In the spirit of Paris - COP21

The Art of the Possible: Paris Agreement Comes Into Force

The mood in Paris last December was unmistakable, the optimism palpable. After decades of gridlock and disappointment, the negotiation at the COP21 climate conference held to its promise of progress. As Andrew Deutz, Director of International Government Relations for the Nature Conservancy told me, what was different about COP21 from past negotiations was this time “there were no villains.” From…

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Canada carbon pricing

Trudeau Administration Launches Pan-Canadian Carbon Pollution Pricing Plan

The proposed framework leaves it up to Canada’s 10 provincial governments to choose the policy instruments and mechanisms — direct charges or a cap-and-trade system — to achieve a national goal of bringing greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent below 2005 levels while fostering job creation and economic growth.

Big Sugar lied and manipulated the public about the health impacts of its product. Another example of corporate interests eroding trust in science

Eroding Trust in Science: The Implications of Big Sugar’s Lies

A lie remains a lie long after it is told. The subterfuge of industry to serve it’s bottom line at the public’s expense is a crime that warrants public outrage.  We have recently seen evidence of this type of reprehensible behavior from big tobacco, big oil and automakers. In 1994, we discovered that big tobacco was lying about the health…

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Donald Trump hangs in the night air like a menace. Can he really renege on the Paris Agreement?

EarthTalk: Can Trump Renege on the Paris Agreement?

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Why does Donald Trump think we should renegotiate the Paris climate agreement? And will he be able to pull it off if he does get elected President – Betsy Edgewater, Dayton, OH In a May 2016 interview with Reuters, presumptive Republican…

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Environmental Bill of Rights Put Forward in Nova Scotia

Last week Nova Scotia’s New Democratic Party (NDP) introduced an Environmental Bill of Rights in the provincial legislature. The proposed bill would enhance transparency of the government decision-making that revolves around ecosystems and the environment and give citizens a greater say in the political process.

Mainstream media's epic fail puts our future on earth at risk

Citizen Journalism and Popular Media’s Climate Fail

The popular media has failed to communicate the science behind climate change. The public does not understand the science of anthropogenic global warming and the urgent need for climate action. We cannot expect people to support mitigation and adaptation efforts if they do not have access to accurate information. Shoddy climate reporting has been an issue for a number of years. As reported…

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Support Citizen Journalism: The Future of Sustainable Development

The Future of Sustainable Development: A Citizen Journalism Project

Beacon is a crowdfunding platform for journalists. For more than two years Beacon has supported hundreds of worthwhile projects, adding a perspective to journalism free from the internet echo-chamber or vagaries of the advertising business model (here’s one we recommend and support). We’ve just launched our own campaign on Beacon to help fund a series of articles and interviews exploring the future of…

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