Canada’s remaining vast deposits of bitumen will have to stay in the ground in pretty much any credible low-carbon scenario. How to make the transition, while building new opportunities for fossil workers and communities, is one of the biggest climate challenges the country faces.
Since Donald Trump entered the White House, the United States has gutted climate and environmental regulations, tried to speed up fossil fuel development, announced its withdrawal from the 2015 Paris Agreement, and more. Now, with climate still a high priority in many voters’ minds, but an entirely different global emergency setting the tone for the November 3 election, citizens will decide whether the U.S. rejoins the community of nations to confront the climate crisis.
The Trudeau government began its second term pledging tougher 2030 carbon targets, a net-zero target for 2050, greater climate accountability, and a whole-of-government response to the climate crisis. With the focus now shifting to building back better through green recovery investments, will Canada show up as a climate leader or laggard, at home and abroad?
What if one of the pathways to a post-carbon future is right beneath our feet? Decarbonization is the first step in curbing emissions that cause climate change. But natural climate solutions like carbon farming help draw down carbon dioxide already overheating the atmosphere. Getting it right begins with distinguishing between carbon sequestration methods that work and the more speculative, sometimes dangerous carbon capture plans for fossil industries.
Cities are on the front line of climate impacts. And provinces, states, and regions have a lot of say in the way practical climate solutions play out at the local level. As response to the climate crisis lags in many countries, urban and rural communities around the world are advancing climate solutions to deliver more resilient, livable communities for the citizens they serve. The patchwork performance of sub-national governments…gets complicated.
Drawdown is an inventory of the 100 top options for reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and stabilizing the global climate. The Energy Mix is summarizing the 100 chapters as a service to readers, so you can bookmark this Special Report and check back for updates. Get details and buy the book here.
A 1.5°C limit on average global warming is the long-term, “aspirational” goal in the Paris Agreement. But more and more research is showing that a 1.5 target is essential, not optional—and that it may not take unproven, potentially dangerous carbon capture techniques to get there.
Climate change is emerging as a top-tier issue in the lead-up to Canada’s federal election October 21. With a sitting government likely to tout progress on climate solutions, at least one opposition party vowing to dismantle the country’s modest carbon pricing system, and no political party at any level fully attuned to a 1.5°C pathway, we’ll be following the issues and helping readers separate substance from spin.
From plummeting renewable energy prices to the rise of electric vehicles, from the controversy surrounding Canada’s pipeline purchase to the lead-up to this year’s United Nations climate conference in Katowice, Poland: read about the climate and energy issues that dominated 2018.