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The Canadian Progressive: The Curious Disappearance of Stephen Harper’s Climate Change Speech

Stephen Harper’s important 2007 speech, in which he stated that climate change was “perhaps the biggest threat to confront the future of humanity today” while visiting Germany, is missing from the official website of the Prime Minister of Canada. … . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: The Curious Disappearance of Stephen Harper’s Climate Change Speech

Alberta Politics: Rona Ambrose, disciplined Harper loyalist, to lead the Opposition

PHOTOS: A typical constituent of Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose searches their Sturgeon River-Parkland riding northwest of Edmonton for a sign of his MP. Actual constituents of this Alberta MP may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Ms. Ambrose herself (CBC Photo) and Ms. Ambrose’s favourite author. Well, nobody in the shrunken Parliamentary ranks of . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Rona Ambrose, disciplined Harper loyalist, to lead the Opposition

Alberta Diary: No change! No change! Jim Prentice’s ‘new management’ is offering the same old Tory stuff

New management … same old owner. It’s all about marketing. Below: Jim Prentice and Fred Horne, advocating the same health care policies.

Sustained, uninterrupted privatization of health care, a senior official dumped for daring to speak out about political interference in her supposedly independent work, thousands of dollars in illegal donations to the . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: No change! No change! Jim Prentice’s ‘new management’ is offering the same old Tory stuff

Alberta Diary: Don’t let any ‘celebrities’ tell you different, we’ve got friends of science here in Alberta

Don’t worry: you have absolutely nothing to do with the apocalypse. You might as well mine more bitumen while you wait for it. Below: Barry Cooper; another version of the Friends of Science billboard; yet another great billboard supporting democracy and the people. Billboard photos found on the Internet.

Alberta’s “Friends of . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Don’t let any ‘celebrities’ tell you different, we’ve got friends of science here in Alberta

The Canadian Progressive: Harper Government must heed environment commissioner’s warnings: David Suzuki

By Dr. David Suzuki | Published by Troy Media on Feb. 13, 2013: When the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform exploded in 2010, killing 11 people and spewing massive amounts of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, it cost more than $40 billion to mop up the mess. In Canada, an oil company would be liable . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Harper Government must heed environment commissioner’s warnings: David Suzuki

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Canadians Mourn The Untimely “Death of Evidence”

“The Harper government is the most environmentally hostile one we have ever had in Canada.” – Maude Barlow, Chair of the Council of Canadians About 1,500 scientists, lawyers, students and activists from across Canada gathered on Parliament Hill yesterday and held a mock funeral to mourn the death of Canadian evidence. The rallying cry . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Canadians Mourn The Untimely “Death of Evidence”

350 or bust: Canada’s New Climate Buddy: Russia

Canada has been under fire internationally for the Harper government’s recent announcement of its intention to pull out of the only international treaty that attempts to address the climate crisis, the Kyoto Protocol. China, Japan, France, India, and Tuvalu, a small island state at risk from climate change, have all been vocal in their condemnation . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Canada’s New Climate Buddy: Russia

350 or bust: Backing Out Of the Kyoto Accord: Part Of Canada’s Shame-Based Heritage

Once again, Rick Mercer doesn’t pull any punches:  

350 or bust: Citizens Climate Lobby: Progress in Durban On Climate, But We Mustn’t Wait To Act

Citizens Climate Lobby Canada released this response to the recent Durban climate negotiations and the announcement yesterday by Environment Minister Peter Kent that Canada is pulling out of the Kyoto Protocol: While it is encouraging that a path forward now exists for an international agreement on climate change, the deal completed Sunday in Durban, South . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Citizens Climate Lobby: Progress in Durban On Climate, But We Mustn’t Wait To Act

DeSmogBlog: BREAKING: Canada Pulls Out of Kyoto Protocol

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Canada is pulling out of the Kyoto Protocol, the cornerstone of international climate negotiations, in the wake of the failed COP17 climate talks in Durban. Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent announced Canada's bail-out of Kyoto as he returned from Durban.

The Kyoto Protocol was ratified by Canada in 2002, when the agreement . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: BREAKING: Canada Pulls Out of Kyoto Protocol

350 or bust: Durban: Setting The Stage For Climate Chaos

Today’s guest blogger is friend of 350orbust Graham Saunders, who gives us his perspective on the U.N. climate negotiations in Durban: The Kyoto Agreement to reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases became toast at the recent world meetings in Durban, South Africa. Yes, there are some damage control with statements that “we” have to take . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Durban: Setting The Stage For Climate Chaos

DeSmogBlog: Will Durban Climate Talks Leave Us On the Wrong Side of History?

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Guest post by Heather Libby of TckTckTck.org, originally published on Huffington Post.

Whatever happens, the next 48 hours will change the world.

The Durban climate negotiations dance on a wire. Sway but a little, and everything falls.

For the past ten days scientists, politicians, faith leaders, health leaders, artists and unions have formed . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Will Durban Climate Talks Leave Us On the Wrong Side of History?

DeSmogBlog: U.S. 2020 climate treaty proposal isn’t a delay—it’s a death sentence

Ed note: Originally published by our friends at Grist.org.

by Jamie Henn of 350.org   The U.N. climate talks desperately need a crisis. For the last 10 days, negotiations here in Durban, South Africa, have made little progress on the fundamental challenge these talks were set up to confront: how the world can come together to avoid . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: U.S. 2020 climate treaty proposal isn’t a delay—it’s a death sentence

350 or bust: Durban: Youth Turn Their Backs In Response To Canadian Government’s Disregard For Their Future

Here’s another post from Ani, part of the Canadian Youth Delegation in Durban, South Africa where the 10 days of U.N. climate negotiations have less than 48 hours to go, and no agreement is in sight. Here is her account of the recent action by some of the other members of the Youth Delegation; and . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Durban: Youth Turn Their Backs In Response To Canadian Government’s Disregard For Their Future

350 or bust: It’s Official: Canada Breaks International Law, Withdraws From Kyoto Protocol

From the Globe and Mail: Environment Minister Peter Kent says Canada is finished with the Kyoto Protocol. Speaking in a teleconference from an international climate-change summit in South Africa, Mr. Kent said Monday Canada will not make a second commitment to Kyoto, which would run from 2013 to 2017. The article erroneously claims that China, . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: It’s Official: Canada Breaks International Law, Withdraws From Kyoto Protocol

the reeves report: Environment Minister Peter Kent tells Durban that Canada will not renew Kyoto

An environmental protester at the Durban Conference mocks Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

According to CJOB in Manitoba, Canada’s Environment Minister Peter Kent has informed delegates at the Durban climate talks in South Africa that Canada will not renew its commitment to the Kyoto Protocol that would run from 2013 to 2017.

The . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Environment Minister Peter Kent tells Durban that Canada will not renew Kyoto

350 or bust: Canada’s Mandate At Durban Climate Talks Clear: Negotiate On Behalf Of Tar Sands, Not Canadians’ Future

A perspective on Day 5 of the Durban climate negotiations, from Ani, a member of the Canadian Youth Delegation representing Manitoba at the Durban climate conference. Ani works as a Public Education and Outreach Coordinator for Climate Change Connection, a project of the Manitoba Eco-Network. To read more, visit Ani’s blog at YouthDelegateManitoba.wordpress.com: Day 5 . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Canada’s Mandate At Durban Climate Talks Clear: Negotiate On Behalf Of Tar Sands, Not Canadians’ Future

350 or bust: Standing On Guard For The Tar Sands: Canada Wins Two Fossil Awards on Day 1 of Climate Talks

Today’s guest blogger is Ani, a member of the Canadian Youth Delegation representing Manitoba at the Durban climate conference. Ani works as a Public Education and Outreach Coordinator for Climate Change Connection, a project of the Manitoba Eco-Network. To read more about Ani, visit her info page at YouthDelegateManitoba.wordpress.com. While I’m experiencing my first day . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Standing On Guard For The Tar Sands: Canada Wins Two Fossil Awards on Day 1 of Climate Talks

DeSmogBlog: Government Watchdog Report Confirms Canada’s Failures on Tar Sands Monitoring and Climate Action

shutterstock_83447575.jpg   Canada's top environmental watchdog official released a damning report today acknowledging the federal government's complete failure to account for the … . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Government Watchdog Report Confirms Canada’s Failures on Tar Sands Monitoring and Climate Action