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September 26, 2014
It doesn't take much to make a significant contribution to making your small community energy efficient. Check the article for some guiding steps.
September 20, 2014
1. Make a Sustainable Transportation Commitment to aim for zero-carbon local transportation by creating ‘complete streets’ designed for all users, walkable neighbourhoods, and a world-class cycling environment; and by adopting world-class policies for transportation demand management, transit, ride-sharing, car-sharing, electric vehicles and freight. There are great examples of pedestrian streets and centres in Europe. In Copenhagen, 36% of commute and school trips are made by bike; Bogota and Curitiba have shown the way for bus rapid transport; San Diego is showing the way for electric vehicles.
June 7, 2014
Update; March 2015: Norway now has 45,500 EVs. 15% of all new vehicles are electric, and there are 6,000 EV charging stations. I wish I could have traveled to Norway to research this story—but the Solar Impulse 2, which is on a round-the-world flight with solar-covered wings wider than a Boeing 747—only has room for the pilot. Norway and British Columbia are very similar. Both have rugged ocean coasts, mountainous terrains and ample hydro electricity, allowing 95% zero-carbon electricity in BC and 100% in Norway. They also have similar populations, with 4.4 million people in BC and 5 million in Norway. But when it comes to electric cars, is there ever a difference.
May 8, 2014
What a great report! The US National Climate Assessment is clear, definitive, and very straightforward. The warnings are stark, and will be no surprise to BCSEA readers. If we fail to act, and to do so decisively, the increase in heat waves will become even more brutal. Parts of the US southwest will become a permanent dustbowl as soil moisture falls. The deluges of rain will become more frequent. The sea level could rise by up to four feet by the end of the century, threatening the homes of five million people.
April 23, 2014
Climate change—two simple words that are so innocuous, yet when combined are so dangerous that they might yet be carved on civilization’s gravestone:
January 30, 2014
In 2013, the London-based organization Carbon Tracker, founded by Mark Campanale, continued to reveal the risks associated with fossil fuel assets and demonstrate the need for transparent indicators of climate risks. In preparation for the BCSEA Webinar on Tuesday Feb 11th, here is an edited version of their 2013 report:
January 15, 2014
 Canada's carbon emissions will soar 38% by 2030 mainly due to expanding tar sands projects, according to the government's own projections.  
October 31, 2013
At the end of October, Christy Clark, BC’s Premier, signed a high profile agreement with the Governors of Washington, Oregon and California in which the four leaders make a strong and clear commitm
June 28, 2013
  First, the speech By any standards, and compared to any speechmaking we’re used to in Canada, it was brilliant. Why, by contrast, are Canadian politicians so dull and pedestrian? The open confession of Earth’s beauty: “That bright blue ball rising over the moon’s surface containing everything we hold dear, the laughter of children, a quiet sunset, all the hopes and dreams of posterity, that’s what’s at stake.”
April 30, 2013
 In April, BC’s Auditor General stirred the climate change debate with his report on the Pacific Carbon Trust. In the debate that followed, however, the reason why it matters went missing. The driving reality behind the government’s commitment to carbon-neutral government are those ominous three words  - global climate change.
April 8, 2013
Dear Prospective Member of the BC Legislature, Please, let’s not beat about the bush. We know healthcare and education are important, and so are debt-repayment and many other things. But we’re all together on this one small planet, sharing our berths on the Good Ship Civilization, and as a direct result of the fuel we’ve been burning and other careless activities a god-almighty storm is bearing down on us, with the ability to toss our puny boat up in the air and down into the depths, wrecking everything we love and care about, from our children and grandchildren to our forests and food, our furry friends and our future.
December 19, 2012
 Are you making the most of the incentives that are available to help you build a more sustainable world?
December 4, 2012
The following announcement came our way from Michael Rensing, Manager of Renewable and Low Carbon Fuels at the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas.
November 23, 2012
LiveSmart BC’s Energy Incentive Program is one of the BC Liberal government’s best programs, and yet it is in danger, w
October 17, 2012
As BCSEA's Director of Policy, I'm asking you to let government know your ideas on how the 2013 budget can support sustainable energy:  
May 15, 2012
BC Hydro is releasing its Integrated Resource Plan. I expect it will be posted on the BC Hydro website on or around 28 May.
February 6, 2012
The BC government's newly released natural gas strategy will increase greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, not reduce them, as claimed in British Columbia's Natural Gas Strategy, released on Friday February 3rd 2012.   "Methane leaks from the extraction of natural gas are a huge driver of climate change,” said Guy Dauncey, Executive Director of the BC Sustainable Energy Association, “and the evidence appears to show that the extraction of shale gas produces up to twice as many fugitive methane emissions as conventional gas. It is essential that ways be found to control and capture these emissions.”  
February 6, 2012
Kamloops readers may have heard about the transit proposal that will be discussed at tomorrow’s Council meeting.