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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson, left, and Minister of the Environment Steven Guilbeault announce Canada’s new climate plan at a press conference on March 29, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

The political opportunities and challenges of Canada’s new $9.1B climate plan

Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions decreased by only one per cent between 2005 and 2019. A new climate plan charts the path to deep cuts in carbon emissions in only eight years.
Trees scorched by the Caldor Fire smoulder in the Eldorado National Forest, Calif., Sept. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Planting trees can help the climate, but only if we also stop burning fossil fuels

Planting trees and preventing deforestation can store carbon in nature, but the effect may only be temporary. If we also eliminate emissions from fossil fuels, even this temporary effect is important.
Oilsands tailings are a mixture of water, suspended sand, clay and residual bitumen. (Dan Prat/Canva)

How plants can help clean up oilsands tailing ponds

A new nature-based approach to managing oilsands tailings shows promise in the lab and may soon be tested in the field.

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