Climate change, Ultimatum and game theory
Matthew’s Glass novel, Ultimatum, has a compellingly plausible premise. It is 2032. Decades of Copenhagen-type negotiations have produced nothing but broken promises. As the seas and storms rise, low-lying areas like Florida and Louisiana become uninsurable, then uninhabitable (not to mentio…Continue reading the post titled Climate change, Ultimatum and game theory
New cars: greenhouse gas limits and ethanol
Canada will control greenhouse gases, although only when the US does. Last week, Canada and the US jointly announced stricter limits on GHG emissions from new cars (light-duty vehicles). This is the first-ever federal regulation to directly control GHG emissions across Canada. Our federal go…Continue reading the post titled New cars: greenhouse gas limits and ethanol
Big fine for one minute of air pollution
Highest air pollution fine per minuteContinue reading the post titled Big fine for one minute of air pollution
Federal environmental assessment shrinks
Eliminating federal EA makes it less likely that cumulative impacts will be evaluated, such as climate change.Continue reading the post titled Federal environmental assessment shrinks
Transit class action, EA and the St. Clair Streetcar
Curactive Organic Skin Care is starting a class action over the St. Clair streetcar. It wants to sue the Ontario government, Toronto and the TTC for $105 million in damages. Curactive says hundreds of small businesses lost money, due to delays in transit construction, and to changes in the d…Continue reading the post titled Transit class action, EA and the St. Clair Streetcar
Oil sands tailing wastes and dead ducks
In Alberta provincial court, Syncrude is on trial for the death of 1600 migratory ducks, who were unable to escape from its oil sands tailing ponds in 2008. Federal and provincial governments allow Syncrude to create the giant, deadly ponds, as long as they take reasonable care to frighten t…Continue reading the post titled Oil sands tailing wastes and dead ducks
Peak oil: Who worries?
A surprising variety of knowledgeable people are worrying about peak oil: Petrobras, for example, the Brazilian state oil company. The International Energy Agency. Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group. The City of Bloomington, Indiana. The chairperson of Total Oil. Will peak oil …Continue reading the post titled Peak oil: Who worries?
Ontario Budget 2010
How did the environment do? Dalton McGuinty may be Ontario’s greenest premier, but there are some understandable disappointments for the environment in yesterday’s hard times Budget 2010. There is an environmental section to the budget, although (given the yawning deficit) it doe…Continue reading the post titled Ontario Budget 2010
Big climate win for Harper
Harper gambled that he could break both domestic and international law and get away with it, and he was right.Continue reading the post titled Big climate win for Harper
Want to find a certificate of approval?
It’s a new era of transparency: Every recent air and waste certificate of approval in Ontario is now available on line. Check out your neighbours, your competitors, yourselves- we no longer have an excuse not to know.Continue reading the post titled Want to find a certificate of approval?