CLIMATE CHANGE ROUND UP FOR THE WEEK ENDING July 18, 2020

WEEKLY QUOTE:

I would say the biosphere and I are both in the last 1% or our lives.

James Lovelock, CH CBE FRS (born 26 July 1919) English independent scientist, environmentalist, and futurist.
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NEWS AND VIEWS FROM AROUND THE WEB ON CLIMATE CHANGE

47 Canadian orgs call out coal ‘hypocrisy’ in open-letter urging assessment for Vista mine expansion

Forty-seven environmental, Indigenous, health, civil society and faith organizations from across Canada have come together to demand Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson designate the Vista coal mine expansion for an environmental assessment.

Read the full letter.

In a letter published on July 13, 2020, groups including Climate Action Network Canada, the David Suzuki Foundation, Ecojustice, Keepers of the Athabasca, Keepers of the Water and the West Athabasca Bioregional Society (see full list below) say Canada’s failure to designate Coalspur Ltd.’s plans to expand a thermal coal mine in Alberta for an environmental assessment clashes with the country’s international commitment to “powering past coal.”

“We don’t have time to be hypocritical when it comes to phasing out the world’s dirtiest fossil fuel,” the letter says.

Coalspur’s Vista thermal coal mine is located near Hinton, Alta. If built, the proposed expansion could almost triple the mine’s current capacity, leading to an increase in pollution, infringement on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, and destruction of the habitat of an endangered species of trout.

The expansion will also worsen the climate crisis by causing massive emissions of carbon pollution when the coal is shipped overseas and burned in power stations, mainly in Asia. Vista’s expansion plans could lead to an additional 33 million tonnes of carbon emissions each year –  the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions as driving more than 7,000,000 passenger vehicles for one year. 

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