Climate change

The West Pubnico Point Wind Farm is seen in Lower West Pubnico, N.S. on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Energy transition will be challenging in era of public protests, regulatory hurdles

Overhauling Canada’s energy infrastructure quickly an unprecedented expensive and technical challenge

The West Pubnico Point Wind Farm is seen in Lower West Pubnico, N.S. on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
A motorist watches from a pullout on the Trans-Canada Highway as a wildfire burns on the side of a mountain in Lytton, B.C., July 1, 2021. So far in 2022, a cool spring has been keeping the start of the wildfire season in check. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Cool spring keeping start of B.C. wildfire season in check – so far

38 wildfires recorded in 2022 up until April 14, consistent with past years’ numbers

A motorist watches from a pullout on the Trans-Canada Highway as a wildfire burns on the side of a mountain in Lytton, B.C., July 1, 2021. So far in 2022, a cool spring has been keeping the start of the wildfire season in check. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A group of Canada geese stand on railway tracks as a plant operates in the background at Hamilton Harbour in Hamilton, Ont. Tuesday December 10, 2002. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kevin Frayer

Biggest emitters paying smallest price on pollution, critics say

Big companies with higher emissions pay the carbon price only on what they emit above a set limit

A group of Canada geese stand on railway tracks as a plant operates in the background at Hamilton Harbour in Hamilton, Ont. Tuesday December 10, 2002. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kevin Frayer
Minister of Environment Steven Guilbeault speaks during a press conference outside the GLOBE Forum at the Convention Centre in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. As Newfoundland and Labrador awaits word from Ottawa on a proposed new oilfield off the coast of St. John’s, Shears Mercer says he’s not worried — he’s frustrated. CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Gas project off Newfoundland approved if it achieves net-zero emissions by 2050

Environment minister approves Bay du Nord oil project with ‘strongest emissions rules ever imposed’

Minister of Environment Steven Guilbeault speaks during a press conference outside the GLOBE Forum at the Convention Centre in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. As Newfoundland and Labrador awaits word from Ottawa on a proposed new oilfield off the coast of St. John’s, Shears Mercer says he’s not worried — he’s frustrated. CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
The mother tree experiment involves monitoring regrowth after selective harvesting in B.C. forests. (Submitted photo)

Experts are looking into how mother trees can help reduce risk of wildfires in northern B.C.

Network of ‘mother trees’ keeps forests healthy, says UBC researcher

The mother tree experiment involves monitoring regrowth after selective harvesting in B.C. forests. (Submitted photo)
This photo provided by Toyota, shows the 2022 Tesla Model 3, an all-electric SUV that has an estimated maximum range of about 330 miles. (Courtesy of Tesla Motors via AP)

Vehicle reviewer picks 5 SUVs to help you save at the pump

Manufacturers offering consumers a variety of ways to beat the prices at the pump

This photo provided by Toyota, shows the 2022 Tesla Model 3, an all-electric SUV that has an estimated maximum range of about 330 miles. (Courtesy of Tesla Motors via AP)
FILE - Wind turbines stand in front of the rising sun in Frankfurt, Germany, Friday, March 11, 2022. A United Nation-backed panel plans to release a highly anticipated scientific report on Monday, April 4, 2022, on international efforts to curb climate change before global temperatures reach dangerous levels. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

UN warns Earth ‘firmly on track toward an unlivable world’

Report reveals ‘a litany of broken climate promises’

FILE - Wind turbines stand in front of the rising sun in Frankfurt, Germany, Friday, March 11, 2022. A United Nation-backed panel plans to release a highly anticipated scientific report on Monday, April 4, 2022, on international efforts to curb climate change before global temperatures reach dangerous levels. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)
A man fills up his truck with gas in Toronto, on April 1, 2019. The national price on pollution will go up another $10 per tonne of greenhouse gas emissions as scheduled today in most provinces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Federal carbon price rising to $50 a tonne today, adds 2.2 cents to a litre of gas

B.C. not affected, but raising its provincial carbon levy to stay in line

A man fills up his truck with gas in Toronto, on April 1, 2019. The national price on pollution will go up another $10 per tonne of greenhouse gas emissions as scheduled today in most provinces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
The slide swamped the Southgate River, around 13 km downhill from the initial incident. Photo supplied by Hakai Institute.

Bute Inlet slide was equal to mass of every car in Canada

Data from slide could be used for hazard assessment and disaster planning

The slide swamped the Southgate River, around 13 km downhill from the initial incident. Photo supplied by Hakai Institute.
B.C. Energy Minister Bruce Ralston tours Cellcentric’s hydrogen fuel cell plant in Burnaby, August 2021. Cellcentric is a German-based partnership of Mercedes Benz and Volvo, developing zero-emission heavy trucks. (B.C. government photo)

B.C.’s hydrogen fuel project seeing big investor interest, Horgan says

Dedicated permit office aims to streamline development

B.C. Energy Minister Bruce Ralston tours Cellcentric’s hydrogen fuel cell plant in Burnaby, August 2021. Cellcentric is a German-based partnership of Mercedes Benz and Volvo, developing zero-emission heavy trucks. (B.C. government photo)
Steven Guilbeault speaks during a press conference outside the GLOBE Forum at the Convention Centre in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. The environment minister says the government wants to “future proof” the carbon price against political decisions to cancel it or lower it down the road. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Feds looking to protect carbon price with legislation or compensation contracts

Minister: investors holding back on emissions-cutting projects because carbon price fragile

Steven Guilbeault speaks during a press conference outside the GLOBE Forum at the Convention Centre in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. The environment minister says the government wants to “future proof” the carbon price against political decisions to cancel it or lower it down the road. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers the keynote address during the GLOBE Forum at the Convention Centre in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. Canada's oil and gas industry is still facing uncertainty in the wake of the federal government's sweeping new emissions reduction plan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Emissions plan leaves oilpatch with uncertainty; cap on sector still in development

Government consulting with industry, others about what that cap will be

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers the keynote address during the GLOBE Forum at the Convention Centre in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. Canada's oil and gas industry is still facing uncertainty in the wake of the federal government's sweeping new emissions reduction plan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault rises during Question Period in Ottawa, Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. Guilbeault will table a new greenhouse gas emissions plan in Parliament this morning.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

Oil and gas sector emissions need to be cut two-fifths by 2030, new climate plan says

Plan tabled today forecasts that electricity emissions will be almost zero by the end of the decade

Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault rises during Question Period in Ottawa, Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. Guilbeault will table a new greenhouse gas emissions plan in Parliament this morning.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
Bruce Ralston, BC’s Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation (right), talks heat pumps with Deon Lane (centre), an instructor at VIU’s refrigeration air-conditioning mechanic shop located in the university’s Cowichan Trades Centre, and student Taylor Bacon. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Province encouraging use of more heat pumps in B.C. to help battle climate change

Energy minister tours VIU’s Cowichan Trades Centre and discusses issues

Bruce Ralston, BC’s Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation (right), talks heat pumps with Deon Lane (centre), an instructor at VIU’s refrigeration air-conditioning mechanic shop located in the university’s Cowichan Trades Centre, and student Taylor Bacon. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
CleanBC’s Industry Fund areas focus on carbon capture, carbon capture tech development, and the mitigation of risk around carbon capture research. (Stock photo)

B.C. commits $282 million to CleanBC Industry Fund investment, applications now open

Funding still dwarfed by provincial fossil fuel subsidies over past 2 fiscal years

CleanBC’s Industry Fund areas focus on carbon capture, carbon capture tech development, and the mitigation of risk around carbon capture research. (Stock photo)
Suzanne Simard is seen in an undated handout photo. Simard is a University of British Columbia researcher whose study into old-growth communities has changed the discipline and inspired novelists and filmmakers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Penguin Random House, Brendan Ko, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

‘Ignored’: Climate change fight should shift to look at forest policy, scientist says

Up to 4 times as much carbon is released from forestry, wildfires than fossil fuels in B.C.

Suzanne Simard is seen in an undated handout photo. Simard is a University of British Columbia researcher whose study into old-growth communities has changed the discipline and inspired novelists and filmmakers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Penguin Random House, Brendan Ko, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Canadian research vessel Sir John Franklin returned to Victoria after a month in the Pacific Ocean. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Science team returns from winter expedition with boatful of new info on Pacific salmon

Researchers studying impact of changing climate on decreasing salmon population

Canadian research vessel Sir John Franklin returned to Victoria after a month in the Pacific Ocean. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
People take part in a climate change protest in Montreal, Friday, March 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Climate protests held in cities across Canada as part of global movement

Events part of Fridays for Future movement inspired by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg

People take part in a climate change protest in Montreal, Friday, March 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Demonstrators of the Fridays for Future movement march in downtown Rome, Friday, March 25, 2022. Climate activists staged a tenth series of worldwide protests Friday to demand leaders take stronger action against global warming, with some linking their environmental message to calls for an end to the war in Ukraine. (Mauro Scrobogna/LaPresse via AP)

Activists stage global climate protest, slam Ukraine war

Fridays for Future movement called demonstrations from Australia to Indonesia, US to Sweden

Demonstrators of the Fridays for Future movement march in downtown Rome, Friday, March 25, 2022. Climate activists staged a tenth series of worldwide protests Friday to demand leaders take stronger action against global warming, with some linking their environmental message to calls for an end to the war in Ukraine. (Mauro Scrobogna/LaPresse via AP)
A participant at a rally for old-growth forest conservation outside the B.C. legislature on Feb. 14.(Jake Romphf/News Staff)

90 scientists ask feds to protect carbon-rich old forests in upcoming climate plan

Canada is home to about 16 per cent of the world’s remaining old-growth forests

A participant at a rally for old-growth forest conservation outside the B.C. legislature on Feb. 14.(Jake Romphf/News Staff)