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Canada's top pensions have trillions in assets. Should they do more to fuel the energy transition?

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  New report analyzed pension funds for climate targets — and many fell short Canada's largest pension funds, which hold trillions of dollars in assets combined, are trailing behind many of their international counterparts when it comes to shifting away from investments in fossil fuels... read more

To Slash Carbon Emissions, Colleges Are Digging Really Deep

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A growing number of colleges and universities are using deep underground pipes to heat and cool their buildings without burning fossil fuels. By  Cara Buckley , The New York Times OriginalArticle here When administrators at Princeton University decided to cut the carbon emissions that came from heating and cooling their campus, they opted for a method that is gaining popularity among colleges and universities. They began drilling holes deep into the ground. The university is using the earth beneath its campus to create a new system that will keep buildings at comfortable temperatures without burning fossil fuels. The multimillion dollar project, using a process known as geoexchange, marks a significant shift in how Princeton gets its energy, and is key to the university’s plan to stop adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere by 2046. The drilling makes an almighty muddy mess, but when all is said and done, the more than 2,000 boreholes planned for the campus will be undetectable, de

Climate Change Risks to Business Operations

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This is an interesting video that touches on many of the risks we talk through in our workshops. However, it is obviously from a lawyer's perspective as it is all about risk--no opportunity. And we do see opportunity in the transition to a low-carbon economy. Depending on your organization, that could be new revenue streams, new programs or new advocacy goals. Watch the video.

Cranky Uncle Fights Climate Misinformation

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  Climate and vaccine misinformation seemed worlds apart – but it turned out the Cranky Uncle was a universal figure A version of the Cranky Uncle game used in east Africa.  Photograph: Nadir Kinani/The Guardian A game that teaches people how to spot climate misinformation is now being rolled out – with the same cantankerous central character – to combat vaccine... read more

COP28: Five reasons for optimism on climate

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  It's easy to feel overwhelmed by bad news about climate change. Even for those of us used to covering it every day as journalists, it can sometimes seem relentless. Of course we are right to worry. This year will be the warmest twelve months in 125,000 years, scientists say, as its impacts hit home in every corner of the Earth. But as delegates try to reach a deal at the COP28 climate summit in Dubai, there are some real reasons to be optimistic... Read More

Effective climate action means not viewing our efforts as a ’sacrifice’

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  Going green can actually boost our economy Author of the article: Daniel Steel    •   C. Tyler DesRoches Published Nov 23, 2023   •   Last updated 22 hours ago   •   4 minute read Join the conversation As we look forward to this year’s COP28 climate meeting, we hope both government officials and the public will understand these risks and grab these opportunities. Every action has the chance of helping us tip ourselves away from danger.   PHOTO BY INA FASSBENDER  / AFP via Getty Images Article content If you are like most people, you’ve been taught that climate action is a sacrifice. Cutting emissions from fossil fuels, you’ve been told, is the economy-squeezing price we must pay for a livable planet. Read more...

What would it take for Canada to hit its climate targets?

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  To achieve its goals, Canada needs steep emissions cuts in the oil and gas sector David Thurton  ·  CBC News  ·  Posted: Nov 12, 2023 1:00 AM PST | Last Updated: 8 hours ago A person walks past a climate change-themed nature mural on Earth Day during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on April 22, 2021. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press) Social Sharing Canadians received a jarring reality check on Tuesday when the environment commissioner released his audit of the federal government's emissions reduction plan. One of the negative nuggets emerging from Environment Commissioner Jerry DeMarco's report is the fact that Canada is on track for a 34 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 — not the 40 per cent reduction promised... read more