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Canadian banks financing fossil fuel industry at larger rate than other nations: studies
International analyses suggest Canadian financiers are oiling the wheels of the fossil fuel industry at a far greater rate than their peers.
Fossil fuel production far exceeds climate targets, U.N. says
The world plans to produce more than double the amount of coal, oil and gas in 2030 than would be consistent with curbing global warming, the United Nations and research groups said on Wednesday.
World is ‘doubling down’ on fossil fuels despite climate crisis – UN report
The world’s governments are “doubling down” on fossil fuels despite the urgent need for cuts in carbon emissions to tackle the climate crisis, a report by the UN and partners has found.
UN Scientists Draft a ‘Build Back Better’ Climate Plan for the Planet
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: The world is on track to blow past the climate goals outlined in the Paris Agreement.
Fossil fuel production must drop 6% a year to meet climate goals: UN report
Fossil fuel production around the world must start winding down now, dropping by six per cent per year for the next decade to avoid the more extreme consequences of the climate emergency.
We're at a turning point on climate change. But most countries are still choosing fossil fuels over clean energy, report says
Governments of the world are at a "critical juncture" for shaping the climate's future but are on course to produce too many fossil fuels in the decade ahead, a new report has found.
The chasm between CO2 goals and energy production
Projected and planned levels of global oil, natural gas and coal production are way out of step with the kind of emissions cuts needed to hold global warming significantly in check.
View: With India transitioning towards renewables, it's time for PSUs to catch up
PSUs can't just turn into Public Spending Units that try to buy their way out of this crisis. They must look at the bigger picture, and become Public Sustainability Units.
Shifting trends in global trade
COVID-19 is the latest force for change in global trade. Here, we examine trends fuelled by the pandemic – shorter supply chains, heightened customer and political demands, and deglobalising.
How humanity lost control of plastic pollution
As the price of petroleum fell during the pandemic, it became cheaper to make new plastic than to recycle.
The private sector is driving global decarbonisation efforts
Since 2015, there has been a 22,000% increase in assets committed to fossil fuel divestment. This is an astonishing figure.
Experimental Lakes teams weather season
The team at the IISD Experimental Lakes Area is celebrating a successful, albeit pared down, research season and preparing to continue COVID-19-safe protocols into the winter.
Sustainable development researcher offers advice to young people fighting for the climate
Sustainable development researcher Vanessa Corkal is not afraid to ask the big questions. Could the $830 million a year B.C. subsidizes fossil fuel companies with be better spent? Is Alberta’s decision to double down on its oil investments wise?
How the Biden administration could influence Canada's climate agenda
President-elect Joe Biden's win means a United States that again plans to act on climate science — a huge shift from the past four years under Trump. Experts anticipate far-reaching impacts: to policy, innovation, and pressure on Canada to ‘step up.’
Community connectors among Future 40 finalists work to inspire others
From Girl Guide leaders to activists and organizers to people working to save the environment, Manitobans from all walks of life are pouring their energy into helping our communities.
Trudeau changes tack as Covid-19 surges
Covid-19 case numbers are setting records across Canada and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is imploring the provinces (read: Ontario, Alberta) to do what it takes to get the situation under control.
Canada, Saudi Arabia named ‘worst performers’ in report on fossil fuel funding
Canada and Saudi Arabia are the “worst performers” amongst their respective peers when it comes to the scale of support for oil and gas production, a new report says.
UK must provide real climate leadership
While the UK talks tough, its agencies have continued to plough public funds into fossil fuels, writes Angela Picciariello.
G20 countries still backing fossil fuels through COVID-19 response
The G20 major economies are “moving in the wrong direction” in response to the pandemic by using stimulus spending to support industries and companies that rely heavily on planet-warming fossil fuels.