Senator Grant Mitchell gave an inspiring talk about the need for greater federal leadership on the climate change file at an event hosted by the Climate Change Lawyers Network yesterday evening at Torys LLP.
Senator Mitchell discussed various policiy alternatives for lowering Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions and entered into a lively Q&A with attendees, discussing topics ranging from carbon taxes, the oil sands, transitioning to renewable energy, and the current state of the Canadian economy.
Please join CCLN for a discussion titled The (D)evolution of Federal Climate Change Policy, with Senator Grant Mitchell
On Thursday, June 5th, 2014 from 6:00pm – 7:30 p.m. please join CCLN and host Torys LLP for an evening with Senator Grant Mitchell to discuss the direction of federal climate change policy in Canada. Light refreshments will kindly be provided by our hosts Torys LLP.
A Liberal Senator from Alberta, Senator Mitchell has served for many years as Deputy Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources. He will lead an intimate discussion with attendees on the past, present and future of Canadian climate policy, including relevant domestic and international drivers.
Location: Offices of Torys LLP – 33rd floor – 79 Wellington Street West, Toronto-Dominion Centre, Toronto, Ontario.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new article by University of Toronto Professor Jeffrey MacIntosh details how advances in photosynthetic, methane-creating technology may usher in an energy status quo that is less dependent on fossil fuels.
This new technology may also allow each household to generate the majority of power it needs for its own uses.
Read the full article here.
A new Guardian article details how only 90 companies are responsible for roughly two-thirds of man-made climate change emissions. Big Oil figures prominently in the list.
Read the full article here.
Karen Gross’ article in the Spring/Summer edition of Nexus considers a number of the risks posed by increasing development in light of receding polar ice. CCLN co-chair Travis Allan is quoted explaining that, in many cases, the lives of Arctic peoples are already being disrupted by climate change.
Canadian Environmental Regulation and Compliance News recently posted about this new initiative in Newfoundland and Labrador:
Newfoundland and Labrador launches municipal government carbon calculator –
Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister responsible for the Office of Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Emissions Trading, Tom Hedderson, announced May 13, 2013, the launch of its Municipal Government Carbon Calculator – an interactive tool to help municipalities understand the carbon footprint of their operations.
According to the government, the calculator is easy to use and increases engagement of employees, councillors, and other community leaders in recycling to reduce the amount of waste going into landfills.
The calculator is available on NL’s Turn Back The Tide website – a one-stop-shop for climate change and energy efficiency resources.
Access the calculator – http://www.turnbackthetide.ca
Also see the municipal government carbon footprint challenge: chance to win $5,000: http://www.turnbackthetide.ca/
The provincial government has put forward the proposed Great Lakes Protection Act, 2013, an Act to protect and restore the ecological health of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin; and to create opportunities for individuals and communities to become involved in the protection and restoration of the ecological health of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin. Purposes of the Act also include “to advance science relating to existing and emerging stressors, such as climate change, that improves understanding and management of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin.”
The comment period for this proposed Act is now over, but the advancement of the Act may be of interest.
The proposal for the Act can be seen here.
There has been a raft of new articles exploring the viability, and desirability, of a carbon tax in Canada. The issue of a carbon tax has been at the forefront of the national debate on climate change for some time, and these new pieces shed further light on the debate.
Please see this Maclean’s article examining whether Canadians would support a carbon tax; this Huffington Post article discussing the oil industry’s growing support for a carbon tax; and, this report from the Brookings Institution arguing that carbon taxes could actually help to solve economic woes.
Ceres, an organization whose goal is to mobilize investor and business leadership in order to build sustainable global economy, has recently released a report entitled “Insurer Climate Risk Disclosure Survey – 2012 Findings and Recommendations.”
The report (accessible here) examines climate risk surveys completed by insurance providers representing a significant portion of the American market.
Ceres’ analysis of the surveys attempts to “provide regulators with substantive information about the risks to insurers posed by climate change, as well as steps insurers are taking in response to their understanding of climate change risks.”
For those not involved in the insurance industry, the report gives a broad description of the challenges posed by climate change and the seriousness with which the industry is approaching those challenges.