Climate Change

COP26 Outcomes, Canada’s Commitments & the Resulting Effects on Alberta

COP26 officially concluded as of November 12, 2021 where world leaders and delegates came together at the UN's yearly climate summit to assess progress in dealing with climate change. 

COP26 Outcomes

Reaffirmed Paris Agreement Commitments

197 countries signed the Glasgow Climate Pact, reaffirming commitments made during the Paris Agreement. The pact concentrated on mitigation, adaptation (loss and damages), finance, and collaboration and stated that carbon emissions must be reduced by 45% by 2030 to reach the 1.5°C goal.  Read More

UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow

COP26 in Glasgow comes to an official close today. A first draft of the COP26 agreement text was released on Wednesday, and was criticized for its lack of ambition and urgency.

The draft text explicitly refers to "fossil fuels" — which has never appeared in the final text of a COP decision document — calling on countries "to accelerate the phasing-out of coal and subsidies for fossil fuels." This language was watered down in the second draft published today.

While COP26 officially ends today, negotiations on the final text of the agreement are ongoing. Negotiations at previous COPs have often extended until Saturday or Sunday. Read More

The New Federal Impact Assessment Act and Alberta Energy Projects

Nov 6 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

To comply with the Alberta health requirements for social distancing to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus we are offering our presentations online via the Zoom platform. The Canadian Institute of Resources Law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary invites you to the following free, online workshop:

The New Federal Impact Assessment Act and Alberta Energy Projects

Implementation of the new Impact Assessment Act is now underway, changing the process for federal assessment of energy projects. While the reformed regime resembles its predecessor in many ways, it also includes many changes, including new requirements with respect to climate change, the rights and interests of Indigenous peoples, sustainability, and economic considerations. Despite much criticism of the Impact Assessment Act in public and political realms, including during the law reform process that led to Bill C-69, implications for energy projects remain not well understood. It has been unclear, for example, the extent to which the changed federal process will actually affect whether a project is approved or not. This session will provide an overview of the new federal regime and what it may mean in practical terms for energy projects, with an emphasis on the Alberta context.

This workshop will conclude with a Q and A session for registered participants.

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Location

Room 3360
Murray Fraser Hall (MFH), Faculty of Law University of Calgary
Calgary , AB

A Climate of Change: Election Edition with Brian Singh

Sep 7 2021 - 7:05pm

From the Calgary Climate Hub website:

Join the Hub as we head into a busy fall election season armed with a brand new poll from Calgary data scientist and behavioural economist Brian Singh about the ever-evolving position of Calgarians on climate as an election issue. Let's dig into it!

RSVP to join us on Zoom, or watch on Facebook Live! Read More

Grassy Mountain Coal Project Decision May Sound the Death Knell for Montem and Atrum Coal

Yesterday’s Grassy Mountain Coal Project Joint Review Panel categorical rejection of Benga Mining’s applications for the Grassy Mountain mine may very well sound the death knell for Montem Resources and Atrum Coal. Today, both companies requested that trading in their shares on the Australian Securities Exchange be stopped.

Before Montem’s request was accepted its stock lost 20 percent of its value. Its last trade was at 7 cents a share; Atrum’s last trade was at 4.7 cents a share. Read More

Digital Rally: Say No to Coal

Jun 25 2021 - 12:00pm

Across the country, a movement is growing to protect the Rockies and its headwaters from open-pit coal mining. Eight new coal mining projects have been proposed on the Eastern Slopes – and we need to stop them before they start.

The grassroots opposition to this new coal rush in Alberta is working – on June 17, the proposed Grassy Mountain coal project was rejected thanks to pressure from the hard work of people in Alberta and across the country. However, the work to protect the Rockies is not over – there are still 7 coal projects able to move ahead. Read More

Why does coal in the rocky mountains matter to #YEG?

Jun 24 2021 - 6:30pm

Join us for a townhall where we will present an update on the state of coal projects in Alberta, and how it will affect our water sources right here in Edmonton.
Our team will give a short presentation, followed by a Q & A period. Read More

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