Canada’s last fully intact arctic ice shelf collapses

by Moira Warburton, The Huffington Post


  • The Milne Ice Shelf, located on Ellesmere Island in the Canadian territory of Nunavut, has collapsed, resulting in the loss of over 40% of the glaciers total area
  • The area loss is more than the island of Manhattan 
  • Arctic amplification, high air temperatures, offshore winds, and open water in front of the ice shelf are to blame 
  • Luke Copland, a glaciologist at the University of Ottawa, says that summer in the Canadian arctic has been 5 degrees Celcius warmer over the 30-year average
  • The collapse of the shelf resulted in the loss of the northern hemisphere’s last known epishelf lake and took down a research camp that was empty before the collapse
  • Two other ice caps on Ellesmere Island are also diminishing and are likely to disappear within 10 years

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Global financial giants swear off funding Canadian tar sands

By Christopher Flavelle, The New York Times


Due to pressure from shareholders and environmental activists, financial institutions and insurance companies are no longer investing in oil production taking place in Alberta, Canada.

  • Though divestment promises have been made, oil extraction from the province increased last year
  • Local Canadian banks and pension funds are still lending money for oil extraction
  • Some of the same companies pulling away from oil sands are continuing to invest in oil projects in other countries
  • Alberta’s government considers the divestment an attack on their industry and will “punish” companies that have stopped financing oil extraction 
  • Moody’s credit rating agency downgraded the creditworthiness of Alberta’s debt to its lowest level in 20 years
  • Oil sands extraction is energy-intensive and leads to about 70% more greenhouse gas generation per unit of energy on average

The Climate Center supports divestment to help speed up and scale up greenhouse gas reductions.

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Uncompetitive: Canada and the US have worst vehicle fuel economy standards in the world

by Blake Shaffer, The Conversation

Usually when Canada is at the top of an international ranking, it’s cause for celebration. Not this time.

A recent report by the International Energy Agency shows that Canada’s vehicles have the highest average fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions per kilometre driven. They are also the largest and the second heaviest in the world.

In short: Canadian vehicles are big, heavy and guzzle a lot of gasoline. For a country that is championing its climate action, how do we square these facts?

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B.C. introduces law to require cars, trucks sold by 2040 be zero emission

by The Canadian Press

All light-duty cars and trucks sold in British Columbia would have to be zero-emission by 2040 under legislation tabled Wednesday.

Energy Minister Michelle Mungall says the Zero Emission Vehicles Act aims to fight climate change by phasing out gas-powered vehicles.

She says the legislation would set target dates of 10 per cent zero-emission sales by 2025, 30 per cent by 2030, and 100 per cent by 2040.

The legislation would apply to new vehicles for sale or lease.

Mungall says zero-emission vehicles are part of the government’s $902 million CleanBC program to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2030 based on 2007 pollution levels.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is betting his reelection on a carbon tax

By David Roberts, Vox

The revenue would be returned to citizens as rebates, which might change the politics.

Climate policy has taken a remarkable turn up in Canada, where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is effectively betting his reelection on the political salability of a nationwide carbon tax. (I can’t believe I just wrote those words.)

Back in 2015, when he was first running for prime minister, Trudeau pledged that under his leadership, the federal government would implement a nationwide carbon price — and would impose such a price on any province that did not develop its own.

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Indigenous win in Canada with far-reaching implications for pipelines

by Farrah Khan, Green Peace

After three years of tireless legal action, the clyde river inuit have stopped seismic blasting to search for offshore oil deposits in the Canadian Arctic. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a landmark ruling in favor of the Inuit hamlet of Clyde River that will have far-reaching and lasting impacts across Canada in terms of Indigenous rights and resource extraction projects, including Arctic oil exploration, tar sands, and pipelines.

The marine life upon which the 1,000-person community has traditionally depended for food security could have been harmed, even killed, by the deafening noise of the seismic blasts. Now, marine animals like beluga, bowhead, and narwhals will be protected, and the Clyde River Inuit community’s culture and way of life can continue.

“Like all people, we want economic opportunities to flow into our communities. But we know that we are part of the land, and an economy that destroys the earth destroys ourselves,”

said Jerry Natanine, a community leader and former mayor of Clyde River, in welcoming the ruling.