CO2 Highest in 650,000 years
According to the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is now 387 ppm, the highest level for at least 650,000 years. Meanwhile, the city of Toronto released figures showing that the August 19, 2005 storm has cost the city …Continue reading the post titled CO2 Highest in 650,000 years
Who gets the money?
Alberta’s cap and trade plan may create another opportunity for the federal and provincial governments to tussle over oil revenues. Alberta’s “Specified Gas Emitters” regulation requires Alberta’s largest emitters to reduce the intensity of their greenhouse gas …Continue reading the post titled Who gets the money?
Adaptation for Municipalities
Suddenly, it seems, there is a crescendo of interest in climate change adaptation. Perhaps Toronto’s $500 million in insurance claims for the August 2005 rainstorm have helped to bring home the unpleasant fact that the costs of climate change won’t just fall on our children- they…Continue reading the post titled Adaptation for Municipalities
Pesticides cases heating up
After years of relatively little pesticides litigation, there is suddenly an explosion of activity. The federal government is facing nine lawsuits (Including class actions) across the country arising from alleged pesticide contamination of the Gagetown military base. Some product liability l…Continue reading the post titled Pesticides cases heating up
Kearl Mine – GHG essential part of CEAA
Canada’s first major battle on the place of greenhouse gases in environmental assessment continued this week, with a major defeat for Imperial Oil. As described in our April post, earlier this year, the Federal Court rejected Imperial’s CEAA Environmental Assessment of its huge K…Continue reading the post titled Kearl Mine – GHG essential part of CEAA
Municipalities Lose Chance for Carbon Credits
Making landfill gas capture mandatory makes it ineligible for carbon credits.Continue reading the post titled Municipalities Lose Chance for Carbon Credits
More on Pesticide Ban
The Cosmetic Pesticides Ban Act will making the pesticide ban uniform across Ontario, and will transfer enforcement responsibility from municipalities to the Ministry of the Environment.Continue reading the post titled More on Pesticide Ban
Toronto's Environmental Reporting Bylaw- what next?
Toronto Public Health was due to report back in May on its proposed precedent-setting bylaw for Environmental Disclosure and Reporting. Instead, staff advise: We are currently proposing to report to the Board of Health in June or July, not May as planned. The feedback from stakeholders was …Continue reading the post titled Toronto's Environmental Reporting Bylaw- what next?
Clotheslines, pesticides, and water bottles
This year, Earth week in Ontario was marked by three small steps in the long battle to keep from destroying our own world. Each of the three had as much cultural as legal significance. Last summer, this blog got coast-to-coast publicity for our call for action on clothesline bans. Clotheslin…Continue reading the post titled Clotheslines, pesticides, and water bottles
First case on GHG Emissions
Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development v. Canada is the first Canadian legal decision to turn on how greenhouse gas emissions are disclosed. In this case, four nongovernmental organizations challenged the environmental assessment of a huge oil sands mine. The Kearl mine required a fed…Continue reading the post titled First case on GHG Emissions