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Pembina reacts to Paris Agreement tabled at COP21

PARIS, FRANCE — Erin Flanagan, federal policy director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the global climate change agreement adopted today at COP21:

“The Paris agreement marks an important moment in the global transition to a low-carbon economy. The agreement endeavours to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, and supports a global emissions peak and decline by mid-century. These commitments underscore a powerful global transition away from high-carbon fossil fuels.

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Pembina available for comment at Paris climate summit

Paris — Today, 150 Heads of State and Government joined the President of France, His Excellency Mr. François Hollande, in an opening ceremony for the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Four experts from the Pembina Institute will be attending the summit, and are available today and until the summit adjourns on December 11th, to provide commentary on what the conference’s developments mean for climate action in Canada, at the federal and provincial levels.

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People's Climate Rally - Calgary

Nov 29 2015

From the Facebook event page:

On November 29th we have the best moment of the decade to pressure our leaders to avoid catastrophic climate change. Together we can rise to the challenge and make this the biggest climate mobilisation ever. Events are being held all over the world to kick off the UN Climate Negotiations in Paris that begin on November 30.

Here in Calgary, we will be holding a joyful rally to lend our voices to the global demand for an international climate treaty. But we're also going farther than that- after the outdoor rally, we will be heading indoors for a program of fantastic music, dance, and speakers. Then, we'll open it up for a mixer, where you can meet and mingle with other Calgarians who care about the climate crisis and find out how you can make a difference.

This event is family friendly, so bring your parents, your kids, your friends and your neighbours! Let's make this a historic day!

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Location

Scarboro United Church
134 Scarboro Avenue SW
Calgary , AB
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The People's Climate March Edmonton

Nov 29 2015

From the Facebook event page:

On November 29th, the eve of a historic summit on climate change, people across the world will take to the streets in their hundreds and thousands to inspire the world’s most powerful leaders to take ambitious action on the climate crisis.

With our future on the line and the world watching, we have the opportunity to meet this moment with unprecedented mobilizations in cities across the globe.

From New York to London and Delhi to Australia, we’ll take to the streets to demand the world as we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for the people; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.

There is only one ingredient required: to change everything, we need everyone.

Event details: meet everyone at 2:00 PM at the Legislature grounds.
Taz Bouchier, Randy Haluza-DeLay and Godo Stoyke will be our guest speakers!

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Location

Alberta Legislature Building
10800 97 Avenue NW
Edmonton , AB
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Phasing out coal is a win for all Albertans

Alberta plan protects health and saves money

CALGARY — Chris Severson-Baker, Alberta Director at the Pembina Institute, adds his comments to the growing support for Alberta’s coal phase-out plan.

“The decision to phase out coal by 2030 makes it clear the government of Alberta is intent on improving Albertans' air quality and tackling one of our highest-emitting fuel sources. Given the international attention on coal as an unnecessary source of pollution, the government of Alberta's decision to phase out coal stands it in good stead to bring a better message and approach to Paris.

“The province's approach will mean significant savings for our health care system. Coal plants are a major source of air contaminants, including mercury, nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide, and particulate matter. This pollution contributes to over 4,000 asthma episodes, over 700 emergency visits for respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses, and around 80 hospital admissions, with chronic exposures resulting in nearly 100 premature deaths every year in Alberta. The cost to the health care system is close to $300-million dollars annually.

 “Alberta is now a leader in the transition away from coal and can proudly stake its territory among the world’s most proactive jurisdictions.”

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Report: Fostering a conversation on stronger carbon pricing in Alberta

The Pembina Institute has published their report "Fostering a conversation on stronger carbon pricing in Alberta":

British economist Lord Nicolas Stern has noted that “climate change presents a unique challenge for economics: it is the greatest example of market failure we have ever seen.” Putting an effective price on carbon pollution is one of the best ways to correct this failure while capitalizing on the flexibility and efficiencies afforded by the market. An increasing number of industry players, environmental organizations and economic institutions are also recognizing this fact.

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NEW DATES 1st Annual Environmental Gathering: Changing the Climate

Feb 26 2016 to Feb 27 2016

Register Now with Early Bird Rates!

Alberta Ecotrust is proud to announce our first annual Environmental Gathering in Alberta: Change the Climate. Alberta’s environmental community is incredibly diverse. From ensuring safe and available water, to preserving and restoring valuable land and habitat, to building a sustainable future, Albertans across the province are continually working to protect the ecosystems that provide all of us with life and prosperity. Read more about NEW DATES 1st Annual Environmental Gathering: Changing the Climate

Location

Mount Royal University
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
T3E 6K6 Calgary , AB
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Pembina Institute submission to Alberta's Climate Change Panel

The Pembina Institute has posted its submission to Alberta's Climate Change Advisory Panel:

This set of recommendations for Alberta’s Climate Leadership process would enable a peak in Alberta’s overall emissions by 2020, enable Alberta to contribute its fair share towards Canada’s international 2030 target and put Alberta on track to achieve an 80 per cent emissions reduction below 1990 levels by 2050.

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Edmonton's Community Energy Forum

Nov 14 2015 to Nov 15 2015

Inspiring sustainable action in your city

Please join the City of Edmonton and community partners for a one-day forum to discuss issues of energy transition, climate change and building a sustainable future. The intent of this one-day event is for citizens to:

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Location

Shaw Conference Centre
Edmonton , AB

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