Can emissions shrink while the economy grows?
Canada’s prime minister and premiers signed a deal in December to “grow our economy, reduce greenhouse-gas [GHG] emissions, and build resilience to the impacts of a changing climate”. The Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change outlines plans for carbon pricing, energy-efficient building codes, electric-vehicle charging stations, methane-emission regulations, and more.
More floods are coming and we’re making them worse
Restoring natural areas costs much more than protecting them in the first place, more intense and frequent storms and floods can still overwhelm natural defences, and growing human populations will further stress resources. We must work with nature to prevent problems such as flooding, water scarcity, wildfires and climate disruption. When we work against nature, we work against ourselves.
Alberta finally shifted left in these elections. But can it go green?
Alberta has a chance to make real progress ahead of the United Nations climate conference in Paris in December, where the world will be expecting high-polluting regions to commit to positive change. The people of Alberta want to be part of that conversation – Notley should make sure their voice is heard.