The Great Coal-lapse
Posted July 16, 2019
In Switzerland, the U.K. and yes, even the U.S. signs of a post-coal world are emerging
In spite of any magical thinking, “beautiful, clean coal” doesn’t exist. Coal is the dirtiest fuel. It emits the highest proportion of carbon dioxide compared to other fossil fuels as well as other noxious substances such as sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter and mercury.
Fortunately, coal is on the way out. Germany is even managing to shutter its coal industry without sacking a single miner.Continue Reading...
Happiness index: Smile for more progress
Posted July 12, 2019
While Finland may be happiest country on earth, Canada is slipping on UN ranking
There’s good news and bad news in the latest research on world happiness.
The seventh annual World Happiness Report was released in March by the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Yes, there’s a science of happiness, and the data is robust enough that researchers can measure people’s well-being in 156 countries.
The calculations are more complicated than you might think, but here’s the bottom line.Continue Reading...
Car-free cities are picking up speed
Posted June 21, 2019
Oslo, London, Berlin and even Toronto are among a growing list of cities paving the way for cleaner commutes
When a Labour-Green coalition replaced the Conservative party at Oslo’s city hall in 2015, change was on the table. But one of the council’s promises – to become the first European city to ban motor traffic in the heart of the city – collided head-on with angry motorists and a business group that claimed such a ban would create a “poorer city” and a “dead town.”
Costing climate inaction: Bank of Canada joins ‘coalition of the willing’
Posted May 29, 2019
While Canadian politicians waffle over climate change, Bank of Canada declares climate risks a threat to economy
While politicians in Canada and around the globe deny or waffle over climate change, the world’s central bankers are taking the climate crisis seriously.
"Climate change continues to pose risks to both the economy and the financial system," said Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz with the release of the bank's first-ever report on climate risks earlier this month. The bank announced that it's undertaking a multi-year research plan to better assess the climate risks facing Canada's financial system, including looking at bank loans to carbon-intensive sectors.Continue Reading...
Family feud: Shell breaks rank with other oil producers over low-carbon future
Posted May 28, 2019
Shell puts nine oil associations on notice – including Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers – over climate differences
The world’s major oil companies are so tightly aligned that they were once known as the Seven Sisters. But as the climate crisis grows, the family bond is fading.
In April, Royal Dutch Shell announced that it had recently reviewed its role in 19 industry associations in Europe, North America and Australia and that it would pull out of one of them and serve notice to nine more.
Relative to major oil peers, the Anglo-Dutch oil giant has been among the leaders on climate change, endorsing the Paris Agreement as well as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.Continue Reading...