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November 6, 2008
New Democratic Party leader Carole James has promised to replace the carbon tax with an alternative, targeting "the big polluters." They'd be forced to invest in reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases below a government-imposed cap.
November 6, 2008
While you were distracted by crashing banks and clashing senators, you may have missed a small environmental earthquake. The price of carbon has collapsed. In only three months, life has become a lot cheaper for polluters; the financial cost of warming the planet has plummeted in Europe’s emissions trading system (ETS) and the effectiveness of such a volatile market mechanism in curbing carbon is being questioned.
November 6, 2008
Canada's biggest companies are making climate change a higher priority, partly through more widespread disclosure of greenhouse-gas emissions, according to a new report. The report from the non-profit group Carbon Disclosure Project, to be released Wednesday by the Conference Board of Canada, surveyed the 200 most valuable Canadian companies on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
November 6, 2008
The election of Barack Obama has put the wind back into the sails of the renewable energy sector, where investor confidence had been badly punctured by the credit crisis. Clean technology and green energy stocks have soared as City analysts predict a major boost from the incoming president.
November 5, 2008
For the fourth year in a row, Quebec has lowered its total greenhouse gas emissions, reducing the amount of polluting gases that contribute to climate change even as the province's economy and population have grown. The news, made public yesterday by the Environment Department, was lauded by environmentalist David Suzuki, who was in Montreal speaking to a business audience.
November 5, 2008
Under President-elect Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., the fossil fuels industry may face "dark days ahead," while alternative energy sectors are likely to flourish. Although it will take years to engineer and implement, an Obama administration energy and environment policy marks a tectonic shift for the nation. He would move the U.S. away from petroleum as its primary energy source and towards renewable energy, advanced biofuels, efficiency and low greenhouse-gas-emitting technologies.
November 4, 2008
EarthFirst Canada Inc. has announced the installation of British Columbia's first commercial wind turbine at the company's 144-megawatt (MW) Dokie Wind Project. The 3-MW Vestas V90 wind turbine was fully assembled last week at the construction site. It is the first of seven turbines to be installed in 2008 and producing power to BC homes in early 2009.
November 4, 2008
CEOs have become important voices in the evolving debates over sustainability and the reality of global warming. With their roles in the economy, influence over workers and high public profile, they stand as thought leaders. With that in mind, we've added a special feature to this year's CEO issue that explores the thoughts of a select group of corporate leaders on some of the key dilemmas and issues arising in today's environmental debate.
November 3, 2008
Welcome to our new fully upgraded website! Our new site is vibrant with activity and dynamic content, and better supports our democratic, member-driven organization. With our new website and membership database, we now have the tools we need to continue to grow as we work to build a sustainable energy future in British Columbia, and set an example in Canada and worldwide. We believe this website will be central to our continued success!
November 3, 2008
Canada's environmental record is among the worst in the industrialized world, due in part to its poor performance fighting global warming, according to a report from the Conference Board of Canada on Monday. Canada placed 15th among 17 peers, beating only Australia and the United States.
November 3, 2008
District of North Vancouver residents have reason to gloat to their neighbours with the announcement that the municipality has been designated a "solar community" by the province of British Columbia. The title, bestowed upon the district at last month's meeting of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities, doesn't actually mean the district produces solar energy, but rather that it will receive $20,000 to promote its use (specifically in the form of solar hot water systems) within the community. The municipality will also have access to up to $40,000 to install a solar hot water system on a public building.
November 3, 2008
The winds of change are blowing through the United States as the world's largest economy flaunts its desire to develop renewable sources of energy and break free from its heavy addiction on imported oil. It promises to be a lucrative time for companies that manufacture infrastructure for the burgeoning sector, regardless of whether Americans vote in Democratic candidate Barack Obama or the Republicans' John McCain as president come Tuesday.
November 3, 2008
Environmentalists can't decide whether to celebrate the recession or dread it. Conventional wisdom holds that the green movement will be one of the first casualties of the downturn. "The clean-tech industry is at risk because of a real lack of access to capital," says Paul Maeder, who runs the clean-tech fund for Highland Capital, the global venture capital firm that he co-founded. But in his next breath, Maeder explains why the current economic mess may end up being a boon to environmentalism — by forcing change.
November 3, 2008
When asked what was his greatest achievement, Tommy Douglas said rural electrification through the creation of a province-wide electrical grid. Sixty years later, our current slate of leaders could have a similar impact on the province by creating a "smart grid." Smart grids may be one of the most important solutions to the world's energy and climate problems.
October 27, 2008
Environmentally efficient but costly biogas needs government subsidies to encourage more use. The search for alternative energy supplies has led researchers and investors to place new emphasis on the potential of a half-century-old yet largely undeveloped source of energy derived from all manner of biological waste.
October 27, 2008
Energy is on everyone’s mind these days, particularly Houstonians, after we just spent weeks without electricity. Imagine doing without electricity, natural gas, gasoline and water, all at the same time! Despite the recent drop in the price of oil (which is likely only temporary), many experts believe big changes are ahead in the world when it comes to energy, especially how we supply and use it.
October 27, 2008
In September, a successful AGM was held for the Vancouver chapter, recognising the achievements of the BCSEA at both the Provincial and Chapter levels. Nicole Cook, the newly elected chair of the Vancouver Chapter Steering Committee chaired the meeting, which had over 30 attendees, most of whom were new to the organization.
October 18, 2008
BCSEA Board member Chris Eich has recently moved to Prince George and is energizing the Central Interior Chapter with his passion and commitment to a sustainable energy future for British Columbia. He attended the chapter meeting on October 16th where it was decided that the chapter would focus its resources on bringing the Climate Change Showdown to classrooms in the Central Interior.
October 17, 2008
U.S. producers of solar power will no longer need federal subsidies within eight years because by then solar power will cost less than electricity generated by conventional power plants, industry players said this week. The U.S. government recently extended tax breaks for wind and solar producers for another eight years. They are set to expire in 2016. Solar power, which contributes less than 1 percent of U.S. electricity generation, has been growing rapidly in the United States but remains reliant on state and federal subsidies to make it competitive versus power plants that run on coal or natural gas.
October 17, 2008
Canada's booming wind energy sector is becoming a victim of its own success, says a spokesman for the Canadian Wind Energy Association. A global surge in wind energy development is making it difficult for proponents to secure equipment for new projects, and waiting times for turbine blades and other components are increasing. "Right now there is a shortage of turbines internationally," David Huggill, western Canada policy manager for the Canadian Wind Energy Association, said in a recent interview.