A Competitive Transition: How Smarter Climate Policy Can Help Canada Lead the Way to a Low Carbon Economy

Canadian Chamber of Commerce https://bit.ly/2UO1SgL [CTV] Canada’s largest business group has endorsed a carbon tax as the most efficient way for the country to cut greenhouse gas emissions. In a report [attached] released Thursday, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce says there is general consensus in Canada that something needs to be done about climate change, … Continue reading

ENCORE (Exploring Natural Capital Opportunities, Risks and Exposure)

Natural Capital Finance Alliance https://encore.naturalcapital.finance/ ENCORE (Exploring Natural Capital Opportunities, Risks and Exposure) is a tool to help users better understand and visualise the impact of environmental change on the economy. By focusing on the goods and services that nature provides to enable economic production, it guides users in understanding how businesses across all sectors … Continue reading

Federal Lands Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sequestration in the United States: Estimates for 2005–14

U.S. Geological Survey https://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2018/5131/sir20185131.pdf [The Hill]  The first-of-its-kind U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report, released late Friday, found that emissions from fossil fuels produced on federal lands and offshore areas represent an average of 24 percent of all national emissions of carbon, a major contributor to air pollution and climate change… Wyoming was the top contributor … Continue reading

Fourth National Climate Assessment: Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States

U.S. Global Change Research Program https://nca2018.globalchange.gov/ [AP via Weather.com] …Quietly released the day after Thanksgiving, the National Climate Assessment directly cited global warming as a reason why natural disasters are worsening in the United States. It says warming-charged extremes “have already become more frequent, intense, widespread or of long duration.” The report notes the last … Continue reading

Mission Possible: Reaching Net-zero Carbon Emissions from Harder-to-abate Sectors by Mid-century

Energy Transitions Commission http://www.energy-transitions.org/mission-possible [Axios] Officials from several oil, power and industrial giants say in a new analysis that there’s a cost-effective path to “net-zero” emissions by 2060 from economic sectors that are tricky to decarbonize — like cement, steel, chemicals, heavy trucking and shipping… Getting to net-zero from these “harder to abate” sectors could be done … Continue reading