Two steps forward? Not for Canada.

2017 was an exceptional year for renewable energy. That was the good news. But the bad news is that energy intensity declined worldwide, CO2 emissions are once again on the rise, and king coal refuses to cede its place to cleaner fuels. Surprisingly, the US gets good grades--and Canada gets the raspberry. Read More

Talanoa dialogue and the climate story

The Talanoa Dialogue, to be held next week in Bonn, Germany, is the first formal review of progress under the 2015 Paris Agreement. But we already know that emissions of greenhouse gases have continued to rise--and with them global warming. It's time for action--not words. Forceful action on renewable energy, electric vehicles, and improving energy efficiency can cut emissions by over 50% by 2030. If we stop telling stories and get a move on. Read More

Canada’s Paris Agreement target looks unattainable

The report notes that Canada has committed to four separate targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The country failed to reach the first two targets: the 2000 Rio target  and the 2008-2012 Kyoto target.  Moreover, according to the report, Environment and Climate Change Canada has admitted that current provincial and federal policies and regulations mean that Canada will also fail to meet its 2020 target set at Copenhagen in 2009. Read More

CO2 emissions are on the rise–yet again

Emissions of carbon dioxide are once again on the rise after having flatlined for almost three years, and encouraging the hope that global emissions of the gas were finally peaking. That hope has now been dashed. The Paris Agreement was a good start but the countries' proposed emission reductions in their NDC submissions are nowhere near strong enough. At the next COP meeting in Poland in December, it's time for some serious action. First on the agenda: eliminate fossil fuel subsidies. Second: declare coal a global health hazard. Read More

Consensual climate inaction

The Commonwealth has issued a statement about climate change which simply echoes the language of the Paris Agreement. When we know that much stronger global action is required to bring down emissions of greenhouse gases and many commonwealth contries are hugely at risk, we would have expected a much stronger statement. It's hugely disappointing when scientists who know fact from fiction refuse to speak out strongly. Read More

Scott Pruitt digs virtual coal

Scott Pruitt, the head of the US Environmental Protection Agency continues to impress: he lied on TV about the number of jobs generated in the coal industry over the last six months: he said “since the fourth quarter of last year to most recently added almost 50,000 jobs in the coal sector. In the month […] Read More

Paris agreement? All part of the plan

  We should have seen this coming. The only surprising thing was that it took so long. Go back a few months. The Clean Power Plan (CPP) that Barack Obama was pushing through Congress was absolute anathema to the fossil fuel conglomerates. Limiting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants strikes at the heart of […] Read More

Paris agreement? Don’t celebrate yet

Pundits are celebrating the speed at which the Paris climate agreement has come into force. It needed more than half the countries to ratify their proposals and for their emissions to account for more half the global output. When the US, China, India and the European Union got on board, it was a done deal. […] Read More