CLIMATE CHANGE JAN 22, 2021

CLIMATE CHANGE NEWS & VIEWS FROM AROUND THE WEB

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Canada will only be successful in acting on climate change if we have a plan that involves the whole country and that creates great green jobs across the country.


Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland
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Canada unveils new ‘satellite-earth observation strategy’ to help fight climate change

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Research Workshop “Transatlantic Trade Policy, Environmental Issues and Climate Change” Panel 3

Canadian Institute for Climate Choices presents to the committee examining N.B. Climate Action Plan

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A Sleeping Giant: Why Permafrost is a Climate Threat | The Agenda

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Canada’s Biggest Climate Polluters Pay Lowest Carbon Prices, Research Shows

On its tar sands/oil sands in northern Alberta, Suncor Energy scrapes vast open-pit mines and drills down deep into the ground to extract the viscous bitumen that has turned it into one of the largest energy companies in North America. The process is so energy-intensive that it has also made the firm into Canada’s largest carbon emitter: it belches roughly 28 million tonnes into the atmosphere every year, equivalent to the entire emissions of Tunisia.

But although Canada is heralded as having one of the most ambitious prices on carbon in the world, rising from its current C$40 per tonne to $170 by 2030, Suncor and other large industrial emitters pay only a tiny fraction of it, Corporate Knights reports.

That’s because Ottawa and most provincial governments grant heavy exemptions to a number of sectors, including oil and gas, chemicals, cement, steel, and mining. That is not unusual: California and the European Union, which both have carbon markets, also give free credits to carbon-intensive sectors to protect them from foreign competitors who don’t pay a carbon price, and to stop factories from simply moving abroad.

However, with growing urgency to cut emissions, experts say the degree to which Canada—the world’s fourth-largest oil exporter—shields companies is threatening its climate targets.

And it isn’t just federal policies. Last month, federal and provincial opposition politicians called for more transparency on an Alberta government program that supports profitable tar sands/oil sands companies, after Reuters reported that the province had granted three years of financial relief to oilpatch operators that had exceeded provincial limits on greenhouse gas emissions.

“We can only make progress on climate change if industrial emitters are paying their fair share,” said Alberta NDP environment critic Marlin Schmidt said at the time.

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USU studies how cows can help with climate change

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Highest number of power-use records set in 2021, trend expected to continue with climate change: B.C. Hydro

Utility says its system is in good place to meet demand until about 2030

As B.C. temperatures swung between deadly highs and bone-chilling lows in 2021, B.C. Hydro says more electricity consumption records were set that year compared to any year prior.

A report from the utility released Friday found 2021 had more record system peak loads — defined as the hour in a day where customers use the most electricity — than any other year.

“There seems to be a connection between electricity use and extreme weather conditions,” B.C. Hydro spokesperson Kyle Donaldson said.

“We had the extreme weather conditions … high temperatures, with the heat dome at the end of June, early July, and then several days of sub-zero temperatures and snow during the last couple of weeks of December.”

According to the report, the utility set 19 of its top 25 all-time summer daily peak records in 2021, and 11 of its top 25 all-time winter daily peak records.

A new all-time record for power usage was set Dec. 27 — the fifth time in five years a new record was set.

The utility said with climate change leading to higher temperatures, the trend of record-breaking electricity use is expected to continue.

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“chasing ice” World’s biggest glacier calving event ever filmed – climate change – shockwave

Calls on government to act fast on climate change in SA