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A woman drinks water in front of the ancient Parthenon Temple during a hot, windy day at Acropolis hill in Athens in July 2024. Record-breaking heat waves have become the norm across much of the world as a result of human caused climate change. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

A ‘green new deal’ is Canada’s best hope of achieving a just carbon-zero transition

A green new deal is practical, politically possible, and the best chance we have to achieve a just carbon-zero transition in Canada.
Anti-carbon tax protesters wave signs and chant slogans as they block a westbound lane of the Trans Canada highway near Cochrane, Alta., on April 1, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Fossil fuel subsidies cost Canadians a lot more money than the carbon tax

Never mind the carbon tax. Tax breaks and public spending for fossil fuel companies cost taxpayers billions every year and hurt the environment.
An aerial view of pools of brine that slowly evaporate, leaving behind lithium and other minerals, in the SQM mine in the San Pedro de Atacama desert, in northern Chile, on April 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

The importance of critical minerals should not condone their extraction at all costs

The temptation to justify critical minerals mining at all costs is a dangerous fallacy. The social and environmental impacts of poorly mined critical minerals are dire.
Flares burn at the Shell Norco Manufacturing Complex in 2021, in Norco, La. Plants like this produce not only greenhouse gas emissions, but also excess heat. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Thermoelectric technologies can help power a zero-carbon future

Human societies produce huge amounts of excess heat. Turning it into electricity could play a key role in achieving a net-zero society.
U.S. President Joe Biden and China’s President Xi Jinping walk in the gardens at the Filoli Estate in Woodside, Calif. on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference. (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP)

The Sunnylands Statement sets a positive signal: World leaders gathered for COP28 must build off of it

The Sunnylands Statement has set a powerful signal for COP28, however, it also highlights that more must be done in Dubai to define what it means to achieve ‘net zero.’
People stand on frozen Ghost Lake outside a hydro-electric dam near Cochrane, Alta., in December 2020. Renewables and e-fuels could be instrumental in Canada’s green transition. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

E-fuels can play a huge role in Canada’s journey towards a net-zero future

E-fuels are materials that reliably and efficiently store energy until we need to use it and can readily be moved from place to place. They could be a major player in Canada’s green transition.
Chronic issues in methane emissions enforcement and measuring threatens the prospects of a net-zero future. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Oil and gas sector’s low compliance with methane regulations jeopardizes Canada’s net-zero goals

Regulating greenhouse gas emissions is an important part of Canada’s strategy to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. However, a newly published study illustrates why enforcing regulation is key.
In Reykjavik, Iceland, a Climeworks factory located at the back of a power plant draws in ambient air and releases it as largely purified CO2 through ventilators. Halldor Kolbeins/AFP

Forget net-zero: to halt global heating, aim for net-negative

New research suggests it will be next to impossible to limit global warming to safe levels without relying on technologies to directly remove carbon from the air.
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.

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