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Mon, 2007-11-05 11:34Kevin Grandia
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Top Climate Scientists Denounce Canadian Government's Research Funding Cuts

So, what do you do when the world's top scientists are telling you that there is an impending crisis that must be dealt with immediately?

If you're the government of Canada, the answer is to cut the funding for those scientists.

Apparently its easier to stifle the problem than deal with it.

Wed, 2007-10-17 15:25Richard Littlemore
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Bush, Harper, Howard: Lies, damn lies and statistics

The three “world leaders” who are working hardest these days to kill the Kyoto Accord are also asking their public to believe numbers that are, at best, misleading.

U.S. President George Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Australian Prime Minister John Howard lead three of the richest countries in the world and the three leading per capita greenhouse gas emitters among major nations. All three have rejected the Kyoto Accord - or any other fixed and measurable limit on greenhouse gas emissions - preferring “aspirational” targets that are voluntary and keyed off “carbon intensity.” All three are also straining credulity in making their case.
Wed, 2007-10-17 07:12Richard Littlemore
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Canadian Climate Change Policy: Let's Be First Among the World's Worst Polluters

The Throne Speech authored by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised yesterday a 20-per-cent reduction in greenhouse gases (GHGs) by 2020. By all the evidence, that was politicalspeak for: We're going to do less and take longer than you could ever have imagined.
Wed, 2007-10-17 06:10Ross Gelbspan
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Speak Up, David, Goliath Has A Hearing Problem

David Suzuki, Canada's best-known environmentalist, has spent a generation encouraging Canadians to look after the environment, but it seems they have not been listening.

While Canada ratified the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on limiting greenhouse gas emissions, the current, Conservative government says the standards cannot be met, reopening a debate he thought had been won.

“We've already been here before, and that's the thing that breaks my heart,” he told Reuters during one of his frequent trips to Toronto from his home in Vancouver. “If we had taken it seriously and done something, we would be so far past the Kyoto target today, and the problems would be infinitely simpler and cheaper.”

Tue, 2007-10-02 17:26Richard Littlemore
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Suncor Puts the Lie to Energy Intensity Promises

President George Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and now the Canadian Council of Chief Executives are all suggesting that voluntary targets to reduce energy intensity will be a sufficient short-term response to climate change.

But Suncor Energy, one of the biggest players in the biggest CO2 emissions industry in Canada, has offered a stellar illustration of the idiocy of that position.

Thu, 2007-09-27 14:21Bill Miller
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U.S. hosts climate-change conference and promptly digs in its heels

The meeting began just two days after a United Nations gathering aimed at finding agreement on binding limits on greenhouse-gas emissions, which the U.S. and Canada have opposed. While U.S. officials insist the latest conference was not designed to undercut UN efforts, opening remarks heralded a collision course between the Bush Administration and other world leaders seeking tough new standards to succeed the Kyoto Protocol when it expires in 2012.

Wed, 2007-09-26 15:11Emily Murgatroyd
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Canadian PM Harper repackaging Bush's carbon intensity spin

Stephen Harper's lack of real leadership in the climate change crisis means that Canada's opportunity to lead the world in meaningful and significant environmental policy is traveling further further away from reality.

His hard push toward intensity targets over hard caps begs the question - just how stupid does he think Canadians are?

(Apparently as stupid as Bush find Americans).

Wed, 2007-09-26 13:33Kevin Grandia
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Video: Not even Bush, Harper and Howard can Spin Mother Nature

No matter how much George W Bush, Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper talk, the bottom line is that mother nature isn't listening.

If you like this video, please vote for it on Digg.com here and Hugg.com here and help us get the message out.

Tue, 2007-09-25 09:45Richard Littlemore
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Canada on Climate Change: A Humiliation a Day

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper used an emergency UN meeting that was dedicated to salvaging the Kyoto Protocol Monday as an opportunity to humiliate Canada yet further on the international stage.

Ignoring Kyoto altogether, Harper chose rather to announce that Canada will join the Anti-Kyoto Partnership, officially known as the Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (APP). A cabal of the worst greenhouse gas polluters in the world, the APP was conceived as an alternative to Kyoto. Led by backsliders like the U.S. and Australia, the APP has advocated abandoning the fixed-target regime of Kyoto in favor of what Harper calls a “flexible and balanced” approach that is strictly voluntary. Where Kyoto gave rise to a tiny and tenuous European carbon credit market, the APP would destroy that baby step and restart the clock from zero.

Mon, 2007-09-24 10:48Bill Miller
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Canada’s Harper evokes ‘F-word,’ touts technology at UN summit

The prime minister’s call for flexibility at the largest-ever political summit on climate change held firm with the Conservative government's opposition to a UN-driven push for short-term binding targets, and its preference for goals that have less economic impact. Not to worry, though, technology will save the day.

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