out that the costs of extreme weather events have not – at least to our knowledge – ever been clearly incorporated into the costs of Global Warming. A report released this week by

 
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Harper in the Arctic: The end of ice tour?

Published on August 29, 2012 by in Home

 Mr Harper’s two-step–announcing an Arctic research station while cutting scientists–doesn’t impress the audience at the sock hop. by John Crump rabble.ca    News that multi-year Arctic sea ice was melting towards a record low did not put a dent in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s annual northern road show last week. So far in August, the

 
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Maps spark concern over corporate water grab

Published on July 26, 2012 by in Home

By Astrid Zweynert REUTERS     LONDON, July 24 (AlertNet) – As competition for clean water grows, some of the world’s biggest companies have joined forces to create unprecedented maps of the precious resource that flows beneath our feet. The Aqueduct Alliance, which allows users to create maps by combining hydrological data with geographically specific details,

 
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ACTION ALERT: Don’t Gamble With Municipalities: Take cities, towns and school boards out of CETA

Published on June 29, 2012 by in Home

Council of Canadians Action Alert   Victoria, Lashburn, Toronto, Baie Comeau, Sackville… Across Canada, more than 30 local governments representing over 5.5 million people want the Harper government to stop gambling with their futures through the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Another 30 to 40 municipal councils, school boards or associations have asked for

 
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Rio+20: Proposing a utopia

Published on June 22, 2012 by in Home

By Michel Lambert rabble.ca The Earth Summit of the United Nations being held in Rio de Janeiro had yet to begin, and the specialists were already predicting a dire impasse over the issues of climate change and even setbacks on such central challenges as the human right to water and the protection of biodiversity. In

 
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Judges for the environment: we have a crucial role to play

Published on June 22, 2012 by in Home

Rio+20 missed an opportunity to emphasise how people can effect real change through courts   Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill is a justice at the UK supreme court Guardian.co.uk   While politicians may have failed to agree any headline-grabbing commitments in the main event at Rio this week, a sister conference quietly showed how judges

 
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Palm trees and controversy: the world’s top judges and lawyers at Rio+20

Published on June 22, 2012 by in Home

The influence of UK supreme court judge, Lord Carnwath, led to the world congress’s most important recommendation Stanley Johnson guardian.co.uk, The world congress on justice, governance and law for environmental sustainabilty, which took place June 17-20 under the sponsorship of the UN environment programme, held both its opening and concluding sessions in the magnificent setting

 
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Eradicating Ecocide at Rio

Published on June 19, 2012 by in Home

By Louise Kulbicki, Sarah Cunningham Policy Innovations Twenty years ago, world leaders met at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit and put in place goals and binding legal agreements to combat a number of social and environmental crises in an attempt to achieve a sustainable future. Today, in 2012, we can see that we failed. The

 
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