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Ian Urquhart
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said Canada is ‘an encouraging picture of progress’ even though oilsands emissions are record-breaking. Photo by Sean Kilpatrick via The Canadian Press.

Apr. 19, 2023

Climate Minister Steven Guilbeault’s ‘good news’ emissions update revealed a massive failure.

Marc Fawcett-Atkinson
Illustration by Ata Ojani

Apr. 6, 2023

Is ‘renewable’ natural gas a climate solution — or masterful greenwashing?

Each time Tim Crossin turns on his gas fireplace to heat the modest home he shares with his partner, the avowed environmentalist "assuages" his climate guilt with a reminder that he is paying a premium for so-called "renewable" natural gas.

Zahra Khozema
The key target for deep-sea mining in international waters is polymetallic nodules, small rocks containing valuable metals. These nodules take millions of years to form. Photo by NOAA Office of OER, 2019 Southeastern US Deep-sea Exploration

Apr. 18, 2023

In the summer of 2021, the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru gave the International Seabed Authority (ISA), the body that regulates international seabed mining, two years to complete regulations governing the new and contentious deep-sea mining industry.

With the deadline on the horizon, Episode 11 of Hot Politics tackles why some countries and mining companies want to harvest the bottom of the ocean and what impacts that will have on ecosystems that deep.

Primary Author: Compiled by Gaye Taylor
Direct air capture - Climeworks/Facebook

Apr. 4, 2023

It would take more energy than all the world’s houses will consume in 2100 to power a fledgling technology that captures enough carbon dioxide from the air to limit global heating at 1.5°C, according to British multinational oil company Shell.

Julia Conley
A woman takes part in a protest against fracked gas exports on June 15, 2022 in New York. (Photo: John Smith/VIEWpress)

Apr. 12, 2023

"Every LNG terminal that comes online risks locking in decades of avoidable climate pollution and environmental injustice."

Ahead of a planned global summit on the climate and environment in Japan, campaigners on Wednesday urged the Biden administration to resist pressure from Japanese officials to expand public investments in liquefied natural gas, which is derived from fracking and the drilling of oil and gas wells, warning that proponents have wrongly claimed the gas is a "clean" alternative to other fossil fuels.

John Woodside
Canadian banks are overwhelmingly financing the oilsands as foreign banks divest from the region. Photo by Andrew S. Wright

Apr. 13, 2023

Despite pledging to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, Canada’s Big 5 banks have invested over $1 trillion in coal, oil and gas companies since 2016, upping the risk to the Canadian economy as the energy transition unfolds.

Andrew Nikiforuk
Cobalt mining in Congo, says journalist Siddharth Kara, ‘drags humanity back to a time when the people of Africa were valued only their replacement cost.’ Photo via Harvard Kennedy School.

Apr. 7, 2023

The Rising Chorus of Renewable Energy Skeptics

The green techno-dream is so vastly destructive, they say, ‘we have to come up with a different plan.’

Bob Weber
Discoloured water, later found to be groundwater contaminated with oilsands tailings

Apr. 5, 2023

The Alberta government waited a month before calling an emergency response to one of the biggest releases of oilsands tailings in the province's history, a leaked document shows.

Andrew Nikiforuk
The town of Peace River lies 45 kilometres from the epicentre of the largest recorded earthquake in Alberta history, caused by Calgary’s Obsidian Energy Ltd. Photo by awmcphee, Creative Commons licensed.

Mar. 27, 2023

After saying Peace River temblors were natural, AER blames Obsidian Energy, raising big questions.


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