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    Tar Sands

    90% of world’s new electricity coming from renewables: Welcome to the end of the fossil fuel era

    90% the world's new electricity now comes from renewables. China is shuttering 1,000 coal plants and global emissions are on the decline. The end is nigh for the fossil fuel era…so why hasn’t Canada gotten the memo?


    To the Ends of the Earth: Filmmaker One-on-One

    Filmmakers David Lavallee and Damien Gillis discuss everything from fracking and arctic drilling to dealing with CSIS and running a crowdfunder, which Lavallee is doing to finish his latest project, "To the Ends of the Earth".



    Harper govt tries to block NAFTA from investigating leaking tailing ponds

    Harper govt tries to block NAFTA from investigating leaking tailing ponds

    The Harper government is trying to block an investigation by NAFTA's environmental watchdog of oil sands tailing ponds leaking into the Athabasca River.


    2015- Year of reckoning for Canada's fossil fuel economy

    2015: Year of reckoning for Canada’s fossil fuel economy

    $50 oil and plunging LNG prices are a wake-up call for Canada's fossil fuel-focused economy. In 2015, economics are likely to have a bigger impact than pipeline protests on the country's energy policy.



    EU dropping “dirty” label for Alberta bitumen

    After years of intense lobbying fromt he Harper government, the EU is dropping "highly polluting" label for Alberta bitumen - paving the way for increased imports.


    Canada surpasses Brazil as global leader in deforestation

    Canada surpasses Brazil as global leader in deforestation

    A new report suggests wild fires and industrial activity are giving Canada the dubious distinction of being the new global leader in deforestation.



    Study links extractive industries to rise in domestic abuse

    A new study exposes one of the trade-offs associated with expanded resource development - an increase in violence against women.


    Consider the global impact of the oil sands

    Debates over oil-sands obscure a broken policy process

    Read this June 25th story by Wendy J. Palen, Thomas D. Sisk, Maureen E. Ryan, Joseph L. Árvai, Mark Jaccard, Anne K. Salomon, Thomas Homer-Dixon& Ken P. Lertzman in Nature on how debates over oil-sands infrastructure obsc...



    Andrew Nikiforuk on the end of cheap fossil fuels

    Andrew Nikiforuk on the end of cheap fossil fuels

    John Twigg interviews award-winning energy journalist and author Andrew Nikiforuk on his latest book, The Energy of Slaves and the end of the era of cheap hydrocarbons.


    Petro-state economy costs Canada far more jobs than it creates

    Fossil fuel economy costs Canada far more jobs than it creates

    Leading financial institutions in Canada and around the world warn the petro-state that its obsessive focus on fossil fuels is costing it jobs and economic stability.