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A new survey of business leaders finds the vast majority are concerned that climate change will hit their operations this year, while more than half report that it's already affected profits.

Half of Canadian Businesses Say ‘Real World’ Climate Impacts Have Hit Their Bottom Line

A new survey of business leaders finds the vast majority are concerned that climate change will hit their operations this year, while more than half report that it’s already affected profits.

Subway stations and highways were flooded, the newly-renovated Union Station was inundated, and nearly 170,000 households were left without power for up to 10 hours Tuesday after a summer storm dropped 84 millimetres of rain on downtown Toronto in just a few hours, the fifth-wettest day in the city’s history.

Summer Storm in Toronto Floods Subways and Highways, Leaves 170,000 Without Power

Subway stations and highways were flooded, the newly-renovated Union Station was inundated, and nearly 170,000 households were left without power for up to 10 hours Tuesday after a summer storm dropped 84 millimetres of rain on downtown Toronto in just a few hours, the fifth-wettest day in the city’s history.

The federal government is drawing cheers from transit agencies and criticism from riders after announcing a Canada Public Transit Fund that pours C$30 billion over 10 years into new vehicles and infrastructure, but is silent on the yawning operating deficits facing local transit systems.

$30B for Transit Brings New Dollars to Buy Buses, No Relief on Operating Costs

The federal government is drawing cheers from transit agencies and criticism from riders after announcing a Canada Public Transit Fund that pours C$30 billion over 10 years into new vehicles and infrastructure, but is silent on the yawning operating deficits facing local transit systems.

An $800-million home retrofit program for lower-income households and a pledge to replace oil heating with heat pumps in new buildings are key elements of the federal government’s long-awaited Green Buildings Strategy, released Tuesday by Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.

Low-Income Retrofit Funds, No Firm Net-Zero Targets in Long-Awaited Green Buildings Strategy

An $800-million home retrofit program for lower-income households and a pledge to replace oil heating with heat pumps in new buildings are key elements of the federal government’s long-awaited Green Buildings Strategy, released Tuesday by Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.

Housing projects receiving federal dollars must be mandated to meet the highest energy efficiency and emissions standards in Canada’s building codes so that all new homes are climate resilient and meet zero-carbon goals, states an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Maximize Climate Performance in Federal Housing Plan, Experts Urge

Housing projects receiving federal dollars must be mandated to meet the highest energy efficiency and emissions standards in Canada’s building codes so that all new homes are climate resilient and meet zero-carbon goals, states an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

With just months to go before it opens to students and faculty, George Brown College’s Limberlost Place is poised to keep its air cool and its water hot by plumbing the depths of Lake Ontario.

Mass Timber Building Taps Cooling Power of Lake Ontario

With just months to go before it opens to students and faculty, George Brown College’s Limberlost Place is poised to keep its air cool and its water hot by plumbing the depths of Lake Ontario.

A transit authority in the Greater Toronto Area will get C$76 million in federal funds to expand its electric bus fleet and infrastructure.

Canada Invests $76 Million To Help Electrify York Region Transit Fleet

A transit authority in the Greater Toronto Area will get C$76 million in federal funds to expand its electric bus fleet and infrastructure.

As wildfires rage in multiple hot spots around the world, the town Lytton, British Columbia, is still waiting, three years and C$239 million in recovery money later, to rise from its ashes.

Lytton, B.C. Rebuilds at ‘Glacial’ Pace While Wildfires Burn from Brazil to Arctic

As wildfires rage in multiple hot spots around the world, the town Lytton, British Columbia, is still waiting, three years and C$239 million in recovery money later, to rise from its ashes.

Flooding and extreme heat are the top climate threats facing cities around the world, with tens of billions of dollars needed to help build resilience, especially in the Global South, concludes new analysis from CDP, the UK-based non-profit previously known as the Carbon Disclosure Project.

Cities Worldwide Battle Flooding and Heat, Seek $21B for Resilience: CDP

Flooding and extreme heat are the top climate threats facing cities around the world, with tens of billions of dollars needed to help build resilience, especially in the Global South, concludes new analysis from CDP, the UK-based non-profit previously known as the Carbon Disclosure Project.

E-bikes are making serious inroads across Europe, thanks to a well-established bike culture and boosted by government initiatives that help people pay for them.

E-Bikes Take Flight in Europe, Draw Government Incentives

E-bikes are making serious inroads across Europe, thanks to a well-established bike culture and boosted by government initiatives that help people pay for them.

Restoring funding from Quebec’s carbon market revenues could revitalize Greater Montreal's transit agencies to their pre-pandemic levels, says a commission appointed to help keep public transport afloat.

Bring Back Carbon Revenue to Revive Transit, Montreal Officials Urge

Restoring funding from Quebec’s carbon market revenues could revitalize Greater Montreal’s transit agencies to their pre-pandemic levels, says a commission appointed to help keep public transport afloat.

Low-income renters in Ottawa often endure extreme heat and cold in aging buildings with unreliable appliances and energy inefficiency, a recent survey has found.

Ottawa Tenants Demand Protection Amid Extreme Weather, Renovictions

Low-income renters in Ottawa often endure extreme heat and cold in aging buildings with unreliable appliances and energy inefficiency, a recent survey has found.

School’s out in Canada, and not a moment too soon for students sweltering in classrooms that urgently need heat adaptation and resilience upgrades.

UPDATE: Canada’s Schools Need Extreme Heat Upgrades, Experts Warn, as Temperature Records Fall

School’s out in Canada, and not a moment too soon for students sweltering in classrooms that urgently need heat adaptation and resilience upgrades.

As Edmonton refines its vision for livability in the face of a housing crunch and the climate crisis, city officials are contending with pushback from residents and developers, along with a warning from its former mayor.

Edmonton Revamps 15-Minute Cities Plan Amid Public Distrust, Industry Pushback

As Edmonton refines its vision for livability in the face of a housing crunch and the climate crisis, city officials are contending with pushback from residents and developers, along with a warning from its former mayor.

Hydro Ottawa will need provincial and federal support for “massive investment” in the company’s distribution infrastructure to keep up with rising electricity demand, says its CEO.

Hydro Ottawa Calls for ‘Massive’ Infrastructure Spending to Meet Rising Power Demand

Hydro Ottawa will need provincial and federal support for “massive investment” in the company’s distribution infrastructure to keep up with rising electricity demand, says its CEO.

Bonnie Gao, Sunehra Mehrun, Tai Vo, and Wren Droesse are the recipients of the inaugural round of grants from the Trellis Fund, a new student award program for women who plan to enter green energy careers.

New Grant Program Helps Women Pursue Green Energy Careers

Bonnie Gao, Sunehra Mehrun, Tai Vo, and Wren Droesse are the recipients of the inaugural round of grants from the Trellis Fund, a new student award program for women who plan to enter green energy careers.

Reflective and green infrastructure is now essential to combat the extreme heat and drought in the cards for hundreds of millions of urban dwellers as the planet continues to warm, says the World Resources Institute (WRI).

Cool, Green Infrastructure Can Beat Urban Heat and Drought, Experts Say

Reflective and green infrastructure is now essential to combat the extreme heat and drought in the cards for hundreds of millions of urban dwellers as the planet continues to warm, says the World Resources Institute (WRI).

A new C$50-million loan facility from the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) is opening new doors for a Toronto-based Energy as a Service (EaaS) company to drive down energy demand and climate pollution in multi-residential housing.

New Retrofit Loan Facility Delivers Local Energy Savings for Multi-Residential Housing

A new C$50-million loan facility from the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) is opening new doors for a Toronto-based Energy as a Service (EaaS) company to drive down energy demand and climate pollution in multi-residential housing.

Funding in the federal budget for the new greener homes affordability program will only allow it to achieve a fraction of its objectives, analysts Abigail Jackson and Brendan Haley write for Policy Options.

Federal Greener Homes Fund Falls Short as Climate Change Squeezes Low-Income Households

Funding in the federal budget for the new greener homes affordability program will only allow it to achieve a fraction of its objectives, analysts Abigail Jackson and Brendan Haley write for Policy Options.

The European Union is helping a group of 112 cities track down €650 billion in public and private financing to bring their climate pollution to net-zero by 2030, while the continent’s European Green Deal morphs from a climate plan to an “agenda of economic modernization”.

112 European Cities Seek €650B to Hit Net-Zero by 2030

The European Union is helping a group of 112 cities track down €650 billion in public and private financing to bring their climate pollution to net-zero by 2030, while the continent’s European Green Deal morphs from a climate plan to an “agenda of economic modernization”.

British Columbia recently committed a fresh C$85 million to improve cycling and walking conditions across the province, benefitting tens of thousands of residents of all ages, many in smaller towns and villages.

‘Respect, Listening, Homemade Sourdough’ Deliver Support for Local Bike Trail

British Columbia recently committed a fresh C$85 million to improve cycling and walking conditions across the province, benefitting tens of thousands of residents of all ages, many in smaller towns and villages.

A new electricity pricing program introduced by the Ontario government will be a boon for rooftop solar, even though it was originally designed for electric vehicle owners.

Ontario’s New Overnight Power Price Is ‘Rocket Fuel’ for Rooftop Solar

A new electricity pricing program introduced by the Ontario government will be a boon for rooftop solar, even though it was originally designed for electric vehicle owners.

New York City is looking to soften its groundbreaking sustainable buildings law just six months after it came into effect, as residents in cash-strapped households raise affordability concerns.

NYC Seeks Changes to Landmark Building Decarbonization Law

New York City is looking to soften its groundbreaking sustainable buildings law just six months after it came into effect, as residents in cash-strapped households raise affordability concerns.

The Quebec government is introducing a new generation of flood maps aimed at better protecting residents from climate risk, while Montreal presents a compelling—but not yet funded—vision of an urban paradise that will be affordable, leafy, and mostly car-free by 2050.

Quebec’s New Flood Maps, Montreal’s 2050 Vision Point to Higher Risk, Future Hope

The Quebec government is introducing a new generation of flood maps aimed at better protecting residents from climate risk, while Montreal presents a compelling—but not yet funded—vision of an urban paradise that will be affordable, leafy, and mostly car-free by 2050.

A new electric vehicle education project for Indigenous communities is helping a fly-in First Nation in Manitoba boost its energy self-sufficiency, with a plan to see it partially powered and propelled by EVs.

Remote First Nation Taps ‘Exceptionally Great Value’ in EVs, Batteries

A new electric vehicle education project for Indigenous communities is helping a fly-in First Nation in Manitoba boost its energy self-sufficiency, with a plan to see it partially powered and propelled by EVs.

A multinational utility in Australia is offering an annual AU$1,000 rebate to ratepayers near its renewable energy projects, which increasingly face delays due to community opposition.

Utility Offers $1,000 Rebate to Neighbours for Australian Wind, Solar Projects

A multinational utility in Australia is offering an annual AU$1,000 rebate to ratepayers near its renewable energy projects, which increasingly face delays due to community opposition.

North America’s biggest transit system is out $1 billion per year after New York State Gov. Kathy Hochul suspended New York City’s congestion pricing plan just weeks before it was due to take effect, in what the New York Times calls a “stunning 11th-hour shift”.

‘STUNNING’ BETRAYAL: Transit Loses $1B as New York Suspends Congestion Pricing

North America’s biggest transit system is out $1 billion per year after New York State Gov. Kathy Hochul suspended New York City’s congestion pricing plan just weeks before it was due to take effect, in what the New York Times calls a “stunning 11th-hour shift”.

Vancouver has adopted a first-in-Canada bylaw aimed at decarbonizing all its large buildings by 2040.

Vancouver Sets 2040 Decarbonization Deadline for Large Buildings

Vancouver has adopted a first-in-Canada bylaw aimed at decarbonizing all its large buildings by 2040.

Canadian municipalities will need to shift their climate response plans into action and results if they mean to align with the country’s net-zero by 2050 target, a comprehensive survey of local climate plans concludes.

Canadian Cities Build Climate Plans But Lag on Implementation

Canadian municipalities will need to shift their climate response plans into action and results if they mean to align with the country’s net-zero by 2050 target, a comprehensive survey of local climate plans concludes.

Ottawa River flooding

Cities Get $530M in Federal Adaptation Fund

Canadian cities and towns facing an uphill battle to stave off the effects of climate change will share more than half a billion dollars from a new federal adaptation fund, but the money is barely a blip in the bills Canadian municipalities are facing for floods, fires, and other severe weather.

The mayors of three British Columbia communities devastated by flooding in November, 2021 are calling for changes in how the federal government dispenses disaster relief after their applications were denied.

B.C. Municipalities Decry ‘Slap in the Face’ After Ottawa Denies Disaster Recovery Dollars

The mayors of three British Columbia communities devastated by flooding in November, 2021 are calling for changes in how the federal government dispenses disaster relief after their applications were denied.

Grueling insurance hurdles, looming property tax hikes, and a myriad of other financial woes are taking a toll on some Nova Scotia residents a year after wildfires devastated their homes and livelihoods.

Nova Scotia Wildfire Survivors Face Insurance, Property Tax Pains

Grueling insurance hurdles, looming property tax hikes, and a myriad of other financial woes are taking a toll on some Nova Scotia residents a year after wildfires devastated their homes and livelihoods.

The number of companies with science-based emissions reduction goals grew 500% since 2018, but corporate finance supporting those goals is only increasing 5% annually. But now, investors are making it clear to companies: It’s time for them to put their capital behind their climate commitments.

New Investor Strategies Aim to ‘Bridge the Climate Finance Divide’

The number of companies with science-based emissions reduction goals grew 500% since 2018, but corporate finance supporting those goals is only increasing 5% annually. But now, investors are making it clear to companies: It’s time for them to put their capital behind their climate commitments.

A nine-storey building on the University of Toronto Scarborough campus has been certified as Canada’s largest Passive House Classic structure.

University of Toronto Residence Sets Green Design Benchmark

A nine-storey building on the University of Toronto Scarborough campus has been certified as Canada’s largest Passive House Classic structure.

Toronto-based Intact Financial has launched a pilot project to help its property insurance customers in Alberta and British Columbia protect themselves from risk and damage when a wildfire is less than five kilometres of their home.

Pilot Project in Alberta, B.C. Helps Homeowners Prepare as Wildfires Approach

Toronto-based Intact Financial has launched a pilot project to help its property insurance customers in Alberta and British Columbia protect themselves from risk and damage when a wildfire is less than five kilometres of their home.

Burnaby, British Columbia has become the biggest city in the province to pledge $1 per resident for a class action lawsuit to hold fossil fuel companies responsible for climate change impacts.

Burnaby Commits $1 Per Resident to Sue Big Oil, With Conditions

Burnaby, British Columbia has become the biggest city in the province to pledge $1 per resident for a class action lawsuit to hold fossil fuel companies responsible for climate change impacts.

A global conference on Prince Edward Island next week will dig into the unique issues and opportunities facing islands—from counties to full-fledged countries—as they grapple with the impacts of climate change and how to finance and improve local energy systems.

PEI Summit Digs Into Tough Challenges, Unique Strategies as Islands Confront Climate Change

A global conference on Prince Edward Island next week will dig into the unique issues and opportunities facing islands—from counties to full-fledged countries—as they grapple with the impacts of climate change and how to finance and improve local energy systems.

A well-informed public will support spending on dams, sewers and other basic infrastructure and hold representatives accountable for neglect, finds a new study, revealing a link between strong local journalism and climate resilient communities.

Strong Local Reporting Boosts Public Support For Infrastructure Spending: Study

A well-informed public will support spending on dams, sewers and other basic infrastructure and hold representatives accountable for neglect, finds a new study, revealing a link between strong local journalism and climate resilient communities.

An unswerving commitment to equity, a sharp focus on quality jobs, and much more cross-sector collaboration will be needed to ensure the energy transition is both rapid and just, concludes a new report by the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Institute. 

Urban Institute Urges Good, Green Jobs through Equity Lens

An unswerving commitment to equity, a sharp focus on quality jobs, and much more cross-sector collaboration will be needed to ensure the energy transition is both rapid and just, concludes a new report by the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Institute. 

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.

As widespread drought raises expectations for a repeat of last year’s ferocious wildfire season, response teams across Canada are grappling with the rapidly changing face of fire in a warming climate.

Drought Fuels Wildfire Concerns as Canada Braces for Another Intense Summer

As widespread drought raises expectations for a repeat of last year’s ferocious wildfire season, response teams across Canada are grappling with the rapidly changing face of fire in a warming climate.

Plug-in-hybrid and electric vehicle drivers in and around Toronto can save up to 70% on car charging— equalling several hundred dollars a year—by enrolling in a new pilot that shifts their charging to cheaper, off-peak times while supporting a more reliable grid.

Toronto Pilot Aims to Lower EV Charging Costs, Optimize Grid

Plug-in-hybrid and electric vehicle drivers in and around Toronto can save up to 70% on car charging— equalling several hundred dollars a year—by enrolling in a new pilot that shifts their charging to cheaper, off-peak times while supporting a more reliable grid.

The Ulkatcho First Nation of Anahim Lake in British Columbia, currently completely reliant on diesel for electricity, is set to change that by building Canada’s largest off-grid solar farm.

First Nation Expects New Solar Project to Slash Diesel Use 70%

The Ulkatcho First Nation of Anahim Lake in British Columbia, currently completely reliant on diesel for electricity, is set to change that by building Canada’s largest off-grid solar farm.

Renewable energy companies in Canada are feeling the pinch of higher interest rates, which a new report says could make the net-zero transition more costly and difficult.

High Interest Rates Could Impede Energy Transition: WoodMac

Renewable energy companies in Canada are feeling the pinch of higher interest rates, which a new report says could make the net-zero transition more costly and difficult.

A Canadian non-profit with a record for going deep on deep energy retrofits has launched a “right size” heat pump training program designed to maximize energy and emissions savings.

‘Right-Size’ Heat Pump Training Aims To Boost Efficiency Gains

A Canadian non-profit with a record for going deep on deep energy retrofits has launched a “right size” heat pump training program designed to maximize energy and emissions savings.

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.

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.

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 future of North America’s first solar heating community in Okotoks, Alberta, remains in question as its directors grapple with aging technology and cost concerns, pledging full transparency with concerned homeowners.

Pilot Solar Community in Alberta Fears Potential Shift to Gas Heating

The future of North America’s first solar heating community in Okotoks, Alberta, remains in question as its directors grapple with aging technology and cost concerns, pledging full transparency with concerned homeowners.

Zeroing in on the connection between resilient healthcare and a reliable electricity supply, United States charity Direct Relief is providing US$10 million in solar+storage microgrid grants to Native American communities.

$10M in Microgrid Grants Deliver Resilience to Native American Communities

Zeroing in on the connection between resilient healthcare and a reliable electricity supply, United States charity Direct Relief is providing US$10 million in solar+storage microgrid grants to Native American communities.

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.

Wildfire

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.

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.

While electric vehicles are an obvious choice in many parts of Canada, they’re often a very bad fit in more rural, northern, and isolated parts of the country and for households and communities that can’t afford any car, much less a new one, according to participants in a series of community listening sessions hosted by the Transportation Shift initiative.

Rural, Northern Communities Detail Pitfalls in Transition to Electric Vehicles

While electric vehicles are an obvious choice in many parts of Canada, they’re often a very bad fit in more rural, northern, and isolated parts of the country and for households and communities that can’t afford any car, much less a new one, according to participants in a series of community listening sessions hosted by the Transportation Shift initiative.

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.

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 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.

Move over induction stoves, there’s a new kid in town: Seattle’s Sound Transit is the latest to embrace the “game-changing” efficiencies of inductive chargers for their electric bus fleet.

Wireless Chargers To Power Seattle’s New e-Buses En Route

Move over induction stoves, there’s a new kid in town: Seattle’s Sound Transit is the latest to embrace the “game-changing” efficiencies of inductive chargers for their electric bus fleet.

As big city mayors enter the final countdown toward this year’s federal budget, they’re expressing deep concerns about long-term infrastructure funding—and some communities are also talking about the investments they’ll need to meet their energy-saving and emissions reduction targets.

Mayors Press for Infrastructure Funds, Green Investment in Countdown to Federal Budget

As big city mayors enter the final countdown toward this year’s federal budget, they’re expressing deep concerns about long-term infrastructure funding—and some communities are also talking about the investments they’ll need to meet their energy-saving and emissions reduction targets.

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.

The heart of British Columbia's wine industry is reeling after suffering a litany of climate-related hits, resulting in two years of crop losses in the southern Interior.

B.C. Wineries, Tourism Face ‘Rubik’s Cube’ of Change after Years of Climate Losses

The heart of British Columbia’s wine industry is reeling after suffering a litany of climate-related hits, resulting in two years of crop losses in the southern Interior.

A Toronto-area builder of modular, prefabricated mass timber housing has received a major boost in its bid to introduce a “Lego-style” approach to affordable, energy-efficient construction.

Low-Emitting, ‘Lego-Style’ Homebuilder Nabs $1.25M Investment from TAF

A Toronto-area builder of modular, prefabricated mass timber housing has received a major boost in its bid to introduce a “Lego-style” approach to affordable, energy-efficient construction.

With Canada's home retrofit industry in chaos, consumers abandoning ship, and emissions in housing still falling far too slowly, two separate open letters are urging Energy and Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson to restore funding for the popular Canada Greener Homes grant program.

Program In Chaos, Layoffs Have Started as Advocates Urge Wilkinson to Restore Greener Homes Grants

With Canada’s home retrofit industry in chaos, consumers abandoning ship, and emissions in housing still falling far too slowly, two separate open letters are urging Energy and Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson to restore funding for the popular Canada Greener Homes grant program.

Federal, provincial, and municipal politicians across Canada must put aside their differences and work together on a national blueprint to build 5.8 million affordable, “net-zero-aligned” homes by 2030, concludes a 15-member task force co-chaired by former Conservative cabinet minister Lisa Raitt and former Edmonton mayor Don Iveson.

Building 5.8M Net-Zero Homes by 2030 Requires Politicians to Get Along, Task Force Concludes

Federal, provincial, and municipal politicians across Canada must put aside their differences and work together on a national blueprint to build 5.8 million affordable, “net-zero-aligned” homes by 2030, concludes a 15-member task force co-chaired by former Conservative cabinet minister Lisa Raitt and former Edmonton mayor Don Iveson.

Addressing what it sees as a lack of climate leadership in the majority of Canada’s K-12 school boards, an Ontario organization aiming to promote comprehensive, nation-wide climate action in schools is hosting an “unconference” in Hamilton next month.

Canadian Schools ‘Radically Underestimated’ as Climate Action Hubs

Addressing what it sees as a lack of climate leadership in the majority of Canada’s K-12 school boards, an Ontario organization aiming to promote comprehensive, nation-wide climate action in schools is hosting an “unconference” in Hamilton next month.

New York City has announced plans to create 260,000 “green collar” jobs over the next 16 years.

‘New Kind of Industrial Revolution’ to Create 260,000 Jobs in NYC

New York City has announced plans to create 260,000 “green collar” jobs over the next 16 years.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Natural Resources Canada is winding down its wildly popular Greener Homes energy efficiency grants, promising a new fund that is tailor-made for low- and moderate-income households and hoping to dodge the “massive fallout” that one energy advisor predicted for the work force that delivers the program.

UPDATE: Federal Budget to Include Revamped Greener Homes Grant

Natural Resources Canada is winding down its wildly popular Greener Homes energy efficiency grants, promising a new fund that is tailor-made for low- and moderate-income households and hoping to dodge the “massive fallout” that one energy advisor predicted for the work force that delivers the program.

The federal government will still fund local, provincial, and territorial governments for roadway maintenance, but will no longer help pay for “large” highway expansion megaprojects like Quebec City’s controversial Third Link, Environment and Climate Minister Steven Guilbeault said Wednesday, as he sought to quell a firestorm triggered by his remarks to a transportation conference earlier in the week.

Ottawa Will Fund Roadway Maintenance, Not ‘Large’ New Highway Projects, Guilbeault Says

The federal government will still fund local, provincial, and territorial governments for roadway maintenance, but will no longer help pay for “large” highway expansion megaprojects like Quebec City’s controversial Third Link, Environment and Climate Minister Steven Guilbeault said Wednesday, as he sought to quell a firestorm triggered by his remarks to a transportation conference earlier in the week.

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.

A hidden-gem organization in Edmonton is helping small towns and municipalities in Alberta get the funding and technical assistance they need to implement money-saving, emissions-slashing climate action.

Support Centre Helps Alberta Towns Save Millions, Cut Emissions

A hidden-gem organization in Edmonton is helping small towns and municipalities in Alberta get the funding and technical assistance they need to implement money-saving, emissions-slashing climate action.

A small town in the north of England has turned to food as the “language” it can use to bring the community together, improve resilience, draw tourism, and build up the local economy.

UK ‘Propaganda Gardens’ Boost Local Edibles, Build Community

A small town in the north of England has turned to food as the “language” it can use to bring the community together, improve resilience, draw tourism, and build up the local economy.

A program funding EV charging access across Canada is accepting applications until the last week of February—after a successful year of sponsoring 100% of the costs to install chargers in underserved communities.

Program Covers Full Cost of EV Charging Stations to Boost Access Across Canada

A program funding EV charging access across Canada is accepting applications until the last week of February—after a successful year of sponsoring 100% of the costs to install chargers in underserved communities.

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.

A C$1.8-billion budget gap is dragging down the City of Toronto’s plan to bring community-wide climate pollution to net-zero by 2040.

Big Budget Gap Has Toronto Falling Short on 2040 Climate Targets

A C$1.8-billion budget gap is dragging down the City of Toronto’s plan to bring community-wide climate pollution to net-zero by 2040.

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.

Natural Resources Canada is winding down its wildly popular Greener Homes energy efficiency grants, promising a new fund that is tailor-made for low- and moderate-income households and hoping to dodge the “massive fallout” that one energy advisor predicted for the work force that delivers the program.

‘Massive Fallout’ Feared as Ottawa Winds Down Greener Homes Grant Program

Natural Resources Canada is winding down its wildly popular Greener Homes energy efficiency grants, promising a new fund that is tailor-made for low- and moderate-income households and hoping to dodge the “massive fallout” that one energy advisor predicted for the work force that delivers the program.

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.

The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) and the Bank of Montreal have quietly formed a partnership aimed at financing energy retrofits in mid-sized residential and commercial buildings.

CIB, Bank of Montreal Plan $100M Fund for Commercial Building Retrofits

The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) and the Bank of Montreal have quietly formed a partnership aimed at financing energy retrofits in mid-sized residential and commercial buildings.

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.”

Montpellier, France has become the latest European city to offer free public transit for local residents, fulfilling a campaign promise by Mayor Michael Delafosse before he was elected in 2020.

Sign-Ups Surge after Montpellier, France Offers Free Transit

Montpellier, France has become the latest European city to offer free public transit for local residents, fulfilling a campaign promise by Mayor Michael Delafosse before he was elected in 2020.

One of Canada’s leading private charitable foundations has cleansed 99% of its investment portfolio of oil, gas, and coal assets, less than two years after pledging to do so.

McConnell Reports Investment Portfolio is 99% Fossil-Free

One of Canada’s leading private charitable foundations has cleansed 99% of its investment portfolio of oil, gas, and coal assets, less than two years after pledging to do so.

Iyuhána Solar LP has been selected to build a 100-megawatt solar facility, Saskatchewan’s biggest ever, near the city of Estevan, provincial utility SaskPower announced yesterday.

SaskPower Announces 100-MW Solar Plant Near Estevan

Iyuhána Solar LP has been selected to build a 100-megawatt solar facility, Saskatchewan’s biggest ever, near the city of Estevan, provincial utility SaskPower announced yesterday.

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.

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.

Georgia, a U.S. capital for electric vehicle production, needs to increase its supply of electricity produced without burning fossil fuels in order to meet industries’ demand for clean energy, Gov. Brian Kemp told world business leaders Thursday.

Georgia Touts Carbon-Free Electricity in Drive for EV Leadership

Georgia, a U.S. capital for electric vehicle production, needs to increase its supply of electricity produced without burning fossil fuels in order to meet industries’ demand for clean energy, Gov. Brian Kemp told world business leaders Thursday.

With Canada coming out of a second year in a row when insured losses from severe weather and natural catastrophes exceeded C$3 billion, an insurance industry representative says 1.5 million households can no longer get affordable coverage for one of the most common weather and climate risks.

1.5M Households Can’t Get Affordable Flood Insurance as Severe Weather Losses Exceed $3B

With Canada coming out of a second year in a row when insured losses from severe weather and natural catastrophes exceeded C$3 billion, an insurance industry representative says 1.5 million households can no longer get affordable coverage for one of the most common weather and climate risks.

Ongoing efforts to reconnect Montrealers with their waterfront have received a significant boost, with the federal government announcing C$282 million towards repurposing the Bonaventure Expressway as a tree-lined urban boulevard for pedestrians and cyclists.

Montreal Expressway to Be Transformed into Pedestrian Haven

Ongoing efforts to reconnect Montrealers with their waterfront have received a significant boost, with the federal government announcing C$282 million towards repurposing the Bonaventure Expressway as a tree-lined urban boulevard for pedestrians and cyclists.

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.

As mobile home owners fight rising housing costs, some of them have hit upon a solution that also helps in the fight against climate change: banding together and buying the land underneath their homes.

Mobile Home Co-ops Help Owners Battle Rising Housing Costs, Embrace Solar

As mobile home owners fight rising housing costs, some of them have hit upon a solution that also helps in the fight against climate change: banding together and buying the land underneath their homes.

Canadian cities and towns seeing their budgets increasingly battered by historic fires, flooding, heat, and ice storms are warning they can't absorb rising costs without federal and provincial support.

Scores of Canadian Cities Face Budget Squeeze from Storms, Fires, Heatwaves

Canadian cities and towns seeing their budgets increasingly battered by historic fires, flooding, heat, and ice storms are warning they can’t absorb rising costs without federal and provincial support.

The Canadian government’s “wartime effort” to speed up new home construction must incorporate net-zero or passive house building standards that “tackle both housing affordability and climate change in an integrated way,” Affordability Action Council members Cherise Burda and Brendan Haley write in an op ed published late last month in the Globe and Mail.

Ottawa’s Standardized Designs Must Deliver ‘Ultra-Efficient’, Resilient Homes, Analysts Say

The Canadian government’s “wartime effort” to speed up new home construction must incorporate net-zero or passive house building standards that “tackle both housing affordability and climate change in an integrated way,” Affordability Action Council members Cherise Burda and Brendan Haley write in an op ed published late last month in the Globe and Mail.

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).

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.

April 30, 2023: A mobile app is bringing transit on demand to a regional county municipality in west Quebec that has spent years looking for better, more convenient mobility to and from the Ottawa-Gatineau area nearby.

‘Too Good to be True’: Mobile App Brings On-Demand Transit to Quebec Communities

April 30, 2023: A mobile app is bringing transit on demand to a regional county municipality in west Quebec that has spent years looking for better, more convenient mobility to and from the Ottawa-Gatineau area nearby.

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 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.

Transit Cape Breton is set to buy the first six of 44 electric buses that will help it hit its net-zero by 2030 target, thanks to C$54 million invested jointly by the federal and provincial governments and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM).

$54M Buys Cape Breton Its First Set of e-Buses

Transit Cape Breton is set to buy the first six of 44 electric buses that will help it hit its net-zero by 2030 target, thanks to C$54 million invested jointly by the federal and provincial governments and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM).

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.”

Cities around the world are dialling for dollars—$65 billion, to be exact—to meet surging interest in climate-related infrastructure projects, concludes a think tank report released early in the COP28 climate summit in Dubai.

Climate Infrastructure Surge Has Cities Seeking $65B in New Investment

Cities around the world are dialling for dollars—$65 billion, to be exact—to meet surging interest in climate-related infrastructure projects, concludes a think tank report released early in the COP28 climate summit in Dubai.

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Low Funding, Fewer Deep Retrofits Limit Gains from Canada Greener Homes Program

A survey of building retrofits under the Canada Greener Homes program says funding limits are holding homeowners back from more extensive energy efficiency improvements, just as national polling shows an overwhelming majority of Canadians looking for relief on their home heating bills.

Energy poverty makes the everyday challenges faced by refugees and displaced people—like earning a living, studying, or staying healthy—even tougher. Putting clean, affordable power in the hands of these communities is an enormous and urgent challenge.

Refugees Deliver Grassroot Solutions to Energy Poverty

Energy poverty makes the everyday challenges faced by refugees and displaced people—like earning a living, studying, or staying healthy—even tougher. Putting clean, affordable power in the hands of these communities is an enormous and urgent challenge.

The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) is on a path to net-zero emissions after launching a 4.86-megawatt solar farm that will power 1,200 homes and prevent 4,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

Alberta Métis Solar Farm Delivers 4.86 MW, Builds ‘Sovereignty and Self-Sufficiency’

The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) is on a path to net-zero emissions after launching a 4.86-megawatt solar farm that will power 1,200 homes and prevent 4,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

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.

As Toronto celebrates a big win for transit funding and British Columbia pushes ahead towards greenlighting density near transit, the City of Ottawa is being urged to up its transit game, while Edmonton struggles with its electric bus fleet.

Toronto Lands Transit Funding as Ottawa Council ‘Ties Hands’ with Budget Deficits

As Toronto celebrates a big win for transit funding and British Columbia pushes ahead towards greenlighting density near transit, the City of Ottawa is being urged to up its transit game, while Edmonton struggles with its electric bus fleet.

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.

While the Canadian and some provincial governments pitch incentives for private developers in a bid to ease the country’s affordable housing crisis, Quebec is devoting $1.8 billion in federal and provincial dollars to public housing, co-ops, and non-profits.

Quebec Stands Its Ground, Leads Other Provinces with $1.8B for Non-Market Housing

While the Canadian and some provincial governments pitch incentives for private developers in a bid to ease the country’s affordable housing crisis, Quebec is devoting $1.8 billion in federal and provincial dollars to public housing, co-ops, and non-profits.

A non-profit clean technology accelerator and innovation hub in Brooklyn is claiming an 88% success rate for the climate solution start-ups it supports, with an approach that stresses stepwise business development rather than a search for the next technological “unicorn”—and weeds out greenwash at an early stage.

NYC’s Non-Profit Cleantech Lab Boasts 88% Success Rate

A non-profit clean technology accelerator and innovation hub in Brooklyn is claiming an 88% success rate for the climate solution start-ups it supports, with an approach that stresses stepwise business development rather than a search for the next technological “unicorn”—and weeds out greenwash at an early stage.

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.

Canada’s first community-wide smart grid system is in the spotlight after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended the C$34-million facility’s official launch in Sault Ste. Marie last Friday.

Trudeau Applauds Canada’s First City-Wide Smart Grid

Canada’s first community-wide smart grid system is in the spotlight after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended the C$34-million facility’s official launch in Sault Ste. Marie last Friday.

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.

Hoping to increase mobility for residents while eliminating transit emissions and slashing energy costs, a transit company in rural Quebec is switching its entire fleet to electric buses.

Rural Quebec Community to Electrify its Entire Bus Fleet

Hoping to increase mobility for residents while eliminating transit emissions and slashing energy costs, a transit company in rural Quebec is switching its entire fleet to electric buses.

A non-partisan business group that advocates for clean energy estimates that 403,000 jobs will be created by the 210 major energy projects announced since the Inflation Reduction Act took effect in the United States in mid-2022.

U.S. Gains 400,000 Clean Energy Jobs Since 2022, E2 Estimates

A non-partisan business group that advocates for clean energy estimates that 403,000 jobs will be created by the 210 major energy projects announced since the Inflation Reduction Act took effect in the United States in mid-2022.

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.

With the federal government laying plans for a new loan guarantee program to help Indigenous groups invest in major natural resource projects, the discussion appears to have sidestepped clean energy options that already account for more than 600 projects in communities across the country.

Ottawa Mulls Loan Guarantees for Indigenous Resource Projects, Sidesteps Clean Energy Options

With the federal government laying plans for a new loan guarantee program to help Indigenous groups invest in major natural resource projects, the discussion appears to have sidestepped clean energy options that already account for more than 600 projects in communities across the country.

Two years after commissioning a smart microgrid in Lac-Mégantic, the town in Quebec’s Estrie region whose downtown was incinerated a decade ago by a runaway oil train, the federal government and Hydro-Québec are investing another C$3.7 million to make the project a model for other communities.

Lac-Mégantic Microgrid to Become Model for Local Communities

Two years after commissioning a smart microgrid in Lac-Mégantic, the town in Quebec’s Estrie region whose downtown was incinerated a decade ago by a runaway oil train, the federal government and Hydro-Québec are investing another C$3.7 million to make the project a model for other communities.

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).

A non-profit in Winooski, Vermont is recommending community-based approaches to customer engagement to connect energy efficiency programs with low-income and racialized households, after discovering that increased competition among service providers makes it harder for poorer households to get the clean energy advice they need.

Utilities Need Deep Engagement, Trusted Point of Contact to Deliver Energy Efficiency to Underserved Communities

A non-profit in Winooski, Vermont is recommending community-based approaches to customer engagement to connect energy efficiency programs with low-income and racialized households, after discovering that increased competition among service providers makes it harder for poorer households to get the clean energy advice they need.

The C$2.9-million retrofit of a community centre in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy use by 34%, save $356,000 in annual operating costs, and embody the centre's dedication to all-round well-being.

Pictou, NS Community Centre Expects $350K Annual Saving from Building Retrofit

The C$2.9-million retrofit of a community centre in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy use by 34%, save $356,000 in annual operating costs, and embody the centre’s dedication to all-round well-being.

Focused pilot programs and supportive policies will enable Ontario to transition its fleet of more than 20,000 school buses from diesel to electric power for big environmental gains, healthier and happier school children, and substantial economic development.

‘Iconic Yellow School Bus’ Can Shield Child Health, Cut Emissions with Shift to Electric

Focused pilot programs and supportive policies will enable Ontario to transition its fleet of more than 20,000 school buses from diesel to electric power for big environmental gains, healthier and happier school children, and substantial economic development.

Insulation, air sealing, heat pump water heaters, HVAC duct work, and upgraded heating and cooling appliances will be available to North Carolina households on a pay-as-you-go basis under a new “tariffed on-bill” energy efficiency program introduced by Duke Energy, believed to be the first of its kind for an investor-owned utility in the United States.

Monthly Payments Take Up-Front Costs Out of Home Energy Efficiency Improvements

Insulation, air sealing, heat pump water heaters, HVAC duct work, and upgraded heating and cooling appliances will be available to North Carolina households on a pay-as-you-go basis under a new “tariffed on-bill” energy efficiency program introduced by Duke Energy, believed to be the first of its kind for an investor-owned utility in the United States.

A Vancouver organization with a 70-year history of delivering affordable housing for people who need it is renovating two decades-old seniors housing buildings to the Passive House energy efficiency standard, thanks in part to a C$10-million grant from the Green Municipal Fund (GMF).

Seniors Affordable Housing Retrofit Cuts Energy by 50%, Emissions by 93%

A Vancouver organization with a 70-year history of delivering affordable housing for people who need it is renovating two decades-old seniors housing buildings to the Passive House energy efficiency standard, thanks in part to a C$10-million grant from the Green Municipal Fund (GMF).

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.

New partnerships are taking shape between automakers, utilities, and other energy companies to tackle the power demand complexities of the shift towards electric vehicles.

Utilities, Automakers Team Up to Prepare for EV Growth

New partnerships are taking shape between automakers, utilities, and other energy companies to tackle the power demand complexities of the shift towards electric vehicles.

A San Francisco company is building elegant mobile microgrids that deliver renewable power anywhere it’s needed. And they double as art installations.

Mobile Microgrid Builder Makes Renewable Power Beautiful

A San Francisco company is building elegant mobile microgrids that deliver renewable power anywhere it’s needed. And they double as art installations.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund (GMF) will take a multi-solving approach to sustainability priorities in cities, while aiming to secure C$300 million in leveraged capital investments over the next three years to support its climate mitigation and adaptation solutions.

Green Municipal Fund Plots Course from ‘Project Support to Transformation’

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund (GMF) will take a multi-solving approach to sustainability priorities in cities, while aiming to secure C$300 million in leveraged capital investments over the next three years to support its climate mitigation and adaptation solutions.

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.

Transit-oriented development (TOD) is one of the keys to building sustainable communities where people can lead car-lite lifestyles, but treating it as a stand-alone mantra might also be a bit outdated, says Victoria city councillor Dave Thompson.

Look Beyond Transit-Oriented Development, Victoria Councillor Urges

Transit-oriented development (TOD) is one of the keys to building sustainable communities where people can lead car-lite lifestyles, but treating it as a stand-alone mantra might also be a bit outdated, says Victoria city councillor Dave Thompson.

The news last month that U.S. President Joe Biden is launching an American Climate Corps is bringing new momentum to a similar effort in Canada, with one crucial difference—the British Columbia-based Climate Emergency Unit is calling for a national Youth Climate Corps where no young person who wants a good, green job will be turned away.

Youth Fill Out Mock Application Letters for Youth Climate Corps

The news last month that U.S. President Joe Biden is launching an American Climate Corps is bringing new momentum to a similar effort in Canada, with one crucial difference—the British Columbia-based Climate Emergency Unit is calling for a national Youth Climate Corps where no young person who wants a good, green job will be turned away.

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Vermont ‘Un-Utility’ Offers Storage Batteries for All After Record Storms

Vermont power utility Green Mountain Power (GMP) is responding to a recent spate of severe storms by offering battery storage to every household it serves.

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.

A recent infusion of energy retrofit funding is promising substantial benefits for Calgary, Edmonton, and Hamilton.

Home Energy Efficiency Gets Funding Boost in Three Canadian Cities

A recent infusion of energy retrofit funding is promising substantial benefits for Calgary, Edmonton, and Hamilton.

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.

The United States is trying out a revolving fund as a new way to help city and state governments pay for climate resilience and adaptation projects, but the program is running into some early bumps in the road.

U.S. Revolving Fund Could Help Cities, States Fund Climate Resilience Projects

The United States is trying out a revolving fund as a new way to help city and state governments pay for climate resilience and adaptation projects, but the program is running into some early bumps in the road.

Standard climate scenarios are underestimating the uptake of renewable energy technologies and overestimating the cost of the net-zero transition, according to a new paper in the journal Energy Research & Social Science.

Leading Climate Models Underestimate Clean Energy Progress, Overstate Cost, Study Finds

Standard climate scenarios are underestimating the uptake of renewable energy technologies and overestimating the cost of the net-zero transition, according to a new paper in the journal Energy Research & Social Science.

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.

Business and community leaders are expressing shock and confusion after Mayor Ken Sim’s office abruptly announced that it is shutting down the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC), a local institution that has helped diversify and green the city’s economy since it formed in 1995.

‘Huge Loss’ for Local Green Economy as Vancouver Shutters Its Economic Commission

Business and community leaders are expressing shock and confusion after Mayor Ken Sim’s office abruptly announced that it is shutting down the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC), a local institution that has helped diversify and green the city’s economy since it formed in 1995.

Rural communities in Canada are beginning to tap into electric vehicle rentals to fill a gap in local transportation options, with three townships in Renfrew County, Ontario leading the way with an upcoming pilot project.

EV Rentals to Improve Transportation Access for Ontario Townships

Rural communities in Canada are beginning to tap into electric vehicle rentals to fill a gap in local transportation options, with three townships in Renfrew County, Ontario leading the way with an upcoming pilot project.

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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.

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.

Arizona kept the lights on through a summer of crushing heat, thanks to widespread buy-in to smart thermostat programs that prompted customers to turn down their air conditioners when the grid was stressed.

Smart Thermostats Boost Grid Stability Amid Intense Heat

Arizona kept the lights on through a summer of crushing heat, thanks to widespread buy-in to smart thermostat programs that prompted customers to turn down their air conditioners when the grid was stressed.

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.

Electric vehicle carshares are gaining traction in low-income and rural communities across the United States as they aim to make sure that the shift to zero-emission vehicles does not leave social justice in the dust.

Rural Carshares Ensure EV Push Leaves No One Behind

Electric vehicle carshares are gaining traction in low-income and rural communities across the United States as they aim to make sure that the shift to zero-emission vehicles does not leave social justice in the dust.

At least five major property insurers in the United States are reducing coverage in response to extreme weather patterns, leaving many American homeowners exposed to natural disasters without essential protection.

‘No Place to Hide’ as U.S. Home Insurers Slash Climate Risk Coverage

At least five major property insurers in the United States are reducing coverage in response to extreme weather patterns, leaving many American homeowners exposed to natural disasters without essential protection.

Embracing electric school buses could rejuvenate Ontario’s struggling small and medium-sized auto manufacturing enterprises, the Pembina Institute says, in a report that urges Premier Doug Ford’s government to go full-throttle with investments in this direction.

Electrifying School Buses Will Energize Ontario’s Auto Sector: Pembina

Embracing electric school buses could rejuvenate Ontario’s struggling small and medium-sized auto manufacturing enterprises, the Pembina Institute says, in a report that urges Premier Doug Ford’s government to go full-throttle with investments in this direction.

Canadian households could cut their energy bills by $10.4 billion and reduce climate pollution from home heating by 19.6 million tonnes by 2035 by using heat pumps for cooling rather than air conditioners, a new report concludes.

Canadians Could Save $10.4B, Cut Climate Pollution by Replacing Central Air with Heat Pumps

Canadian households could cut their energy bills by $10.4 billion and reduce climate pollution from home heating by 19.6 million tonnes by 2035 by using heat pumps for cooling rather than air conditioners, a new report concludes.

An electric ridesharing start-up that plans monthly subscriptions for Canadian apartment and condominium dwellers has received a million-dollar investment from three of the country’s six Low-Carbon Communities Canada (LC3) centres.

‘Mobility as an Amenity’ Service for Apartments, Condos Nabs $1M in Community Investment

An electric ridesharing start-up that plans monthly subscriptions for Canadian apartment and condominium dwellers has received a million-dollar investment from three of the country’s six Low-Carbon Communities Canada (LC3) centres.

It’s time for decision-makers in places like Ontario to get visionary and rethink our top-down grid from the bottom up, write Ottawa Climate Action Fund Executive Director Steve Winkelman and The Energy Mix Publisher Mitchell Beer, in a post for Corporate Knights.

Put Energy Efficiency, Renewables First in Grid Transformation, Analysts Urge Ontario

It’s time for decision-makers in places like Ontario to get visionary and rethink our top-down grid from the bottom up, write Ottawa Climate Action Fund Executive Director Steve Winkelman and The Energy Mix Publisher Mitchell Beer, in a post for Corporate Knights.

In pursuit of ambitious emission reduction targets, cities across Canada and the United States are offering residents and businesses low-interest loans to cover the upfront costs of energy efficiency upgrades like heat pumps, solar panels, and insulation.

Low-Interest PACE Loans Make Home Energy Retrofits a ‘No Brainer’

In pursuit of ambitious emission reduction targets, cities across Canada and the United States are offering residents and businesses low-interest loans to cover the upfront costs of energy efficiency upgrades like heat pumps, solar panels, and insulation.

Curbside charging is taking root in New York City, where nearly half of residents depend on street parking, a reality that limits their ability to charge electric vehicles at home.

NYC Pilot Puts EV Chargers Where Many Residents Park—On the Streets

Curbside charging is taking root in New York City, where nearly half of residents depend on street parking, a reality that limits their ability to charge electric vehicles at home.

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.

Summer road trippers in the United States be warned: electric vehicle charging stations are rare at the average hotel or inn.

Scarce Hotel EV Chargers Impede Summer Road Trips

Summer road trippers in the United States be warned: electric vehicle charging stations are rare at the average hotel or inn.

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.

A longstanding “Indigenous Uber” service in Fresno Country, California has made the transition to electric vehicles, giving the area’s farmworkers and other low-income residents access to affordable, low-emissions transport.

Rural Electric Shuttle Program Builds on ‘Indigenous Uber’ Tradition

A longstanding “Indigenous Uber” service in Fresno Country, California has made the transition to electric vehicles, giving the area’s farmworkers and other low-income residents access to affordable, low-emissions transport.

Calgary municipal utility Enmax is dipping its toe into state politics in Maine after its subsidiary, Versant Power, became embroiled in a citizen referendum coming up in November.

Calgary Utility Enmax Enters Referendum Battle in U.S. State of Maine

Calgary municipal utility Enmax is dipping its toe into state politics in Maine after its subsidiary, Versant Power, became embroiled in a citizen referendum coming up in November.

Cost- and energy-saving solar microgrids are coming to eight public buildings in San Diego—with a substantial boost from Shell New Energies, a subsidiary of the British oil giant.

Eight Solar Microgrids in San Diego to Deliver Clean Energy, Local Resilience

Cost- and energy-saving solar microgrids are coming to eight public buildings in San Diego—with a substantial boost from Shell New Energies, a subsidiary of the British oil giant.

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Locally-Led Adaptation Must Align Resources with Community Needs

Making good on the promise of climate adaptation that is truly “locally-led” and thereby focused on community resilience means “radical shifts” in the distribution of resources and power, says an international team of adaptation researchers.

The premiers of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia say they will apply for federal funding to help protect a vital land corridor linking the two provinces.

NB and NS Apply for Federal Funds, Threaten Court Action to Protect Crucial Isthmus

The premiers of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia say they will apply for federal funding to help protect a vital land corridor linking the two provinces.

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Canadians Pay More for Insurance, More Americans Shut Out as Climate Impacts Mount

Canadians are paying more for insurance as risks related to climate change become more severe, but they’re still “for the most part, insurable” while more Americans lose their coverage, a senior industry executive says.

Nine new solar projects, most of them in Indigenous communities, will add 163 megawatts of generating capacity and 48 MW of battery storage to Alberta’s electricity supply following a C$160-million grant announced last week by federal Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.

Ottawa Funds 9 Alberta Solar Projects Totalling 163 MW

Nine new solar projects, most of them in Indigenous communities, will add 163 megawatts of generating capacity and 48 MW of battery storage to Alberta’s electricity supply following a C$160-million grant announced last week by federal Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.

As more businesses seek ways to meet their sustainability goals, commercial property developers in Canada are recognizing rooftop solar as an excellent draw for new tenants.

Rooftop Solar Becomes ‘Differentiator’ for Large Commercial Properties

As more businesses seek ways to meet their sustainability goals, commercial property developers in Canada are recognizing rooftop solar as an excellent draw for new tenants.

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Climate Models Understate Risk of Simultaneous Crop Failures, Study Finds

A new study finds that widely-used climate models have a blind spot for how extreme weather events affect food production when multiple regions are hit at the same time, thereby underestimating the threat that climate change poses to global food security.

Halifax is set to surpass the goals of its climate action plan, which was a winner on three fronts: it secured a crucial source of funding for its initiatives, won buy-in from residents through early and ongoing consultation, and integrated its vision into other municipal priorities, recognizing that climate solutions can’t operate in a vacuum.

Halifax Climate Plan Exceeds Targets with Integration, Funding, Buy-In

Halifax is set to surpass the goals of its climate action plan, which was a winner on three fronts: it secured a crucial source of funding for its initiatives, won buy-in from residents through early and ongoing consultation, and integrated its vision into other municipal priorities, recognizing that climate solutions can’t operate in a vacuum.

Years of municipal funding cuts combined with a reduction in ridership revenues, even as COVID-related expenses climbed, have left Toronto’s primary public transit operator with a C$125-million budget gap.

TTC Faces $125-Million Budget Shortfall

Years of municipal funding cuts combined with a reduction in ridership revenues, even as COVID-related expenses climbed, have left Toronto’s primary public transit operator with a C$125-million budget gap.

Congestion pricing for New York City has cleared its final federal hurdle, leaving a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)-appointed panel to decide on final toll rates and exemptions, public transit advocates celebrating, and those apprehensive of changes to the status quo crying foul.

New York Congestion Pricing Plan Gains Final Federal Approval

Congestion pricing for New York City has cleared its final federal hurdle, leaving a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)-appointed panel to decide on final toll rates and exemptions, public transit advocates celebrating, and those apprehensive of changes to the status quo crying foul.

A foundation associated with automaking giant Toyota Motor Corporation has launched a three-year, US$9-million Sustainable City Challenge to help communities deliver innovative solutions to local mobility challenges.

Toyota Foundation Unveils $9M Sustainable City Challenge

A foundation associated with automaking giant Toyota Motor Corporation has launched a three-year, US$9-million Sustainable City Challenge to help communities deliver innovative solutions to local mobility challenges.

Expectations are running high that veteran politician, community activist, and changemaker Olivia Chow will get Toronto on track to meet its climate and energy transition targets after winning the mayoralty of Canada’s largest city.

MAYOR CHOW: Toronto Election Result Raises Hopes for Faster Climate Action

Expectations are running high that veteran politician, community activist, and changemaker Olivia Chow will get Toronto on track to meet its climate and energy transition targets after winning the mayoralty of Canada’s largest city.

Canada’s latest climate adaptation strategy specifies key targets and goals that commentators said were lacking in the first draft, and it comes with an updated action plan that has new investments for flooding, freshwater, supply chains, and security.

Canada Launches Resilience Plan Amid Mounting Climate Costs

Canada’s latest climate adaptation strategy specifies key targets and goals that commentators said were lacking in the first draft, and it comes with an updated action plan that has new investments for flooding, freshwater, supply chains, and security.

A national energy retrofit conference in Montreal earlier this month captured the momentum of a sector that is beginning to scale up, but still scrambling to hit the volume and speed that will deliver on Canada’s commitments for emission reductions and net-zero buildings.

Energy Retrofit Conference Shows Scramble to Scale Up

A national energy retrofit conference in Montreal earlier this month captured the momentum of a sector that is beginning to scale up, but still scrambling to hit the volume and speed that will deliver on Canada’s commitments for emission reductions and net-zero buildings.

In an opinion piece last week for the Globe and Mail, Mayor Jyoti Gondek takes on a question that may be controversial for locals and surprising for outsiders: Is Calgary still on oil town?

Gondek Declares Calgary an Oil Town as it Diversifies into Renewables, Cleantech

In an opinion piece last week for the Globe and Mail, Mayor Jyoti Gondek takes on a question that may be controversial for locals and surprising for outsiders: Is Calgary still on oil town?

An 834-unit mixed-use development being built in New York City is set to be the state's largest residential project with a geothermal heat pump system, thanks to a mix of compatible building specs, committed developers, and state support.

Heat Pump System to Slash HVAC Emissions 53% in NYC Apartment Complex

An 834-unit mixed-use development being built in New York City is set to be the state’s largest residential project with a geothermal heat pump system, thanks to a mix of compatible building specs, committed developers, and state support.

Over 54% of European mayors who responded to a recent survey put climate action among their top three priorities for 2023, with many urging European Union parliamentarians for better dialogue and increased spending for a faster energy transition.

Majority of EU Mayors Declare Climate Action a Top Priority

Over 54% of European mayors who responded to a recent survey put climate action among their top three priorities for 2023, with many urging European Union parliamentarians for better dialogue and increased spending for a faster energy transition.

Six years after Hurricane María underscored Puerto Rico’s urgent need for a resilient power supply, a small town in the island’s mountainous interior will switch on its first community-owned solar microgrid, weeks ahead of peak storm season.

Community Movement Brings Puerto Rico its First Locally-Owned Microgrid

Six years after Hurricane María underscored Puerto Rico’s urgent need for a resilient power supply, a small town in the island’s mountainous interior will switch on its first community-owned solar microgrid, weeks ahead of peak storm season.

British Columbia’s e-bike rebate program received 12,000 applications the day it launched, an “unprecedented” response that temporarily crashed the government’s website.

Thousands on Wait List for B.C. e-Bike Rebate

British Columbia’s e-bike rebate program received 12,000 applications the day it launched, an “unprecedented” response that temporarily crashed the government’s website.

Substantial and long overdue investment in public transit—not cutting services and raising fares—will help cities avoid the “transit death spiral” and bring Canada closer to meeting its decarbonization goals, says University of Toronto Associate Professor Shoshanna Saxe, Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Infrastructure.

Long-Overdue Investment Can Halt Toronto’s Transit ‘Death Spiral,’ Expert Says

Substantial and long overdue investment in public transit—not cutting services and raising fares—will help cities avoid the “transit death spiral” and bring Canada closer to meeting its decarbonization goals, says University of Toronto Associate Professor Shoshanna Saxe, Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Infrastructure.

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Cities See Abundant Benefits from Urban Farms, Food Forests

Urban farms and food forests can provide communities with bountiful food, carbon storage, and local cooling while boosting equity and sustainability—but they face competition for land from real estate projects that generate more immediate financial returns.

A research team has devised a new greenhouse gas monitoring system to counter what it sees as the “flawed” performance of existing methods.

Free Carbon Data Tool Supports Local Action to Cut Emissions

A research team has devised a new greenhouse gas monitoring system to counter what it sees as the “flawed” performance of existing methods.

Environmentalists have scored big wins for the planet by saying ‘no’ to greedy corporations and myopic governments, but the time has come to embrace the right kinds of development with “a resounding yes,” says veteran climate activist Bill McKibben, offering guidelines for discerning which battles to fight—and when to yield.

‘Hinge Moment’ for Humanity Demands ‘YIMBY’ Mentality: McKibben

Environmentalists have scored big wins for the planet by saying ‘no’ to greedy corporations and myopic governments, but the time has come to embrace the right kinds of development with “a resounding yes,” says veteran climate activist Bill McKibben, offering guidelines for discerning which battles to fight—and when to yield.

A small village in Germany is generating income for all residents and a second cash crop for farmers with a community wind farm that dates back to 1999, recently boosted its capacity from four turbines to eight, and now produces about 50 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, enough to power about 16,000 homes.

Community Wind Farm Earns Support, Generates Income in German Village

A small village in Germany is generating income for all residents and a second cash crop for farmers with a community wind farm that dates back to 1999, recently boosted its capacity from four turbines to eight, and now produces about 50 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, enough to power about 16,000 homes.

A U.S. policy think tank is advocating a transformative approach to climate finance for vulnerable countries: cancel national debts and redirect the repayment funds to climate adaptation and resilience projects.

Waive Debt to Unlock Urgently Needed Adaptation Funds, Researchers Urge

A U.S. policy think tank is advocating a transformative approach to climate finance for vulnerable countries: cancel national debts and redirect the repayment funds to climate adaptation and resilience projects.

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Embrace Suburbs, Exurbs in Climate Planning, Researchers Urge Cities

Extending regional planning to suburbs and exurbs is key to catapulting cities toward their climate goals, even as funding and capacity limits make it harder to implement climate pledges, two Brookings Institution researchers say in a recent blog post.

Germany's recently-launched €49 (C$71.50) Deutschland Ticket—which covers monthly travel on all regional rail, metro, tram, and bus networks—is showing promise, but experts say its long-term success hinges on reliability and comfort improvements, essential for enticing car drivers to take public transport.

Germany’s Flat-Rate Fare Needs Comfortable, On-Time Transit to Succeed

Germany’s recently-launched €49 (C$71.50) Deutschland Ticket—which covers monthly travel on all regional rail, metro, tram, and bus networks—is showing promise, but experts say its long-term success hinges on reliability and comfort improvements, essential for enticing car drivers to take public transport.

Beyond electrifying fleets, lowering fares, or fighting crime, experts say delivering reliable, timely service will be key to saving public transportation in the United States, where rising labour costs, inflation, and stagnated revenue from low ridership have led to multi-billion-dollar shortfalls.

Cities Need Fast, Frequent Service to Halt Transit ‘Death Spiral’

Beyond electrifying fleets, lowering fares, or fighting crime, experts say delivering reliable, timely service will be key to saving public transportation in the United States, where rising labour costs, inflation, and stagnated revenue from low ridership have led to multi-billion-dollar shortfalls.

With the majority of the world’s population living in urban areas, and cities accounting for 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions, local governments will play a central role in allocating the $6 to $9 trillion per year that must be invested in the global sustainability transition this decade, concludes the latest Sustainable Cities Index published by Corporate Knights.

GETTING IT DONE: Greenest Cities Shift Gears from Plans to Implementation

With the majority of the world’s population living in urban areas, and cities accounting for 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions, local governments will play a central role in allocating the $6 to $9 trillion per year that must be invested in the global sustainability transition this decade, concludes the latest Sustainable Cities Index published by Corporate Knights.

The Lower Nicola Indian Band has signed a deal for a 100-megawatt solar+storage project, to be built on the traditional territory of the Nlaka’pamux and Syilx Nation peoples.

Lower Nicola Band in B.C. Inks 100-MW Solar+Storage Deal

The Lower Nicola Indian Band has signed a deal for a 100-megawatt solar+storage project, to be built on the traditional territory of the Nlaka’pamux and Syilx Nation peoples.

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

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.

With public demand for electric vehicles rising fast and an EV price war picking up steam, all signs suggest a tipping point for a technology shift that has long been expected to undercut demand for fossil fuels, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and offer car owners a more affordable, convenient ride.

Climate Becomes Industrial Policy, Cities Jump Onboard as EV Popularity Surges

With public demand for electric vehicles rising fast and an EV price war picking up steam, all signs suggest a tipping point for a technology shift that has long been expected to undercut demand for fossil fuels, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and offer car owners a more affordable, convenient ride.

Exhaust-free electric school buses have not only improved school attendance in the United States but will also serve as a crucial emergency power source in Atlantic Canada, making them an essential tool for preserving child welfare, public health, and community resilience.

Electric School Buses Boost School Attendance, Deliver Emergency Power

Exhaust-free electric school buses have not only improved school attendance in the United States but will also serve as a crucial emergency power source in Atlantic Canada, making them an essential tool for preserving child welfare, public health, and community resilience.

Tech giant Google is joining forces with one of North America’s largest clean energy companies to build a 500-megawatt solar portfolio in 80 community- sized chunks, with 10% of the resulting revenue flowing to at least 25,000 “high-energy-burden” households.

Google Plans 500-MW ‘Synthetic’ Community Solar Project

Tech giant Google is joining forces with one of North America’s largest clean energy companies to build a 500-megawatt solar portfolio in 80 community- sized chunks, with 10% of the resulting revenue flowing to at least 25,000 “high-energy-burden” households.

The owner of a 110-year-old house in Ottawa South is enjoying significantly lower power bills after deep energy retrofits slashed his home energy requirements 68%, eliminated drafts and dampness, and guaranteed him comfortable indoor temperatures—come winter or summer.

Deep Retrofit Slashes Energy Use 68% in 110-Year-Old Ottawa Home

The owner of a 110-year-old house in Ottawa South is enjoying significantly lower power bills after deep energy retrofits slashed his home energy requirements 68%, eliminated drafts and dampness, and guaranteed him comfortable indoor temperatures—come winter or summer.

The Biden administration has announced plans to pour US$562 million into nearly 150 projects in 30 U.S. states and territories to help coastal communities cope with the impacts of climate change.

U.S. Earmarks $562M to Protect Coastal Communities from Climate Impacts

The Biden administration has announced plans to pour US$562 million into nearly 150 projects in 30 U.S. states and territories to help coastal communities cope with the impacts of climate change.

Residents of Berlin, Germany rejected a referendum aimed at achieving carbon neutrality 15 years earlier than planned. But the failed vote in late March brought silver linings, including a windfall €5-billion fund for climate action and valuable lessons for other cities.

Berlin Rejects 2030 Carbon-Neutral Target, Gains €5B Transition Fund

Residents of Berlin, Germany rejected a referendum aimed at achieving carbon neutrality 15 years earlier than planned. But the failed vote in late March brought silver linings, including a windfall €5-billion fund for climate action and valuable lessons for other cities.

A mobile app is bringing transit on demand to a regional county municipality in west Quebec that has spent years looking for better, more convenient mobility to and from the Ottawa-Gatineau area nearby.

‘Too Good to be True’: Mobile App Brings On-Demand Transit to Quebec Communities

A mobile app is bringing transit on demand to a regional county municipality in west Quebec that has spent years looking for better, more convenient mobility to and from the Ottawa-Gatineau area nearby.

A 50-year-old arena in Dieppe, New Brunswick, is on course to slash energy use by 44% and greenhouse gas emissions by 46% after a major energy retrofit.

Decades-Old Arena Slashes Energy Use, Emissions by Nearly Half

A 50-year-old arena in Dieppe, New Brunswick, is on course to slash energy use by 44% and greenhouse gas emissions by 46% after a major energy retrofit.

A new energy management system for large buildings is holding out the prospect of easier, more efficient electric vehicle charging for apartment and condo dwellers, just as the need for charging spots becomes more immediate—and, in some buildings, more controversial.

New Software Helps Condos, Apartment Buildings Install More EV Chargers

A new energy management system for large buildings is holding out the prospect of easier, more efficient electric vehicle charging for apartment and condo dwellers, just as the need for charging spots becomes more immediate—and, in some buildings, more controversial.

The largest community solar effort in United States history—expected to generate 1.2 gigawatts of electricity, enough to power 140,000 homes and businesses—was made possible by incentives from the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act, the Biden administration says.

Harris Unveils ‘Largest Community Solar Project in U.S. History’

The largest community solar effort in United States history—expected to generate 1.2 gigawatts of electricity, enough to power 140,000 homes and businesses—was made possible by incentives from the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act, the Biden administration says.

Canadian university students on occupation and hunger strike and American seniors in rocking chairs are intensifying the pressure on big banks to drop their fossil fuel investment, and on one university to drop plans for four new gas-fired power plants—just as new research shows that divestment has an impact on fossils’ market value.

Students on Campus, Seniors in Rockers Press Banks to Dump Fossil Investments

Canadian university students on occupation and hunger strike and American seniors in rocking chairs are intensifying the pressure on big banks to drop their fossil fuel investment, and on one university to drop plans for four new gas-fired power plants—just as new research shows that divestment has an impact on fossils’ market value.

An orderly yet wide-ranging energy transition in the United States will require restrictive supply-side polices to “actively wind down fossil fuel extraction,” say the co-authors of a new report that urges policy-makers to treat carbon fuels the way they did lead paint and asbestos—either ban them outright or phase them out.

Orderly Climate Transition Needs Fossil Fuel Bans, Phaseouts, Authors Say

An orderly yet wide-ranging energy transition in the United States will require restrictive supply-side polices to “actively wind down fossil fuel extraction,” say the co-authors of a new report that urges policy-makers to treat carbon fuels the way they did lead paint and asbestos—either ban them outright or phase them out.

A Calgary-based renewable energy developer says all Albertans will gain from the clean energy transition if they can move beyond a polarized perspective on the province’s oil economy.

Diversifying Alberta’s Oil Economy Needn’t be Divisive, Renewables Backer Says

A Calgary-based renewable energy developer says all Albertans will gain from the clean energy transition if they can move beyond a polarized perspective on the province’s oil economy.

An array of new tax credits for clean energy development and a pledge to secure Canada’s place in a global green economy are at the centre of this year’s federal budget, released Tuesday afternoon by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, with an estimated $80 billion in multi-year funding for mostly clean energy technologies.

BREAKING: Federal Budget Pours Tens of Billions Into Clean Economy

An array of new tax credits for clean energy development and a pledge to secure Canada’s place in a global green economy are at the centre of this year’s federal budget, released Tuesday afternoon by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, with an estimated $80 billion in multi-year funding for mostly clean energy technologies.

With five million Somalians left acutely food insecure after five consecutive failed rainy seasons, the Somali diaspora in Canada is trying to raise awareness of their homeland’s plight—and pointing to a financial policy that has made it costlier to send aid to their loved ones.

Somali Canadians Aid Drought-Stricken Homeland as 43,000 Reported Dead

With five million Somalians left acutely food insecure after five consecutive failed rainy seasons, the Somali diaspora in Canada is trying to raise awareness of their homeland’s plight—and pointing to a financial policy that has made it costlier to send aid to their loved ones.

A stark choice between climate stability and global devastation is the constant drumbeat from a landmark report released today by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). “The choices and actions implemented in this decade will have impacts now and for thousands of years,” the UN agency states in its Sixth Assessment Report.

Devastating Impacts, Affordable Climate Solutions Drive IPCC’s Urgent Call for Action

A stark choice between climate stability and global devastation is the constant drumbeat from a landmark report released today by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). “The choices and actions implemented in this decade will have impacts now and for thousands of years,” the UN agency states in its Sixth Assessment Report.

Drastically reducing fossil fuel consumption while scaling up renewable energy and energy efficiency is the quickest but also the most affordable path to the rapid, deep emission reductions that can get the climate emergency under control, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes in its synthesis report released Monday.

Shift from Fossils to Renewables is Quickest, Cheapest Path to Cut Emissions, IPCC Report Shows

Drastically reducing fossil fuel consumption while scaling up renewable energy and energy efficiency is the quickest but also the most affordable path to the rapid, deep emission reductions that can get the climate emergency under control, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes in its synthesis report released Monday.

More than 1,550 community solar, battery storage, and hydrogen firms in the United States were rushing to regroup after last week’s collapse of the Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), which had issued them billions of dollars in operating loans.

U.S. Solar Developers Scramble after Silicon Valley Bank Collapse

More than 1,550 community solar, battery storage, and hydrogen firms in the United States were rushing to regroup after last week’s collapse of the Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), which had issued them billions of dollars in operating loans.

A Honolulu company is helping low-income families in Hawaii reduce energy costs while contributing to a more sustainable grid—by linking household water heaters to create a virtual power plant, effectively repurposing the ubiquitous appliances into grid batteries.

Hawaii Firm Turns Home Water Heaters into Grid Batteries

A Honolulu company is helping low-income families in Hawaii reduce energy costs while contributing to a more sustainable grid—by linking household water heaters to create a virtual power plant, effectively repurposing the ubiquitous appliances into grid batteries.

Bankers will have to disclose but not take action on their exposure to financial risk, and the definition of “transitional” investments leading to a net-zero economy might include new spending on carbon capture and “blue” hydrogen projects, under two new reports from federal agencies over the last several days.

No Climate Risk Targets for Banks, New Guides for Green Finance as 2 Federal Agencies Issue New Rules

Bankers will have to disclose but not take action on their exposure to financial risk, and the definition of “transitional” investments leading to a net-zero economy might include new spending on carbon capture and “blue” hydrogen projects, under two new reports from federal agencies over the last several days.

How is it possible that a year of new solar and wind installations can already deliver more than twice the total peak power capacity it took Canada a century to build? In this book excerpt, author and investigative journalist Paul McKay says it’s partly because renewable production costs per unit are going down as scales and sales go up.

Book Excerpt: ‘Hope Beckons’ as Solar and Wind Scale Up

How is it possible that a year of new solar and wind installations can already deliver more than twice the total peak power capacity it took Canada a century to build? In this book excerpt, author and investigative journalist Paul McKay says it’s partly because renewable production costs per unit are going down as scales and sales go up.

Making it mandatory for Canadian companies to report their largest and most material Scope 3 emissions categories will set them up for success in the global energy transition, the Canadian Climate Institute (CCI) concludes in a blog post published last month,.

Canada Falls Behind on Reporting Scope 3 Emissions

Making it mandatory for Canadian companies to report their largest and most material Scope 3 emissions categories will set them up for success in the global energy transition, the Canadian Climate Institute (CCI) concludes in a blog post published last month,.

Alberta’s ability to thrive and attract investment in a world shifting to low-carbon energy will depend on the climate and energy policy choices it makes in the weeks leading into this spring’s provincial election and beyond, the Calgary-based Pembina Institute warns in a 23-page policy roadmap released last week.

Alberta Faces ‘Significant Disadvantage’ by Ignoring Energy Transition, Pembina Warns

Alberta’s ability to thrive and attract investment in a world shifting to low-carbon energy will depend on the climate and energy policy choices it makes in the weeks leading into this spring’s provincial election and beyond, the Calgary-based Pembina Institute warns in a 23-page policy roadmap released last week.

Toronto-based battery recycler Li-Cycle has landed a conditional US$375-million loan from the United States Department of Energy, based on its plans to build a new plant in a suburb of Rochester, New York.

Toronto Battery Recycler Lands $375M U.S. Loan for ‘Circular Economy’ Strategy

Toronto-based battery recycler Li-Cycle has landed a conditional US$375-million loan from the United States Department of Energy, based on its plans to build a new plant in a suburb of Rochester, New York.

It took Munich Re almost 50 years since, but the world’s largest reinsurance company is taking steps to detach itself not just from coal, oil, and gas. The company announced in October that it will no longer insure new oil and gas projects as of April, 2023.

Mounting Losses, Legal Risk Prompt Insurers to Abandon Fossil Fuels

It took Munich Re almost 50 years since, but the world’s largest reinsurance company is taking steps to detach itself not just from coal, oil, and gas. The company announced in October that it will no longer insure new oil and gas projects as of April, 2023.

A tiny Danish island has completed its journey to becoming the world’s first “renewable energy island,” with its roughly 4,000 residents reducing their emissions to near zero through collective ownership of wind turbines, solar panels, and biomass heating plants.

Local Buy-In Brings Denmark’s ‘Renewable Energy Island’ Close to 100% Fossil-Free

A tiny Danish island has completed its journey to becoming the world’s first “renewable energy island,” with its roughly 4,000 residents reducing their emissions to near zero through collective ownership of wind turbines, solar panels, and biomass heating plants.

A clever series of presentation slides at a conference in Ottawa last week placed small communities at the centre of the energy transition and spotlighted Prince Edward Island as Canada’s next source of breakaway climate leadership.

Aggressive Net-Zero Plan Puts PEI at ‘Centre of Energy Transition Universe’

A clever series of presentation slides at a conference in Ottawa last week placed small communities at the centre of the energy transition and spotlighted Prince Edward Island as Canada’s next source of breakaway climate leadership.

Wind and solar farms with battery backup are both cheaper to build than natural gas power plants in Ontario and Alberta, and the price of the renewable options is expected to fall another 40% by 2035, concludes a report released last week by Clean Energy Canada (CEC).

Wind and Solar Cheaper than Gas Plants in Ontario and Alberta, Study Shows

Wind and solar farms with battery backup are both cheaper to build than natural gas power plants in Ontario and Alberta, and the price of the renewable options is expected to fall another 40% by 2035, concludes a report released last week by Clean Energy Canada (CEC).

Canada’s wind and solar capacity grew significantly in 2022, but not enough to hit the growth rate needed to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, new data shows.

Canada’s Solid Renewables Growth Falls Short of Net-Zero Ambitions

Canada’s wind and solar capacity grew significantly in 2022, but not enough to hit the growth rate needed to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, new data shows.

Oil and gas production will fall faster than previously expected, renewable energy will grow more rapidly, and global carbon dioxide emissions will drop as a result, according to a new analysis released yesterday by colossal fossil BP.

BP Predicts Faster Oil and Gas Decline as Clean Energy Spending Hits $1.1T in 2022

Oil and gas production will fall faster than previously expected, renewable energy will grow more rapidly, and global carbon dioxide emissions will drop as a result, according to a new analysis released yesterday by colossal fossil BP.

Revelations that almost 95% of the “avoided deforestation” carbon credits issued by the world’s largest certifier have zero climate mitigation value, have sparked calls for rigour, transparency, and accountability in the carbon credit process.

Rainforest Carbon Credits from World’s Biggest Provider are ‘Largely Worthless’, Investigation Finds

Revelations that almost 95% of the “avoided deforestation” carbon credits issued by the world’s largest certifier have zero climate mitigation value, have sparked calls for rigour, transparency, and accountability in the carbon credit process.

Long-duration storage batteries are beginning to emerge as an alternative to expensive, new transmission lines as power utilities shift to renewable energy, and a town in West Virginia is about to gain 750 jobs as a result.

IRON OXIDE: New Battery Brings Long-Duration Storage to Grids, 750 Jobs to West Virginia

Long-duration storage batteries are beginning to emerge as an alternative to expensive, new transmission lines as power utilities shift to renewable energy, and a town in West Virginia is about to gain 750 jobs as a result.

Banks associated with Mark Carney’s Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net-Zero (GFANZ) poured US$269 billion into “fossil fuel expanders” in the months after the alliance formed, and investment houses like BlackRock and Vanguard held another $847 billion linked to 165 billion barrels of oil or equivalent under development, according to a scathing report issued this morning by Paris-based Reclaim Finance.

BREAKING: GFANZ Banks, Investors Pour Hundreds of Billions into Fossil Fuels

Banks associated with Mark Carney’s Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net-Zero (GFANZ) poured US$269 billion into “fossil fuel expanders” in the months after the alliance formed, and investment houses like BlackRock and Vanguard held another $847 billion linked to 165 billion barrels of oil or equivalent under development, according to a scathing report issued this morning by Paris-based Reclaim Finance.

Innovators motivated by climate change have been shifting hydrogen technology toward low-emission solutions, boosting the potential for green hydrogen to replace fossil fuels in industries like long-haul transport, where few clean alternatives exist.

Hydrogen Patents Reveal Shift Toward Cleaner Technologies

Innovators motivated by climate change have been shifting hydrogen technology toward low-emission solutions, boosting the potential for green hydrogen to replace fossil fuels in industries like long-haul transport, where few clean alternatives exist.

The U.S. set out to widen more highways, even though traffic planners know it never reduces congestion. Parking lots were falling out of favour, major U.S. subway systems were falling apart, Toronto’s transit plan was falling far short, Toronto’s parking authority fell for the idea of an EV charging network, and urban transit advocates wanted a federal strategy for zero-emission transit, intercity coaches, and rail.

Traffic and Transit, U.S. Gas Bans, Rooftop Windmills, Radioactive Wastewater, and a March 23 Day of Action on Banking and Oil

The U.S. set out to widen more highways, even though traffic planners know it never reduces congestion. Parking lots were falling out of favour, major U.S. subway systems were falling apart, Toronto’s transit plan was falling far short, Toronto’s parking authority fell for the idea of an EV charging network, and urban transit advocates wanted a federal strategy for zero-emission transit, intercity coaches, and rail.

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U.S. Emissions Grow Only Slightly, Offer Hope for Meeting Paris Targets

New data shows that carbon emissions in United States rose only slightly in 2022 and may be “decoupling” from economic growth, while last year’s legislative accomplishments set the stage for significant carbon cuts.

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Off-Grid Renewables Expand to Fill Energy Access Gaps

Off-grid energy from technologies like mini-grids, biofuels, and solar may often go unrecorded, but a new report attempting to fill statistical gaps finds that off-grid renewables capacity has continued to grow, despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A South Korean solar panel maker Qcells said Wednesday that it will invest more than US$2.5 billion to build factories in Georgia in what it says is the largest solar investment in American history.

Biggest Solar Investment in U.S. History to Bring 2,500 Jobs to Georgia

A South Korean solar panel maker Qcells said Wednesday that it will invest more than US$2.5 billion to build factories in Georgia in what it says is the largest solar investment in American history.

Sandy Anuras is Chief Technology Officer at Sunrun, a leading home solar, storage, and energy services company in the United States. In this feature interview last fall, she talked about nine million renewable energy jobs to be created over the next decade, a tipping point for rooftop solar, and the opportunities for workers who are too often left behind.

IN CONVERSATION: U.S. Looks to Massive Increase in Rooftop Solar Jobs

Sandy Anuras is Chief Technology Officer at Sunrun, a leading home solar, storage, and energy services company in the United States. In this feature interview last fall, she talked about nine million renewable energy jobs to be created over the next decade, a tipping point for rooftop solar, and the opportunities for workers who are too often left behind.

A new crowdfunding platform that helps individuals invest in projects like community solar could bridge the gap for a growing number of people interested in holding sustainable investments.

Green Crowdfunding Could Bridge the Gap for Small Investors

A new crowdfunding platform that helps individuals invest in projects like community solar could bridge the gap for a growing number of people interested in holding sustainable investments.

Two of Canada’s biggest pension funds opened the year with new investments in offshore wind and overseas renewable energy projects, after a year of taking sustained criticism for their continuing commitment to fossil fuels. A leading sustainability consultancy profiled Canada’s clean energy powerhouses, Calgary-based ATCO Ltd. bought $713 million worth of solar and wind projects from oilsands operator Suncor Energy, and bids opened for onshore wind projects across nearly 1.7 million hectares of government-owned land in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Canadian Pension Funds Back Renewables, RCMP Spends $50M Policing Protests, Gas Stoves Linked to Childhood Asthma, and a Rogue Geoengineering Experiment Gets Under Way

Two of Canada’s biggest pension funds opened the year with new investments in offshore wind and overseas renewable energy projects, after a year of taking sustained criticism for their continuing commitment to fossil fuels. A leading sustainability consultancy profiled Canada’s clean energy powerhouses, Calgary-based ATCO Ltd. bought $713 million worth of solar and wind projects from oilsands operator Suncor Energy, and bids opened for onshore wind projects across nearly 1.7 million hectares of government-owned land in Newfoundland and Labrador.

After nearly half a century of delaying the shift off fossil fuels, and “with the climate crisis breaching our front door,” 2022 may have been the moment when humanity finally turned a corner on emission reductions, says U.S. climate analyst Dr. Leah Stokes.

New Policies, Political Shifts Produced Climate ‘Inflection Point’ in 2022

After nearly half a century of delaying the shift off fossil fuels, and “with the climate crisis breaching our front door,” 2022 may have been the moment when humanity finally turned a corner on emission reductions, says U.S. climate analyst Dr. Leah Stokes.

Ontario is staring down an electricity supply crunch and amid a rush to secure more power, it is plunging into the world of energy storage—a collection of technologies that is poised to transform the provincial grid and change the way energy is used, bought, and sold by homes and businesses.

Rise of Energy Storage Could Transform Ontario Grid

Ontario is staring down an electricity supply crunch and amid a rush to secure more power, it is plunging into the world of energy storage—a collection of technologies that is poised to transform the provincial grid and change the way energy is used, bought, and sold by homes and businesses.

One-fifth of all passenger cars, SUVs, and light trucks sold in Canada in 2026 will need to run on electricity under new regulations published just before the holiday by Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault.

Ottawa Mandates 20% EV Sales by 2026, 60% by 2030

One-fifth of all passenger cars, SUVs, and light trucks sold in Canada in 2026 will need to run on electricity under new regulations published just before the holiday by Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is signalling a shift away from humanitarian aid toward funding infrastructure projects in developing countries.

Trudeau Signals Shift from International Aid to Infrastructure, Climate Resilience

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is signalling a shift away from humanitarian aid toward funding infrastructure projects in developing countries.

Countries attending the COP 15 summit in Montreal have adopted a 2030 deadline to protect 30% of the world's lands, oceans, coasts, and inland waters, cut subsidies that harm nature by US$500 billion, reduce the loss of areas of high biodiversity importance to near zero, and cut food waste in half, in what some participants and observers have been calling a

BREAKING: COP 15 Seals the Deal on ‘Paris Moment’ for Nature

Countries attending the COP 15 summit in Montreal have adopted a 2030 deadline to protect 30% of the world’s lands, oceans, coasts, and inland waters, cut subsidies that harm nature by US$500 billion, reduce the loss of areas of high biodiversity importance to near zero, and cut food waste in half, in what some participants and observers have been calling a “Paris moment” for nature.

A municipal climate leader from Halifax came away from this year’s United Nations climate summit, COP 27, with a stronger network of contacts, a wider view of the climate challenges cities face, and a sense that it’s time to “hack the COP” so that participants get more out of the two weeks onsite.

Time to ‘Hack the COP’ for Faster Solutions, Canadian Delegate Says

A municipal climate leader from Halifax came away from this year’s United Nations climate summit, COP 27, with a stronger network of contacts, a wider view of the climate challenges cities face, and a sense that it’s time to “hack the COP” so that participants get more out of the two weeks onsite.

The world’s eighth-largest bank and Europe’s current biggest funder of fossil fuel expansion, HSBC Holdings, has announced it will no longer invest in new oil and gas fields. But its Canadian branch is exempt from the new policy.

‘Shockwave’: HSBC Refuses New Oil and Gas Field Investments, But Not in Canada

The world’s eighth-largest bank and Europe’s current biggest funder of fossil fuel expansion, HSBC Holdings, has announced it will no longer invest in new oil and gas fields. But its Canadian branch is exempt from the new policy.

While the global biodiversity crisis deepens and the COP 15 summit in Montreal enters a final week of high-stakes negotiations, a report this morning points to a yawning gap between the degraded landscapes set aside for restoration and countries’ “aspirational goal” to restore a billion hectares—an area the size of China—by the end of this decade.

Land Restoration Efforts Fall Far Short of Global Target, Report Shows

While the global biodiversity crisis deepens and the COP 15 summit in Montreal enters a final week of high-stakes negotiations, a report this morning points to a yawning gap between the degraded landscapes set aside for restoration and countries’ “aspirational goal” to restore a billion hectares—an area the size of China—by the end of this decade.

A 30-floor apartment tower in New York City is using an onsite carbon capture system to sequester 60% of the CO2 emissions from a gas boiler that would have been inconvenient at best to replace with electric heat.

Local CCS System Captures 60% of Emissions at New York High Rise

A 30-floor apartment tower in New York City is using an onsite carbon capture system to sequester 60% of the CO2 emissions from a gas boiler that would have been inconvenient at best to replace with electric heat.

A company based in Watson Lake, Yukon has developed a portable solar+storage system with foldable panels to serve extremely cold remote locations.

Yukon Company Develops Solar+Storage System for Off-Grid Use

A company based in Watson Lake, Yukon has developed a portable solar+storage system with foldable panels to serve extremely cold remote locations.

Key countries around the world are set to add as much new renewable energy capacity over the next five years as they did over the last 20, as governments look for affordable supplies that can address the overwhelming energy security issues raised by Russia’s war in Ukraine, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says in its Renewables 2022 report released Tuesday.

Renewables to Deliver 90% of New Electricity, Become Biggest Source by 2025, IEA Says

Key countries around the world are set to add as much new renewable energy capacity over the next five years as they did over the last 20, as governments look for affordable supplies that can address the overwhelming energy security issues raised by Russia’s war in Ukraine, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says in its Renewables 2022 report released Tuesday.

A small shift in design approach could lead to solid gains in the energy performance of low- and mid-rise institutional buildings, according to the team behind a recent energy retrofit that covered a single floor of a university hospital in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Small Change in Window Technology Saves Energy, Cuts Costs at U.S. Hospital

A small shift in design approach could lead to solid gains in the energy performance of low- and mid-rise institutional buildings, according to the team behind a recent energy retrofit that covered a single floor of a university hospital in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Farmers in the United States need more tools and support to be part of the climate solution, say advocates, urging lawmakers gearing up to draft the new 2023 Farm Bill to increase funding for a rural renewables and energy efficiency.

Boost Farm Bill Funds for Climate Solutions, U.S. Advocates Urge Lawmakers

Farmers in the United States need more tools and support to be part of the climate solution, say advocates, urging lawmakers gearing up to draft the new 2023 Farm Bill to increase funding for a rural renewables and energy efficiency.

Parking lots around the world are increasingly becoming sites for solar power generation, as governments and corporations seek out ways to accelerate their transition to renewables.

Solar Roofs on Car Parks Gain Ground as Energy Solution

Parking lots around the world are increasingly becoming sites for solar power generation, as governments and corporations seek out ways to accelerate their transition to renewables.

Russia’s war in Ukraine was the catalyst for a surge in global energy efficiency investments this year, as governments and consumers “turned to efficiency measures as part of their responses to fuel supply disruptions and record-high energy prices,” the International Energy Agency (IEA) says in its Energy Efficiency 2022 report released Friday.

Fuel Disruptions, Price Surge Produce Energy Efficiency ‘Turning Point’: IEA

Russia’s war in Ukraine was the catalyst for a surge in global energy efficiency investments this year, as governments and consumers “turned to efficiency measures as part of their responses to fuel supply disruptions and record-high energy prices,” the International Energy Agency (IEA) says in its Energy Efficiency 2022 report released Friday.

Microgrid and electricity system infrastructure providers are stepping up to support civilians left powerless in the dark and cold, after Russia spent weeks blitzing Ukraine’s grid to demoralize the population and force surrender.

Solar Microgrids, Canadian Pylons Pitched as Solutions for War-Wrecked Ukraine

Microgrid and electricity system infrastructure providers are stepping up to support civilians left powerless in the dark and cold, after Russia spent weeks blitzing Ukraine’s grid to demoralize the population and force surrender.

Federal Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne was back in Asia last month pitching Canada's battery supply chain prowess, this time with a new boast in his back pocket.

Canada Places Second in Global Ranking of Battery Producers

Federal Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne was back in Asia last month pitching Canada’s battery supply chain prowess, this time with a new boast in his back pocket.

This year’s devastating floods in Pakistan are one front in our clash with the planetary boundaries that define the rules for everything we do, but the war with nature will come to your doorstep soon, writes Corporate Knights Research Director Ralph Torrie.

Ending the War on Nature Delivers Prosperity, Economic Justice: Torrie

This year’s devastating floods in Pakistan are one front in our clash with the planetary boundaries that define the rules for everything we do, but the war with nature will come to your doorstep soon, writes Corporate Knights Research Director Ralph Torrie.

While a California suburb acts as a model for decarbonizing housing on a large scale, Canadian cities like Guelph, Ontario, are finding ways to make the transition from “car-dependent hellscapes” to green cities.

Cities Plot Path Away from ‘Car-Dependent Hellscapes’

While a California suburb acts as a model for decarbonizing housing on a large scale, Canadian cities like Guelph, Ontario, are finding ways to make the transition from “car-dependent hellscapes” to green cities.

Canada’s sixth-oldest family foundation has announced a five-year plan to close its doors after distributing its entire $100-million endowment to help slash the country’s greenhouse gas emissions and build a low-carbon economy.

Ivey Foundation Pledges $100M to Speed Emission Cuts, Will Close in 2027

Canada’s sixth-oldest family foundation has announced a five-year plan to close its doors after distributing its entire $100-million endowment to help slash the country’s greenhouse gas emissions and build a low-carbon economy.

Two more reinsurers have joined the slew of companies refusing to provide coverage to a proposed US$5-billion crude oil pipeline in East Africa that campaigners say would be disastrous for the climate and to its host countries.

Two More Reinsurers Nix Coverage for East Africa Pipeline Megaproject

Two more reinsurers have joined the slew of companies refusing to provide coverage to a proposed US$5-billion crude oil pipeline in East Africa that campaigners say would be disastrous for the climate and to its host countries.

Countries could cut carbon dioxide emissions by 500 million tonnes by 2030—the amount produced by all the cars in Europe today—by adopting heat pump technology that already supplies 10% of the world’s space heating and is poised for faster growth, the International Energy Agency concludes in a report released this week.

Heat Pumps Primed for Take-Off, Could Cut 500M Tonnes of Carbon by 2030

Countries could cut carbon dioxide emissions by 500 million tonnes by 2030—the amount produced by all the cars in Europe today—by adopting heat pump technology that already supplies 10% of the world’s space heating and is poised for faster growth, the International Energy Agency concludes in a report released this week.

The United States clean energy transition received two boosts this month from the Biden administration—a US$550 million cash infusion for community-based clean energy initiatives, and a first-ever 100% carbon-free electricity agreement with a utility.

Community Energy Fund, 100% Renewable Utility Deal Boost U.S. Energy Transition

The United States clean energy transition received two boosts this month from the Biden administration—a US$550 million cash infusion for community-based clean energy initiatives, and a first-ever 100% carbon-free electricity agreement with a utility.

Green factories—and the green jobs they bring—are shifting attitudes in some of the most conservative parts of the United States, and the trend is set to accelerate with the Biden administration planning US$25.7 billion in clean manufacturing, much of it in deep-red Republican districts, Bloomberg News reports.

Green Jobs Make the Case for Energy Transition in Conservative U.S. States

Green factories—and the green jobs they bring—are shifting attitudes in some of the most conservative parts of the United States, and the trend is set to accelerate with the Biden administration planning US$25.7 billion in clean manufacturing, much of it in deep-red Republican districts, Bloomberg News reports.

The way to respond to political attacks on corporate ESG standards is not to drop the whole idea. It’s to make disclosure mandatory.

Opinion: Protect ESG from Political Attack by Making Disclosure Mandatory

The way to respond to political attacks on corporate ESG standards is not to drop the whole idea. It’s to make disclosure mandatory.

Canada’s biggest banks receive letter grades of B- to D, and all show increases in their fossil fuel lending and underwriting between 2020 and 2021, in the latest report card issued last week by Investors for Paris Compliance (IPC).

Canadian Banks Increased Fossil Investment in 2021, Report Card Shows

Canada’s biggest banks receive letter grades of B- to D, and all show increases in their fossil fuel lending and underwriting between 2020 and 2021, in the latest report card issued last week by Investors for Paris Compliance (IPC).

Cities are at the centre of Canada’s five-year, C$1.6-billion climate adaptation and resilience strategy, with Ottawa looking to local governments to deliver supports to Canadians increasingly facing the threat of wildfires, heat waves, and catastrophic storms and flooding.

Cities Take a Lead in Canada’s $1.6B Climate Adaptation Strategy

Cities are at the centre of Canada’s five-year, C$1.6-billion climate adaptation and resilience strategy, with Ottawa looking to local governments to deliver supports to Canadians increasingly facing the threat of wildfires, heat waves, and catastrophic storms and flooding.

A watchdog group is praising an Ontario public pension fund manager for promising to phase out new fossil fuel investments, but still accusing it of using “weasel words” for some of the details in the plan.

Ontario Pension Manager Earns Praise for New Climate Targets, Concern About ‘Weasel Words’

A watchdog group is praising an Ontario public pension fund manager for promising to phase out new fossil fuel investments, but still accusing it of using “weasel words” for some of the details in the plan.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to nearly quadruple its calculation of the social cost of carbon, from US$51 to $190 per tonne.

EPA Proposes Big Hike in Social Cost of Carbon Calculation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to nearly quadruple its calculation of the social cost of carbon, from US$51 to $190 per tonne.

A new screening tool that prioritizes 27,000 disadvantaged U.S. communities for billions of dollars in federal climate and energy investments is being criticized for leaving out racial makeup—one of the strongest predictors of environmental burden—as a criterion.

New Screening Tool Flags 27,000 U.S. Communities for Climate Investment

A new screening tool that prioritizes 27,000 disadvantaged U.S. communities for billions of dollars in federal climate and energy investments is being criticized for leaving out racial makeup—one of the strongest predictors of environmental burden—as a criterion.

Provincial energy efficiency programs and national energy savings rebounded after the COVID-19 pandemic, but energy savings for low-income households still need a lot more attention, Efficiency Canada concludes in the latest edition of its annual Provincial Energy Efficiency Scorecard.

Back Low-Income Energy Savings, Efficiency Canada Urges Ottawa [Sign-On]

Provincial energy efficiency programs and national energy savings rebounded after the COVID-19 pandemic, but energy savings for low-income households still need a lot more attention, Efficiency Canada concludes in the latest edition of its annual Provincial Energy Efficiency Scorecard.

France is upping its renewable energy capacity by requiring all large car parks to cover at least half of their area with solar panels—a move that could generate up to 11 gigawatts of power.

France to Mandate Solar Panels for All Large Car Parks

France is upping its renewable energy capacity by requiring all large car parks to cover at least half of their area with solar panels—a move that could generate up to 11 gigawatts of power.

Mainstreaming climate action into city financial systems, applying a climate budget to all decisions, and encouraging private sector investment in climate adaptation are strategies that all municipalities, regardless of their situation, can implement to unlock green financing, says C-40 Cities.

Unlock Municipal Green Finance in Global South, C-40 Cities Urges

Mainstreaming climate action into city financial systems, applying a climate budget to all decisions, and encouraging private sector investment in climate adaptation are strategies that all municipalities, regardless of their situation, can implement to unlock green financing, says C-40 Cities.

With the partisan tilt of the next U.S. Congress still uncertain nearly a week after midterm elections last Tuesday, a few things are clear: there was no “red wave” propelling Trump-friendly candidates into office, a strong youth vote was a decisive factor in the election result, and climate action was a winning issue for campaigns in several key U.S. states.

Climate Action Gains, ‘Red Wave’ Fizzles in U.S. Midterm Elections

With the partisan tilt of the next U.S. Congress still uncertain nearly a week after midterm elections last Tuesday, a few things are clear: there was no “red wave” propelling Trump-friendly candidates into office, a strong youth vote was a decisive factor in the election result, and climate action was a winning issue for campaigns in several key U.S. states.

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Charities Pledge $500M for Just Transition in Poorer Countries

A group of nine climate charities has announced a US$500-million investment over the next three years to support a just transition off fossil fuels in low- and middle-income countries.

Experts Look to COP 27 for Decisive Moment on Shipping

Responsible for 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions, the “hard to abate” global shipping industry is on track to receive more scrutiny than ever before at this year’s COP 27 climate summit.

With a new report warning that developing countries will need US$2 trillion per year by 2030 to cut their greenhouse gas emissions and address the impacts of climate change, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry is taking fire for trying to put private finance at the centre of rich countries’ response.

Report Urges $2 Trillion/Year for Climate Finance as U.S. Touts Private Funding

With a new report warning that developing countries will need US$2 trillion per year by 2030 to cut their greenhouse gas emissions and address the impacts of climate change, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry is taking fire for trying to put private finance at the centre of rich countries’ response.

Just a few years ago, much of the business community viewed climate advocates with indifference or skepticism. Today, companies representing 40% of the stock market have committed to science-based targets around reducing their greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement.

50 Big Firms Join Climate Action Declaration to ‘Outsize’, ‘Outvoice’ the Global Fossil Lobby

Just a few years ago, much of the business community viewed climate advocates with indifference or skepticism. Today, companies representing 40% of the stock market have committed to science-based targets around reducing their greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement.

UN climate finance envoy Mark Carney is pointing to a “wall of opportunity” for clean energy investment, even as a senior banking executive declares that Carney’s Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net-Zero (GFANZ) is stalling out on the voluntary commitments it’s trying to extract from the world’s biggest banks.

Carney Sees ‘Wall of Opportunity’ in Clean Investment as GFANZ Accused of Stalling Out

UN climate finance envoy Mark Carney is pointing to a “wall of opportunity” for clean energy investment, even as a senior banking executive declares that Carney’s Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net-Zero (GFANZ) is stalling out on the voluntary commitments it’s trying to extract from the world’s biggest banks.

Fossils Block Clean Shipping Fuels in Global Supply Chains, Maersk Exec Says

The world’s biggest ocean-going shipping company, Copenhagen-based Maersk, is blaming the oil industry for slowing its transition off fossil fuels.

As COP 27 opens in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, developing countries and climate justice leaders are urging a notoriously reluctant developed world to get serious about financing for loss and damage, with the immediate and long-term well-being of hundreds of millions hanging in the balance.

COP 27 a ‘Make or Break Moment’ for Loss and Damage Finance

As COP 27 opens in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, developing countries and climate justice leaders are urging a notoriously reluctant developed world to get serious about financing for loss and damage, with the immediate and long-term well-being of hundreds of millions hanging in the balance.

The world’s 350 million family farmers and smallhold producers are looking to this year’s United Nations climate summit, COP 27, to help avert a global food security crisis by funding climate adaptation and building “a food system that can feed the world on a hot planet”.

Small Farmers Need More Funding, Sustainable Practices to Avert Global Food Crisis

The world’s 350 million family farmers and smallhold producers are looking to this year’s United Nations climate summit, COP 27, to help avert a global food security crisis by funding climate adaptation and building “a food system that can feed the world on a hot planet”.

Canadians are being sold on a future of natural gas exports to Europe just as European countries speed up their exit from all fossil fuels, says a leading energy transition researcher who’s just finished a series two-week fact-finding visits to Ireland, Denmark, and France.

EXCLUSIVE: Canada Pitches European Gas Exports, But Europe Won’t Be Buying

Canadians are being sold on a future of natural gas exports to Europe just as European countries speed up their exit from all fossil fuels, says a leading energy transition researcher who’s just finished a series two-week fact-finding visits to Ireland, Denmark, and France.

The CEO of the pension fund that controls retirement investments for 21 million Canadians has reconfirmed his position that “engagement,” not divestment from fossil fuel companies, is the right way forward during the global energy transition.

Canadian Pension Fund Rejects Divestment, Takes Fire for Fossil ‘Entanglements’

The CEO of the pension fund that controls retirement investments for 21 million Canadians has reconfirmed his position that “engagement,” not divestment from fossil fuel companies, is the right way forward during the global energy transition.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans think the federal government is not doing enough to fight climate change, according to a new poll that shows limited public awareness in the U.S. about a sweeping new law that commits the U.S. to its largest ever investment to combat global warming.

2/3 of Americans, Europeans Back Climate Action, Faster Transition

Nearly two-thirds of Americans think the federal government is not doing enough to fight climate change, according to a new poll that shows limited public awareness in the U.S. about a sweeping new law that commits the U.S. to its largest ever investment to combat global warming.

The Green Municipal Fund (GMF) has identified a half-dozen key steps municipalities can take to tackle the biggest barriers to zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) adoption.

6 Key Actions Can Boost Cities’ EV Uptake, Green Municipal Fund Says

The Green Municipal Fund (GMF) has identified a half-dozen key steps municipalities can take to tackle the biggest barriers to zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) adoption.

Whether it was pandemic-driven supply chain delays, Russia’s war in Europe driving up grain prices, or flooding in British Columbia disrupting rail lines and highways, the past 2½ years have shone a light on how vulnerable Canada's food system is to climate change and other global factors.

Indoor Farming Could Boost Food Security, Ease Supply Chains

Whether it was pandemic-driven supply chain delays, Russia’s war in Europe driving up grain prices, or flooding in British Columbia disrupting rail lines and highways, the past 2½ years have shone a light on how vulnerable Canada’s food system is to climate change and other global factors.

Nova Scotia Power’s decision to “pause” its participation in the proposed Atlantic Loop megaproject is just a temporary setback in the bid to end the region’s reliance on coal, says the federal cabinet minister charged with moving the electrical grid off fossil fuels.

Nova Scotia Power Declares ‘Pause’ on $5B Atlantic Loop Scheme

Nova Scotia Power’s decision to “pause” its participation in the proposed Atlantic Loop megaproject is just a temporary setback in the bid to end the region’s reliance on coal, says the federal cabinet minister charged with moving the electrical grid off fossil fuels.

The German state of Baden-Württemberg is pulling the plug on hydrogen fuel cells as an option for intercity rail after concluding the technology would cost 80% more than overhead electricity lines or battery-powered hybrids over a 30-year span.

German State Picks Electric Trains Over Hydrogen

The German state of Baden-Württemberg is pulling the plug on hydrogen fuel cells as an option for intercity rail after concluding the technology would cost 80% more than overhead electricity lines or battery-powered hybrids over a 30-year span.

Oil and gas demand has levelled off, renewable energy costs are falling, and electric vehicles can dominate major markets by 2030, but countries will still need “unprecedented” emission reductions this decade to keep the worst of climate change under control, according to reports by three international agencies released yesterday and today.

Fossil Decline Has Begun, But Time Running Out to Cut Emissions, Agencies Say

Oil and gas demand has levelled off, renewable energy costs are falling, and electric vehicles can dominate major markets by 2030, but countries will still need “unprecedented” emission reductions this decade to keep the worst of climate change under control, according to reports by three international agencies released yesterday and today.

The giant Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) is investing up to US$474 million, or 70 billion Japanese yen, in a company that got its start as a search for energy alternatives in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.

Caisse Invests Up to $474M in Japanese Renewables Firm

The giant Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) is investing up to US$474 million, or 70 billion Japanese yen, in a company that got its start as a search for energy alternatives in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.

Redirecting $570 billion per year from planned oil and gas investments could “fully finance” wind and solar expansion to meet a 1.5°C target, showing that oil and gas development must be halted to keep global warming within safe limits, a new report concludes.

Fossil Investment Could ‘Fully Finance’ Renewable Shift to 1.5°C

Redirecting $570 billion per year from planned oil and gas investments could “fully finance” wind and solar expansion to meet a 1.5°C target, showing that oil and gas development must be halted to keep global warming within safe limits, a new report concludes.

For Peggy Savery, the hardest part of the day comes as she leaves work in her Newfoundland community of Port aux Basques and drives to the home she's been staying in with her husband and son.

Post-Fiona Trauma: Newfoundlanders Who Lost Everything Wonder How They’ll Rebuild

For Peggy Savery, the hardest part of the day comes as she leaves work in her Newfoundland community of Port aux Basques and drives to the home she’s been staying in with her husband and son.

France will become the latest European Union country to leave an energy agreement which climate groups claim is being used by the fossil fuel industry to legally challenge environmental measures, President Emmanuel Macron said last Friday.

France to Quit Fossil-Friendly Energy Charter Treaty

France will become the latest European Union country to leave an energy agreement which climate groups claim is being used by the fossil fuel industry to legally challenge environmental measures, President Emmanuel Macron said last Friday.

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LNG Buying Spree Could Double German Energy Costs, Waste €200B

Germany’s global buying spree for liquefied natural gas could double consumer energy prices and cost it hundreds of billions of euros, particularly with renewably-produced hydrogen on track to out-compete LNG on price in as little as a decade, according to two recent analyses.

Hurricane Fiona caused C$660 million in insured damage, according to an initial estimate by Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc.

At $660M, Fiona Was Atlantic Canada’s Costliest Storm Ever

Hurricane Fiona caused C$660 million in insured damage, according to an initial estimate by Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc.

The first nine months of 2022 saw 29 multi-billion-dollar extreme weather events, with Hurricane Ian in the United States topping the list at more than US$20 billion in damage.

2022 Sees 29 Multi-Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters in 9 Months

The first nine months of 2022 saw 29 multi-billion-dollar extreme weather events, with Hurricane Ian in the United States topping the list at more than US$20 billion in damage.

Insurance companies that have long said they'll cover anything, at the right price, are increasingly ruling out fossil fuel projects because of climate change—to cheers from environmental campaigners.

Big Insurers Turn Their Backs on Coal, Oil and Gas

Insurance companies that have long said they’ll cover anything, at the right price, are increasingly ruling out fossil fuel projects because of climate change—to cheers from environmental campaigners.

Cities must halve their per capita emissions by 2030 to remain on a 1.5°C trajectory, finds a new report that prescribes low-emissions mass transit, better waste management, decarbonized grids, and energy-efficient buildings as the way forward.

Cities Must Slash Emissions 50% by 2030 for 1.5°C Pathway

Cities must halve their per capita emissions by 2030 to remain on a 1.5°C trajectory, finds a new report that prescribes low-emissions mass transit, better waste management, decarbonized grids, and energy-efficient buildings as the way forward.

Canada is open to supporting “economically feasible” liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects to help countries like Germany reduce reliance on coal in the midst of a global energy crunch, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland told media Friday, at the close of annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington, DC.

Canada Will Support ‘Economically Feasible’ LNG, Freeland Says

Canada is open to supporting “economically feasible” liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects to help countries like Germany reduce reliance on coal in the midst of a global energy crunch, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland told media Friday, at the close of annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington, DC.

The federal government is busy consulting us now, gathering input from Canadians on policy proposals for a just transition to renewables, a carbon emissions cap for the oil and gas sector, a clean electricity grid, and more. But how well informed do Canadians think they are about these potential solutions?

Research Shows Big Knowledge Gaps on Climate Solutions, Nature Loss

The federal government is busy consulting us now, gathering input from Canadians on policy proposals for a just transition to renewables, a carbon emissions cap for the oil and gas sector, a clean electricity grid, and more. But how well informed do Canadians think they are about these potential solutions?

The swirling hype over hydrogen is at risk of becoming a market bubble, veteran renewable energy analyst Michael Liebreich warned an industry conference in Rotterdam last week.

Don’t Let Hydrogen Hype Become a Bubble, Liebreich Warns

The swirling hype over hydrogen is at risk of becoming a market bubble, veteran renewable energy analyst Michael Liebreich warned an industry conference in Rotterdam last week.

Underfunded and poorly administered, Canada’s C$3.3-billion disaster resilience fund is short on cash—and has become a symptom of Ottawa’s failure to protect small communities from the climate crisis, experts say.

Canada’s Disaster Adaptation Fund Running Short Ahead of Schedule

Underfunded and poorly administered, Canada’s C$3.3-billion disaster resilience fund is short on cash—and has become a symptom of Ottawa’s failure to protect small communities from the climate crisis, experts say.

A weekly “bike bus” to school gives 170 elementary students, a 65-pound golden doodle named Phoebe, and the Portland, Oregon neighborhood through which they ride a jolt of “sheer joy,” while helping to build a stronger, safer, more connected community.

Elementary School’s Bike Bus Brings ‘Sheer Joy’ to Portland Neighbourhood

A weekly “bike bus” to school gives 170 elementary students, a 65-pound golden doodle named Phoebe, and the Portland, Oregon neighborhood through which they ride a jolt of “sheer joy,” while helping to build a stronger, safer, more connected community.

Former Toronto mayor David Miller, now managing director of the C40 Centre for City Climate Policy and Economy, talks about cities’ responsibility to take action on the climate emergency.

Informed, Engaged Citizens Drive Municipal Climate Action, Miller Says

Former Toronto mayor David Miller, now managing director of the C40 Centre for City Climate Policy and Economy, talks about cities’ responsibility to take action on the climate emergency.

Ottawa will invest $222 million to help a Quebec company increase production of critical minerals for goods such as electric cars and batteries while simultaneously cutting emissions, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday.

Ottawa Invests $222M in Critical Mineral Supply Chains

Ottawa will invest $222 million to help a Quebec company increase production of critical minerals for goods such as electric cars and batteries while simultaneously cutting emissions, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday.

A group of climate heavy hitters have launched legal action to stop the European Union from including fossil gas in its sustainable finance rulebook.

Legal Action Challenges EU’s ‘Sustainable’ Label for Fossil Gas

A group of climate heavy hitters have launched legal action to stop the European Union from including fossil gas in its sustainable finance rulebook.

Immediate policy reform is needed to stop the fossil industry from using anti-competition laws to thwart corporate climate action, says an Oxford University public policy expert who recently had to lawyer-proof his advisory group’s guidance on the climate risks of coal.

Fossils Misuse Antitrust Law to Foil Climate Action, Expert Warns

Immediate policy reform is needed to stop the fossil industry from using anti-competition laws to thwart corporate climate action, says an Oxford University public policy expert who recently had to lawyer-proof his advisory group’s guidance on the climate risks of coal.

Even with Europe scrambling to break its dependence on Russian gas supplies, there’s no reason for Canada to subsidize expensive liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects with questionable long-term prospects, says clean growth economist Rachel Samson, vice president of policy at the Institute for Research on Public Policy.

Don’t Subsidize ‘High-Stakes Gamble’ on LNG, Economist Urges Ottawa

Even with Europe scrambling to break its dependence on Russian gas supplies, there’s no reason for Canada to subsidize expensive liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects with questionable long-term prospects, says clean growth economist Rachel Samson, vice president of policy at the Institute for Research on Public Policy.

Canada will see C$25 billion in losses per year from climate damage as early as 2025, with individual households bearing the worst of these costs, finds a new report the Canadian Climate Institute (CCI).

Canadian Households to Face $25B in Climate Losses in 2025

Canada will see C$25 billion in losses per year from climate damage as early as 2025, with individual households bearing the worst of these costs, finds a new report the Canadian Climate Institute (CCI).

‘Yes, We Love Our Heat Pump’: Fossil-Free Household Cancels Contract with Gas Company

“To answer a question I am often asked—Yes, we are still happy with the decision, five years ago, to replace our gas furnace with an air-source heat pump,” writes engineer and renewables advocate Bill Nuttle. “It is one of the best decisions we ever made.”

As power slowly returns to Puerto Rico in Hurricane Fiona’s wake, pressure is building to wean the island’s grid off its 97% dependence on fossils fuels—towards a climate-resilient distributed system that relies on renewables.

349,000 Without Power in Puerto Rico, 10 Days After Fiona

As power slowly returns to Puerto Rico in Hurricane Fiona’s wake, pressure is building to wean the island’s grid off its 97% dependence on fossils fuels—towards a climate-resilient distributed system that relies on renewables.

At the start of 2022, the Carlyle Group, one of the world's leading private equity firms, published a report on its financial risk from greenhouse gas emissions. Yet something was not in the report.

Finance Giant’s Climate Risk Report Omits Most Carbon-Heavy Asset

At the start of 2022, the Carlyle Group, one of the world’s leading private equity firms, published a report on its financial risk from greenhouse gas emissions. Yet something was not in the report.

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Energy Transition Depends on Rural Areas, U.S. Author Says

“Go get the money and put it to work in your hometown,” U.S. author Michelle Moore urges. “Whether you agree with the legislation or not, it’s the law of the land, so go get your piece of it and take care of your community.”

Iconic ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s will work with 15 dairy farms to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2024 as part of its Project Mootopia pilot program.

Ben & Jerry’s Pilot Project Aims to Halve Ice Cream Emissions by 2024

Iconic ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s will work with 15 dairy farms to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2024 as part of its Project Mootopia pilot program.

Cities are increasingly footing the bill for climate change as they strain to adapt their infrastructure to rising temperatures, new rainfall patterns, and extreme weather.

Climate Bill is ‘Coming Due’, Report Warns U.S. Cities

Cities are increasingly footing the bill for climate change as they strain to adapt their infrastructure to rising temperatures, new rainfall patterns, and extreme weather.

A U.S. rooftop solar company is facing headwinds as it seeks to build off-grid neighbourhoods that would be less dependent on established utilities.

Rooftop Solar Firm Sunnova Pitches Off-Grid Neighbourhoods

A U.S. rooftop solar company is facing headwinds as it seeks to build off-grid neighbourhoods that would be less dependent on established utilities.

Canada must make an “audacious and hopeful offer” to oil and gas workers communities with a new Climate Emergency Just Transition Transfer to deliver clean economy jobs, the Commons Finance Committee heard yesterday.

$25B Transition Fund Would Be ‘Audacious Offer’ to Fossil Workers, Klein Tells MPs

Canada must make an “audacious and hopeful offer” to oil and gas workers communities with a new Climate Emergency Just Transition Transfer to deliver clean economy jobs, the Commons Finance Committee heard yesterday.

A September 30 deadline is looming for public comment on a new guideline meant to protect Canada’s finance sector from climate impacts, without addressing finance’s role in driving the climate emergency, an outside analyst warns.

Regulator Plans New Guideline to ‘Support’ Banks on Climate Risk

A September 30 deadline is looming for public comment on a new guideline meant to protect Canada’s finance sector from climate impacts, without addressing finance’s role in driving the climate emergency, an outside analyst warns.

The United States’ Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) could change the landscape of energy economics with its unprecedented support for clean energy sources, says a new report.

New U.S. Climate Law to Slash Clean Energy Costs, Report Finds

The United States’ Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) could change the landscape of energy economics with its unprecedented support for clean energy sources, says a new report.

Loss and damage due to climate disasters had a moment in the spotlight during this week’s UN General Assembly in New York, with Pakistan calling for urgent action on flooding and Denmark pledging more than US$13 million in financing.

Loss and Damage in the Spotlight During UN General Assembly

Loss and damage due to climate disasters had a moment in the spotlight during this week’s UN General Assembly in New York, with Pakistan calling for urgent action on flooding and Denmark pledging more than US$13 million in financing.

In making planet Earth Patagonia’s “only shareholder,” founder Yvon Chouinard has exchanged considerable personal fortune for substantial political power—an outcome that is good for environment, but could be detrimental for democracy, say experts of philanthropy and tax law.

Experts See Downside for Democracy in Patagonia Sale

In making planet Earth Patagonia’s “only shareholder,” founder Yvon Chouinard has exchanged considerable personal fortune for substantial political power—an outcome that is good for environment, but could be detrimental for democracy, say experts of philanthropy and tax law.

A green hydrogen/ammonia facility planned in Point Tupper, Nova Scotia is being touted as a blessing for the province’s climate goals, even though it will initially be powered by a coal-fired grid—with all the ammonia slated for export overseas.

EXCLUSIVE: Nova Scotia Start-Up Touts ‘Green’ Hydrogen Plant Powered by Coal

A green hydrogen/ammonia facility planned in Point Tupper, Nova Scotia is being touted as a blessing for the province’s climate goals, even though it will initially be powered by a coal-fired grid—with all the ammonia slated for export overseas.

Many people are focused on repairing and upgrading their homes, neighbourhoods, towns, and cities. And the key decisions about these repairs and upgrades are made at City Hall, says Ontario Greenbelt Alliance Coordinator Franz Hartmann.

Opinion: Cities Hold the Answer as Ontario Pushes Costly Sprawl

Many people are focused on repairing and upgrading their homes, neighbourhoods, towns, and cities. And the key decisions about these repairs and upgrades are made at City Hall, says Ontario Greenbelt Alliance Coordinator Franz Hartmann.

Ottawa is promising up to $250 million over four years to help Canadians who currently heat their homes with oil shift to greener—and more affordable—sources like electric heat pumps.

Feds Pledge $250M for Cleaner, Cheaper Heating

Ottawa is promising up to $250 million over four years to help Canadians who currently heat their homes with oil shift to greener—and more affordable—sources like electric heat pumps.

Ensuring that America’s clean energy revolution leaves no one behind will require incentives for domestic production and targeted, collaborative investment in communities most likely to see job losses, two expert authors write.