'Keep going': How an Indigenous woman fought a coal mine and won
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by Anita Hofschneider
6h ago
In 2019, Australia was on the cusp of approving a new coal mine on traditional Wirdi land in Queensland that would have extracted approximately 40 million tons of coal each year for 35 years. The Waratah coal mine would have destroyed a nature refuge and emitted 1.58 billion tons of carbon dioxide. But that didn’t happen, thanks to the advocacy of Murrawah Maroochy Johnson, a 29-year-old Wirdi woman of the Birri Gubba Nation, who led a lawsuit against the coal company in 2021, and won. The case was groundbreaking in many ways, but perhaps most strikingly, Johnson’s work helped set a new legal ..read more
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Their land, their call: When economic reconciliation and climate justice conflict
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by Matteo Cimellaro
3d ago
It all started with a pipeline. Twelve years ago, 16 B.C. First Nations came together to purchase an equity stake in the Pacific Trail Pipeline. The pipe was set to weave through ecologically sensitive rivers, lakes and valleys that the nations had stewarded for millennia prior to contact. The proposed project would have pumped one billion cubic feet per day of gas from the province’s interior of Summit Lake to the Pacific Ocean in the port of Kitimat, British Columbia. When those 16 nations went to the bank for financing, they were told there was no point in trying. The interest rates would b ..read more
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How the Global South told the North to stop lecturing it on climate
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by Natalie Alcoba
3d ago
Annette Arjoon has spent decades saving sea turtles that come to nest on Guyana’s Shell Beach. The 120-kilometre-long ecosystem in the country’s northwest includes mangrove forests, swamps and savannahs, and, for part of the year, it’s a crucial pit stop on the migratory route of four endangered turtle species: green, leatherback, olive ridley and hawksbill. These sea turtles are an example of our interconnected natural world, with some travelling on to Brazil, Newfoundland and West Africa. Similarly, the conservation efforts on which their survival depends are woven together. “It’s a global e ..read more
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Climate policy survives the EU election – for now
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by Adrian Hiel
4d ago
For the past few months, there have been countless media articles breathlessly anticipating a far-right breakthrough in last week’s European parliamentary elections and pondering the demise of Western democracy and global climate policy. Would Europe survive an influx of nationalists or collapse into 27 squabbling nations? Would the EU’s global leadership in climate action be replaced with signs saying “‘Diesel ist super!’”? But while the far right made undeniable gains, especially in France and Germany, the strength of a union built on 27 countries and 450 million people has weathered the sto ..read more
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'Natural gas' can no longer be the default option for heating new buildings: Report
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by Mitchell Beer
1w ago
Canadian provinces must rein in their expanding gas systems or risk incurring staggering costs from stranded assets and failure to meet net-zero targets, the Canadian Climate Institute (CCI) warns in a new report. If provincial governments and regulators continue treating gas as the default option for heating new homes and commercial buildings, rather than shifting the lion’s share of that heating demand to an electrified system dominated by heat pumps, the transition off carbon will cost more than it needs to, the Institute warns. As households and businesses abandon the system for cheaper, m ..read more
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How the Big Five banks are quietly squeezing billions out of Canadians
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by Keldon Bester
1w ago
Standing at the corner of University Avenue and Dundas Street in downtown Toronto provides a familiar sight for Canadians: an RBC branch, a BMO branch and a CIBC branch. Beleaguered customers of either TD or Scotiabank will have to walk an extra block. In contrast with the top five banks in the United States, which hold just over a third of the market, Canada’s Big Five famously dominate around 90% of the market for financial services. They’re also some of the most profitable on the planet, with their Canadian personal and commercial banking services regularly notching profit margins north of ..read more
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Clean energy will draw $2T in investments this year, setting new records: IEA
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by Mitchell Beer
1w ago
Clean energy technologies and infrastructure are likely to receive twice as much global investment this year as fossil fuels, but countries still aren’t on track to fund the tripling of renewable energy capacity they agreed to at last year’s COP28 climate summit, the International Energy Agency concludes in a pair of reports issued this week. “Total energy investment worldwide is expected to exceed US$3 trillion in 2024 for the first time, with some $2 trillion set to go toward clean technologies—including renewables, electric vehicles, nuclear power, grids, storage, low-emission fuels, effici ..read more
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UN chief urges ban on advertising from fossil fuel companies, the 'godfathers of climate chaos'
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by Natalie Alcoba
2w ago
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has added a powerful voice to a growing movement to ban fossil fuel advertising, as efforts to rein in misleading oil and gas campaigns inch forward in Canada. “Many governments restrict or prohibit advertising for products that harm human health, like tobacco,” Guterres said in a speech on Wednesday at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. “I urge every country to ban advertising from fossil fuel companies. And I urge news media and tech companies to stop taking fossil fuel advertising.” Guterres’s latest rallying cry came amid a somber ..read more
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This Canadian city is finding rare earth minerals needed for the green transition through recycling
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by Chris Arsenault
2w ago
Inside a sprawling warehouse in Kingston, Ontario, a forklift beeps past huge cardboard boxes full of discarded electric vehicle motors, stripped down copper wires and the rusty brown innards of old MRI machines. All await the same fate: being crunched into a powder so their critical minerals can be extracted. As countries scramble to secure supplies of the raw materials they need to manufacture wind turbines, batteries and other technologies key to preventing runaway climate change, this facility run by local startup Cyclic Materials is part of an emerging industry: creating a circular econom ..read more
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Mexico's new president is a climate scientist – what will that mean for its energy policy?
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by Mitchell Beer
2w ago
Mexico’s new president is a climate scientist who earned a reputation for meticulous attention to detail when she advanced rooftop solar, transit, and bicycle infrastructure as mayor of Mexico City. Now, Claudia Sheinbaum’s pronouncements on the presidential campaign trail suggest a “Frankenstein” energy strategy that promotes gas power plants alongside solar and sustains the influence of state oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), while boosting private investment in renewable energy. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to Sheinbaum hours after she defeated renewable energy advocate Sen. X ..read more
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