Jan 15, 2017

Trudeau says Canada's oil sands must be phased out

Canada must “phase out” Alberta’s oil sands and end the country’s dependence on hydrocarbons, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday. “We can’t shut down the oil sands tomorrow. We need to phase them out,” he said. “We need to manage the transition off ...

Jan 12, 2017

British Columbia OKs Trans Mountain pipeline to Alberta oil sands area

Canada’s Pacific Coast province of British Columbia on Wednesday approved the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline from the Alberta oil sands that will allow oil exports to Asia. British Columbia Premier Christy Clark announced the conditions her government placed on the project ...

China's name-and-shame campaign fails to deter polluters

Dec 23, 2016

China's name-and-shame campaign fails to deter polluters

China has publicly named more than 20 enterprises it says broke environmental rules during this week’s outbreak of hazardous smog in the country’s north, its latest attempt to bring lawbreaking firms to account by shaming them. The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) accused steel ...

Dec 12, 2016

Surging methane emissions imperil climate goals, new study warns

A decade-long surge of the potent greenhouse gas methane threatens to make the fight against global warming even harder, top researchers warned Monday. “Additional attention is urgently needed to quantify and reduce methane emissions,” they wrote in the Environmental Research Letters journal, summarizing the ...

Dec 8, 2016

Greenland's ice-free past exposes sea level rise danger

The massive Greenland ice sheet has melted away at least once during the last 1.4 million years, according to a study published on Wednesday, raising fears that man-made climate change could provoke dangerous sea levels. Bedrock samples retrieved through more than three kilometers (two ...