Monthly Archives: November 2009

Adaptation Needs in Northern Canada Highlighted

The National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) has released an important report outlining the challenges that will face northern Canada due to climate change and the large infrastructure adaptation that is needed to respond to the climate crisis there. The report makes a number of recommendations to address the massive challenges facing the north. These include: 1) ... Read More »

Quebec unveils new policy, commits to 20% reduction of GHGs from 1990 levels by 2020.

In today’s announcement, the Government of Quebec has embraced the most ambitious targets in North America. Due to the extensive hydro resources in the province, Quebec already has fairly low GHG emissions in comparison to other North American jurisdictions, however by sticking with the 1990 base line and embracing targets in line with the European Union, Quebec is sending a ... Read More »

Obama and Hu Jintao Strive for Legally Binding Agreement in Copenhagen

President Obama and President Hu Jintao have released an extensive statement upon the conclusion of President Obama’s first official visit to China. It discusses Climate Change, Energy and the Environment, saying that the leaders agreed that it is “important” to “actively further” the UNFCCC in accordance with the Bali Action Plan – meaning that they agree nations should try to ... Read More »

The Waiting Game

News coming out of the United states like this, coupled with the insistence for more “nationally determined” mitigation responses on the internationally stage (meaning, a resistance to a legally binding international treaty to reduce reduce emissions) challenge me. Although climate legislation is indeed inevitable, it appears the time lines are not nearly as certain as the fact that it’s coming. ... Read More »

Seminar Charges Forward with Discussion on Energy Storage

Guest Contribution by Robert Wakulat I finally found an excuse to make my first visit to the MaRS Discovery District in downtown Toronto this morning to attend a Cleantech in Canada seminar. While the complimentary breakfast was no Sunday brunch, I was pretty impressed with the interior design. Exposed brick is always a winner in my books! Today’s seminar was ... Read More »