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Are TransformTO targets good enough?

Do you remember this? it was a result of the ice storm in Toronto in 2013. There was also the heat wave in 2016. We can expect more frequent climate change events in the future.

Toronto - what happened to 1.5 degrees?

Some time ago, I posted my calculations on the difference between Canada and Ontario's published emission reduction targets and what they should be if we were to keep our cumulative emissions under the carbon budgets documented by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 

Canada's (and Ontario's) carbon budgets

Some time ago, I posted my theories on the impact of carbon budgets on Canada's emission reductions. In summary, I calculated that, if we want to keep temperatures from rising more than 1.5 C, Canada has at most 16 (since corrected to 8) years in a budget based on our share of current emissions (1.7%) and approximately two years for a budget based on our share of the global population (0.5%.)

Canada’s Nationally Determined Contribution?

Canada recently signed the Paris Agreement. Canada also submitted our Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) last year. We have agreed to submit our Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) later this year after consulting with the provinces. Canada's INDC was not ambitious and matched the weak targets that were set by the previous government: "Canada intends to achieve an economy-wide target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030."

Will we choose dirty travel or a safe climate?

This a follow up to my recent blogs on emissions due to flying. I found a great chart on emissions per mode of travel.

Kevin Anderson on Flying Less: Reducing Academia's Carbon Footprint

Kevin Anderson is one of my gurus. He does not pull his punch on the urgency of action to mitigate climate exchange.

In early February, FlyingLess interviewed Kevin Anderson, Professor of Energy and Climate Change in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester (United Kingdom). Kevin is also Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

Here is part of an interesting exchange:

A climate scientist decided not to fly

Many years ago I took many, many business flights around the world and used my accumulated points to take many, many vacation flights until my son point out to me that my flights were generating lots of GHG emissions. I justified my flights by saying the planes were flying anyway and what difference would one more passenger make. I was indulging in denial because I had family and friends overseas.

Cap (not fee) and dividend?

Recently I have been discussing the benefits of Cap and Dividend compared to Fee and Dividend (which many groups say is the best method of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.) Fee and Dividend was proposed by James Hansen and is being promoted by the Citizens Climate Lobby. Cap and Dividend has received support by Bill McKibben (founder of 350.org.)

Does the Paris agreement depend upon geo-engineering?

After the Paris agreement was signed, Kevin Anderson published an important blog on why the agreement relies on unrealistic bio-engineering technologies.

A quote from his blog:

Is there is no carbon budget available?

David Spratt (author of "Climate Code Red: The case for emergency action") has written a very important report on the carbon budget & the myth of “burnable carbon”. His report contains inconvenient truths.

Here is his summary of this report:

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