Environment

— Mar 3, 2022
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Is Canada’s Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act a Parliamentary Placebo?

Is Canada’s Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act a Parliamentary Placebo? contends that the new federal "net-zero" law is unnecessary, not legally-binding, and potentially very costly for Canadians.

— Jan 13, 2022
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Is Climate Catastrophe Really 10 Years Away?

Is Climate Catastrophe Really 10 Years Away? is a new study that finds the increasingly accepted idea that the world has 10 years to avoid catastrophic climate change is overstated due to the nature of the models that this assertion is largely based on. In fact, real-world data over the last twenty years has demonstrated the main models being used to forecast the future climate have proven inaccurate and unreliable.

— Jul 27, 2021
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Off Target: The Economics Literature Does Not Support the 1.5°C Climate Ceiling

Off Target: The Economics Literature Does Not Support the 1.5°C Climate Ceiling finds that the government policies required to implement the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s goal, to limit the global average temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius, would impose social and economic costs that far exceed the expected benefits.

— Jul 13, 2021
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Generation and Management of Municipal Solid Waste: How’s Canada Doing?

Generation and Management of Municipal Solid Waste: How’s Canada Doing? is a new study that finds Canadians, on a per-person basis, generated 959 kilograms of municipal solid waste in 2018 compared to 980 kilograms in 2002. Crucially, waste from residential or household sources is on the rise, comprising more than 40 per cent of total waste generation, while waste generated from non-residential sources—industrial, commercial, etc.—has declined in Canada.

— Mar 16, 2021
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Estimated Impacts of a $170 Carbon Tax in Canada finds that the federal government’s plan to impose a $170 per tonne carbon tax by 2030 will result in 184,377 fewer jobs nationwide and cause a 1.8 per cent drop in Canada’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which in 2019 would represent a loss to the economy of about $38 billion.

— Nov 19, 2020
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Trends in Canadian Forest Fires, 1959–2019

Trends in Canadian Forest Fires, 1959-2019 is a new study that finds not only has forest fire activity in Canada decreased over the last 30 years, but so too has global fire activity. In fact, over the past six decades there has been a decline in the annual number of fires and total hectares burned, despite record-high activity in British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.

— Oct 20, 2020
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Carbon Pricing in High-Income OECD Countries

Carbon Pricing in High-Income OECD Countries is a new study that finds of the 14 countries in the OECD that have implemented a carbon tax, all have failed with respect to key design aspects of a well-functioning carbon tax, such as using carbon tax revenue to reduce more economically harmful taxes like personal income taxes, removing other emission-related regulations, and ending government subsidies to alternative energy sources.

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