Tag: climate change

Clean Fuel – climate solution or environmental disaster?

Clean Fuel – climate solution or environmental disaster?

Ottawa, February 24 – Friends of the Earth Canada is raising serious questions about the environmental implications of the proposed federal “Clean Fuel Standard”.  In a discussion paper the group released today, they identify significant gaps in the scientific knowledge needed before deciding to increase the amount of biofuel produced in Canada. “Greenhouse gas reductions […]

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Coal ash spill, Canada Pension Plan and you!

Filed in Blog, Climate and energy by on October 11, 2016
Coal ash spill, Canada Pension Plan and you!

On Wednesday, we told you that Duke Energy is an environmental and financial liability. Yesterday, one of Duke’s cooling damns breached. Isn’t it time that the Canada Pension Plan got our money out of the company? If you haven’t sent your letter to CEO & President Mark Machin yet, please do it now! We took […]

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Money Hidden in Tax Havens Can Power Half the World with 100% Renewable Energy

Money Hidden in Tax Havens Can Power Half the World with 100% Renewable Energy

Time for G20 to act (Friends of the Earth International – Press Release, Amsterdam – 2 Sept. 2016)  Globally every year up to $600 billion dollars of government tax revenue is lost through tax avoidance alone 1. In a new report, launched today, Friends of the Earth International calculates that government revenue lost to tax […]

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Does the CPP math include climate risk we ask Canada’s Chief Actuary

Filed in Blog, Climate and energy by on July 12, 2016
Does the CPP math include climate risk we ask Canada’s Chief Actuary

  Did you know Canada has a Chief Actuary? We do and it’s his job to check the math of all the complicated financial schemes of the government. So, who better to make sure the Canada Pension Plan is protected from climate change risk? And, it turns out the Chief Actuary is doing a report […]

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Province-wide bee protection campaign launched – Friends of the Earth calls on city folks to “Let It Bee”

Province-wide bee protection campaign launched – Friends of the Earth calls on city folks to “Let It Bee”

May 5, 2016 (Toronto, Ontario)  In response to global concerns about declines in pollinator biodiversity, Friends of the Earth, with the support of Ontario Power Generation, is launching its “Let It Bee” campaign. More than two-thirds of the food crops we depend on benefit from pollination by native bees, honey bees and other pollinators. “Let […]

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Don’t count on the Paris Agreement to stop climate change

Don’t count on the Paris Agreement to stop climate change

(Ottawa, ON, April 22, 2016) Today, Prime Minister Trudeau and representatives of over 130 nations are expected to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change bringing them one step closer to reducing emissions that cause climate change. Nations including Canada will then ratify the agreement in the coming months. Countries agree to limit the rise […]

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Friends of the Earth Canada reaction to U.S. Canada joint statement on Climate, Energy and Arctic Leadership

Friends of the Earth Canada reaction to U.S. Canada joint statement on Climate, Energy and Arctic Leadership

(Ottawa, ON   March 10, 2016)   The U.S.-Canada joint statement contains some encouraging elements that can form the basis of bilateral action on climate change by the two countries. It is an important positive step forward but its spirit can be undermined by positions in on-going negotiations and the limited scale of global contributions needed from […]

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Paris Climate Agreement Signals End for Fossil Fuels: Not fast enough; not fair enough

Filed in Climate and energy by on December 14, 2015 0 Comments
Paris Climate Agreement Signals End for Fossil Fuels: Not fast enough; not fair enough

Yes, its historic. The Paris Agreement signals the use of fossil fuels must end. But, people and their communities will have to show leadership and take necessary action to keep fossil fuels in the ground.   Because developed countries have pushed through an agreement that is not fast enough nor fair enough. The much-publicized reference to […]

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Reflecting on The Paris Climate Agreement Makes Me Glad, Sad and Mad

Filed in Blog, Climate and energy by on December 13, 2015 0 Comments
Reflecting on The Paris Climate Agreement Makes Me Glad, Sad and Mad

Considering the contents of the Paris Agreement triggers mixed emotions.  I’m glad, sad and mad all at the same time.  Glad that 195 countries could reach an agreement that signals the end of our use of fossil fuels and commits them to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  And, I’m glad that Canada has moved from obstruction […]

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Draft Climate Deal Fails to Deliver, Sparking Protests

Draft Climate Deal Fails to Deliver, Sparking Protests

MEDIA ADVISORY – NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE Friends of the Earth International (PARIS, FRANCE, December 9, 2015) – After politicians tabled a  weak draft climate deal in Paris today, hundreds of protestors including Friends of the Earth International activists staged a loud protest inside the climate summit to expose the fact that politicians are failing to provide […]

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Paris Climate Summit : Transparency Urgently Needed

Paris Climate Summit : Transparency Urgently Needed

MEDIA ADVISORY Friends of the Earth International (PARIS, FRANCE, 7 December 2015) – Less than a week before the end of the Paris UN climate talks, Friends of the Earth International warned that civil society observers have been prevented from witnessing key parts of the negotiations, and demanded total transparency at the Summit. A chaotic first […]

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COP Conflict between Aspirations and Practice

Filed in Blog, Climate and energy by on December 8, 2015 0 Comments
COP Conflict between Aspirations and Practice

Reflections from Paris at the Conference of the Parties on climate change. Two days before the final text of the agreement of the climate convention is to be released. Ministers in charge of climate change have been discussing the text since yesterday Monday December 7 and aim to wind up by Friday night at the […]

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Chevron, EDF and BNP-Paribas crowned climate Pinocchios of 2015 at Paris Climate Summit

Chevron, EDF and BNP-Paribas crowned climate Pinocchios of 2015 at Paris Climate Summit

Press release by:  FRIENDS OF THE EARTH EUROPE, FRIENDS OF THE EARTH FRANCE, CORPORATE EUROPE OBSERVATORY, CRID, ACTION AID FRANCE (Brussels/Paris – December 3, 2015) – Chevron, EDF and BNP-Paribas have been awarded Pinocchio Climate Awards today [Dec.3] for their roles in undermining climate action and harming local communities [1]. The winners, announced at a […]

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Rebuild Canada’s Role in the World Starting with Climate Action

Filed in Blog, Climate and energy by on November 30, 2015 0 Comments
Rebuild Canada’s Role in the World Starting with Climate Action

  Friends of the Earth stands for a sustainable world of justice and peace, where people live in dignity and enjoy freedom of expression and conduct their lives with respect for future generations and the environment and kindness towards strangers and refugees.  To fulfill this vision of our world, we need not succumb to fear […]

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Feds urged to protect wild bees

Filed in 2015 Media releases, The Bee Cause by on September 17, 2015 0 Comments
Feds urged to protect wild bees

Listing of four wild bee species under Species at Risk Act overdue, requires immediate action (TORONTO, ON,  September 17, 2015) – Five environmental groups are pressing the federal Minister of the Environment to list four wild bee species under the Species at Risk Act (SARA).  Listing these bees is the crucial — and overdue — […]

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