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New Report—Future flows : climate resilience, environmental flows and Alberta's water law

The Environmental Law Centre has published a new report—Future flows : climate resilience, environmental flows and Alberta's water law—  calling for a "rethinking of water law and policy in Alberta"

Future flows highlights some of the challenges faced in managing for instream flow needs and assesses the current law and policy framework for its ability to manage flows in a precautionary and adaptive manner.

To learn more, read the highlights of the report on the ELC blog, or download the full report.

The ELC is also hosting a webinar "Future flows: Water law and policy in Alberta for a sustainable future" on February 20 at 12 noon.



Amy Luers: Sparking Exponential Climate Action

Feb 6 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Feb 6 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

We face a future full of disruption. To keep global warming below 2°C, countries must adopt a simple rule: cut emissions in half every decade to 2050. Solutions may be market ready and economically attractive, but it will require economic transformation at an unprecedented speed and scale.


Roundhouse, Allard Hall, MacEwan University
11110 104 Ave NW
Edmonton , AB
Myer Horowitz Theatre, Students' Union Building, University of Alberta
8900 114 St NW
T6G 2J7 Edmonton , AB

Webinar: What happened at COP24?

Jan 25 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

From CAN-Rac:

We are happy to announce that for the 2019 webinar series, we will often be collaborating with our friends at Indigenous Climate Action to host and present informative and thoughtful webinars on a variety of current topics in climate action. Our thanks to the ICA team for their generous input in the development of this first webinar of 2019!

Alberta’s methane regulations will fail to meet provincial reduction target

Province fails to demonstrate how carbon price and methane rules will achieve the GHG reductions needed to match federal rules

CALGARY, AB – Based on new comprehensive modelling, Alberta’s methane regulations will allow oil and gas companies to release far greater volumes of harmful methane pollution than if they followed the federal methane regulations enacted earlier this year by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC).   In Alberta, the ECCC rules would reduce methane pollution in 2025 by almost 35 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) while the Alberta rules released today will reduce only 22 million tonnes of CO2e.  This equals a reduction of 36%, clearly failing to achieve Alberta’s own 45% methane reduction commitment, squandering one of the highest-value, lowest-cost opportunities to deliver significant progress towards Alberta’s and Canada’s climate goals.  Regrettably, recent research shows Alberta’s proposed carbon pricing regime offers no rescue for this missed opportunity because the carbon price does not cover, nor apply to the majority of methane emissions.

Alberta's carbon levy is working

Joshua Buck, Alberta Program Manager for Environmental Defence writes:

Since Alberta’s economy-wide carbon levy was introduced in 2017, a lot of claims have been made about the levy, both positive and negative. So, what are the facts? That’s what we wanted to know. We did some investigation and put together a report: Carbon Pricing in Alberta – A Review of its Successes and Impacts. And what did we find? Overall, Alberta’s carbon levy is a success.


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