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Without federal action, Canada will miss easiest, cheapest opportunity to reduce climate emissions

New analysis shows oil and gas methane regulations will create a gap of up to seven million tonnes

(OTTAWA) Unless the federal government revises its methane regulations to take into account new analysis, Canada will miss by a wide mark an international commitment made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reduce oil and gas methane emissions by 40 to 45 per cent below 2012 levels by 2025. Read More

Issue Brief: Vista coal mine expansion

Updated: September 3, 2020

The Coalspur Vista mine is one of the largest thermal coal mines in Canada, and the proposed expansion could almost triple its capacity. Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson declined in December 2019 to order a federal impact assessment, but he reversed this decision on July 30 so the project will undergo a federal impact assessment. Coalspur Mines has launched a legal challenge to the Minister's decision.

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Major Project Grants, Fall 2020

11 Sep 2020

From the Alberta Ecotrust website:

Alberta Ecotrust is now accepting Letters of Intent for their Fall 2020 Major Projects grant program. The deadline for submitting a Letter of Intent is September 11.

If you have any questions or problems accessing the system please contact [email protected], or by calling 403-209-2245 or 1-800-465-2147 outside of Calgary.


Major Grants

This program is designed to support more comprehensive projects that have the potential to result in substantial environmental benefit. The application process is more comprehensive and will be undertaken in two parts. These projects must be completed within a year. Maximum grant is $30,000.

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Learning to Speak Lichen: Lichen Walk n’ Talk About Air Quality & Climate

Aug 22 2020 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Join us to learn about your lichen neighbours, and how to translate what they’re telling us about our urban environment. Not sure what a lichen is? Come and find out! We’ll introduce you to a few of your common (and uncommon) lichen neighbours, and discuss why we think listening to urban lichens is important.


Edmonton , AB

Lichens as Biomonitors for Urban Air Quality & Climate

Aug 20 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Find out what using lichens as biomonitors for the climate and air pollution is all about. 

Lichens, a symbiotic partnership between algae and fungi, are excellent (and inexpensive!) biomonitors for telling us about climate change and pollution - and Edmonton is ripe to start using them. 

Calgary Climate Hub Wants ENMAX to go Net Zero by 2050

Calgary, Alberta – The Calgary Climate Hub this week launched a campaign to get Calgary’s electricity utility, ENMAX Corporation, to go net zero emissions by 2050.

“As we work towards economic recovery and diversification, more companies are demanding decisive action on climate,” said Dr. Joe Vipond, Co-chair of the Calgary Climate Hub. “Having our electricity generation net-zero would send a clear signal that Calgary is serious about the climate crisis and entering the green economy.” Read More

Reframed Tech Series: Embodied carbon & deep retrofits

Jul 22 2020 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

This webinar is part of Pembina Institute's Reframed Tech Series


Join our fifth webinar to hear from leaders in embodied carbon and retrofit solutions. Learn about novel ideas and projects underway, and ask burning questions about the opportunities and challenges of implementing embodied carbon solutions in building retrofits.

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