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fossil fuels

Arctic madness

Are we so blinded by our fossil fuel addiction that no-one can see that getting excited about a melting Arctic because you can mine it is suicidal?

Climate ethics and the smoker’s excuse

The new climate denier's excuse for inaction is the smoker's excuse: 'you've got to die of something, right?'

Renewable reality: feasible and inexpensive

Aiming for 90% or more renewable energy in 2030 in order to achieve climate change targets of 80-90% reduction of CO2 from the power sector leads to economic savings, not costs.

Extreme rain rips apart historic Cinque Terre: "Monterosso no longer exists"

Italy’s world famous ‘Cinque Terre’ hill towns drew the short straw last week as our turbo-charged weather system unleashed its latest epic rainfall disaster.

CO2 Smackdown: volcanoes vs fossil fuels

What's your guess? Do volcanoes or fossil fuels dump more CO2 into our wobbling climate system each year?

Coal double-standard costs British Columbia's citizens billions

Westshore Terminals, “the busiest single export coal terminal in all of North America” hides in plain sight right next to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. Last year most of British Columbia’s 25...

The BIG GRAB series: Alberta's oil sands play dirty

As ordinary Canadians dig deep to ease their carbon footprint, Alberta's oil-sands pollution wipes out their sacrifice.

The BIG GRAB series: Alberta's oil sands play dirty

The Alberta oil sands are grabbing huge chunks of Canada's limited CO2 allotment away from other businesses and families, forcing these Canadians to make much bigger and more costly cuts in the next...

Wikileak: Dalai Lama says climate change in Tibet more urgent than political solution. Why?

A Wikileak cable reveals that the Dalai Lama said help with climate change on the Tibetan plateau "cannot wait." What is happening in Tibet? And what role does compassion play in solving it in time?

Overheating Canada helps freeze Europe

Canada is an overheating hotspot in the midst of the hottest year and hottest November ever recorded. Our dramatic warming is helping bury Europe in a deep-freeze.