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Federal Environment Minister won’t say if Canada can develop oilsands and meet climate targets

Calgary Herald: Canada`s environment minister won`t say if the country can meet its climate change commitments and at the same time green-light new pipeline projects. Catherine McKenna told reporters today after a luncheon speech to the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations that Canada needs to de-carbonize its economy but stressed it won`t happen overnight. The Canadian government has come under increased pressure to explain how it can increase development of Alberta`s oilsands and also meet its ambitious...

U.S. Senate votes no on Keystone oil project

Calgary Herald: After a vigorous six-hour debate, the U.S. Senate failed, by one vote, to pass a bill authorizing the immediate construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The negative vote - just shy of the required 60 - comes five days after the House of Representatives voted to approve the pipeline. Final authorization now rests solely with U.S President Barack Obama, who has said he will make his decision following the resolution of a court case in Nevada. The $8-billion pipeline has been under...

Canada: As climate changes nations will covet our fresh water: scientists

Calgary Herald: Top scientists say the latest international report on climate change shows that Canadians must wake up to the impact of warming temperatures on land, on water and in communities across the country. They say the Intergovernmental Report on Climate Change, released Sunday in Japan, shows changes are on their way and further delays in responding to them only narrow the options. "We no longer have the option of choosing between mitigation and adaptation," Debra Davidson, a University of Alberta...

Panel says more climate extremes on the way

Calgary Herald: Record-breaking temperatures, stronger winds and heavy precipitation in the form of rain and snow are becoming more frequent events in the 21st century due to climate change that evidence indicates is being caused by human activity, says a new assessment released Friday by governments from around the world. Canadian scientists who contributed to the review, a special report on managing the risks of extreme weather events and disasters to advance climate change adaptation, also say Canada is facing...