Atmosphere & Energy
Climate Fast on Parliament Hill
On Wednesday September 25, 2012, five members of Sierra Club Canada joined the group Hungry for Climate Leadership on Parliament Hill in solidarity with their 12-Day Fast for Climate Change (seven climate activists began their fast on September 21st and will continue to fast until October 2nd).
Leader of the Green Party of Canada Elizabeth May, who is fasting for five days in solidarity with the group, also came to show her support and sign the pledge that aims to (1) end fossil fuel subsidies, (2) put a price on carbon, and (3) support the development of a renewable energy plan for Canada. Hungry for Climate Leadership urges the Canadian government to take immediate action to help mitigate the climate change crisis.... Read more »
From our friends at Ontario Clean Air Alliance:
Another coal plant has bitten the dust in Ontario. A few days ago, the Atikokan Generating Station, located about 200 kilometres west of Thunder Bay, burned its last piece of coal. While it may be a long way from smoggy southern Ontario, the Atikokan plant was still a big polluter: dumping mercury and acid-rain generating fallout over the beautiful lakes, rivers and forests of the province’s northwest. And, of course, it was a major source of greenhouse gas emissions that affect us all. ... Read more »
Jason Hollett, acting executive director of the province’s climate change directorate, said the deal couldn’t be completed until federal regulations on greenhouse gas emissions were ready.
“They are bundled together as a package,” he said Friday.
Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent announced the new rules, which have been in the works for a year, on Wednesday.
The regulations, which will force utilities to close some power plants earlier than planned, caused concern in this province because most electricity generation comes from burning coal.
Nova Scotia Power would likely have been forced to close two plants even though ratepayers are still paying for upgrades and equipment.... Read more »
Andrew Robinson’s article “How to get around,” Aug. 25, concerning regional public transit, outlined the absence of leadership and vision present among provincial and municipal leaders towards the subject.
Unfortunately, the provincial government, in its energy policy document, exhibited its shortsightedness when it dismissed regional public transit as a viable option in its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To date they have tended to view it as a transportation option meriting little importance on their agenda.... Read more »
By Piper Hoffman with Care2.com... Read more »