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Analysis: Ukraine crisis could boost ballooning fossil fuel subsidies
Sky-high oil prices resulting from a potential Russian oil import ban could force governments to pour more cash into fossil fuel subsidies to shield consumers from rising energy bills, rather than use the money to fight climate change.
How visual data is propelling a new wave of climate tech
Until recently, there was no visceral sense that the largest challenge we face is fixing the planet. Responding to environmental problems was for too long viewed by big companies as a marketing strategy to target consumers who were more environmentally conscious than others. Today, the tides are, literally, changing, and sustainability is now mission critical for businesses as new wisdom has emerged that illustrates how being 'green' is a catalyst for innovation and market opportunity.
'Unscientific': Morrison government wanted IPCC to say Great Barrier Reef 'not yet in crisis'
The Australian government pushed to soften the wording of a major report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world's leading climate science authority, to say the Great Barrier Reef is not yet in crisis.
Renewable energy transition is possible now in Canada
Renewable energy can now be scaled much faster and cheaper than fossil fuels, and the political and policy tools that allow citizens and communities to partner with utilities are being deployed at a global scale.
Sustainability Week To Focus On Greenwashing
UMSU's annual series of sustainability initiatives will be held March 1 through March 10 and will focus on the theme of greenwashing, the process through which an organization misrepresents itself or its products as environmentally sustainable. The events — dubbed sustainability season — will promote environmental sustainability and feature David Suzuki as the keynote speaker.
What makes a sustainable finance hub successful?
Cities the world over are competing fiercely for green capital flows, touting benefits from listing incentives to carbon markets. The effectiveness of such efforts are unclear, but in any case there may be enough business to go around.
India's quest for solar energy may have adverse social, ecological effects
India increased its solar capacity 15-fold from 2014 to 2021, with solar power becoming a fast developing industry in the country as part of the renewable energy sector.
La evolución del petróleo cuestiona los objetivos climáticos (in Spanish)
La cotización del petróleo está disparada. Tanto, que ha alcanzado el nivel más alto desde 2014, por encima de los 100 dólares el barril de Brent (el de referencia en Europa). La tensión entre Ucrania y Rusia ha empujado más los precios en las últimas semanas, pero el también denominado oro negro lleva tiempo en rally: desde el mínimo que marcó al inicio de la pandemia (19,33 euros en abril de 2020) ha subido un 430%.
Indonesia aiming far too low to reach climate goals: Think tank
Indonesia should quadruple its annual investment target for new and renewable energy to more than US$8 billion by 2025 to reach energy transition goals, according to a new report published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).
Salmon & BC floods – how to use those recovery dollars
November’s floods took a heavy toll on wild salmon and their habitats. How we decide to rebuild could affect wild salmon for generations.
Fossil Fuel Giants Seek Billions From European Countries Under Secretive Treaty
Fossil fuel companies in Europe are using an international treaty signed nearly three decades ago to challenge several governments' ability to take climate action—exemplifying why, critics said Monday, the 1994 Energy Charter Treaty is a major impediment to transitioning away from planet-heating fossil fuels and toward renewable energy.
European energy groups seek €4bn damages over fossil fuel projects
Five energy groups are suing four European governments for almost €4bn over the stymying of coal, oil and gas projects as climate change concerns rise, using a secretive process based on an international energy treaty.
Exxaro, China's CNIC vie with AIIM for $2 bln African power firm Lekela - sources
South African miner Exxaro (EXXJ.J) and Chinese state fund CNIC are among potential buyers admitted to the final round of bidding for African renewable energy firm Lekela Power - a company worth around $2 billion, a number of sources familiar with the deal told Reuters.
Humanity Subsidizing 'Our Own Extinction,' Warns Study
Releasing a new study showing that world governments spend at least $1.8 trillion annually to subsidize activities which worsen the climate crisis, global subsidies experts on Thursday said leaders must eliminate or redirect the financial supports as part of an ambitious Global Biodiversity Framework at an upcoming summit in China.
BC's Fossil Fuel Subsidies Are Second Highest in Canada
The B.C. government handed out $1.3 billion in fossil fuel subsidies over the past two fiscal years, according to a new report by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, an independent think tank.
Provinces Trigger New Fossil Development with Higher Subsidies than Ottawa’s, IISD Reports
Fossil fuel subsidies from Canadian provinces and territories exceed federal support for the industry, triggering fossil fuel production "that may not otherwise occur" and depriving provinces of "millions in uncollected royalty and tax revenue from fossil fuels," concludes a new report.
Provincial fossil fuel subsidies pose big problems for Canada's climate goals
Canada's four main fossil fuel-producing provinces shelled out $4 billion in subsidies for the industry from April 2020 to the end of last year, a new report reveals.
Provincial oil & gas sector aid topped $2.5B in fiscal 2021: report
Canada's four major oil and gas-producing provinces put at least $2.5 billion in total towards subsidies for the fossil fuel industry in the last fiscal year, according to a new report. The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) says the subsidies undermine the federal government's goal of hitting net-zero emissions by 2050.
Report highlights inequities in Winnipeg neighbourhoods
A new 98-page report highlights some of the inequities well-known by Winnipeggers when it comes to the suburban-downtown divide. A Voluntary Local Review of Winnipeg was published recently and submitted to the United Nations by United Way Winnipeg and the International Institute for Sustainable Development. The report is one of the first of its kind In Canada — Kelowna, B.C., was the first in the country to submit the report — and shares Winnipeg’s progress towards localizing sustainable development goals or "SDGs."