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A private member’s bill released May 16 by NDP climate and energy critic Peter Tabuns lays out a sweeping strategy to strengthen Ontario’s response to climate change impacts, even though its proponents admit it has little hope of being passed by the sitting government whose failure to act gave rise to the bill.

Ontario NDP Unveils Climate Adaptation Bill, Admits It Has Scant Hope of Passing

A private member’s bill released May 16 by NDP climate and energy critic Peter Tabuns lays out a sweeping strategy to strengthen Ontario’s response to climate change impacts, even though its proponents admit it has little hope of being passed by the sitting government whose failure to act gave rise to the bill.

California is using giant batteries to deploy solar energy even after sunset, boosting grid stability and evening out demand spikes while reducing its reliance on fossil fuels.

Solar+Storage Helps Displace Gas On California Grid

California is using giant batteries to deploy solar energy even after sunset, boosting grid stability and evening out demand spikes while reducing its reliance on fossil fuels.

Canada’s electricity system needs to centre Indigenous communities as it transforms to address climate change, says a First Nations non-profit that is spearheading efforts to remove the regulatory, political, and economic barriers to Indigenous-led energy development.

Indigenous Coalition Sees Gain in Canada’s Drive to Electrify

Canada’s electricity system needs to centre Indigenous communities as it transforms to address climate change, says a First Nations non-profit that is spearheading efforts to remove the regulatory, political, and economic barriers to Indigenous-led energy development.

To what extent can increasing Canada’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports help Canada achieve its emission targets? Short answer: not much, says Dale Beugin, executive vice president of the Canadian Climate Institute.

LNG Exports Fail Because the Math Doesn’t Work: Beugin

To what extent can increasing Canada’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports help Canada achieve its emission targets? Short answer: not much, says Dale Beugin, executive vice president of the Canadian Climate Institute.

As scientists track a “very abnormal and unprecedented” rate of sea level rise around the Gulf of Mexico, coastal communities in Canada are reacting to the threat of their own rising tides.

Coastal Communities in Canada Brace for Rapidly Rising Seas

As scientists track a “very abnormal and unprecedented” rate of sea level rise around the Gulf of Mexico, coastal communities in Canada are reacting to the threat of their own rising tides.

As humanity faces a critical window to curb global warming, climate advocates turn their attention to methane, a greenhouse gas that has 84 times the impact of carbon dioxide over 20 years and contributes up to 30% of the rise in global temperatures.

Map of The Month: Landfill Emissions Tool Offers Methane Mitigation Strategies

As humanity faces a critical window to curb global warming, climate advocates turn their attention to methane, a greenhouse gas that has 84 times the impact of carbon dioxide over 20 years and contributes up to 30% of the rise in global temperatures.

The investigative news reports have aired. The evidence is in. And Canada need better regulation, not richer subsidies, if it hopes to avoid the UK’s mistakes with bioenergy.

Canada Urged to Boost Regulation, Not Subsidies to Avoid UK’s Bioenergy Blunder

The investigative news reports have aired. The evidence is in. And Canada need better regulation, not richer subsidies, if it hopes to avoid the UK’s mistakes with bioenergy.

An American oil boss has been barred from ExxonMobil’s board of directors over his alleged involvement in a price-fixing scheme now facing numerous lawsuits.

Fracking Bigwig Barred from Exxon Board Amid Price-Fixing Allegations

An American oil boss has been barred from ExxonMobil’s board of directors over his alleged involvement in a price-fixing scheme now facing numerous lawsuits.

New York is expediting its bidding timeline for offshore wind contracts after three from the previous round fell through over turbine parts issues.

New York Steps Up Offshore Wind Bids After Major Setbacks

New York is expediting its bidding timeline for offshore wind contracts after three from the previous round fell through over turbine parts issues.

Cash-strapped households in the United States and Scotland will see their energy bills drop in the next few years thanks to two large undertakings for small solar.

Local Solar Lowers Energy Bills, Boosts Equity in the U.S., Scotland

Cash-strapped households in the United States and Scotland will see their energy bills drop in the next few years thanks to two large undertakings for small solar.

Upgrading buildings with deep retrofits is a “clear pathway” to meet Canada’s climate and affordability goals while increasing household resilience to extreme weather, finds new analysis from the Pembina Institute.

Deep Retrofit Challenge Reduces Energy Use by 58 to 93%

Upgrading buildings with deep retrofits is a “clear pathway” to meet Canada’s climate and affordability goals while increasing household resilience to extreme weather, finds new analysis from the Pembina Institute.

As re-elected London mayor Sadiq Khan vows to make the United Kingdom capital a global climate leader, a strong showing by Greens and Labour politicians suggest most Londoners are onboard.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan Re-elected Amid Public Support for Strong Climate Policy

As re-elected London mayor Sadiq Khan vows to make the United Kingdom capital a global climate leader, a strong showing by Greens and Labour politicians suggest most Londoners are onboard.

A United States appeals court panel has dismissed a lawsuit from 21 young people who said the government’s energy policies violate their right to be protected from climate change.

‘Dismay But No Surprise’ As U.S. Court Quashes Landmark Climate Lawsuit

A United States appeals court panel has dismissed a lawsuit from 21 young people who said the government’s energy policies violate their right to be protected from climate change.

Canada's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions continued to inch up in 2022 from mid-pandemic lows, but still showed a 25-year drop after excluding the COVID-19 crash, indicating that climate policies at least somewhat “bent the curve” on climate pollution, according to data released May 2 in the country’s latest National Inventory Report (NIR).

Oil and Gas Still Dominates, Canadian Emissions Inch Up from Pandemic Low

Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions continued to inch up in 2022 from mid-pandemic lows, but still showed a 25-year drop after excluding the COVID-19 crash, indicating that climate policies at least somewhat “bent the curve” on climate pollution, according to data released May 2 in the country’s latest National Inventory Report (NIR).

A new technology that enables oil and gas companies to burn off methane rather than flaring it may make their operations less visible to nearby neighbours, but will also mask their activities from orbiting satellites, a Guardian investigation concluded last week.

New Big Oil Tech Masks Climate-Busting Methane Flares from Satellites

A new technology that enables oil and gas companies to burn off methane rather than flaring it may make their operations less visible to nearby neighbours, but will also mask their activities from orbiting satellites, a Guardian investigation concluded last week.

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Ottawa Cedes Authority Over GHG Emissions in Impact Assessment Act Amendments

Environmental groups say the Liberal government is giving up its authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) through proposed amendments to the federal Impact Assessment Act (IAA).

Hydro-Québec and the Mohawks of Kahnawà:ke have signed an historic, 40-year co-ownership agreement for a new transmission line to export electricity from Montreal’s South Shore to New York City.

Hydro-Québec, Mohawks of Kahnawà:ke Sign Co-Ownership Deal for NYC Power Line

Hydro-Québec and the Mohawks of Kahnawà:ke have signed an historic, 40-year co-ownership agreement for a new transmission line to export electricity from Montreal’s South Shore to New York City.

Internal documents from United States oil and gas companies show that fossil fuel executives were aware gas is incompatible with the Paris climate agreement, even as they marketed it as a “bridge fuel.”

U.S. Oil Execs Pushed Gas While Aware of Climate Risks, Documents Show

Internal documents from United States oil and gas companies show that fossil fuel executives were aware gas is incompatible with the Paris climate agreement, even as they marketed it as a “bridge fuel.”

As international negotiations wound up in the early hours of Tuesday morning, the United Nations declared progress and expert observers blamed an army of aggressive industry lobbyists for

Lobbyists Win, UN Spins as Plastics Talks Reach ‘Weak Compromise’

As international negotiations wound up in the early hours of Tuesday morning, the United Nations declared progress and expert observers blamed an army of aggressive industry lobbyists for “weak compromise” on an agreement to tackle plastics pollution, to one degree or another.

With Monday’s wrap of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution (INC-4), international negotiators—and an army of industry lobbyists—moved closer to an agreement for tackling plastics pollution, to one degree or another.

Plastics Industry ‘Fighting for its Life’ as Ottawa Treaty Talks Draw to a Close

With Monday’s wrap of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution (INC-4), international negotiators—and an army of industry lobbyists—moved closer to an agreement for tackling plastics pollution, to one degree or another.

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‘Silent Killer’: Canadian Cities Scramble to Prevent Heat-Related Deaths

As Canadians accustomed to layering up and buckling down for the winter now confront the challenge of lethal heatwaves, how are municipalities readying their residents and infrastructure for this “silent killer?”

European Union lawmakers have voted to withdraw from an international agreement protecting energy investment and trade, paving the way for other signatory states to follow suit.

EU Exits Treaty Allowing Fossils to Sue Over Climate Policy

European Union lawmakers have voted to withdraw from an international agreement protecting energy investment and trade, paving the way for other signatory states to follow suit.

Some of the world’s biggest financial operators appear to be adopting a new “climate pragmatism” that favours short-term investments in fossil fuels, even as new research shows the world’s biggest businesses falling behind in setting and meeting meaningful net-zero targets.

‘Climate Pragmatists’ Tout Fossil Investment as Big Companies Fall Short on Pledges

Some of the world’s biggest financial operators appear to be adopting a new “climate pragmatism” that favours short-term investments in fossil fuels, even as new research shows the world’s biggest businesses falling behind in setting and meeting meaningful net-zero targets.

Upgrading power lines with advanced conductors could double transmission capacity for a fraction of the cost of building new lines, and experts say the same technique could work in Canada if the country had better east-west grid connections.

‘Reconductoring’ Could Boost Grid Capacity at a Fraction the Cost of New Power Lines

Upgrading power lines with advanced conductors could double transmission capacity for a fraction of the cost of building new lines, and experts say the same technique could work in Canada if the country had better east-west grid connections.

Coal-fired power plants would be forced to capture smokestack emissions or shut down under a rule issued Thursday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Strict New EPA Rules Cap ‘Historic Grand Slam’, Force Coal Plants to Capture Emissions or Shut Down

Coal-fired power plants would be forced to capture smokestack emissions or shut down under a rule issued Thursday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Even as “abysmal” permitting processes for new power projects prevent grid expansion to meet the massive energy needs of artificial intelligence (AI) companies in the United States, AI technology itself could be deployed to help increase grid efficiency.

AI Technology Weighs Heavy On U.S. Grid, Could Also Help Balance It

Even as “abysmal” permitting processes for new power projects prevent grid expansion to meet the massive energy needs of artificial intelligence (AI) companies in the United States, AI technology itself could be deployed to help increase grid efficiency.

New rules from California’s utilities regulator will finally allow distributed energy resources (DERs) like solar and battery projects to help balance the state grid.

California Allows Solar, Battery Projects to Help Balance Grid

New rules from California’s utilities regulator will finally allow distributed energy resources (DERs) like solar and battery projects to help balance the state grid.

Hydro-Québec is seeking bids for 300 megawatts of small solar energy projects to integrate into its grid as the giant utility explores how solar can help meet the province’s growing electricity needs.

Quebec Explores ‘Game-Changer’ Urban Solar with Call for Small, Local Projects

Hydro-Québec is seeking bids for 300 megawatts of small solar energy projects to integrate into its grid as the giant utility explores how solar can help meet the province’s growing electricity needs.

Giving workers the option to trade free parking for hard cash will reduce traffic congestion and deliver healthier air and happier people, says an urban planning expert at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Ease Congestion with Cash-for-Parking Swap, Urban Planner Advises

Giving workers the option to trade free parking for hard cash will reduce traffic congestion and deliver healthier air and happier people, says an urban planning expert at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Legendary United Kingdom real estate developer Grosvenor is taking a “reductions-first” approach to slashing its portfolio’s emissions toward net-zero—and reserving carbon credits as a last-ditch option.

Big UK Developer Unveils Net-Zero Path for North American Real Estate

Legendary United Kingdom real estate developer Grosvenor is taking a “reductions-first” approach to slashing its portfolio’s emissions toward net-zero—and reserving carbon credits as a last-ditch option.

The pension contributions of millions of Canadians are propping up a California gas company that stands to own 40% of the state’s idle oil wells, even as stricter state regulation on well cleanup and a new court ruling bring to light the financial perils linked with such investments, The Energy Mix has learned.

EXCLUSIVE: Canadian Pension Fund Piles on Risk as California Cracks Down on Idle Oil Wells

The pension contributions of millions of Canadians are propping up a California gas company that stands to own 40% of the state’s idle oil wells, even as stricter state regulation on well cleanup and a new court ruling bring to light the financial perils linked with such investments, The Energy Mix has learned.

Two separate open letters released over the last week are calling on the federal government to pick up the pace on a sustainable finance taxonomy to align investments with a 1.5°C climate target, with one of them urging Ottawa to keep fossil fuel investments out of the rulebook.

Duelling Letters Urge Ottawa to Finish Sustainable Finance Rules, With or Without Fossil Fuels

Two separate open letters released over the last week are calling on the federal government to pick up the pace on a sustainable finance taxonomy to align investments with a 1.5°C climate target, with one of them urging Ottawa to keep fossil fuel investments out of the rulebook.

New gas peaker plants can actually produce more climate pollution than older units that are used less frequently, concludes a U.S. study that looked at battery energy storage systems (BESS) as a cheap, clean alternative to fossil fuels on the power grid.

New Gas Peaker Plants Can Produce More Emissions than Older, Less Efficient Units: Study

New gas peaker plants can actually produce more climate pollution than older units that are used less frequently, concludes a U.S. study that looked at battery energy storage systems (BESS) as a cheap, clean alternative to fossil fuels on the power grid.

How can growing Canadian cities shrug off their aging, restrictive zoning bylaws to build vibrant, healthy, unsegregated communities while limiting sprawl? Experts say Edmonton has the answer.

Public Engagement, ‘Tipping Points’ Drove Edmonton’s Landmark Zoning Overhaul

How can growing Canadian cities shrug off their aging, restrictive zoning bylaws to build vibrant, healthy, unsegregated communities while limiting sprawl? Experts say Edmonton has the answer.

While considering whether to formally declare a climate emergency, the Joe Biden administration in the United States has rolled out several climate-focused measures that appeal to his liberal and younger supporters, but a recent poll suggests few Americans are aware of his actions.

Biden’s Climate Push Faces Low Public Profile Ahead of U.S. Elections

While considering whether to formally declare a climate emergency, the Joe Biden administration in the United States has rolled out several climate-focused measures that appeal to his liberal and younger supporters, but a recent poll suggests few Americans are aware of his actions.

A massive, high-profile splurge on affordable housing and “gentle” urban density, a new tax credit for electric vehicle supply chains, and new details on Ottawa’s investment tax credits for clean electricity, technology, and hydrogen are among the major features of the federal budget unveiled Tuesday by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland.

EV Tax Credit in Federal Budget Fuels Speculation on New Investment

A massive, high-profile splurge on affordable housing and “gentle” urban density, a new tax credit for electric vehicle supply chains, and new details on Ottawa’s investment tax credits for clean electricity, technology, and hydrogen are among the major features of the federal budget unveiled Tuesday by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland.

One more southern Ontario municipality is offering conditional support for TC Energy’s proposal to build Canada’s biggest energy storage project to date on the Georgian Bay, while other local towns and groups continue to oppose it.

Owen Sound Conditionally Supports Controversial Pumped Storage Project

One more southern Ontario municipality is offering conditional support for TC Energy’s proposal to build Canada’s biggest energy storage project to date on the Georgian Bay, while other local towns and groups continue to oppose it.

An initial assessment of Nova Scotia’s offshore wind potential says an operating wind farm off the province’s coast is still seven to 10 years out.

Nova Scotia Offshore Wind Development 7-10 Years Away, Committee Finds

An initial assessment of Nova Scotia’s offshore wind potential says an operating wind farm off the province’s coast is still seven to 10 years out.

A massive, high-profile splurge on affordable housing, a series of measures to support “gentle” urban density, and a clawback in the government’s spectacularly successful Greener Homes retrofit program are among the major features of the federal budget unveiled Tuesday by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland.

More ‘Gentle’ Density, Fewer Energy Retrofits as Federal Budget Homes In on Housing

A massive, high-profile splurge on affordable housing, a series of measures to support “gentle” urban density, and a clawback in the government’s spectacularly successful Greener Homes retrofit program are among the major features of the federal budget unveiled Tuesday by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland.

The Ontario government may be keen to get shovels in the ground after this week’s agreement to proceed with the controversial Highway 413 megaproject. But opponents say the federal government must still keep an eye on the project’s environmental impacts and eventually re-designate it for review under a revamped Impact Assessment Act (IAA).

Don’t Abandon Regulatory Authority Over Highway 413, Project Opponents Urge Ottawa  

The Ontario government may be keen to get shovels in the ground after this week’s agreement to proceed with the controversial Highway 413 megaproject. But opponents say the federal government must still keep an eye on the project’s environmental impacts and eventually re-designate it for review under a revamped Impact Assessment Act (IAA).

For the 80% of major Canadian cities in flood zones—unprepared and uninsured for billions in annual flood damage losses—a new 50-question self-assessment tool can help determine the risks of rainfall, river, or coastal flooding to aid action that limits the hazards.

New Assessment Tool Helps Cities Prepare for Flood Hazards

For the 80% of major Canadian cities in flood zones—unprepared and uninsured for billions in annual flood damage losses—a new 50-question self-assessment tool can help determine the risks of rainfall, river, or coastal flooding to aid action that limits the hazards.

The Canadian Sustainable Jobs Act, Bill C-50, finally passed the House of Commons late Monday, after a 12-hour voting marathon triggered by more than 100 amendments put forward by the Conservative opposition.

BREAKING: House of Commons Adopts Sustainable Jobs Act

The Canadian Sustainable Jobs Act, Bill C-50, finally passed the House of Commons late Monday, after a 12-hour voting marathon triggered by more than 100 amendments put forward by the Conservative opposition.

Today’s federal budget will include a multi-billion-dollar plan to “solve the housing crisis” by delivering 3.87 million new homes by 2031, but reduce total funding for energy retrofits compared to the former Canada Greener Homes grant program.

Ottawa Pledges Billions for New Housing, Claws Back Funds for Energy Retrofits

Today’s federal budget will include a multi-billion-dollar plan to “solve the housing crisis” by delivering 3.87 million new homes by 2031, but reduce total funding for energy retrofits compared to the former Canada Greener Homes grant program.

Ontario has struck a deal with the federal government to proceed with the province’s Highway 413 project while working together to mitigate the effects on species at risk.

Highway 413 Megaproject to Begin as Ontario, Federal Government Reach Deal

Ontario has struck a deal with the federal government to proceed with the province’s Highway 413 project while working together to mitigate the effects on species at risk.

Despite a published net-zero commitment, TD Bank is doing little to shift its investments or lobbying to help reduce climate pollution, and in some cases it’s pushing in the wrong direction, Investors for Paris Compliance warns in a new shareholder proposal.

TD Bank Makes Big Climate Claims, Falls Short on Real Action, Shareholder Proposal Warns

Despite a published net-zero commitment, TD Bank is doing little to shift its investments or lobbying to help reduce climate pollution, and in some cases it’s pushing in the wrong direction, Investors for Paris Compliance warns in a new shareholder proposal.

The overwhelming majority of Canadians want new standards to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas and support better monitoring to keep producers accountable, according to survey results released last week by the Pembina Institute.

89% of Canadians Back Tougher Methane Regulations, International Survey Shows

The overwhelming majority of Canadians want new standards to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas and support better monitoring to keep producers accountable, according to survey results released last week by the Pembina Institute.

Independent analysts pointed to sudden shutdowns at several coal and gas plants and called for more flexible grid planning, while Premier Danielle Smith immediately blamed renewables, after about 60,000 households in Alberta temporarily lost power in rolling blackouts across much of the province Friday.

Rotating Brownouts in Alberta Highlight Need for More Flexible Grid

Independent analysts pointed to sudden shutdowns at several coal and gas plants and called for more flexible grid planning, while Premier Danielle Smith immediately blamed renewables, after about 60,000 households in Alberta temporarily lost power in rolling blackouts across much of the province Friday.

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B.C. Farmers Get $80M Irrigation Boost Amid Severe Drought

As farmers in British Columbia face yet another season of drought and extreme heat, the province has stepped up with C$80 million to help with water management and irrigation.

With conventional construction norms and codes set to produce a 376% overshoot of Canada’s climate commitments if the country meets its housing targets, experts are calling for a systemic shift to best-in-class design of multi-unit buildings, better material use, and “doubling circularity.”

Housing Plan Will Overshoot Canada’s Climate Targets Without Circular Approach, Experts Warn

With conventional construction norms and codes set to produce a 376% overshoot of Canada’s climate commitments if the country meets its housing targets, experts are calling for a systemic shift to best-in-class design of multi-unit buildings, better material use, and “doubling circularity.”

The United States has weighed in on a legal dispute between the Bad River Band in northwestern Wisconsin and gas distribution company Enbridge over the Line 5 pipeline, with an amicus brief calling on an appeals court to send the case back to a lower-level court for reconsideration.

U.S. Government Weighs In on Line 5 Pipeline Dispute

The United States has weighed in on a legal dispute between the Bad River Band in northwestern Wisconsin and gas distribution company Enbridge over the Line 5 pipeline, with an amicus brief calling on an appeals court to send the case back to a lower-level court for reconsideration.

The federal government has no intention of scrapping its cap on oil and gas emissions, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told an audience of oilpatch executives Friday.

Ottawa Won’t Blink on Oil and Gas Emissions Cap, Trudeau Tells Oilpatch

The federal government has no intention of scrapping its cap on oil and gas emissions, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told an audience of oilpatch executives Friday.

Three Canadian senators, MPs from four of the five parties in the House of Commons, and a handful of national and international dignitaries joined forces last week in a video to celebrate the second anniversary of the Climate-Aligned Finance Act (CAFA) and urge Parliament to pass it now.

3 Senators, 6 MPs Urge Faster Action on Climate-Aligned Finance Act

Three Canadian senators, MPs from four of the five parties in the House of Commons, and a handful of national and international dignitaries joined forces last week in a video to celebrate the second anniversary of the Climate-Aligned Finance Act (CAFA) and urge Parliament to pass it now.

Stable, affordable electricity prices for all! Local, sustainable investment opportunities! Increased community wealth and good local jobs! Cleaner air and lower greenhouse gas emissions! A more resilient, reliable local energy system! No NIMBY! These are some of the benefits of community-owned and -governed “distributed” power generation, writes energy transition veteran Roger Peters.

Energy for All: Local Ownership Builds Community Wealth, Peters Says

Stable, affordable electricity prices for all! Local, sustainable investment opportunities! Increased community wealth and good local jobs! Cleaner air and lower greenhouse gas emissions! A more resilient, reliable local energy system! No NIMBY! These are some of the benefits of community-owned and -governed “distributed” power generation, writes energy transition veteran Roger Peters.

Industrial carbon pricing through large-emitter trading systems (LETS), including output-based pricing or cap-and-trading systems, is propelling Canada’s clean energy transition, writes Dave Sawyer, principal economist at the Canadian Climate Institute.

Industrial Carbon Pricing Delivers 3x More Emission Cuts than Consumer Levy

Industrial carbon pricing through large-emitter trading systems (LETS), including output-based pricing or cap-and-trading systems, is propelling Canada’s clean energy transition, writes Dave Sawyer, principal economist at the Canadian Climate Institute.

With electricity demand surging, old-school system planning has U.S. utilities falling back on their old standby: Fossil fuels

Economic Boom, Energy-Guzzling Data Centres Drive Up U.S. Power Demand

With electricity demand surging, old-school system planning has U.S. utilities falling back on their old standby: Fossil fuels

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Utilities Risk ‘Catastrophe’ By Neglecting Fire Prevention, Say Experts

Experts warn that utilities in the United States are not investing enough in technologies that can reduce the odds of wildfires ignited by aging electricity infrastructure, even as climate change increases the risk of disasters in more places.

A C$15-billion injection into apartment construction loans, following the recent unveiling of a $6-billion housing infrastructure fund, indicates that the federal government is embracing densification to tackle Canada's housing crisis—while ruffling feathers in some provinces.

Pressure Builds for Provinces to Choose as Feds Embrace ‘Gentle Density’

A C$15-billion injection into apartment construction loans, following the recent unveiling of a $6-billion housing infrastructure fund, indicates that the federal government is embracing densification to tackle Canada’s housing crisis—while ruffling feathers in some provinces.

Persistent drought conditions could have a devastating impact on natural gas producers as they aim to ramp up production in anticipation of Canada's first liquefied natural gas export (LNG) terminal opening, a new report warns.

Persistent Drought Could Disrupt Fracking Operations in Western Canada

Persistent drought conditions could have a devastating impact on natural gas producers as they aim to ramp up production in anticipation of Canada’s first liquefied natural gas export (LNG) terminal opening, a new report warns.

Climate change is bringing new forms of havoc to real estate markets in the United States and the European Union, with U.S. real estate websites beginning to share climate risk information with buyers and sellers while new EU regulations create a mandate for badly-needed but costly energy retrofits.

Homes, Commercial Buildings Face Climate Risk in U.S., Europe

Climate change is bringing new forms of havoc to real estate markets in the United States and the European Union, with U.S. real estate websites beginning to share climate risk information with buyers and sellers while new EU regulations create a mandate for badly-needed but costly energy retrofits.

The stage is set for a shouting match over the carbon tax at a time when we urgently need a grown-up conversation about Canada’s place in the emerging new energy economy, writes Corporate Knights Director of Research Ralph Torrie.

Carbon Tax Fight Needs ‘Grown-Up Conversation’ on Climate Emergency

The stage is set for a shouting match over the carbon tax at a time when we urgently need a grown-up conversation about Canada’s place in the emerging new energy economy, writes Corporate Knights Director of Research Ralph Torrie.

A state regulatory board in Ohio has greenlit the state’s biggest solar project and the United States’ biggest agrivoltaics operation, over the objections of local governments and some citizens.

Ohio Approves America’s Biggest Agrivoltaics Project Despite Local Pushback

A state regulatory board in Ohio has greenlit the state’s biggest solar project and the United States’ biggest agrivoltaics operation, over the objections of local governments and some citizens.

Canada is “not interested” in subsidizing future liquefied natural gas projects, including plans to electrify their operations, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson told CTV Question Period March 31.

Canada Won’t Subsidize New LNG Projects, Wilkinson Declares

Canada is “not interested” in subsidizing future liquefied natural gas projects, including plans to electrify their operations, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson told CTV Question Period March 31.

The Stand Environmental Society and two British Columbia residents have filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, accusing provincial gas and electric utility FortisBC of greenwashing by presenting natural gas and renewable natural gas (RNG) as an affordable, environmentally friendly option compared to alternatives like electric heat pumps.

Greenwashing Lawsuit Accuses B.C. Gas Utility of Misleading Consumers

The Stand Environmental Society and two British Columbia residents have filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, accusing provincial gas and electric utility FortisBC of greenwashing by presenting natural gas and renewable natural gas (RNG) as an affordable, environmentally friendly option compared to alternatives like electric heat pumps.

It's in Ontario municipalities' own interest to step up in defence of the federal government’s embattled Clean Electricity Regulations and protect their

Cities Need Clean Electricity Regs to Boost ‘Clean Grid Advantage’, TAF Says

It’s in Ontario municipalities’ own interest to step up in defence of the federal government’s embattled Clean Electricity Regulations and protect their “clean grid advantage”, The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) says in a recent post.

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Outmoded Regulation, Siloed Jurisdictions Thwart Clean Grid Progress: Pembina Institute

If Canada wants to meet its climate goals, it must establish new regulatory frameworks and build better collaboration between governments to overcome bottlenecks hindering the transition to a clean, modern grid, says the Pembina Institute.

A Canadian Senate committee is making no visible moves to bring the proposed Climate-Aligned Finance Act forward for study, two years after the bill was introduced and just days after Canada’s big banks admitted their sustainable finance promises won’t be enough to rein in their climate pollution.

Senate Committee Lags as Climate-Aligned Finance Act Marks Second Anniversary

A Canadian Senate committee is making no visible moves to bring the proposed Climate-Aligned Finance Act forward for study, two years after the bill was introduced and just days after Canada’s big banks admitted their sustainable finance promises won’t be enough to rein in their climate pollution.

The Canadian government’s enabling relationship with the oil and gas industry is holding back action to end financing for fossil fuels, say advocates, raising concerns about meeting climate goals as fossil fuel companies continue to grow.

Canada’s Support for Oil Extends Beyond Financial Subsidies: Panel

The Canadian government’s enabling relationship with the oil and gas industry is holding back action to end financing for fossil fuels, say advocates, raising concerns about meeting climate goals as fossil fuel companies continue to grow.

A consortium of Canada's largest oilsands companies was to submit an application before the end of last week for approval of its proposed C$16.5-billion carbon capture pipeline project.

Pathways Alliance Files Regulatory Application for $16.5B CCS Hub

A consortium of Canada’s largest oilsands companies was to submit an application before the end of last week for approval of its proposed C$16.5-billion carbon capture pipeline project.

Two provincial energy regulators recently passed rulings that signal it is no longer business as usual when it comes to traditional energy infrastructure in Canada. 

Grids Need Independent Regulators as Canada Shifts Away from Fossil Fuels

Two provincial energy regulators recently passed rulings that signal it is no longer business as usual when it comes to traditional energy infrastructure in Canada. 

Canada and Germany signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday for the future sale of hydrogen produced from proposed projects in Atlantic Canada.

‘Multi-Billion-Dollar Opportunity’ for Atlantic as Wilkinson Inks Wind-Hydrogen Deal with Germany

Canada and Germany signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday for the future sale of hydrogen produced from proposed projects in Atlantic Canada.

As Parisians rebound from their brief romance with e-scooters—now banned— Torontonians with disabilities are urging the City to properly enforce its own ban on what they call a “silent menace.”

Paris Sharpens Focus on Cycling After e-Scooter Ban 

As Parisians rebound from their brief romance with e-scooters—now banned— Torontonians with disabilities are urging the City to properly enforce its own ban on what they call a “silent menace.”

United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently abated fears that essential farmland could become overrun with solar and wind farms, while leaders in Alberta continue to stoke them.

U.S. Delivers $2B Boost to Rural Renewables

United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently abated fears that essential farmland could become overrun with solar and wind farms, while leaders in Alberta continue to stoke them.

The Canadian Sustainability Standards Board (CSSB) is taking fierce criticism for a new climate risk reporting rule that gives businesses extra time to fully disclose their climate pollution and contains no requirement for them to reduce it.

‘No Justification’ for Delaying Full Corporate Climate Disclosure, Experts Tell Standards Board

The Canadian Sustainability Standards Board (CSSB) is taking fierce criticism for a new climate risk reporting rule that gives businesses extra time to fully disclose their climate pollution and contains no requirement for them to reduce it.

Expand Canada’s greenwashing rules, but nix an under-studied move to advance environmental protections using competition law, the country’s head consumer watchdog is telling policy-makers reviewing amendments to the Competition Act.

Expand Canada’s Greenwash Rules, Consumer Watchdog Advises

Expand Canada’s greenwashing rules, but nix an under-studied move to advance environmental protections using competition law, the country’s head consumer watchdog is telling policy-makers reviewing amendments to the Competition Act.

The Desjardins Group's move to stop offering mortgages in certain Quebec flood zones may be the start of a wider trend in Canada, caution experts, while across the border, states are increasingly shouldering the cost of climate risk by providing “last resort” insurance to homes in hurricane- and wildfire-prone areas.

Desjardins Exit from Flood Zone Mortgages May Ripple Across Canada

The Desjardins Group’s move to stop offering mortgages in certain Quebec flood zones may be the start of a wider trend in Canada, caution experts, while across the border, states are increasingly shouldering the cost of climate risk by providing “last resort” insurance to homes in hurricane- and wildfire-prone areas.

Alberta's utilities regulator has released a report saying the province's booming solar and wind industry poses little threat to its agriculture or the environment, after independent observers warned the Danielle Smith government’s latest restrictions could cost it 42 new projects totalling C$11 billion in investment and 6.3 gigawatts of new generating capacity.

‘Reason-Based Wrecking Ball’ Demolishes the Case for Alberta Restrictions on Renewables

Alberta’s utilities regulator has released a report saying the province’s booming solar and wind industry poses little threat to its agriculture or the environment, after independent observers warned the Danielle Smith government’s latest restrictions could cost it 42 new projects totalling C$11 billion in investment and 6.3 gigawatts of new generating capacity.

As Calgary-based Enbridge Inc. appeals an Ontario Energy Board (OEB) decision that casts gas infrastructure as a stranded-asset risk, and a rising tide of local policy-makers favour cleaner energy alternatives, the company’s CEO says he remains confident about the fossil fuel’s future in North America.

Enbridge CEO Unfazed as Ontario Communities Chart Course Off Gas

As Calgary-based Enbridge Inc. appeals an Ontario Energy Board (OEB) decision that casts gas infrastructure as a stranded-asset risk, and a rising tide of local policy-makers favour cleaner energy alternatives, the company’s CEO says he remains confident about the fossil fuel’s future in North America.

Ontario has invested C$50 million to expand low-income residents’ eligibility for rebates on their power bills, yet critics are pointing another program that subsidizes electricity for wealthier households, urging that it be refocused to deliver support where it’s genuinely needed.

Ontario Electricity Rebate Needlessly Serves Wealthy Households, Advocates Say

Ontario has invested C$50 million to expand low-income residents’ eligibility for rebates on their power bills, yet critics are pointing another program that subsidizes electricity for wealthier households, urging that it be refocused to deliver support where it’s genuinely needed.

In Inverness, Saanich, and Edmonton, officials are using hard cash and hard data to make roads less lethal and more beautiful for pedestrians and cyclists.

Cities Invest to Make Walking Less Lethal, More Beautiful

In Inverness, Saanich, and Edmonton, officials are using hard cash and hard data to make roads less lethal and more beautiful for pedestrians and cyclists.

Alleging “unconstitutional, negligent, and reckless actions,” the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is suing the Alberta’s Energy Regulator after it took nine months to inform the community about toxic tailings pond discharges into their territorial watershed at Kearl Lake.

First Nation Sues Alberta Regulator Over Tailings Leaks

Alleging “unconstitutional, negligent, and reckless actions,” the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is suing the Alberta’s Energy Regulator after it took nine months to inform the community about toxic tailings pond discharges into their territorial watershed at Kearl Lake.

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved its anticipated climate disclosure rules, but watered down emission disclosure requirements under pressure from politicians and lobbying groups—making it less stringent than jurisdictions like the European Union and California.

U.S. Securities Regulator Waters Down Climate Disclosure Rules

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved its anticipated climate disclosure rules, but watered down emission disclosure requirements under pressure from politicians and lobbying groups—making it less stringent than jurisdictions like the European Union and California.

ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods' comments during an interview—where he depicted the oil and gas major as a well-meaning company whose hands are tied to address a consumer-driven climate crisis—have drawn criticism from climate advocates who accuse him of “gaslighting” the public.

Exxon CEO ‘Gaslights’ Consumers by Shifting Blame for Climate Crisis

ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods’ comments during an interview—where he depicted the oil and gas major as a well-meaning company whose hands are tied to address a consumer-driven climate crisis—have drawn criticism from climate advocates who accuse him of “gaslighting” the public.

Nearly two-thirds of Canadians support a windfall profit tax on oil and gas companies, three national environmental groups reported this week, citing a new Léger survey.

62% of Canadians Support Windfall Profits Tax on Fossil Fuels, Groups Say

Nearly two-thirds of Canadians support a windfall profit tax on oil and gas companies, three national environmental groups reported this week, citing a new Léger survey.

Environmental groups are asking Ottawa to enforce its rules on an Alberta coal site that has started building an underground test mine without fisheries permits that officials have said are required.

Alberta Coal Mine Doesn’t Wait for Federal Permits Before ‘Forging Ahead’

Environmental groups are asking Ottawa to enforce its rules on an Alberta coal site that has started building an underground test mine without fisheries permits that officials have said are required.

German economy and climate action minister Robert Habeck has delivered a blunt critique of United States climate policy and per capita emissions, urging that it’s time to “solve the f***ing problems.”

‘Solve the F***ing Problems,’ German Economy Minister Urges, in Blunt Critique of U.S. Emissions

German economy and climate action minister Robert Habeck has delivered a blunt critique of United States climate policy and per capita emissions, urging that it’s time to “solve the f***ing problems.”

Canada’s five biggest banks undermined their own net-zero commitments in 2022 while maintaining higher exposure to the fossil fuel industry than their U.S. and European counterparts, a new report concludes.

‘No Leaders’ Among Canadian Banks as Fossil Fuel Investments Thrive

Canada’s five biggest banks undermined their own net-zero commitments in 2022 while maintaining higher exposure to the fossil fuel industry than their U.S. and European counterparts, a new report concludes.

How does a gas company achieve net-zero? By increasing energy efficiency and electrification, substantially replacing fossil gas with renewable natural gas (RNG), and deploying emerging low-carbon technologies, says Quebec-based gas utility Énergir, in a series of moves that have sparked curiosity and scrutiny from outside experts.

Quebec Gas Utility Énergir Plots Tortuous Path to Net-Zero

How does a gas company achieve net-zero? By increasing energy efficiency and electrification, substantially replacing fossil gas with renewable natural gas (RNG), and deploying emerging low-carbon technologies, says Quebec-based gas utility Énergir, in a series of moves that have sparked curiosity and scrutiny from outside experts.

A survey of renewable energy developers in the United States—and instances of community opposition to large solar and wind projects in Canada and abroad—indicate that improved engagement with locals could spur renewables growth and help counter misinformation campaigns inflamed by influencers from outside the neighbourhood.

Community Opposition Adds Roadblocks to Large Renewables Projects

A survey of renewable energy developers in the United States—and instances of community opposition to large solar and wind projects in Canada and abroad—indicate that improved engagement with locals could spur renewables growth and help counter misinformation campaigns inflamed by influencers from outside the neighbourhood.

Citing a disputed cost study, Vermont Governor Phil Scott is pushing back against a bill that mandates faster, wider adoption of renewable energy by the state’s power utilities.

Vermont Governor Opposes Ambitious Renewable Energy Bill Over Costs

Citing a disputed cost study, Vermont Governor Phil Scott is pushing back against a bill that mandates faster, wider adoption of renewable energy by the state’s power utilities.

Developer-owned district energy facilities—which are cropping up as a low-cost way to add low-carbon energy sources into new developments—may put their small pool of customers at risk of rate spikes.

Rate Hikes Emerge As Rare Downside of District Energy Systems

Developer-owned district energy facilities—which are cropping up as a low-cost way to add low-carbon energy sources into new developments—may put their small pool of customers at risk of rate spikes.

Alberta is at risk of losing its standing as Canada’s go-to destination for renewable energy investment, as continuing uncertainty after its seven-month project moratorium collides with other provinces’ growing embrace of technologies like solar, wind, and battery storage.

‘Banana Republic’ Alberta Risks Losing Its Lead in Renewable Energy Development

Alberta is at risk of losing its standing as Canada’s go-to destination for renewable energy investment, as continuing uncertainty after its seven-month project moratorium collides with other provinces’ growing embrace of technologies like solar, wind, and battery storage.

Ontario Energy Minister Todd Smith is setting a “dangerous precedent” with legislation that overrides a decision by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB), say legal and environmental experts.

‘Unprecedented’ Bill to Overrule Ontario Gas Regulator Alarms Experts

Ontario Energy Minister Todd Smith is setting a “dangerous precedent” with legislation that overrides a decision by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB), say legal and environmental experts.

When delegates at least year’s COP28 climate summit agreed to triple the world’s renewable power capacity and double the pace of energy efficiency improvements by 2030, experts saw the pledge as a sign that efficiency, a perpetually overlooked climate solution, is finally gaining momentum on the global stage.

Energy Efficiency Could Deliver Half of the World’s Emission Reductions by 2030…If Communities Get It Right

When delegates at least year’s COP28 climate summit agreed to triple the world’s renewable power capacity and double the pace of energy efficiency improvements by 2030, experts saw the pledge as a sign that efficiency, a perpetually overlooked climate solution, is finally gaining momentum on the global stage.

Canada’s plans for permanent transit funding could help double ridership on mass transit and reduce transport emission by 65 million tonnes by 2035—but only if the investment materializes, and comes with the right policies, finds a new report by Équiterre and Environmental Defence Canada.

Cities Need Targeted Funding to Double Transit Ridership, Cut Emission by 65 Mt

Canada’s plans for permanent transit funding could help double ridership on mass transit and reduce transport emission by 65 million tonnes by 2035—but only if the investment materializes, and comes with the right policies, finds a new report by Équiterre and Environmental Defence Canada.

Nova Scotia’s electric utility will lose control over who gets access to the power grid under a change the government says is needed to help the province reach its energy goals, including to stop using coal by 2030.

NS to Set Up Independent Grid Operator to Boost Competition, Spur Transition Off Coal

Nova Scotia’s electric utility will lose control over who gets access to the power grid under a change the government says is needed to help the province reach its energy goals, including to stop using coal by 2030.

Canada’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources John Wilkinson has announced C$50 million in federal funding to expand the Bruce Power nuclear facility in Ontario, where the provincial government is “betting big” on nuclear energy.

Canada Contributes $50M to Ontario’s Bruce Nuclear Plant Expansion

Canada’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources John Wilkinson has announced C$50 million in federal funding to expand the Bruce Power nuclear facility in Ontario, where the provincial government is “betting big” on nuclear energy.

As Victoria, British Columbia, commits to removing obstacles to green roof installations and Somerville, Massachusetts mandates their inclusion in new buildings, a Seoul case study underscores the positive social and environmental outcomes of such policy changes.

Green Roofs Deliver Critical Protection From ‘Severe Urban Heating’

As Victoria, British Columbia, commits to removing obstacles to green roof installations and Somerville, Massachusetts mandates their inclusion in new buildings, a Seoul case study underscores the positive social and environmental outcomes of such policy changes.

With a new zoning bylaw this year expected to reduce or eliminate minimum parking requirements in new apartment buildings, the City of Ottawa may be poised to join a growing network of communities that are connecting faster access to more affordable housing with reduced dependence on car travel.

New Zoning Rules Shift Cities Away from Minimum Parking Requirements

With a new zoning bylaw this year expected to reduce or eliminate minimum parking requirements in new apartment buildings, the City of Ottawa may be poised to join a growing network of communities that are connecting faster access to more affordable housing with reduced dependence on car travel.

Winter cycling is on the rise in Whitehorse, Saskatoon, and Montreal, fueled by robust camaraderie, a shared determination to exchange best practices, and the delight of navigating winter landscapes on two wheels.

Smart Street Design Makes Winter Cycling an Easy Choice

Winter cycling is on the rise in Whitehorse, Saskatoon, and Montreal, fueled by robust camaraderie, a shared determination to exchange best practices, and the delight of navigating winter landscapes on two wheels.

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Lululemon Consults With PR Titan Amid Greenwashing Allegations

Facing allegations that its branding mantras like “Be Human. Be Well. Be Planet” may indeed be false, athleisure giant Lululemon has enlisted the services of Edelman, a public relations firm known for its roster of high-profile fossil fuel clients.

A dozen environment groups and labour organizations are pleading with the Liberal government to end a political stalemate over its forthcoming sustainable jobs bill.

Pick Up the Pace on Sustainable Jobs Act, Groups Urge Ottawa

A dozen environment groups and labour organizations are pleading with the Liberal government to end a political stalemate over its forthcoming sustainable jobs bill.

Canada will have to install hundreds of thousands more heat pumps over the next three years than current sales trends indicate to get on track to decarbonize home heating and cooling by 2050, a webinar audience heard Thursday afternoon.

Canada Needs More Heat Pumps, But Shift to Electricity is Already Happening

Canada will have to install hundreds of thousands more heat pumps over the next three years than current sales trends indicate to get on track to decarbonize home heating and cooling by 2050, a webinar audience heard Thursday afternoon.

Faced with new regulations and public scrutiny, investors are acting with a renewed sense of urgency to address the Scope 3 emissions of companies in their portfolios.

Experts Declare Scope 3 ‘Conundrum’ a Fading Myth Amid New Disclosure Rules

Faced with new regulations and public scrutiny, investors are acting with a renewed sense of urgency to address the Scope 3 emissions of companies in their portfolios.

Up to 94% of the energy Puerto Rico consumes—which is 70 times what it generates—is provided by imported fossil fuels, but the island has enough wind and solar potential to exceed its projected annual energy loads through 2050, a new report shows.

Puerto Rico’s 100% Renewables Expansion Can Spare Farmland, Study Finds

Up to 94% of the energy Puerto Rico consumes—which is 70 times what it generates—is provided by imported fossil fuels, but the island has enough wind and solar potential to exceed its projected annual energy loads through 2050, a new report shows.

Chicago is joining a flood of lawsuits against fossil fuel companies with a court filing that aims to hold BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Shell accountable for local climate impacts.

Chicago Sues Oil and Gas Giants for Local Climate Impacts

Chicago is joining a flood of lawsuits against fossil fuel companies with a court filing that aims to hold BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Shell accountable for local climate impacts.

The federal government is getting mixed reviews for proposing major regulatory changes that offer up more flexibility for power producers to burn natural gas and embrace carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, but contain no specifics on how the revisions would affect greenhouse gas emissions.

Ottawa Offers Grids More Flexibility to Burn Natural Gas, Use CCS

The federal government is getting mixed reviews for proposing major regulatory changes that offer up more flexibility for power producers to burn natural gas and embrace carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, but contain no specifics on how the revisions would affect greenhouse gas emissions.

The federal government is setting out to rebrand its carbon tax rebate and minimize if not reverse a “profound” political liability, as polling shines a light on poor communication that undercut the policy’s popularity leading into the next federal election.

Ottawa Faces ‘Profound’ Political Impacts after Carbon Tax Messaging Falls Flat

The federal government is setting out to rebrand its carbon tax rebate and minimize if not reverse a “profound” political liability, as polling shines a light on poor communication that undercut the policy’s popularity leading into the next federal election.

The global tug-of-war between Welsh steelworkers desperate to preserve their jobs and their India-based employer gunning to decarbonize while protecting profits, holds insights for others seeking a fair transition out of emissions-intensive industry—including workers at Canadian steel mills on a similar trajectory.

UK Steel Closures Show Risky Path to Decarbonizing Heavy Industry

The global tug-of-war between Welsh steelworkers desperate to preserve their jobs and their India-based employer gunning to decarbonize while protecting profits, holds insights for others seeking a fair transition out of emissions-intensive industry—including workers at Canadian steel mills on a similar trajectory.

Canada’s federal and provincial governments are pushing ahead with investments in wood biomass amid a larger shift to clean energy, but scientists warn the environmental costs outweigh the benefits.

Canada’s Wood Biomass Expansion Raises Environmental Flags

Canada’s federal and provincial governments are pushing ahead with investments in wood biomass amid a larger shift to clean energy, but scientists warn the environmental costs outweigh the benefits.

Overturning a generations-old assumption that subsidizing public transit operations is the fast track to ruining the service, a new study out of Baltimore’s Morgan University finds that transit subsidies increase efficiency.

‘Radical’ Study Finds Subsidies Boost Transit Efficiency

Overturning a generations-old assumption that subsidizing public transit operations is the fast track to ruining the service, a new study out of Baltimore’s Morgan University finds that transit subsidies increase efficiency.

As a raging wildfire swept through various regions of Chile in February, a fireproofing pilot program helped safeguard one middle class neighbourhood perched atop a hill.

One Neighbourhood Emerges Unscathed from Ferocious Chilean Wildfires

As a raging wildfire swept through various regions of Chile in February, a fireproofing pilot program helped safeguard one middle class neighbourhood perched atop a hill.

While several Ontario municipalities are equipped with climate plans, less than half of them publish reports on their progress, prompting researchers at the University of Waterloo to suggest that accountability and transparency can be improved through regulation.

Ontario Municipalities Lag on Climate Reporting, Finds Study

While several Ontario municipalities are equipped with climate plans, less than half of them publish reports on their progress, prompting researchers at the University of Waterloo to suggest that accountability and transparency can be improved through regulation.

A Canadian regulator’s pathway to net-zero is overly optimistic about slow-to-scale technologies, even as reliance on fossil fuels continues, finds a new report—but a course correction is possible through substantial policy upgrades that focus on reducing emissions and energy demand.

Canadian Regulator’s Net-Zero Plans Rife with ‘Optimistic Assumptions,’ Analysis Finds

A Canadian regulator’s pathway to net-zero is overly optimistic about slow-to-scale technologies, even as reliance on fossil fuels continues, finds a new report—but a course correction is possible through substantial policy upgrades that focus on reducing emissions and energy demand.

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) carries up to 2.7 times the global warming impact of burning coal, according to a draft science paper released on the heels of U.S. President Joe Biden’s landmark decision to apply a climate test to a massive, new LNG export terminal in Louisiana.

LNG Carries 2.7x the Climate Impact of Coal, Howarth Warns, as U.S. Pauses Approvals

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) carries up to 2.7 times the global warming impact of burning coal, according to a draft science paper released on the heels of U.S. President Joe Biden’s landmark decision to apply a climate test to a massive, new LNG export terminal in Louisiana.

European leaders are responding to a wave of farmer protests sweeping across the continent by rolling back climate and environmental policies instead of blocking competition from cheaper markets.

EU Falters on Climate Action Amid Farmer Protests

European leaders are responding to a wave of farmer protests sweeping across the continent by rolling back climate and environmental policies instead of blocking competition from cheaper markets.

Électricité de France (EDF), the owner of the biggest construction project in the world—the giant nuclear power plant under construction at Hinkley Point in the southwest of Britain—recently announced further cost increases and delays to its completion, adding to doubts that the United Kingdom can fulfill its legal pledges to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Nuclear Delays, Cost Overruns Imperil UK’s Net-Zero Goals

Électricité de France (EDF), the owner of the biggest construction project in the world—the giant nuclear power plant under construction at Hinkley Point in the southwest of Britain—recently announced further cost increases and delays to its completion, adding to doubts that the United Kingdom can fulfill its legal pledges to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The U.S. oil and gas industry is investing heavily to return Donald Trump to the White House in presidential elections this fall, according to analysis conducted by OpenSecrets, a Washington, DC-based charity devoted to transparency in government.

Donations Point to Trump as U.S. Fossil Companies’ Choice for President

The U.S. oil and gas industry is investing heavily to return Donald Trump to the White House in presidential elections this fall, according to analysis conducted by OpenSecrets, a Washington, DC-based charity devoted to transparency in government.

A jury on Thursday awarded US$1 million to climate scientist Michael Mann who sued a pair of conservative writers 12 years ago after they compared his depictions of global warming to a convicted sex offender.

Climate Scientist Michael Mann Wins $1M in Defamation Suit

A jury on Thursday awarded US$1 million to climate scientist Michael Mann who sued a pair of conservative writers 12 years ago after they compared his depictions of global warming to a convicted sex offender.

By counting on big, land-based carbon dioxide removal projects rather than curbing emissions now, governments, companies, and even the world’s leading climate science body risk missing climate goals and intensifying biodiversity loss, warns a new report in the journal Science.

Overdependence on Carbon Removal Triggers Sustainability Risks, Say Researchers

By counting on big, land-based carbon dioxide removal projects rather than curbing emissions now, governments, companies, and even the world’s leading climate science body risk missing climate goals and intensifying biodiversity loss, warns a new report in the journal Science.

As many as 11,445 giant underground gas storage wells in the United States have only a single barrier to failure preventing the leak of massive amounts of methane into the atmosphere, a new report has found.

Thousands of U.S. Gas Storage Wells at Risk of Major Methane Leaks

As many as 11,445 giant underground gas storage wells in the United States have only a single barrier to failure preventing the leak of massive amounts of methane into the atmosphere, a new report has found.

Three citizens' groups are asking the Federal Court to review the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)'s regulatory approval of what one expert calls a “glorified landfill” to permanently store a million tonnes of radioactive and other toxic waste just one kilometre from the Ottawa River.

BREAKING: Citizens’ Groups Ask Court to Stop ‘Glorified Landfill’ for Radioactive Waste

Three citizens’ groups are asking the Federal Court to review the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)’s regulatory approval of what one expert calls a “glorified landfill” to permanently store a million tonnes of radioactive and other toxic waste just one kilometre from the Ottawa River.

Weak regulations, low demand, and a lack of skilled labour are blocking service providers along Canada’s deep retrofit supply chain from scaling up operations to make homes safer, more climate resilient, and more affordable to heat, says a recent report by Pembina Institute.

Canada’s Deep Retrofit Supply Chain Needs Help, Analysis Finds

Weak regulations, low demand, and a lack of skilled labour are blocking service providers along Canada’s deep retrofit supply chain from scaling up operations to make homes safer, more climate resilient, and more affordable to heat, says a recent report by Pembina Institute.

Paris residents have voted to triple parking fees for SUVs—nine months after the Montreal borough of Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie began tying parking pass prices to the mass of the parked vehicle.

Paris Triples Parking Fees for ‘Bulky, Polluting’ SUVs

Paris residents have voted to triple parking fees for SUVs—nine months after the Montreal borough of Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie began tying parking pass prices to the mass of the parked vehicle.

Ontario Power Generation is moving ahead with a plan to extend the life of the aging Pickering Nuclear Generating Station by decades, as the province tries to secure more electricity supply in the face of increasing demand.

Ontario Pushes Ahead with Pickering Nuclear Rebuild, Won’t Quote Project Cost

Ontario Power Generation is moving ahead with a plan to extend the life of the aging Pickering Nuclear Generating Station by decades, as the province tries to secure more electricity supply in the face of increasing demand.

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) has approved the use of smaller pipe in a section of Trans Mountain Corporation’s pipeline to Canada’s West Coast, reversing its earlier refusal on safety grounds after the company warned that completion would be delayed by two years if its request was denied.

UPDATE: Trans Mountain Delays Pipeline Opening from First to Second Quarter

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) has approved the use of smaller pipe in a section of Trans Mountain Corporation’s pipeline to Canada’s West Coast, reversing its earlier refusal on safety grounds after the company warned that completion would be delayed by two years if its request was denied.

Canadian power utilities will have to get better at sharing resources if the country is to meet its emission reduction and energy transition targets, according to a recent news analysis.

‘Astonishing’ Lack of Interties Blocks Canada’s Climate Goals

Canadian power utilities will have to get better at sharing resources if the country is to meet its emission reduction and energy transition targets, according to a recent news analysis.

An Ontario Energy Board decision on who pays for gas infrastructure in new developments has sparked a legal skirmish—and prompted the province's energy minister to launch a mission aimed at reversing it.

Ontario Minister, Enbridge Fight to Overturn Regulator’s Ruling on New Gas Installations

An Ontario Energy Board decision on who pays for gas infrastructure in new developments has sparked a legal skirmish—and prompted the province’s energy minister to launch a mission aimed at reversing it.

Behind-the-meter solar could meet up to 3.7% of Canada’s electricity demand, save money for power utilities, reduce home energy use, and create more than 80,000 jobs in 2050, but only with better financing and supportive policies, concludes a first-ever national market assessment produced last year.

Behind-the-Meter Solar Could Create 80,000 Jobs by 2050

Behind-the-meter solar could meet up to 3.7% of Canada’s electricity demand, save money for power utilities, reduce home energy use, and create more than 80,000 jobs in 2050, but only with better financing and supportive policies, concludes a first-ever national market assessment produced last year.

As California’s utility regulator moves to complete its community solar program guidelines, hopes are high that a widely-supported tariff proposal will finally allow community solar and battery storage to help power the state.

Battery Storage Firms See Promise in California’s Community Solar Market

As California’s utility regulator moves to complete its community solar program guidelines, hopes are high that a widely-supported tariff proposal will finally allow community solar and battery storage to help power the state.

As a Democratic lawmaker from Georgia tries once more to garner support for a “transformative” four-year, US$80-billion transit bill, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)—and at least one very fed-up union leader—are urging everyone responsible to vote “yes.”

$80B House Bill Could Transform U.S. Transit Operations

As a Democratic lawmaker from Georgia tries once more to garner support for a “transformative” four-year, US$80-billion transit bill, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)—and at least one very fed-up union leader—are urging everyone responsible to vote “yes.”

An official review finds that communication failures were a primary cause of problems during the emergency response after six communities in the Northwest Territories faced historic flooding during the spring of 2021.

Review Flags Communication Gaps in NWT Emergency Flood Response

An official review finds that communication failures were a primary cause of problems during the emergency response after six communities in the Northwest Territories faced historic flooding during the spring of 2021.

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Alberta Water Agency Cuts Access for Fracking as Prairie Drought Continues

A water management agency in Alberta is cutting off access for oil and gas fracking operations as the province prepares for another summer of severe drought and a University of Saskatchewan water scientist raises serious concerns about groundwater levels.

Oil giant ExxonMobil has resorted to legal action against two activist investors, seeking to prevent their proposal on accelerated climate action from being put to vote at the company’s next annual meeting.

Exxon Sues to Block Climate Proposal From Shareholder Vote

Oil giant ExxonMobil has resorted to legal action against two activist investors, seeking to prevent their proposal on accelerated climate action from being put to vote at the company’s next annual meeting.

As the proportion of green jobs increases, experts expect the growth in employment will counterbalance job losses in the fossil energy sector, but they say it’s also crucial for workers to develop green skills.

Green Jobs Face Serious Labour Shortage, LinkedIn Report Finds

As the proportion of green jobs increases, experts expect the growth in employment will counterbalance job losses in the fossil energy sector, but they say it’s also crucial for workers to develop green skills.

Alberta's oilsands are releasing potentially hazardous compounds into the atmosphere at rates dozens of times higher than official estimates, newly published research suggests.

Oilsands Release Up to 63x More Pollution than Industry Reports, New Study Finds

Alberta’s oilsands are releasing potentially hazardous compounds into the atmosphere at rates dozens of times higher than official estimates, newly published research suggests.

The Biden administration is preparing to apply a climate test to a proposal for a massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Louisiana, one of 17 the U.S. fossil industry is pushing forward for approval, the New York Times reported this afternoon.

‘We All Just Won’: U.S. to Apply Climate Test to New LNG Terminals

The Biden administration is preparing to apply a climate test to a proposal for a massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Louisiana, one of 17 the U.S. fossil industry is pushing forward for approval, the New York Times reported this afternoon.

Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt AB is facing legal action and complaining about what it calls “sabotage” after the company began clearing trees for its C$7-billion manufacturing plant in Saint-Basile-le-Grand, east of Montreal.

Northvolt Faces Court Action, Sabotage at Quebec Battery Plant

Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt AB is facing legal action and complaining about what it calls “sabotage” after the company began clearing trees for its C$7-billion manufacturing plant in Saint-Basile-le-Grand, east of Montreal.

Introducing car-free streets near Ottawa’s schools could reduce congestion, increase active transportation for students and guardians, and support community building, finds a new report, but the idea will only succeed with proper funding and execution.

Car-Free ‘School Streets’ Could Boost Health, Safety for Ottawa Students

Introducing car-free streets near Ottawa’s schools could reduce congestion, increase active transportation for students and guardians, and support community building, finds a new report, but the idea will only succeed with proper funding and execution.

Communities on the front lines of climate risk should be planning well ahead for their day of displacement, warns a new report that points to land suitability analyses as a critical instrument in the relocation toolkit.

Get Ready to Relocate Communities Displaced by Climate, Report Urges Policy-Makers

Communities on the front lines of climate risk should be planning well ahead for their day of displacement, warns a new report that points to land suitability analyses as a critical instrument in the relocation toolkit.

A regulator’s pledge to plan for a “more ominous scenario” when faced with possible business risk—but not climate risk—has climate finance experts calling on Superintendent of Financial Institutions Peter Routledge to set higher expectations for Canada’s banks and pension plans.

Prepare for the Worst, Bank Regulator Says, But Not on Climate Risk

A regulator’s pledge to plan for a “more ominous scenario” when faced with possible business risk—but not climate risk—has climate finance experts calling on Superintendent of Financial Institutions Peter Routledge to set higher expectations for Canada’s banks and pension plans.

Ksi Lisims LNG, an Indigenous-owned floating gas liquefaction facility proposed in British Columbia, has secured a 20-year deal to sell some of its product to colossal fossil Shell, even as global LNG markets wither.

B.C. First Nation’s Big LNG Deal Could Face Weak Market Conditions

Ksi Lisims LNG, an Indigenous-owned floating gas liquefaction facility proposed in British Columbia, has secured a 20-year deal to sell some of its product to colossal fossil Shell, even as global LNG markets wither.

Internal documents from the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) suggest the province’s environmental liability for hundreds of thousands of oil and gas wells could be nearly triple the figure the agency announced earlier this week.

Alberta’s $33B Estimate for Oil Well Liability is 3x Too Low

Internal documents from the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) suggest the province’s environmental liability for hundreds of thousands of oil and gas wells could be nearly triple the figure the agency announced earlier this week.

The reality of climate change can no longer be refuted, so climate deniers have pivoted to new types of misinformation, and they are reaching scores of young people on online video platforms like YouTube.

‘Insidious’ New Climate Denial Spreads on Video Platforms, Advocates Say

The reality of climate change can no longer be refuted, so climate deniers have pivoted to new types of misinformation, and they are reaching scores of young people on online video platforms like YouTube.

Two gas-fired power plants going offline and a winter deep freeze were enough to trigger an emergency alert on the Alberta power grid last Friday and Saturday, prompting at least two provincial premiers to blame the shortfall on the wind and solar generation that eventually helped bring some relief to the system.

Alberta Premier Blames Renewables After Cold Snap, Idled Gas Plants Trigger Grid Emergency

Two gas-fired power plants going offline and a winter deep freeze were enough to trigger an emergency alert on the Alberta power grid last Friday and Saturday, prompting at least two provincial premiers to blame the shortfall on the wind and solar generation that eventually helped bring some relief to the system.

s power grids in the United States continue to add gas-fired power plants, a new report warns that the fossil fuel’s overstated claims of reliability make consumers vulnerable to widespread blackouts.

Gas Plants Have Reliability Problem In Extreme Weather, Scientists Warn

s power grids in the United States continue to add gas-fired power plants, a new report warns that the fossil fuel’s overstated claims of reliability make consumers vulnerable to widespread blackouts.

New York City—home to one of the densest populations and the densest power plant concentrations in the United States—has made progress retiring fossil-fuelled peaker plants, but 75% of them could still be online beyond a 2025 emissions deadline, say advocates, with the city’s most vulnerable people suffering as a result.

New York City Too Slow to Shutter Dirty Gas Peaker Plants: Advocates

New York City—home to one of the densest populations and the densest power plant concentrations in the United States—has made progress retiring fossil-fuelled peaker plants, but 75% of them could still be online beyond a 2025 emissions deadline, say advocates, with the city’s most vulnerable people suffering as a result.

Unequal funding and gaps in Canada’s support for zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure are creating challenges for drivers in remote and rural areas while undermining the country’s efforts to meet climate targets.

EV Infrastructure Falls Behind in Rural, Northern Communities

Unequal funding and gaps in Canada’s support for zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure are creating challenges for drivers in remote and rural areas while undermining the country’s efforts to meet climate targets.

After a court sided with the Osage Nation to have an 84-turbine, 150-megawatt wind farm in Oklahoma removed for encroaching on its mineral rights, Italy-based Enel Energy is appealing the ruling, with dismantling costs looming at US$300 million.

U.S. Court Orders Wind Farm Dismantled to Protect Osage Mineral Rights

After a court sided with the Osage Nation to have an 84-turbine, 150-megawatt wind farm in Oklahoma removed for encroaching on its mineral rights, Italy-based Enel Energy is appealing the ruling, with dismantling costs looming at US$300 million.

What if there were a way for cities and towns across Canada to instantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve mobility, cut the number of stop signs dotting our streets, while improving safety?

Here’s How Cities Can ‘Instantly’ Cut GHGs, Improve Mobility and Road Safety

What if there were a way for cities and towns across Canada to instantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve mobility, cut the number of stop signs dotting our streets, while improving safety?

San Antonio, Texas, is set to become one of the first cities in the United States to deploy the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)’s“direct pay” mechanism, using it to secure 13 megawatts of solar power that will offset about 11% of the electricity used for city operations.

‘Direct Pay’ Tax Mechanism Advances Major U.S. Solar Project

San Antonio, Texas, is set to become one of the first cities in the United States to deploy the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)’s“direct pay” mechanism, using it to secure 13 megawatts of solar power that will offset about 11% of the electricity used for city operations.

Defying scientific warnings and calls for a moratorium, Norway has become the first country to allow exploratory deep sea mining, raising questions about whether industry stakeholders can protect marine ecosystems even as they seek profitability.

Norway Defies Scientific Warnings With Seabed Mining First

Defying scientific warnings and calls for a moratorium, Norway has become the first country to allow exploratory deep sea mining, raising questions about whether industry stakeholders can protect marine ecosystems even as they seek profitability.

Canada’s transition to clean electricity is under intense scrutiny, and the centrepiece of the debate is the federal government’s proposed Clean Electricity Regulations published in August, 2023.

‘Pragmatic Changes’ Can Help Clean Electricity Regulations Succeed

Canada’s transition to clean electricity is under intense scrutiny, and the centrepiece of the debate is the federal government’s proposed Clean Electricity Regulations published in August, 2023.

Energy cost savings, massive job creation, and energy security and sovereignty are among the motivations behind the overwhelming support for energy efficiency efforts in Indigenous communities, but the barriers to that work are often daunting, according to an exhaustive report released last month by Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise (ICE).

Indigenous Communities Detail Community Support, Major Obstacles for Energy Efficiency Projects

Energy cost savings, massive job creation, and energy security and sovereignty are among the motivations behind the overwhelming support for energy efficiency efforts in Indigenous communities, but the barriers to that work are often daunting, according to an exhaustive report released last month by Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise (ICE).

Typically weighing in at just one gram, the diminutive western chorus frog could prove a mighty impediment to Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s plans for Highway 413 if a federal impact assessment of the project holds sway.

Tiny Amphibian May Stall Ontario’s $8B Plan for Highway 413

Typically weighing in at just one gram, the diminutive western chorus frog could prove a mighty impediment to Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s plans for Highway 413 if a federal impact assessment of the project holds sway.

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Oil Companies Delay Emission Cuts Pending Results of Next Federal Election

With the 2025 federal election threatening to topple Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, some oil and gas companies are delaying emissions reductions until they know the fate of the sector’s emissions cap.

The federal Crown corporation building the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in British Columbia has announced plans to begin filling the line in March or May, even as it warns that a pending regulatory decision could delay the construction project by up to 30 months.

Trans Mountain Aims to Fill Pipeline by May Despite Pending Regulatory Decision

The federal Crown corporation building the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in British Columbia has announced plans to begin filling the line in March or May, even as it warns that a pending regulatory decision could delay the construction project by up to 30 months.

A new study casts doubt on Canada’s claims of sustainable forest management and sparks concerns about the future of its boreal forests, just as industry eyes its potential as a resource for affordable housing development.

‘Shocking’ Study Finds Logging Devastates Canada’s Boreal Forests

A new study casts doubt on Canada’s claims of sustainable forest management and sparks concerns about the future of its boreal forests, just as industry eyes its potential as a resource for affordable housing development.

A landmark youth climate lawsuit, Juliana v. United States, is finally going to trial, after a December 29 ruling by District Court Judge Aiken that rejects the U.S. government’s latest bid to have the case dismissed.

BREAKING: U.S. Judge Sends Landmark Youth Climate Case to Trial

A landmark youth climate lawsuit, Juliana v. United States, is finally going to trial, after a December 29 ruling by District Court Judge Aiken that rejects the U.S. government’s latest bid to have the case dismissed.

June 20, 2023: Global fossil fuel demand falls steeply, Canadian oil and gas producers are in for a major price squeeze, electricity use more than doubles to become the “cornerstone” of the country’s energy system, and oil sands producers face higher transition costs in the net-zero by 2050 scenarios released in mid-June by the Canada Energy Regulator (CER).

Steep Fall for Oil and Gas, Tough Times for Oil Sands as Canada Energy Regulator Mapped Net-Zero Future

June 20, 2023: Global fossil fuel demand falls steeply, Canadian oil and gas producers are in for a major price squeeze, electricity use more than doubles to become the “cornerstone” of the country’s energy system, and oil sands producers face higher transition costs in the net-zero by 2050 scenarios released in mid-June by the Canada Energy Regulator (CER).

December 13, 2023: A flawed but still transformative COP28 declaration signalled a transition out of fossil fuels and the dawn of renewable energy as United Nations climate negotiations concluded in Dubai, United Arab Emirates around noon local time December 13.

Transition Out of Fossil Fuels, Dawn of Renewables at COP28 Conclusion in Dubai

December 13, 2023: A flawed but still transformative COP28 declaration signalled a transition out of fossil fuels and the dawn of renewable energy as United Nations climate negotiations concluded in Dubai, United Arab Emirates around noon local time December 13.

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Fossil Companies Face $50B Lawsuit Over 2021 Heat Dome Deaths

June 25, 2023: A county government in Oregon is suing more than a dozen fossil fuel companies for the costs it incurred in a 2021 heat emergency that killed at least 69 of its residents, in a move that could help prepare the ground for similar legal action in Canada.

July 7, 2023: Weeks after Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) triumphantly unveiled the biggest battery storage procurement in Canadian history, persistent questions remain about how much of that storage capacity will be powered by high-emitting natural gas, The Energy Mix reported in a mid-summer exclusive.

Big Batteries Likely Powered by High-Emitting Gas Under Ontario Grid Plan

July 7, 2023: Weeks after Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) triumphantly unveiled the biggest battery storage procurement in Canadian history, persistent questions remain about how much of that storage capacity will be powered by high-emitting natural gas, The Energy Mix reported in a mid-summer exclusive.

May 7, 2023: Sweden's early shift from fossil-fueled heating to electric heat pumps suggests a carrot-and-stick approach of incentives and regulation could help Canadians achieve the lowered costs and 95% drop in building heating emissions that Swedes have enjoyed since the 1990s.

95% LOWER EMISSIONS: Sweden’s Shift to Heat Pumps Holds Lessons for Canada

May 7, 2023: Sweden’s early shift from fossil-fueled heating to electric heat pumps suggests a carrot-and-stick approach of incentives and regulation could help Canadians achieve the lowered costs and 95% drop in building heating emissions that Swedes have enjoyed since the 1990s.

August 3, 2023: Alberta put a booming renewable energy industry at risk and set a double standard in the way it treats renewable and fossil fuel development, clean energy groups said in early August, after the province slapped a seven-month moratorium on new solar and wind projects over a megawatt in size.

Alberta Slapped 7-Month Moratorium on Solar and Wind, Put Booming Industry at Risk

August 3, 2023: Alberta put a booming renewable energy industry at risk and set a double standard in the way it treats renewable and fossil fuel development, clean energy groups said in early August, after the province slapped a seven-month moratorium on new solar and wind projects over a megawatt in size.

January 23, 2023: Denmark’s biggest bank declared an end to fossil fuel financing, after concluding that 99.9% of its carbon footprint came from financed emissions.

Danske Bank Quits New Fossil Fuel Financing

January 23, 2023: Denmark’s biggest bank declared an end to fossil fuel financing, after concluding that 99.9% of its carbon footprint came from financed emissions.

The company building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is warning the project's completion could be delayed by two years if the Canada Energy Regulator does not allow a previously rejected request for a pipeline variance.

Trans Mountain Warns Regulator of ‘Catastrophic’ Two-Year Delay

The company building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is warning the project’s completion could be delayed by two years if the Canada Energy Regulator does not allow a previously rejected request for a pipeline variance.

A constitutional challenge pitting 15 Canadian youth against federal climate change policy has new life, following a court of appeals ruling yesterday reversing a previous decision that the case should not go to trial.

Appeals Court Allows Youth Lawsuit Against Canadian Climate Policy

A constitutional challenge pitting 15 Canadian youth against federal climate change policy has new life, following a court of appeals ruling yesterday reversing a previous decision that the case should not go to trial.

Following many months of grassroots effort, a group of Ontario seniors determined to elicit greater transparency from Premier Doug Ford’s government have successfully pulled five long-delayed provincial documents on climate change adaptation into public domain.

Ontario Seniors Wrest Critical Climate Adaption Files from Ford Government

Following many months of grassroots effort, a group of Ontario seniors determined to elicit greater transparency from Premier Doug Ford’s government have successfully pulled five long-delayed provincial documents on climate change adaptation into public domain.

Alberta’s moratorium last summer on new renewable energy projects was just supposed to be a pause, a breather for an overburdened regulator and concerned public to catch up with an industry growing beyond expectations.

Crucial ‘Stumble’ on Renewables Moratorium Could Cost Alberta ‘Forever’

Alberta’s moratorium last summer on new renewable energy projects was just supposed to be a pause, a breather for an overburdened regulator and concerned public to catch up with an industry growing beyond expectations.

As Alberta’s seven-month renewables moratorium nears its expiration in February, experts are hoping the agriculture and energy sectors can come together for agrivoltaics—with effective provincial regulation navigating competing land use priorities.

Agrivoltaics Can Win Alberta’s Land Use Competition, Experts Suggest

As Alberta’s seven-month renewables moratorium nears its expiration in February, experts are hoping the agriculture and energy sectors can come together for agrivoltaics—with effective provincial regulation navigating competing land use priorities.

Doctors in Canada are using billboard campaigns and a newly-published toolkit to warn policy-makers and the public about the health hazards of burning fossil fuels, as well as the deceptive tactics Big Oil uses to dodge these issues and delay change.

Doctors’ Billboards in Ottawa Condemn Fossil Industry for Causing ‘Health Emergency’

Doctors in Canada are using billboard campaigns and a newly-published toolkit to warn policy-makers and the public about the health hazards of burning fossil fuels, as well as the deceptive tactics Big Oil uses to dodge these issues and delay change.

Carbon market analysts are once again declaring a half-victory after negotiations over Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, the provisions that deal with international carbon markets and carbon trading, remained unfinished at the end of the COP28 climate summit in Dubai.

No Deal Better Than Bad Deal as Carbon Market Rules Stay Deadlocked

Carbon market analysts are once again declaring a half-victory after negotiations over Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, the provisions that deal with international carbon markets and carbon trading, remained unfinished at the end of the COP28 climate summit in Dubai.

Canada could scale up its behind-the-meter solar market 20- to 40-fold and end up with rooftop or onsite panels on one-third of the country’s homes by mid-century, concludes a first-ever national market assessment commissioned by the Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA).

Canadian Rooftop Solar Could Grow 20- to 40-Fold by 2050, CanREA Study Finds

Canada could scale up its behind-the-meter solar market 20- to 40-fold and end up with rooftop or onsite panels on one-third of the country’s homes by mid-century, concludes a first-ever national market assessment commissioned by the Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA).

As investors increasingly push for executive pay to be tied to climate targets, real progress depends on using the right metrics to track performance, says the Canadian Climate Institute (CCI).

More Canadian Companies Link Executive Pay to Climate Performance

As investors increasingly push for executive pay to be tied to climate targets, real progress depends on using the right metrics to track performance, says the Canadian Climate Institute (CCI).

Canada is on track to meet its interim emissions reduction goals for 2026 and getting closer to hitting its 2030 target, according to a federal modelling report released last week, while the COP28 climate summit in Dubai was in full swing.

Canada On Track to Meet 2026 Emissions Target, Federal Report Concludes

Canada is on track to meet its interim emissions reduction goals for 2026 and getting closer to hitting its 2030 target, according to a federal modelling report released last week, while the COP28 climate summit in Dubai was in full swing.

As delegates work to solidify the framework for the Loss and Damage Fund at the United Nations climate summit in Dubai, proponents of locally-led climate action are stressing the pivotal role that cities play in addressing climate-wrought losses within their marginalized communities.

Cities at the Forefront of Loss and Damage Need Real Funding

As delegates work to solidify the framework for the Loss and Damage Fund at the United Nations climate summit in Dubai, proponents of locally-led climate action are stressing the pivotal role that cities play in addressing climate-wrought losses within their marginalized communities.

With the world now committed to a transition off fossil fuels, Alberta needs an open public inquiry into how the province ensures oilsands producers can pay to clean up after themselves, says a report released Wednesday by a group of university researchers.

Alberta Communities Will Pick Up the Tab if Oilsands Cleanup Fund Falls Short, Academics Warn

With the world now committed to a transition off fossil fuels, Alberta needs an open public inquiry into how the province ensures oilsands producers can pay to clean up after themselves, says a report released Wednesday by a group of university researchers.

A flawed but still transformative COP28 declaration signalled a transition out of fossil fuels and the dawn of renewable energy as United Nations climate negotiations concluded in Dubai, United Arab Emirates around noon local time today.

BREAKING: Transition Out of Fossil Fuels, Dawn of Renewables as COP28 Concludes in Dubai

A flawed but still transformative COP28 declaration signalled a transition out of fossil fuels and the dawn of renewable energy as United Nations climate negotiations concluded in Dubai, United Arab Emirates around noon local time today.

After surviving a House of Commons filibuster by the Opposition Conservatives, Canada’s green transition jobs bill has made its way back to the House of Commons for another vote.

Sustainable Jobs Bill Inches Along Its Legislative Journey

After surviving a House of Commons filibuster by the Opposition Conservatives, Canada’s green transition jobs bill has made its way back to the House of Commons for another vote.

Canadian politicians are being accused of placing partisan interests ahead of the needs of hundreds of thousands of farmers awaiting the passage of Bill C-234, which aims to exempt fuels used in certain agricultural activities from the federal government’s signature carbon pricing policy.

Canadian Farmers Await Fate of Bill C-234 Amid Carbon Tax Strife

Canadian politicians are being accused of placing partisan interests ahead of the needs of hundreds of thousands of farmers awaiting the passage of Bill C-234, which aims to exempt fuels used in certain agricultural activities from the federal government’s signature carbon pricing policy.

Governments rifling their pockets for climate funding should take a hard look at their military budgets, which absorb 30 times more revenue than climate finance while contributing 5.5% of global emissions, said social justice advocates attending the United Nations climate conference in Dubai.

Demilitarization is Key to Climate Justice: COP28 Panel

Governments rifling their pockets for climate funding should take a hard look at their military budgets, which absorb 30 times more revenue than climate finance while contributing 5.5% of global emissions, said social justice advocates attending the United Nations climate conference in Dubai.

COP28 President Sultan Al Jaber was pushing for a reference to fossil fuels in the final conference declaration, and an Arabic tradition of dialogue had government ministers “getting real about what matters”, as United Nations climate negotiations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) entered their second-last day.

Negotiators ‘Getting Real About What Matters’ as COP28 Enters Final 48 Hours

COP28 President Sultan Al Jaber was pushing for a reference to fossil fuels in the final conference declaration, and an Arabic tradition of dialogue had government ministers “getting real about what matters”, as United Nations climate negotiations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) entered their second-last day.

Canada's oil and gas industry will have to cut emissions by more than one-third within seven years or buy offset credits under a new federal policy.

Fossils Must Cut Emissions 35% by 2030 as Ottawa Unveils New Cap-and-Trade Rule

Canada’s oil and gas industry will have to cut emissions by more than one-third within seven years or buy offset credits under a new federal policy.

The U.S. Inflation Reduction Act's tax credit transferability provision played a pivotal role in securing funding for a solar+storage project in California, demonstrating its effectiveness in supporting clean energy projects.

Tax Credit Transfers a ‘Major Step Forward’ in U.S. Energy Transition

The U.S. Inflation Reduction Act’s tax credit transferability provision played a pivotal role in securing funding for a solar+storage project in California, demonstrating its effectiveness in supporting clean energy projects.

A late November rule change by California’s utility regulator undermines the benefits of investing in rooftop solar+storage, dealing yet another blow to a renewables industry reeling from previous changes, industry spokespeople say.

California Regulator Whittles Away Benefits of Rooftop Solar

A late November rule change by California’s utility regulator undermines the benefits of investing in rooftop solar+storage, dealing yet another blow to a renewables industry reeling from previous changes, industry spokespeople say.

An international delegation of mayors is conveying an “inescapable truth” to national leaders attending the COP climate summit this week and next—that “the era of fossil fuels is coming to an end.”

International Mayors’ Delegation Urges Fossil Fuel Phaseout

An international delegation of mayors is conveying an “inescapable truth” to national leaders attending the COP climate summit this week and next—that “the era of fossil fuels is coming to an end.”

Canada’s annual climate emissions inventory won’t count smoke from a record year of wildfires, but it will list forests as carbon sinks—despite concerns that global heating has made them drier, more flammable, and increasingly, a source of emissions.

Climate Analyst Urges Balanced Reporting of Canada’s Wildfire Emissions

Canada’s annual climate emissions inventory won’t count smoke from a record year of wildfires, but it will list forests as carbon sinks—despite concerns that global heating has made them drier, more flammable, and increasingly, a source of emissions.

With five “disastrous” tipping points in the natural world at risk of being crossed right now, governments must urgently act to avoid “catastrophic damage,” say researchers who identified 26 such points of no return in a world racing towards exceeding the 1.5°C warming limit.

World Races Toward ‘Disastrous’ Climate Tipping Points, as Positive Change Also Accelerates

With five “disastrous” tipping points in the natural world at risk of being crossed right now, governments must urgently act to avoid “catastrophic damage,” say researchers who identified 26 such points of no return in a world racing towards exceeding the 1.5°C warming limit.

A coalition of environmental and community groups is applauding a decision by the Nova Scotia and federal governments to deny a C$1.5-million bid to relaunch oil and gas exploration in the waters off the province.

‘Really Wise Decision’ as Ottawa, Nova Scotia Turn Down Offshore Oil Proposal

A coalition of environmental and community groups is applauding a decision by the Nova Scotia and federal governments to deny a C$1.5-million bid to relaunch oil and gas exploration in the waters off the province.

The year’s top insights from climate science draw a familiar but urgent conclusion: that every pathway to holding global warming to the 1.5°C target in the 2015 Paris agreement depends on phasing out fossil fuels.

Fossil Phaseout Urgent, 1.5°C Overshoot Inevitable, Scientists Tell COP28 Negotiators

The year’s top insights from climate science draw a familiar but urgent conclusion: that every pathway to holding global warming to the 1.5°C target in the 2015 Paris agreement depends on phasing out fossil fuels.

Canada became the first country to promise a 75% reduction in oil and gas industry methane emissions during the COP28 climate summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates earlier today.

Canada to Mandate 75% Cut in Fossil Industry Methane by 2030

Canada became the first country to promise a 75% reduction in oil and gas industry methane emissions during the COP28 climate summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates earlier today.

The Canada Energy Regulator has approved preliminary interim tolls that would see oil companies pay nearly twice as much to ship crude on the expanded Trans Mountain pipeline as what was estimated in 2017.

Interim Toll Allows Trans Mountain to Double Fee to Fossil Producers

The Canada Energy Regulator has approved preliminary interim tolls that would see oil companies pay nearly twice as much to ship crude on the expanded Trans Mountain pipeline as what was estimated in 2017.

By standing before the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and pledging our national pension fund’s continued support for the Alberta oil and gas industry, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) CEO John Graham predictably told Alberta Premier Danielle Smith and her Big Oil allies exactly what they wanted to hear.

Canada Pension Plan ‘Flunks the Test’ by Cheerleading Alberta Fossils: DeRochie

By standing before the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and pledging our national pension fund’s continued support for the Alberta oil and gas industry, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) CEO John Graham predictably told Alberta Premier Danielle Smith and her Big Oil allies exactly what they wanted to hear.

Private jets used by 200 CEOs, celebrities, and billionaires have flown for an equivalent of 11 years since 2022, producing emissions equal to those of 40,000 United Kingdom residents.

200 High-Flying Tycoons Emit Carbon of 40,000 People, News Investigation Finds

Private jets used by 200 CEOs, celebrities, and billionaires have flown for an equivalent of 11 years since 2022, producing emissions equal to those of 40,000 United Kingdom residents.

Don't trust the oil and gas industry to report its actual carbon pollution, said former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, who added that the man leading the COP28 climate talks in Dubai this week and next runs one of the “dirtiest” oil companies out there.

Fossils ‘Much Better at Capturing Politicians’ than Emissions, Gore Says, as Pressure Mounts on COP28 President

Don’t trust the oil and gas industry to report its actual carbon pollution, said former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, who added that the man leading the COP28 climate talks in Dubai this week and next runs one of the “dirtiest” oil companies out there.

More than 100 countries signed a global clean energy pledge, COP28 organizers touted an ambitious but voluntary methane reduction promise by oil and gas companies, and fossil fuel phaseout language faced steady opposition on the third day of United Nations climate talks in Dubai.

Renewables Pledge, Voluntary Methane Controls Lead Major Announcements at COP28

More than 100 countries signed a global clean energy pledge, COP28 organizers touted an ambitious but voluntary methane reduction promise by oil and gas companies, and fossil fuel phaseout language faced steady opposition on the third day of United Nations climate talks in Dubai.

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s wielding of her province’s Sovereignty Act to fight the 2035 net-zero provisions in federal Clean Electricity Regulations is “a bunch of political theatre,” a legal expert says, while clean energy advocates express concern that the “unnecessary” move could thwart clean energy investment in the province.

Alberta’s Sovereignty Act a ‘Bunch of Political Theatre’, Legal Experts Say

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s wielding of her province’s Sovereignty Act to fight the 2035 net-zero provisions in federal Clean Electricity Regulations is “a bunch of political theatre,” a legal expert says, while clean energy advocates express concern that the “unnecessary” move could thwart clean energy investment in the province.

Poor planning, funding shortages, and plans to build new critical mineral mines are imperilling Yukon’s plan to reduce emissions 45% by 2030, even as the territory’s climate leadership council maps out a pathway to success.

Yukon Falls Short on Renewables after Climate Council Maps Decarbonization Path

Poor planning, funding shortages, and plans to build new critical mineral mines are imperilling Yukon’s plan to reduce emissions 45% by 2030, even as the territory’s climate leadership council maps out a pathway to success.

The District of Squamish in British Columbia has voted 5-2 to support the Sue Big Oil campaign, a class action lawsuit seeking to hold fossil companies accountable for their fair share of local climate damages.

Squamish Council Supports Lawsuit Against Big Oil

The District of Squamish in British Columbia has voted 5-2 to support the Sue Big Oil campaign, a class action lawsuit seeking to hold fossil companies accountable for their fair share of local climate damages.

The Canadian government's allocation of C$7 billion to carbon contracts for difference in this fall’s fiscal update will promote a stable environment for companies looking to invest in a low-carbon future, policy experts say.

Canada Commits $7B to Carbon Contracts For Difference

The Canadian government’s allocation of C$7 billion to carbon contracts for difference in this fall’s fiscal update will promote a stable environment for companies looking to invest in a low-carbon future, policy experts say.

The window is closing on the federal government to deliver on its promise to introduce a strong carbon emissions cap for the oil and gas sector, Canada’s most polluting sector.

Canada Needs a Big Climate Win, Tied to Affordability

The window is closing on the federal government to deliver on its promise to introduce a strong carbon emissions cap for the oil and gas sector, Canada’s most polluting sector.

Leading mining companies are looking to offload their coal assets amid the global push for decarbonization, while one industry group tries to rebrand itself green.

Coal Giants Teck, Glencore Plan Exit as Trade Group Pitches Ludicrous Clean Rebrand

Leading mining companies are looking to offload their coal assets amid the global push for decarbonization, while one industry group tries to rebrand itself green.

Emissions of a potent greenhouse gas from Alberta's fossil industry are underestimated by nearly 50%, according to a new study from one of Canada's premier climate labs.

Alberta Fossils Undercount Methane by 50% as Ottawa Touts New Rules

Emissions of a potent greenhouse gas from Alberta’s fossil industry are underestimated by nearly 50%, according to a new study from one of Canada’s premier climate labs.

A spill of surface runoff from a containment pond at Suncor Energy's Fort Hills oilsands site may have spanned more than a year, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has announced, far more and for far longer than the company originally revealed.

Suncor Reports Another Spill After AER Declines to Rethink Fort Hill Expansion

A spill of surface runoff from a containment pond at Suncor Energy’s Fort Hills oilsands site may have spanned more than a year, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has announced, far more and for far longer than the company originally revealed.

There’s a 70% chance that 2024 will be the “crucial inflection point” when global climate pollution begins to fall—as long as clean technology growth trends continue and countries follow through on their pledges to cut methane emissions, a new report this week concludes.

70% Chance of Emissions Reduction in 2024 Marks ‘Crucial Inflection Point’, Analysts Say

There’s a 70% chance that 2024 will be the “crucial inflection point” when global climate pollution begins to fall—as long as clean technology growth trends continue and countries follow through on their pledges to cut methane emissions, a new report this week concludes.

The “grossly exaggerated if not outright false” messaging in the Alberta government’s C$8-million “Tell the Feds” ad campaign is just “a thinly disguised attempt to enlist ordinary Canadians in Alberta’s unyielding service to the fossil fuel industry,” University of Calgary law professor Martin Olszynski writes in an opinion piece for the Globe and Mail.

UCalgary Law Prof Scorches Alberta’s ‘Freeze in the Dark’ Ad Campaign

The “grossly exaggerated if not outright false” messaging in the Alberta government’s C$8-million “Tell the Feds” ad campaign is just “a thinly disguised attempt to enlist ordinary Canadians in Alberta’s unyielding service to the fossil fuel industry,” University of Calgary law professor Martin Olszynski writes in an opinion piece for the Globe and Mail.

An upcoming legislative proposal to define New Hampshire’s Seabrook nuclear station as clean energy risks undermining solar and wind in a state that is already falling behind other jurisdictions in renewable energy development, local climate and energy advocates are warning.

New Hampshire Nuclear Subsidy Could Eclipse Renewables, Clean Energy Advocates Warn

An upcoming legislative proposal to define New Hampshire’s Seabrook nuclear station as clean energy risks undermining solar and wind in a state that is already falling behind other jurisdictions in renewable energy development, local climate and energy advocates are warning.

In response to Canada's concurrent affordable housing and climate crises, policy experts and community leaders are uniting in a newly-established council to develop

Connect Climate Action to Affordable Housing, New Council Urges

In response to Canada’s concurrent affordable housing and climate crises, policy experts and community leaders are uniting in a newly-established council to develop “all-in” solutions that give Canadians better access to basic necessities.

As the City of Ottawa awaits a provincial greenlight to build two high rises looming over its iconic Central Experimental Farm (CEF), the facility’s crop scientists are voicing concerns that the towers will cast a shadow over sensitive food research crucial to an overheating world.

Ottawa’s Intensification Push Could Overshadow Critical Crop Research

As the City of Ottawa awaits a provincial greenlight to build two high rises looming over its iconic Central Experimental Farm (CEF), the facility’s crop scientists are voicing concerns that the towers will cast a shadow over sensitive food research crucial to an overheating world.

Residents of Lāhainā, Hawai’i, may have to wait years for an official report on the raging wildfire that destroyed their legendary town and claimed at least 100 lives in August. But early scrutiny of Maui police footage, internal documents, and resident videos reveals a concerning lapse in emergency response protocols.

Devastating Maui Wildfire Raises Questions for Emergency Response

Residents of Lāhainā, Hawai’i, may have to wait years for an official report on the raging wildfire that destroyed their legendary town and claimed at least 100 lives in August. But early scrutiny of Maui police footage, internal documents, and resident videos reveals a concerning lapse in emergency response protocols.

With the world’s carbon polluters continuing to break temperature and emissions records, the United Nations is urging delegates to the upcoming COP28 climate summit to commit to rapid emission reductions, as average global warming heads toward a catastrophic 2.5 to 2.9°C.

Climate Pollution Rising Toward 2.9°C Future, UN Warns—Like a Broken Record

With the world’s carbon polluters continuing to break temperature and emissions records, the United Nations is urging delegates to the upcoming COP28 climate summit to commit to rapid emission reductions, as average global warming heads toward a catastrophic 2.5 to 2.9°C.

On the eve of a landmark Senate committee hearing on Sen. Rosa Galvez’ Climate-Aligned Finance Act, Bill S-243, one of Canada’s leading climate finance experts says it’s time for federal politicians and regulators to pick up the pace on a crucial piece of the climate transition puzzle.

Time to Align Finance Sector with Net-Zero Targets, Landmark Senate Hearing Shows

On the eve of a landmark Senate committee hearing on Sen. Rosa Galvez’ Climate-Aligned Finance Act, Bill S-243, one of Canada’s leading climate finance experts says it’s time for federal politicians and regulators to pick up the pace on a crucial piece of the climate transition puzzle.

Nurses and other health practitioners in Ontario are dismissing their pension plan’s climate investment strategy as

Ontario Health Workers Push Pension Fund to Divest Fossil Fuels by 2025

Nurses and other health practitioners in Ontario are dismissing their pension plan’s climate investment strategy as “greenwashing nonsense” and urging the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) to defend public health by dumping its C$1.6 billion in fossil fuel holdings.

Canada’s mandate for 100% zero-emission vehicle sales by 2035 will have a big impact on automakers and consumers, a panel of experts recently agreed—but some divergent perspectives emerged on the merits and drawbacks of the mandate.

Strong Climate Policy Backs Canada’s ZEV Transition, Experts Say

Canada’s mandate for 100% zero-emission vehicle sales by 2035 will have a big impact on automakers and consumers, a panel of experts recently agreed—but some divergent perspectives emerged on the merits and drawbacks of the mandate.

Sen. Rosa Galvez’ Climate-Aligned Finance Act, Bill S-243, will receive a hearing before the Senate Banking, Commerce, and Economy Committee Wednesday afternoon, the committee announced this morning.

BREAKING: Climate-Aligned Finance Act Goes to Senate Committee Wednesday

Sen. Rosa Galvez’ Climate-Aligned Finance Act, Bill S-243, will receive a hearing before the Senate Banking, Commerce, and Economy Committee Wednesday afternoon, the committee announced this morning.

Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is asking for more time and flexibility to implement the federal government’s proposed Clean Electricity Regulations (CER), in a submission that analysts say downplays the province’s renewable energy potential but is still a model for the way other jurisdictions could respond to the new rules.

Ontario Asks for More Time, Flexibility on Clean Electricity Regs

Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is asking for more time and flexibility to implement the federal government’s proposed Clean Electricity Regulations (CER), in a submission that analysts say downplays the province’s renewable energy potential but is still a model for the way other jurisdictions could respond to the new rules.

In a turning point for Michigan, a state long associated with industry and fossil fuels, the state legislature passed a package of bills that aims to cut carbon emissions, requiring 100% of its electricity to come from clean sources by 2040.

Michigan Aims for 100% Clean Grid by 2040

In a turning point for Michigan, a state long associated with industry and fossil fuels, the state legislature passed a package of bills that aims to cut carbon emissions, requiring 100% of its electricity to come from clean sources by 2040.

As the COP28 climate summit approaches, unproven direct air capture (DAC) technology is getting undue political and public support, warns an expert group that is urging leaders to prioritize policies and solutions that eliminate the burning of fossil fuels.

Direct Air Capture is Fossil Industry’s ‘Latest Smokescreen’, Critics Warn

As the COP28 climate summit approaches, unproven direct air capture (DAC) technology is getting undue political and public support, warns an expert group that is urging leaders to prioritize policies and solutions that eliminate the burning of fossil fuels.

Utilities in the United States tend to frame rooftop and community solar as too pricey for consumers, but an expert witness recently acknowledged to Arizona regulators that utilities oppose rooftop solar because it cuts into their profits.

‘Saying the Quiet Part Out Loud’: Expert Accepts Profits Drive Utility Aversion to Rooftop Solar

Utilities in the United States tend to frame rooftop and community solar as too pricey for consumers, but an expert witness recently acknowledged to Arizona regulators that utilities oppose rooftop solar because it cuts into their profits.

Aggressive policy at all levels of government can help Canada avoid 100 megatonnes of carbon emissions per year while building the 5.8 million new units that will be needed to solve the housing crisis, concludes an analysis released this week by the Task Force for Housing & Climate.

Strong Policy Can Slash Emissions as Canada Tackles Housing Affordability

Aggressive policy at all levels of government can help Canada avoid 100 megatonnes of carbon emissions per year while building the 5.8 million new units that will be needed to solve the housing crisis, concludes an analysis released this week by the Task Force for Housing & Climate.

Canada has all the technological tools it needs to decarbonize its building sector, but daunting challenges remain at the system level, said a panel of experts at a recent climate conference held in Ottawa.

Boost Building Efficiency to Meet Climate Goals, Experts Urge Canada

Canada has all the technological tools it needs to decarbonize its building sector, but daunting challenges remain at the system level, said a panel of experts at a recent climate conference held in Ottawa.

Regional impacts of the low-carbon transition, as well as the overall pace of change and the scope of Ottawa’s investments in carbon capture and storage (CCS), emerged as key discussion points at a meeting of the Senate Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee earlier this month.

Senators Probe Pace of Energy Transition as Official Defends Controls on Fossil Emissions

Regional impacts of the low-carbon transition, as well as the overall pace of change and the scope of Ottawa’s investments in carbon capture and storage (CCS), emerged as key discussion points at a meeting of the Senate Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee earlier this month.

Government negotiators have finally agreed on a tentative plan to compensate poor countries for the unavoidable impacts of climate change through a loss and damage fund, to be initially hosted by the World Bank.

‘Tortuous Process’ Nails Down Details of Loss and Damage Fund

Government negotiators have finally agreed on a tentative plan to compensate poor countries for the unavoidable impacts of climate change through a loss and damage fund, to be initially hosted by the World Bank.

The federal government has failed to properly communicate the affordability and job benefits of its emissions reduction plans, but carbon pricing is still a key piece of the puzzle as Ottawa moves from broad strategy to the nitty gritty of implementation, two key cabinet ministers said yesterday, during a moderated discussion at the Canadian Climate Institute annual conference in Ottawa.

Ottawa Must Tell a Better Story on Climate Plan, Address ‘Nitty Gritty’ of Implementation, Ministers Say

The federal government has failed to properly communicate the affordability and job benefits of its emissions reduction plans, but carbon pricing is still a key piece of the puzzle as Ottawa moves from broad strategy to the nitty gritty of implementation, two key cabinet ministers said yesterday, during a moderated discussion at the Canadian Climate Institute annual conference in Ottawa.

Even as other countries look to Norway for inspiration on boosting electric vehicle adoption, its cities are looking to mass transit and walkable communities—not cars—for the stable climate and greater equity that the energy transition promises.

Norwegian Cities Favour Transit, Walking Despite Generous National EV Subsidies

Even as other countries look to Norway for inspiration on boosting electric vehicle adoption, its cities are looking to mass transit and walkable communities—not cars—for the stable climate and greater equity that the energy transition promises.

Maine voters have rejected a campaign to buy out the region’s two main corporate utilities, with implications for climate buy-in and utility ownership across the United States.

Maine Voters Vote ‘No’ to Replacing Investor-Owned Utilities with Non-Profit

Maine voters have rejected a campaign to buy out the region’s two main corporate utilities, with implications for climate buy-in and utility ownership across the United States.

A new resource helps cash-strapped municipalities build a business case for climate adaptation spending by appraising the greater cost of “doing nothing,” providing a practical budgeting tool for Canadian communities that increasingly face losses from climate-driven disasters.

‘Cost of Doing Nothing’ Toolbox Helps Cities Justify Climate Investments

A new resource helps cash-strapped municipalities build a business case for climate adaptation spending by appraising the greater cost of “doing nothing,” providing a practical budgeting tool for Canadian communities that increasingly face losses from climate-driven disasters.

Gasoline-powered garden equipment is “pound for pound” more polluting than conventional cars and trucks, emitting “shocking” levels of carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and particulate pollutants, a new report reveals.

Lawn Equipment Spews ‘Shocking’ Amount of Pollution, Report Finds

Gasoline-powered garden equipment is “pound for pound” more polluting than conventional cars and trucks, emitting “shocking” levels of carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and particulate pollutants, a new report reveals.

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Blame Fossil Profits, Not Carbon Tax, for ‘Skyrocketing’ Prices: McKenna

As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s political adversaries frame a tax exemption for home heating oil as evidence that his climate policies clash with affordability, blame is diverted away from the fossil fuel companies who are the real culprits behind escalating prices, says Canada’s former environment and climate minister, Catherine McKenna.

The Alberta Energy Regulator is reconsidering its approval of Suncor Energy’s plan to extract a billion barrels of oil from wetlands that serve as a First Nations gathering place, a carbon sink, and wildlife habitat, after conservation experts said the project comes across as “a big experiment.”

Regulator Pauses Suncor Plan to Extract 1B Barrels from Alberta Wetland

The Alberta Energy Regulator is reconsidering its approval of Suncor Energy’s plan to extract a billion barrels of oil from wetlands that serve as a First Nations gathering place, a carbon sink, and wildlife habitat, after conservation experts said the project comes across as “a big experiment.”

Hydro-Québec is getting credit for opening a conversation about the province’s energy future, but not for presenting the most affordable path to net-zero emissions, as experts dig into the details of the 2035 action plan the provincial utility released last week.

Mixed Reviews for Quebec Net-Zero Plan as Experts Cite Demand Reduction Challenges

Hydro-Québec is getting credit for opening a conversation about the province’s energy future, but not for presenting the most affordable path to net-zero emissions, as experts dig into the details of the 2035 action plan the provincial utility released last week.

The offshore wind industry in the U.S. is running into severe headwinds due to rising construction costs and supply chain issues, just as a new report digs into Eastern Canada’s potential to capitalize on the technology.

Report Spotlights ‘Game-Changing’ Offshore Wind Potential in Canada as U.S. Projects Flail

The offshore wind industry in the U.S. is running into severe headwinds due to rising construction costs and supply chain issues, just as a new report digs into Eastern Canada’s potential to capitalize on the technology.

Canadians have “notable knowledge gaps” about the cost and performance of electric vehicles, which may be holding them back from making that first EV purchase, concludes a survey commissioned by Electric Mobility Canada (EMC).

‘Notable Knowledge Gaps’ Have Canadians Overlooking EV Benefits: Survey

Canadians have “notable knowledge gaps” about the cost and performance of electric vehicles, which may be holding them back from making that first EV purchase, concludes a survey commissioned by Electric Mobility Canada (EMC).

As capacity markets offer up more incentives for electricity generators to invest in meeting future demand, regulatory schemes in Europe offer valuable lessons for evolving energy landscapes worldwide.

Energy Analysts Offer Fixes for Six Capacity Market Flaws

As capacity markets offer up more incentives for electricity generators to invest in meeting future demand, regulatory schemes in Europe offer valuable lessons for evolving energy landscapes worldwide.

From cities like Ottawa and Calgary to a multi-agency initiative in the United States, the work-from-home trend combined with a deep affordable housing crisis has policy-makers looking at how to convert empty office space into apartments.

Converting Offices to Affordable Housing Could Boost Transit, Cut Emissions

From cities like Ottawa and Calgary to a multi-agency initiative in the United States, the work-from-home trend combined with a deep affordable housing crisis has policy-makers looking at how to convert empty office space into apartments.

City councillors in Kingston, Ontario, have voted in favour of “blanket municipal support” for new electricity projects, with an amendment to withhold that the support from any projects that use fossil fuels.

Kingston Excludes Gas from ‘Blanket Support’ for New Electricity Projects

City councillors in Kingston, Ontario, have voted in favour of “blanket municipal support” for new electricity projects, with an amendment to withhold that the support from any projects that use fossil fuels.

New York City e-bike couriers still have to dodge traffic, but to reduce the risk of lithium battery fires endangering their lives, city councillors have mandated that all e-mobility devices sold in the city must have drive systems certified to the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) standard.

NYC Regulates e-Bikes After Deadly Battery Fires

New York City e-bike couriers still have to dodge traffic, but to reduce the risk of lithium battery fires endangering their lives, city councillors have mandated that all e-mobility devices sold in the city must have drive systems certified to the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) standard.

More than two-thirds of Canadians are unwilling to help cover the spiralling cost of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, a new survey concludes.

Canadians Want Oil Companies to Pay for TMX, Survey Finds

More than two-thirds of Canadians are unwilling to help cover the spiralling cost of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, a new survey concludes.

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is considering allowing oil and gas companies to reduce their environmental liabilities on old well sites before the cleanup is certified complete.

Alberta Regulator May Let Fossils Reduce Liability Before Old Oil Wells Are Cleaned Up

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is considering allowing oil and gas companies to reduce their environmental liabilities on old well sites before the cleanup is certified complete.

Maine residents are set to vote in November on whether the state should replace two investor-owned utilities with a new non-profit power company—with wide-reaching implications for consumer electricity bills and Maine’s climate fight.

Maine’s Climate Progress at Stake in Contentious Utility Takeover Vote

Maine residents are set to vote in November on whether the state should replace two investor-owned utilities with a new non-profit power company—with wide-reaching implications for consumer electricity bills and Maine’s climate fight.

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Get Serious About Cleantech Investment, Expert Urges Canada

While the United States rolls out hundreds of billions of dollars in clean energy funding through the Inflation Reduction Act, Canada’s initiatives are a mess, says climate and energy analyst Chris Bataille.

As public health experts compile thousands of papers with “damning evidence” linking fracking with health harms, fossil fuel groups are working to undermine the research by arguing that not all of it is peer-reviewed.

Evidence Mounts as Fossil Industry Disputes Fracking Health Impacts

As public health experts compile thousands of papers with “damning evidence” linking fracking with health harms, fossil fuel groups are working to undermine the research by arguing that not all of it is peer-reviewed.

Countries from the global south take the most action to improve air quality in their climate plans, while some of the world’s biggest carbon-emitting economies lack that vision, concludes a recent assessment of air pollution measures in national climate commitments.

G20 Countries Lag on Building Air Quality into Climate Plans

Countries from the global south take the most action to improve air quality in their climate plans, while some of the world’s biggest carbon-emitting economies lack that vision, concludes a recent assessment of air pollution measures in national climate commitments.

A respected advisory group of scientists and doctors in the United States has compiled more than 80 recommendations to accelerate the “essential and possible” task of decarbonizing the entire country by 2050.

U.S. Can Hit Net-Zero by 2050, Science Academy Concludes

A respected advisory group of scientists and doctors in the United States has compiled more than 80 recommendations to accelerate the “essential and possible” task of decarbonizing the entire country by 2050.

Albertans need more facts and less fearmongering about the federal governments new Clean Electricity Regulations, and certainly not the “scary new marketing campaign” the provincial government has rolled out to oppose the new rules, two senior energy analysts write in an op ed for the Edmonton Journal.

Albertans Need ‘Facts, not Fearmongering’ on Ottawa’s New Clean Power Rules: Op Ed

Albertans need more facts and less fearmongering about the federal governments new Clean Electricity Regulations, and certainly not the “scary new marketing campaign” the provincial government has rolled out to oppose the new rules, two senior energy analysts write in an op ed for the Edmonton Journal.

Half of the world’s economies are already five years past a peak in fossil-fuelled power generation, with the majority of that output displaced by clean electricity, concludes a new analysis released this morning by London, UK-based energy think tank Ember.

Half the World is 5 Years Past Peak Fossil Power, Analysis Finds

Half of the world’s economies are already five years past a peak in fossil-fuelled power generation, with the majority of that output displaced by clean electricity, concludes a new analysis released this morning by London, UK-based energy think tank Ember.

Residents of many Canadian provinces enjoy reasonably reliable electricity service, finds the Globe and Mail in a new analysis—but reliability differs among provinces, with services in the country’s northern territories remaining largely unexamined.

Atlantic Canada Fares Poorly in Grid Reliability Analysis

Residents of many Canadian provinces enjoy reasonably reliable electricity service, finds the Globe and Mail in a new analysis—but reliability differs among provinces, with services in the country’s northern territories remaining largely unexamined.

Edmonton is joining a Canada-wide movement to revive downtown cores desolated by the rise of remote work, with forthcoming plans to help developers convert vacant office towers into apartments.

Edmonton Plans Incentives for Office-to-Apartment Conversions

Edmonton is joining a Canada-wide movement to revive downtown cores desolated by the rise of remote work, with forthcoming plans to help developers convert vacant office towers into apartments.

The Trudeau government is assigning a new cabinet working group on regulatory efficiency, chaired by Labour and Seniors Minister Seamus O’Regan, to look at possible changes to the country’s environmental assessment process in the wake of last Friday’s Supreme Court decision on the federal Impact Assessment Act.

Oil and Gas Cap to Proceed While Feds Respond to Supreme Court IAA Ruling

The Trudeau government is assigning a new cabinet working group on regulatory efficiency, chaired by Labour and Seniors Minister Seamus O’Regan, to look at possible changes to the country’s environmental assessment process in the wake of last Friday’s Supreme Court decision on the federal Impact Assessment Act.

“Every economic decision will be impacted by energy prices and our climate,” European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde declared earlier this month.

Central Bankers Fear Energy, Inflation Shocks in Chaotic Climate Transition

“Every economic decision will be impacted by energy prices and our climate,” European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde declared earlier this month.

With infrastructure losses due to climate change as high as US$845 billion per year, and 60% of the physical assets the world will need by 2050 yet to be built, policy-makers and stakeholders must integrate urgently-needed resilience into their infrastructure planning, a new report concludes.

$845B in Annual Losses Shows Urgent Need for Resilient Infrastructure: Report

With infrastructure losses due to climate change as high as US$845 billion per year, and 60% of the physical assets the world will need by 2050 yet to be built, policy-makers and stakeholders must integrate urgently-needed resilience into their infrastructure planning, a new report concludes.

While governments lag in climate action, recent pro-climate court rulings highlight the promise of litigation against polluters and their allies—but experts warn that effective policy must follow legal victories to make a real difference.

Climate Fight Prevails in Court as Political Inertia Persists

While governments lag in climate action, recent pro-climate court rulings highlight the promise of litigation against polluters and their allies—but experts warn that effective policy must follow legal victories to make a real difference.

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Europe Launches World’s First Carbon Border Adjustment Rule

The European Union has begun rolling out its Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), a world first that will eventually translate into a levy on imports in emissions-intensive industries like electricity, steel, cement, aluminum, and fertilizer.

Ireland has turned down a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal, citing its climate impact.

Ireland Refuses LNG Terminal Over Climate Impact

Ireland has turned down a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal, citing its climate impact.

In the absence of a global policy for nitrous oxide—a greenhouse gas with nearly 300 times the warming potential of carbon dioxide—industries have been inconsistent in deploying, affordable and readily available technologies to reduce its emissions.

Emission Reductions Lag for Climate Super-Pollutant Nitrous Oxide

In the absence of a global policy for nitrous oxide—a greenhouse gas with nearly 300 times the warming potential of carbon dioxide—industries have been inconsistent in deploying, affordable and readily available technologies to reduce its emissions.

Canadian cities are enacting transformative policy shifts away from exclusionary zoning to embrace density and limit sprawl—by greenlighting affordable, multifamily housing and bridging amenity gaps in neighbourhoods with new shops, parks, and schools.

Canadian Cities Enact Bold Zoning Changes Amid Housing, Climate Crises

Canadian cities are enacting transformative policy shifts away from exclusionary zoning to embrace density and limit sprawl—by greenlighting affordable, multifamily housing and bridging amenity gaps in neighbourhoods with new shops, parks, and schools.

The LEED certification process for buildings has long held a solid reputation for energy efficiency performance, but news that more than 800 LEED-certified buildings in the United States are at serious flooding risk has raised doubts about the rating system’s climate credentials.

Hundreds of U.S. LEED-Certified Buildings Left Vulnerable to Flooding, Analysis Finds

The LEED certification process for buildings has long held a solid reputation for energy efficiency performance, but news that more than 800 LEED-certified buildings in the United States are at serious flooding risk has raised doubts about the rating system’s climate credentials.

Community-led renewable energy co-ops can play an essential role in getting climate pollution under control by helping Canadians actively participate in the energy transition and benefit economically, concludes a new post for Policy Options.

Scaling Up Renewable Energy Co-Operatives Can Help Energize Canada

Community-led renewable energy co-ops can play an essential role in getting climate pollution under control by helping Canadians actively participate in the energy transition and benefit economically, concludes a new post for Policy Options.

A “small but mighty” private member’s bill mandating the greenest possible building materials for federal infrastructure in Canada has passed in the House of Commons with unanimous consent, following a strategic concession to get the steel and concrete industries onside.

‘Small But Mighty’ House Bill Mandates Low-Carbon Materials in Federal Buildings

A “small but mighty” private member’s bill mandating the greenest possible building materials for federal infrastructure in Canada has passed in the House of Commons with unanimous consent, following a strategic concession to get the steel and concrete industries onside.

Documents filed by Imperial Oil show the company and Alberta's energy regulator knew the Kearl oil sands mine was seeping tailings into groundwater years before a pool of contaminated fluid was reported on the surface, alarming area First Nations and triggering three investigations, the Canadian Press reports.

REVEALED: Imperial Oil, Alberta Regulator Knew of Toxic Seepage at Kearl Mine for Years, Kept First Nation in the Dark

Documents filed by Imperial Oil show the company and Alberta’s energy regulator knew the Kearl oil sands mine was seeping tailings into groundwater years before a pool of contaminated fluid was reported on the surface, alarming area First Nations and triggering three investigations, the Canadian Press reports.

Rising emissions from the oil and gas sector and buildings are overwhelming Canada’s efforts to get its climate pollution under control, the Canadian Climate Institute concludes, in a preliminary analysis of the country’s 2022 emissions data published late last week.

Oil and Gas, Buildings Drive 2.1% Rise in Canada’s Climate Pollution

Rising emissions from the oil and gas sector and buildings are overwhelming Canada’s efforts to get its climate pollution under control, the Canadian Climate Institute concludes, in a preliminary analysis of the country’s 2022 emissions data published late last week.

Poorly-conceived business proposals vying for a share of the US$500 billion in United States government funding for clean energy and infrastructure could lead to “disastrous” results, warns Anne Clawson, principal and founder at Cascade Strategies.

Clean Energy Funding Isn’t Just About Money, Policy Expert Warns

Poorly-conceived business proposals vying for a share of the US$500 billion in United States government funding for clean energy and infrastructure could lead to “disastrous” results, warns Anne Clawson, principal and founder at Cascade Strategies.

As e-bikes and scooters take over Toronto’s bike lanes, the city urgently needs to define its micro-mobility strategy, writes columnist Andrew Phillips, explaining the public safety and social justice concerns that are at stake.

E-Bikes, Scooters Overwhelm Toronto Bike Lanes

As e-bikes and scooters take over Toronto’s bike lanes, the city urgently needs to define its micro-mobility strategy, writes columnist Andrew Phillips, explaining the public safety and social justice concerns that are at stake.

The ongoing affordability crisis has brought into sharp focus the need for fairness and justice when it comes to the economic and societal transformations required to achieve climate goals, writes Rachel Samson, vice president of research at the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP).

Put Lower-Income Households First in Line for Low-Carbon Technologies: Samson

The ongoing affordability crisis has brought into sharp focus the need for fairness and justice when it comes to the economic and societal transformations required to achieve climate goals, writes Rachel Samson, vice president of research at the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP).

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Two First Nations Groups Vie to Build Northern Ontario Power Line

Two First Nations coalitions have submitted bids to build and operate a transmission line proposed to meet growing electricity needs in northeast Ontario, with the province’s final decision expected by early 2024.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service will distribute a record US$1 billion in urban forest grants this year, supporting President Joe Biden’s pledge to halve the number of Americans without access to parks and nature by 2030.

U.S. Pours Record $1B into Urban Forest Grants

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service will distribute a record US$1 billion in urban forest grants this year, supporting President Joe Biden’s pledge to halve the number of Americans without access to parks and nature by 2030.

Fossil fuel demand falls 25% by 2030, fossil sector methane emissions drop by three-quarters, energy efficiency adoption doubles, global renewable energy capacity triples, and annual clean energy investment rises from US$1.8 trillion in 2023 to $4.5 trillion by the early 2030s in the latest net-zero roadmap published this morning by the International Energy Agency.

Fossil Fuels Fall 25% by 2030, Renewables ‘Keep the Path Open’ in IEA Net-Zero Update

Fossil fuel demand falls 25% by 2030, fossil sector methane emissions drop by three-quarters, energy efficiency adoption doubles, global renewable energy capacity triples, and annual clean energy investment rises from US$1.8 trillion in 2023 to $4.5 trillion by the early 2030s in the latest net-zero roadmap published this morning by the International Energy Agency.

Community action is the only possible antidote to a provincial energy plan in Ontario that sidelines renewable energy in favour of costly fossil fuels, Corporate Knights Research Director Ralph Torrie told a recent webinar.

Community-Driven Solutions Can Take Back Ontario’s Electricity Future: Torrie

Community action is the only possible antidote to a provincial energy plan in Ontario that sidelines renewable energy in favour of costly fossil fuels, Corporate Knights Research Director Ralph Torrie told a recent webinar.

Adding long duration and multi-day energy storage to New York’s grid could cut system costs in 2040 by 29% and expand the grid’s energy storage capacity tenfold compared to relying solely on short-duration batteries, according to an analysis by battery storage provider Form Energy.

Multi-Day Storage Can Deliver Cheaper Grid Reliability, Battery Maker Says

Adding long duration and multi-day energy storage to New York’s grid could cut system costs in 2040 by 29% and expand the grid’s energy storage capacity tenfold compared to relying solely on short-duration batteries, according to an analysis by battery storage provider Form Energy.

Many Canadians are unsafe in their own homes, with indoor temperatures consistently exceeding the safe maximum of 26°C each summer, concludes a CBC News investigation that reveals the urgent need to cool a housing stock that wasn’t built for today’s warmer climate.

Indoor Heat Leaves Canadians Unsafe with ‘No Escape’, CBC Investigation Finds

Many Canadians are unsafe in their own homes, with indoor temperatures consistently exceeding the safe maximum of 26°C each summer, concludes a CBC News investigation that reveals the urgent need to cool a housing stock that wasn’t built for today’s warmer climate.

It was “everyone against the utilities” in California earlier this month as the push to secure a new payment structure for community solar entered its final stretch, carrying the potential to make the state a sector leader while reducing energy poverty and climate emissions.

Californians Fight for New Community Solar Plan

It was “everyone against the utilities” in California earlier this month as the push to secure a new payment structure for community solar entered its final stretch, carrying the potential to make the state a sector leader while reducing energy poverty and climate emissions.

Newly-disclosed internal documents from ExxonMobil's highest echelons reveal how executives persisted in privately undermining climate science, even as the company avowed it was moving to address its emissions.

‘Obituary-Changing’ Revelations Show Exxon’s Tillerson Undermining Climate Science

Newly-disclosed internal documents from ExxonMobil’s highest echelons reveal how executives persisted in privately undermining climate science, even as the company avowed it was moving to address its emissions.

Big Oil is facing one of its most significant legal challenges from the state of California: a major oil-producing region with a big economy, and the site of some groundbreaking legal battles.

California Suit Claims Decades of Public Deception by Big Oil Companies

Big Oil is facing one of its most significant legal challenges from the state of California: a major oil-producing region with a big economy, and the site of some groundbreaking legal battles.

Scientists and advocates are alarmed that a global panel of experts has left the door open for research on geoengineering the planet’s climate—even as the panel called for a global moratorium on such efforts.

Solar Geoengineering Means ‘Game Over’ for Life on Earth, Critics Warn

Scientists and advocates are alarmed that a global panel of experts has left the door open for research on geoengineering the planet’s climate—even as the panel called for a global moratorium on such efforts.

Veteran energy economist and climate modeller Mark Jaccard is returning to his former job as chair and CEO of the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC), a position he previously held from 1992 to 1997.

Jaccard Appointed Chair and CEO of BC Utilities Commission

Veteran energy economist and climate modeller Mark Jaccard is returning to his former job as chair and CEO of the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC), a position he previously held from 1992 to 1997.

Extreme heat and drought, heavy precipitation, and more frequent wildfires, are in store for Ontario, according to a first-ever climate risk assessment that reads like a five-alarm fire on the need for the province to get serious about climate adaptation.

Ontario Waits 8 Months to Release Dire Climate Impact Report

Extreme heat and drought, heavy precipitation, and more frequent wildfires, are in store for Ontario, according to a first-ever climate risk assessment that reads like a five-alarm fire on the need for the province to get serious about climate adaptation.

Canadian homes and businesses must start generating their own power with solar panels and battery storage—essentially moving part of their power generation off the grid—to help the country hit a 2050 net-zero target, suggests an authority on energy efficiency solutions.

Net-Zero Depends on Household Power Production, Energy Exec Argues

Canadian homes and businesses must start generating their own power with solar panels and battery storage—essentially moving part of their power generation off the grid—to help the country hit a 2050 net-zero target, suggests an authority on energy efficiency solutions.

Canadians need not choose between tackling affordability and the climate crisis, says the Tamarack Institute, citing several municipal initiatives that are pursuing these intertwined goals at once.

Local Action on Transit, Housing Can Combine Climate and Equity Goals

Canadians need not choose between tackling affordability and the climate crisis, says the Tamarack Institute, citing several municipal initiatives that are pursuing these intertwined goals at once.

Some rural communities in Alberta are pushing back against the provincial government's seven-month pause on approvals of new renewable energy projects, as hundreds of letters from individuals, companies, municipalities, Indigenous communities and industry groups show a growing backlash to the measure.

‘I’ve Been Ghosted,’ Rural Mayor Says, as Alberta Towns Push Back on Renewables Moratorium

Some rural communities in Alberta are pushing back against the provincial government’s seven-month pause on approvals of new renewable energy projects, as hundreds of letters from individuals, companies, municipalities, Indigenous communities and industry groups show a growing backlash to the measure.

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Biden Cancels Trump-Era Oil Leases in Arctic Wildlife Refuge

In an aggressive move that angered Republicans, the Biden administration canceled the seven remaining oil and gas leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday, overturning sales held in the Trump administration’s waning days, and proposed stronger protections against development on vast swaths of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

Tourism is projected to make up nearly 12% of the global economy by 2033, but it is also poised to consume a troubling 40% of the world's remaining 1.5°C carbon budget by mid-century, highlighting what experts describe as “industry dishonesty” in efforts to reduce emissions in line with other sectors.

Tourism Lags on Emission Cuts as Climate Woes Besiege Destinations

Tourism is projected to make up nearly 12% of the global economy by 2033, but it is also poised to consume a troubling 40% of the world’s remaining 1.5°C carbon budget by mid-century, highlighting what experts describe as “industry dishonesty” in efforts to reduce emissions in line with other sectors.

The City of Nanaimo, British Columbia is banning natural gas as the primary heating source in new homes beginning in July, 2024, six years ahead of the provincial target.

Nanaimo Bans Gas Heating in New Homes Beginning in 2024

The City of Nanaimo, British Columbia is banning natural gas as the primary heating source in new homes beginning in July, 2024, six years ahead of the provincial target.

Premier Doug Ford’s decision to “re-evaluate” his government’s controversial land swaps in the Ontario Greenbelt and force each of the development sites to “stand on their own merit” will do nothing to stop a multi-billion-dollar handout to politically connected developers, one of the plan’s leading opponents said yesterday.

Greenbelt Land Grab to Continue ‘Full Steam Ahead’ after Ford Announcement, Critic Warns

Premier Doug Ford’s decision to “re-evaluate” his government’s controversial land swaps in the Ontario Greenbelt and force each of the development sites to “stand on their own merit” will do nothing to stop a multi-billion-dollar handout to politically connected developers, one of the plan’s leading opponents said yesterday.

Swayed by unrealistic advertising, far too many Canadians have bought into the idea that tank-sized sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are what they need—but what if car manufacturers were required to film their ads on actual roads, in real-life conditions?

SUV Ads Need a Reality Check, Author Urges [Petition]

Swayed by unrealistic advertising, far too many Canadians have bought into the idea that tank-sized sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are what they need—but what if car manufacturers were required to film their ads on actual roads, in real-life conditions?

Housing is redefined as a climate concern in a recent executive order by Colorado Governor Jared Polis that aims to limit urban sprawl, promote mass transit, and protect air, water, and green spaces while making affordable, efficient homes more readily available.

Colorado Governor Aligns Housing with State Climate Goals

Housing is redefined as a climate concern in a recent executive order by Colorado Governor Jared Polis that aims to limit urban sprawl, promote mass transit, and protect air, water, and green spaces while making affordable, efficient homes more readily available.

Strong methane regulations are the cheapest, most effective way to reduce emissions in Canada's oil and gas industry and meet the expected targets in the federal government’s oil and gas emissions cap—all without hindering economic growth, the Canadian Climate Institute (CCI) reports.

Methane Controls Can Meet 1/3 of Canada’s Target for Oil and Gas Emission Cuts

Strong methane regulations are the cheapest, most effective way to reduce emissions in Canada’s oil and gas industry and meet the expected targets in the federal government’s oil and gas emissions cap—all without hindering economic growth, the Canadian Climate Institute (CCI) reports.

Fifteen years after polar bears were listed as threatened, a new study says researchers have overcome a roadblock in the U.S. Endangered Species Act that prevented federal officials from considering climate change when evaluating impacts of projects such as oil and gas drilling.

New Attribution Research Could Protect Polar Bears from Oil and Gas Emissions

Fifteen years after polar bears were listed as threatened, a new study says researchers have overcome a roadblock in the U.S. Endangered Species Act that prevented federal officials from considering climate change when evaluating impacts of projects such as oil and gas drilling.

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Suncor Abandoning Climate Shows Need for Oil and Gas Emissions Cap: Guilbeault

Recent statements by the CEO of a major oilsands company further the case for federal regulations to cap greenhouse gas emissions in the oil and gas sector, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said.

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Studies Link Fracking to Childhood Cancer, Asthma

Health professionals are calling for a ban on fracking in Pennsylvania after three “bombshell” studies—published despite resistance from fossil fuel interests—linked exposure to the oil and gas extraction process to childhood lymphoma, asthma, and low birth weight.

In a process that will take decades to complete, Japan has started releasing treated water from the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, raising concerns about introducing residual tritium into the environment.

Radioactive Tritium in the Ocean as Japan Releases ‘Treated’ Water from Fukushima

In a process that will take decades to complete, Japan has started releasing treated water from the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, raising concerns about introducing residual tritium into the environment.

They swore it couldn’t be done, but now New York City’s biggest buildings are finding ways to comply with the city’s groundbreaking emission reduction standard, Local Law 97—even after real estate groups complained the target was too tough.

‘Simple Fixes’ Deliver Solid Emission Cuts as NYC Climate Law Targets Biggest Buildings

They swore it couldn’t be done, but now New York City’s biggest buildings are finding ways to comply with the city’s groundbreaking emission reduction standard, Local Law 97—even after real estate groups complained the target was too tough.

Amid revelations that the United Arab Emirates has not disclosed its methane emissions data for nearly 10 years leading up to its role as COP 28 host later this year, critics are further alleging that its state-owned oil company, whose CEO Sultan al Jaber will be serving as COP President, has set itself “incoherent” methane targets.

COP 28 Presidency Takes Heat for UAE’s Missing Methane Data

Amid revelations that the United Arab Emirates has not disclosed its methane emissions data for nearly 10 years leading up to its role as COP 28 host later this year, critics are further alleging that its state-owned oil company, whose CEO Sultan al Jaber will be serving as COP President, has set itself “incoherent” methane targets.

As the northern hemisphere grapples with relentless heat, experts warn that high temperatures are hard on the mind and body alike, while raising alarm over a new climate threat: a deadly fungus that thrives in the heat, and within the human body.

Extreme Heat Exacts Toll on Physical, Mental Health

As the northern hemisphere grapples with relentless heat, experts warn that high temperatures are hard on the mind and body alike, while raising alarm over a new climate threat: a deadly fungus that thrives in the heat, and within the human body.

Three high-profile critiques shed light on the mounting moral and financial issues facing Big Oil: an incisive TED talk by climate icon Al Gore, a scathing New York Times op-ed on the industry’s “last man standing” approach, and an influential research entity’s rebuke of its flawed business model.

Fossil Emissions Deliver ‘Nature Hike Through Book of Revelation’: Gore

Three high-profile critiques shed light on the mounting moral and financial issues facing Big Oil: an incisive TED talk by climate icon Al Gore, a scathing New York Times op-ed on the industry’s “last man standing” approach, and an influential research entity’s rebuke of its flawed business model.

Climate advocates are heralding a landmark court ruling in Montana as a “huge win” after a judge sided with the 16 youths who accused the state of violating their right to a clean and healthful environment.

Montana Ruling a ‘Game Changer’ for Climate Legal Action in the U.S.

Climate advocates are heralding a landmark court ruling in Montana as a “huge win” after a judge sided with the 16 youths who accused the state of violating their right to a clean and healthful environment.

A Montana judge on Monday sided with young environmental activists who said state agencies were violating their constitutional right to a clean and healthful environment by permitting fossil fuel development without considering its effect on the climate.

Montana Judge Backs Climate Youth in ‘Sweeping Constitutional Win’

A Montana judge on Monday sided with young environmental activists who said state agencies were violating their constitutional right to a clean and healthful environment by permitting fossil fuel development without considering its effect on the climate.

A “truly unprecedented” report by Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk shows that the Doug Ford government’s “Greenbelt land grab” was never about building affordable housing on a treasured expanse that 83% of Ontarians and 76% of Progressive Conservative voters want to see protected, veteran Greenbelt advocate Burkhard Mausberg writes, in a blistering analysis piece for the Toronto Star.

Greenbelt Land Grab Wasn’t About Affordable Housing, ‘Unprecedented’ AG Report Shows

A “truly unprecedented” report by Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk shows that the Doug Ford government’s “Greenbelt land grab” was never about building affordable housing on a treasured expanse that 83% of Ontarians and 76% of Progressive Conservative voters want to see protected, veteran Greenbelt advocate Burkhard Mausberg writes, in a blistering analysis piece for the Toronto Star.

While the upfront costs of purchasing an electric car remain higher than your average gasoline or diesel vehicle—though likely not for much longer—the financial benefits of ownership begin to accrue pretty much as soon as you switch it on.

More Affordable EVs Deliver a Win for Owners’ Wallets

While the upfront costs of purchasing an electric car remain higher than your average gasoline or diesel vehicle—though likely not for much longer—the financial benefits of ownership begin to accrue pretty much as soon as you switch it on.

Provincial utilities and private power producers will be allowed to run natural gas plants under the Clean Electricity Regulations published Thursday by Environment and Climate Minister Steven Guilbeault, but only if they can capture 95% of the climate pollution they produce.

Canada’s New Clean Power Regs Allow Gas Plants, Mandate Deep Emission Cuts

Provincial utilities and private power producers will be allowed to run natural gas plants under the Clean Electricity Regulations published Thursday by Environment and Climate Minister Steven Guilbeault, but only if they can capture 95% of the climate pollution they produce.

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Billions in Green Tax Credits Will Hinge on Provincial Buy-In on Net-Zero Grid

The federal government is to tie billions of dollars in tax credits and grants for provincial electricity projects to progress toward Ottawa’s target for an emissions-free electricity grid by 2035.

While Alberta renewable energy producers warn of billions in lost investments, and a veteran oil and gas writer suggests “political intrigue” behind the decision, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith has come up with a novel way to blame Ottawa after her government slapped a seven-month moratorium on new wind and solar projects over a megawatt in size.

Renewables to Lose Billions, Oil Writer Sees ‘Political Intrigue’ as Smith Blames Ottawa for Moratorium

While Alberta renewable energy producers warn of billions in lost investments, and a veteran oil and gas writer suggests “political intrigue” behind the decision, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith has come up with a novel way to blame Ottawa after her government slapped a seven-month moratorium on new wind and solar projects over a megawatt in size.

In the months after the United Nations Biodiversity Conference, COP 15 in Montreal last December, Canada and many provinces committed to more ambitious measures to protect nature, aimed at protecting 30% of lands and oceans by 2030. Research by EcoAnalytics (EcoA), the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), and others shows that Canadians are pretty unanimous in their support of the protection of biodiversity—in theory, at least. 

Talking Policy: Compelling Frames for Talking About Nature Conservation

In the months after the United Nations Biodiversity Conference, COP 15 in Montreal last December, Canada and many provinces committed to more ambitious measures to protect nature, aimed at protecting 30% of lands and oceans by 2030. Research by EcoAnalytics (EcoA), the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), and others shows that Canadians are pretty unanimous in their support of the protection of biodiversity—in theory, at least. 

Government funding for clean energy projects and infrastructure—and a related surge in private investment—is powering the United States economy as it filters through businesses and communities across the country.

U.S. Infrastructure, Clean Energy Spending Spurs Investment, Business Activity

Government funding for clean energy projects and infrastructure—and a related surge in private investment—is powering the United States economy as it filters through businesses and communities across the country.

Though the solar industry is moving to distance itself from human rights abuses in China’s Uyghur region, experts are warning that supply chains still include products from the area, as companies become increasingly opaque about their sourcing.

Solar Firms Less Transparent about Panels from China’s Uyghur Region

Though the solar industry is moving to distance itself from human rights abuses in China’s Uyghur region, experts are warning that supply chains still include products from the area, as companies become increasingly opaque about their sourcing.

Proponents of Passive House, a globally recognized standard for energy-efficient building design, say multi-family Passive House projects in the United States have hit cost parity with conventionally designed buildings, but systemic inertia is holding back widespread adoption.

Building Sector ‘Inertia’ Impedes Multi-Family Passive House Projects

Proponents of Passive House, a globally recognized standard for energy-efficient building design, say multi-family Passive House projects in the United States have hit cost parity with conventionally designed buildings, but systemic inertia is holding back widespread adoption.

Four years after Montreal decided to make a 2.5-kilometre stretch of a busy downtown artery car-free every summer, the transformation continues to receive rave reviews from users and local businesses.

Montreal Adds Nine More Car-Free Streets after ‘Mind Blowing’ Success

Four years after Montreal decided to make a 2.5-kilometre stretch of a busy downtown artery car-free every summer, the transformation continues to receive rave reviews from users and local businesses.

Alberta is putting a booming renewable energy industry at risk and setting a double standard in the way it treats renewable and fossil fuel development, clean energy groups said today, after the province slapped a seven-month moratorium on new solar and wind projects over a megawatt in size.

Alberta Slaps 7-Month Moratorium on Solar and Wind, Puts Booming Industry at Risk

Alberta is putting a booming renewable energy industry at risk and setting a double standard in the way it treats renewable and fossil fuel development, clean energy groups said today, after the province slapped a seven-month moratorium on new solar and wind projects over a megawatt in size.

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Big Foreign Shareholders Control Climate Policy in Canada’s Biggest Fossil Companies: Study

A small subset of predominantly foreign, corporate owners hold substantial control over Canada’s oil and gas industry, and are unlikely to push for carbon cuts unless mandated to do so, a new study concludes.

Calgary-based oil exploration company ReconAfrica says it has raised C$9.7 million to look for oil in Namibia—a week after civil society groups called on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV) to deny regulatory approval for the company’s new share listing.

Major Stock Exchange Urged to Rebuff ReconAfrica’s Oil Exploration Plan in Namibia

Calgary-based oil exploration company ReconAfrica says it has raised C$9.7 million to look for oil in Namibia—a week after civil society groups called on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV) to deny regulatory approval for the company’s new share listing.

Canada cannot meet its climate targets without ensuring that the one-third of Canadians who live in apartments and condos have access to electric vehicle charging infrastructure, says The Atmospheric Fund.

Canada’s Climate Goals Hinge On EV Charging, Advocates Say

Canada cannot meet its climate targets without ensuring that the one-third of Canadians who live in apartments and condos have access to electric vehicle charging infrastructure, says The Atmospheric Fund.

Federal clean electricity regulations are expected this fall and enjoy significant public support as a step toward a clean national electricity grid. Of all the government’s proposed climate action policies, this is the one that Canadians like most, but they still have questions and concerns about details.

Talking Policy: Electric Frames for Promoting Clean Electricity Regulations

Federal clean electricity regulations are expected this fall and enjoy significant public support as a step toward a clean national electricity grid. Of all the government’s proposed climate action policies, this is the one that Canadians like most, but they still have questions and concerns about details.

Germany has its sights set on producing vast amounts of renewable energy, and that activity is already creating more jobs than there are people to fill them, writes Iron & Earth Executive Director Luisa Da Silva. Canada is looking to add 419,000 jobs by 2050.

Germany’s Green Jobs Transition Holds Lessons for Canada

Germany has its sights set on producing vast amounts of renewable energy, and that activity is already creating more jobs than there are people to fill them, writes Iron & Earth Executive Director Luisa Da Silva. Canada is looking to add 419,000 jobs by 2050.

Even as U.S. consumers increasingly embrace electric vehicles and heat pumps, supply chain bottlenecks may arise from established networks of fossil car dealers and HVAC installers who are still heavily invested in legacy technologies.

Reluctant U.S. Car Dealers, HVAC Installers Could Slow Electrification

Even as U.S. consumers increasingly embrace electric vehicles and heat pumps, supply chain bottlenecks may arise from established networks of fossil car dealers and HVAC installers who are still heavily invested in legacy technologies.

Edmonton's suburbs are defying density norms to embrace garden suites (also known as adult treehouses), as property developers entice homebuyers with the allure of extra rental income.

‘Adult Treehouses’ Bring Gentle Density to Edmonton Suburbs

Edmonton’s suburbs are defying density norms to embrace garden suites (also known as adult treehouses), as property developers entice homebuyers with the allure of extra rental income.

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Emissions Cap Delay Won’t Relax Fossil Industry’s 2030 Target, Guilbeault Says

Canada’s cap on oil and gas emissions will be delayed by months, not years, and the slower schedule won’t relax the 2030 target for companies to reduce their climate pollution, Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault said this morning.

Trans Mountain Corporation’s attempt to minimize costs for its pipeline customers could force the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) to choose between undermining its own core mandate as a regulator or increasing the cost of shipping oil sands crude out of Alberta by about $11 per barrel, a new analysis concludes.

Trans Mountain Pricing Could Break the Bank—or Break the Canada Energy Regulator

Trans Mountain Corporation’s attempt to minimize costs for its pipeline customers could force the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) to choose between undermining its own core mandate as a regulator or increasing the cost of shipping oil sands crude out of Alberta by about $11 per barrel, a new analysis concludes.

Environment and Climate Minister Steven Guilbeault has unveiled detailed plans to phase out “inefficient” oil and gas subsidies, based on guidelines released this morning that take effect immediately and are meant to fulfill a 14-year-old pledge by G20 countries.

Canada Restricts Oil and Gas Subsidies, Leaves Open Door for Indigenous Projects, CCS

Environment and Climate Minister Steven Guilbeault has unveiled detailed plans to phase out “inefficient” oil and gas subsidies, based on guidelines released this morning that take effect immediately and are meant to fulfill a 14-year-old pledge by G20 countries.

New research using the latest figures for Canada's methane emissions concludes it would be much cheaper for the energy industry to meet reduction targets for the potent greenhouse gas than it would be to pay carbon taxes on it.

Methane Controls Would Cost Fossil Companies Less than Paying Carbon Tax, New Study Finds

New research using the latest figures for Canada’s methane emissions concludes it would be much cheaper for the energy industry to meet reduction targets for the potent greenhouse gas than it would be to pay carbon taxes on it.

Draft regulations for a cap on carbon emissions in Canada’s oil and gas sector are just around the corner, and Canadians nation-wide are indicating support. However, there are differences in how and why people support an emissions cap, uncertainties about policy details, and lessons to be learned about how to build that support. 

Talking Policy: Powerful Frames for Promoting a Cap on Carbon Emissions

Draft regulations for a cap on carbon emissions in Canada’s oil and gas sector are just around the corner, and Canadians nation-wide are indicating support. However, there are differences in how and why people support an emissions cap, uncertainties about policy details, and lessons to be learned about how to build that support. 

As heat-stricken municipalities everywhere turn to cooling centres to protect vulnerable citizens, some public health and climate adaptation experts are beginning to confront the challenge of making the facilities known and accessible to the people who need them most.