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Methane is the world’s second most abundant greenhouse gas. It doesn’t stay in the atmosphere as long as CO2, but it’s many times more potent. Photo by Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times via Getty Image

Reducing methane is crucial for protecting climate and health, and it can pay for itself – so why aren’t more companies doing it?

The lead author of a new UN report on methane explains the findings and how oil and gas companies could be making money and saving the climate at the same time.
For more than 20 years, Canada has repeatedly missed its targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is the only G7 country whose emissions have increased since 2010. (Shutterstock)

Bill C-12: Canada must embrace best practices if it want to reach its greenhouse gas targets

Bill C-12 is a step in the right direction, but its not enough to meet Canada's goal for a decarbonized economy.
Residents of the Jacob Riis Settlement in New York City hold photographs of leaks, mold, peeling paint and other issues during a community town hall meeting on March 7, 2019. AP Photo/Kathy Willens

How to improve public health, the environment and racial equity all at once: Upgrade low-income housing

Building retrofits are no joke: They make dwellings healthier and more energy-efficient. And when they're done in low-income housing, they also reduce inequality.
Two people walk their bicycles along a flooded street on the waterfront of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as Hurricane Irma passes through on Sept. 10, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Why a net-zero future depends on the ocean’s ability to absorb carbon

Economic recovery and carbon neutrality are linked. Both depend on the ocean's ability to continue to regulate climate.
Global fossil fuel emissions dropped by about seven per cent in 2020 compared with 2019. But a rebound is likely to occur when lockdowns ease up unless COVID-19 recovery packages focus on ‘green recovery.’ (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

New research suggests 1.5C climate target will be out of reach without greener COVID-19 recovery plans

Several countries have made pledges to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to zero by mid-century. But new research finds the remaining carbon budget will be depleted before we get there.
After a six-month delay, the Supreme Court of Canada is hearing arguments against the federal carbon pricing system. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Supreme Court case on carbon price is about climate change, not the Constitution

The Paris climate change agreement aims to limit global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial temperatures — and the federal carbon pricing plan was meant to help Canada meet its commitments.

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