Canada seen as big loser if world gets serious about climate change

Rruck dumping oilsands into a hopper at Suncor's base plant oilsands upgrading facility north of Fort McMurray, Alta.  ~ RYAN JACKSON / EDMONTON JOURNAL

Dumping oilsands into a hopper at Suncor’s oilsands upgrading facility north of Fort McMurray, Alta.
~ RYAN JACKSON / EDMONTON JOURNAL

Published: January 7, 2015

Most of Canada’s oil riches should stay the ground, according to an international study that has deemed 75 per cent of Canada’s oil and all the Arctic’s fossil fuels “unburnable.” Continue reading →

Cracks in natural gas ‘bridge’ to clean energy future

 The proposed Woodfibre LNG Project processing and export facility, to be located near Squamish, BC ~Woodfire LNG

The proposed Woodfibre LNG Project processing and export facility, to be located near Squamish, BC ~Woodfire LNG

B.C. Premier Christy Clark sees a big role for natural gas in the “clean energy future.” So does Hillary Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state and probable candidate for president, who likes to describe natural gas as a “bridge” to a greener economy.

A study released Wednesday casts more doubt on such sunny forecasts.

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Climate change expert sees ‘brighter, smarter’ future for planet

Tom Pedersen, executive director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions at the University of Victoria in B.C., plugs in his electric car in Victoria. PHOTO: MATT KELLEY

Tom Pedersen, executive director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions at the University of Victoria in B.C., plugs in his electric car in Victoria.
PHOTO: MATT KELLEY

Published: May 1, 2014

VANCOUVER — Tom Pedersen sounds almost upbeat about climate change, putting a positive spin on the decidedly gloomy subject.

“You must never lose hope,” says Pedersen, executive director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions at the University of Victoria in B.C., who foresees a  “brighter, smarter” future for the planet. Continue reading →