Canada ranked as worst performer in the developed world on climate change

Canada won a sad distinction today, falling  to 58th place out of 61 countries analyzed for their policies and action on climate change this year, trailed only by Kazakhstan, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, according to Climate Action Network Canada (CANC).  Here's what CANC has to say on the matter:

The annual Climate Change Performance Index is released by Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe and is based on an analysis of government climate policy in each country.

“At a time when institutions such as the World Bank and the International Energy Agency are calling for more climate action it is disappointing to have so many countries still being reluctant to move forward. Canada is a strong example of this lack of willingness to improve climate policies,” said Wendel Trio, Director of the European Climate Action Network.

The report examines current emissions levels, development of emissions, renewable energy, efficiency, and climate policy. Canada scores the lowest ranking of ‘very poor’ with respect to current emissions, renewable energy, and climate policy. On efficiency Canada is given a ranking of ‘poor’, and in development of emissions a ranking of ‘good,’ with a strong caveat that it is not cause for celebration if progress in some sectors is completely negated by soaring emissions from the oil and gas sector.

The report also notes that in light of recent extreme weather events as well as sobering reports on the world’s current pathway towards 4 degrees of global warming, no developed country is doing their fair share when it comes to action on climate change.

“Canada has become the poster child for climate inaction, which represents a really long fall from where we were less than a decade ago,” says Patrick Bonin of Greenpeace Canada. “It has been hard to watch the unraveling of a rational and reasonable approach to science, while at the same time seeing more devastating extreme weather impacts all around us, it just makes you wonder what it is going to take for this government to get it.”

Environment Canada reports show that the government does not have the policies in place necessary to meet their current goals, which have been widely criticized for being among the weakest in the industrialized world. Canada was the only country to weaken its climate target under the Copenhagen Accord and has since become the only country to withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol. This indifference and inaction in the face of global climate change has drawn sharp criticism from leaders around the world.

The report comes as Ministers and high-level officials arrive in Doha, Qatar for the conclusion of this year’s United Nations climate change conference. Canada has also been singled out at these negotiations for failing to live up to commitments to support poorer countries as they adapt to a problem they did nothing to create.

“The world has had enough of Canada’s inaction on climate change – it is clear that this government’s reckless fixation on the tar sands is going to cost us not only a safe and healthy future and economy for our children, but also our international credibility,” says Steven Guilbeault of Equiterre

The full report can be found here: http://germanwatch.org/en/5698

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Chastising Canada

What is all this bad mouthing on Canadas efforts when it comes to green house gases. Canada contributes 2% of the worlds total. If China, the US, Brazil or India increase their output by 0.1% each that is equal to a 10% increase in the worlds total. So as these countries choose not to sign commitments to reduce greenhouse gases Canadas compliance to do it at all costs is pointless. If the big boys won't do it the whole effort is senseless.

By way of comparison, the

By way of comparison, the airline sector also contributes about 2% of global emissions. Obviously other industrial sectors contribute much more. So, following the argument of Chastise Canada, the airline industry shouldn't bother doing anything. Fortunately, they don't have this 'beggar thy neighbour' attitude. In fact, they are working diligently to reduce their footprint by building more fuel efficient aircraft and introducing new bio-fuels. Everyone has to do their part if we are to solve this problem!

Climate Change

Purely political BS. Canada's GHGs are miniscule compared to most others. No mention of Chinas massive GHGs or USA's COAL industry. Canada is a large Arctic Country with a small population. More purely political posturing from Greenpeace. Fire and fury and signifying nothing. Canada needs planes, trains and 18 wheelers due to its size. Should we shut down Ontario the home of TRANSPORTATION? Pure propaganda. Meaningless crap from Greenpeace once again. Yes lets go to SOLAR and WIND TURBINES. Well we got little SUN and we get intermittent WIND. And NOBODY WANTS NUCLEAR. So we live in the dark?? DUUUHH.

What?

They speak of these things as if they are bad...

Climate change

Phd? Hmmm. Doesn't seem to have included any courses in logic, coherent thought or any of the sciences. Stating the obvious, Climate change observes that we need a transportation system and a way to keep warm. One might ask if we are to assume that our current methods are the pinnacle of success? That no further gains can be made? That our energy sector is performing at the peak of its ability? But wait, we don't have to do anything because China isn't (but they are) and the US uses coal (but less and less of it.) Give your head a shake!

Climate Change is not Man Made

Humans are not powerful enough to effect "climate change." The whole "climate change" movement is a fiction foisted on us by people who hate capitalism, the Western world, and technology. It is a rehashing of the same old "End of the World" prophecies mocked so well in "The Life of Brian" just they are cloaking the scare tactics in pseudo scientific jargon to delude themselves and the rest of us. "Climate change" remains unproven. There is a natural cycle of warming and cooling in the history of the world. Nothing happening now in our weather patterns is eggregious. It is unfortunate that we have turned into a society of "climate change" fanatics, just like we used to be a society of religious fanatics. The "climate change" movement is just a new version of the medieval Church.

climate change

Perhaps we should take a moment and consider the fact that no discernable change in global temperature has occured for the past 16 years while the CO2 amount has continued to climb a few more thousandths of a percent in the atmosphere to realize there seems to be a bit disconnect between CO2 and global temperature.   Since water vapor is the single biggest greenhouse gas, followed by methane, it would seem that CO2 is being painted falsely as "THE BIG CAUSE" of any measureable climate change.  The world's climate did warm for about 300 years leading up to 1940, then cooled for about 25, leading to the publications of many articles saying "that all scientists now agree" that mankind had caused the coming ice age, stuff that was featured on the front covers of both Newsweek and Time etc.  Then the climate started to warm for the next 15 or so years, thus the change in hysterics.  When things don't seem to make sense, then follow the money.  This is why so many big companies have jumped on the bandwagon as they can smell huge profits to be made in carbon trading etc. following the example of Al Gore, the first person the purportedly made a billion from this, using seed capital that his father made from oil.

Global Warming

This is simple, they hate us and want our money. They are convinced that they can get the left wing looneys to pony up the bucks to keep their scam going.


Nothing else..

Canada number 58.. so what?

There are about 20 million motor vehicles in all of Canada.

Each one emits an average of 4 tons CO2 per annum.

So.. all the cars in Canada emit 80 million tons CO2 per year.

That is about the same emissions as 4 coal fired electric plants (20 million tons CO2 per plant per annum).

We could offset 4 coal plants by taking all the cars in Canada off the road FOREVER if and ONLY if, the fuel they would have burned will not be sold but annually sequestered FOREVER.  If, however, the fuel would instead be sold, say, to USA or China (now number 1 consumer of cars on the planet) ,  then Canada goes without cars forever, but the gasoline would be burned elsewhere, so there is no decrease overall in emissions.

China alone is completing and bringing onstream, a new coal fired plant every 5 days.  It intends to keep doing this until it has built another 363 plants according to 'The Guardian' (20 November, 2012).  At the same time, India plans on building another 455 new coal fired plants.

Ranking Canada number 58 is a real distortion of these realities. which is that it doesnt matter at all what Canada does, we are not in the driver's seat since we are not a significant emitter of CO2 on a global basis.  Even stopping the sale of all the bitumen in Alberta will not forestall burning of the coal resource around the world which is far and away expected to be the largest source of future CO2 emissions by a very large factor.('Carbon bomb' rhetoric aside.).

 

 

Greetings commenters,It's the

Greetings commenters,

It's the Tar Sands, stupid. The single most destructive project on earth.

Signed,

- Common Sense

That's just some knee-jerk

That's just some knee-jerk statement, isn't it, since you really have no idea of any of the facts related to oil sand production?

BS

Our Government is illegitamet and does not represent the average Canadians.

The climate change?

So if it is getting cold one will save for gloves etc. If it is getting warm one would PREPARE for such an event?MY Troughout history there were natural climatic changes. Ice-age? Instead of economical suicide world should spend time and energy to prepare for change I.e.build nuclear power in order to utilize natural gas (extraction of hydrogen-oxigen as a fuel COST EFECTIVLY) irrigation and desert reclaim Israeli concept? There is rational approach to solution  and there is irrational hysteria of spoiled "students" of liberal arts in entitlements revolution and of course socio economical suicide. Academic indoctrination into radical dogmas of millions of of students unscrutinised by reality IS a calamity that is lot more dangerous to the humanity than eventual climatic change.

 

Canada: A Nation of Freeloaders?

Saying Canada only produces 2% of total global emissions tells half the story, and it's the good half.

Page 6 (Table 2) of the report lists the 10 largest CO2 emitters in the world, and Canada, even at 1.65%, ranks number 10 (which puts us in the top 5% out of 190 countries globally)

But still, some argue, it's only 1.65%, the problem is the big emitters like China and India. China produces 21% of total emissions, which is 13 times what Canada produces, but they have 19% of the world's population, or 38 times that of Canada. That means per person Canada produces 3 times the
emissions of China. India, despite it's huge population, produces 5% of total emissions, so per person Canada produces 11 times the emissions of India. (% global emissions / % global population: Canada 1.65% / .5% = 3.3, China 21% / 19% = 1.1, India 5% / 17% = .3)

Some will argue we're a big, cold country so we need more energy per person, but do we really need that much more?

If the big emitters follow our lead and end up producing the level of CO2 per person that we do we're definitely screwed (unless of course you think climate change is a hoax).

Even if reducing Canada's per capita CO2 won't make a huge difference to total global emissions, it would give us the moral authority to pressure the big total emitters to pursue a different path of development. It's no guarantee of course, and it would certainly come at a cost, at least initially, but the alternative of expecting that we can continue polluting as we do and the rest of the world will find a different path and save us all puts us squarely in the category of freeloaders.

Climate change, pollution and the need fro change

Chris Miller wrote:

Humans are not powerful enough to effect "climate change." The whole "climate change" movement is a fiction foisted on us by people who hate capitalism, the Western world, and technology. It is a rehashing of the same old "End of the World" prophecies mocked so well in "The Life of Brian" just they are cloaking the scare tactics in pseudo scientific jargon to delude themselves and the rest of us. "Climate change" remains unproven. There is a natural cycle of warming and cooling in the history of the world. Nothing happening now in our weather patterns is eggregious. It is unfortunate that we have turned into a society of "climate change" fanatics, just like we used to be a society of religious fanatics. The "climate change" movement is just a new version of the medieval Church.

 

You have obviously never visited some of the worst polluted cities in our world. I'll use Bangkok as an example, your skin will feel sticky upon entering the city, and with temperatures visibly recorded higher there due to record amounts of smog etc. it is apparent that the city itself is affecting its local climate.


There are hundreds of examples like this, and all together they DO have an effect on the climate as a whole, AND it will be more noticible as we go forward.


Then there is POLLUTION, people are so focused on climate change, that pollution goes seemingly unnoticed. We are polluting our planet, that is a fact. Is that to our benefit? ... No. Should we adress this soon?..... Yes. Does pollution affect the climate? Well our oceans have more heavy metals and increased salinity, so i'd be inclined to say yes.


Time is short people. Act now.

Canada as a polluter

Not only do humans create the polluting problem, they have the ability to solve it. Which is something most other animals cannot do. Canada has 20% of the world's peatlands. (Only 3% of the earth is covered with peatlands). By stopping the destruction of our peatlands,we can stop the release of CO2 into the atmosphere. Right now 6% of the world's GHG is caused by destroying peatlands. Increasing the use of public transportation reduces the number of cars on the road. I cannot take a bus to the office because there is no public transportation in my area. People sout of the Fraser River keep asking for the revitalization of light rail. We do we get? More roads. Why does the old Port Mann bridge have to be torn down? It's better built than the struggling Pattulo. Peatland had to be destroyed to expand the Port Mann and peatland is being destroyed with the building of the South Fraser Perimeter Road. Every time a backhoe or caterpillar digs a bucket of peat out of the unprotected Burns Bog or the unprotected peatland and Bridgeview carbon is returned to the atmosphere.

A commenter here wrote...

"Even if reducing Canada's per capita CO2 won't make a huge difference to total global emissions, it would give us the moral authority to pressure the big total emitters to pursue a different path of development"

So that's...

33 million vs. (1.35 billion ( China ) + 1.24 billion ( India ) )

or.. written another way...

.033 billion vs 2.6 billion

Yes there is pressure all right.. but not in the direction you were thinking.

 



Canada climate efforts

Thanks for this news. The best news all week is that Canada will not engage in commanding Nature to behave as Man desires.

Canada has no national interest in engaging in efforts to mitigate climate change. Let other countries destroy their economies by this demonization of CO2.

 

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