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OPINION | Liberals' climate balancing act: The world is watching

Trudeau's climate platform needs to make the case for his policies to Canadians and, if it fails to do so effectively, it will have implications far beyond our borders.

Western red cedars die off as extended dry spells continue, say experts

Some Western red cedars are struggling after repeated bouts of drought conditions and experts say expect the tree to vanish for good in spots with shallow, dry, rocky soil.

Day before Paris deal comes into effect, UN report warns promised cuts not nearly enough

The world is nowhere near on track to achieve the ambitious temperature goals adopted in the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, the UN said Thursday in a sobering report that warned of a human tragedy unless governments stepped up efforts to fight global warming.

FAQ: Signing the Paris Agreement on climate change

Over 160 countries are expected to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change at a ceremony at the UN today, Earth Day. So what's the big deal?
Analysis

'Worthless words' or 'diplomatic triumph'? Climate scientists weigh in on Paris agreement

The general view of the Paris agreement reached last week among climate scientists seems to be that while it won't halt global warming, it's an important step in that direction, but some take a harsher view, calling the deal a straight-out fraud. We speak with three prominent climate scientist to get their take.

COP21: 5 ways Canadians can help reduce climate change

Governments around the world are expected to start implementing policies to reach the goals set out in a historic agreement to limit climate change. But there are things individuals can do to help reduce their own carbon footprint.

Paris deal on climate change met with calls to action from Canadians

Experts and environmentalists tried to inject a practical note into Saturday's celebration over the Paris climate agreement, pointing out Canada still doesn't have a federal emissions target.

5 key points in Paris Agreement on climate change

After lengthy overnight negotiations and two weeks of touch-and-go discussions, delegates at the UN climate talks in Paris have adopted a climate-change pact. Here are five of the key points.

'Historic' Paris climate deal adopted

Nations around the world have voted to adopt the Paris agreement to fight global warming, which commits countries to increasingly ambitious emissions-reduction targets and a goal of a carbon-neutral world sometime after 2050.

Environmentalists warn of increased activism after Paris climate talks

The Paris climate change summit is invigorating environmental groups, who warn of a swell of protests over the next year.

COP21: Canada's new goal for limiting global warming 'perhaps a dream'

The Canadian government's goal for limiting climate change is ambitious, scientists say, and all governments will have to act now and garner enough buy-in from citizens to spark some big changes to make it possible.
CBC IN PARIS

Climate talks stretch through night as deadline for historic deal looms

What at the outset the French hosts called a "week of hope," is now coming to an end with frenetic, caffeine-fuelled all-nighters aimed at beating the clock.

Alberta's 'dirty oilsands' reputation is fading, Suncor CEO says

The head of Canada's largest energy company — who is in Paris for the United Nations climate change conference — says Alberta's reputation is changing, slowly.

New Fossil of the Day Award: Canada back in climate bad books

Canada is once again in the climate bad books, winning a so-called "Fossil of the Day Award" at the climate talks in Paris, a prize long associated instead with the days of the previous Conservative government.

Climate change is 'largest science communication failure in history'

Some climate change experts hope painting a grim picture of the future will get people to change their behaviour. But for many of us, it may actually do the opposite.
Analysis

Climate talks contend with both villains, heroes as deadline looms

The most effective obstacles to a strong Paris climate agreement are the countries like Saudi Arabia that aren’t standing on the sidelines, but instead are working at every level to block efforts at finding common ground, Nahlah Ayed writes.
Analysis

COP21: Big Oil in hiding at Paris climate talks

Big Oil's low-key approach in Paris is understandable on one hand and absurd on the other.
CBC IN PARIS

Canada's youth call out Justin Trudeau before the world's cameras at Paris climate talks

On a day that was supposed to celebrate the contributions of youth at the Paris climate conference, a group of young Canadians stood before the world’s cameras and publicly called out their new young prime minister.

Polar bear researchers working on innovative ways to gather data

Scientists are trying out new, non-invasive ways to study and track polar bears in Canada's northern regions.

Bristol, England, shows what cities can do to fight climate change

Bristol, England is an old industrial city that's probably best known for giving the world trip-hop music. But it's also become a model for other cities in how to encourage people to play a direct role in fighting climate change.

Mark Carney wants companies to list climate-related financial risk

Disclosures would help investors and governments understand and manage a company's climate-related risks, which are expected to grow over time.
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Brad Wall and the elusive goal of carbon capture and storage

At the UN climate conference in Paris, Premier Brad Wall and SaskPower executives are showcasing their carbon capture and storage project, located at a coal power plant in Saskatchewan.

Fake ads mocking corporate sponsors of the COP21 climate talks pop up in Paris

The Brandalism group takes aim at world leaders, big oil companies, and corporate sponsors of the climate talks by installing more than 600 satirical ads around Paris.
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Polar bear scientists have high hopes, low expectations for Paris climate summit

The waters of Hudson Bay are warming fast, and climate scientists and residents in Canada's sub-Arctic are doubtful the UN's Paris summit will come up with a deal hearty enough to stop the impact of climate change.

Photos show Patagonia's massive, melting glaciers

The Perito Moreno glacier, in Los Glaciares National Park, is part of the Southern Patagonian Icefield, the third-largest in the world.

New tone by Canada and Alberta noticed at COP21 climate talks

Canada has changed its tone at the Paris climate talks and everyone from environmental groups to the International Energy Agency is taking note.

Eerie photos spotlight Beijing and New Delhi's polluted air

On the same day the Paris climate summit got underway, Beijing suffered its worst air pollution of the year with monitoring sites throughout the city reporting extremely hazardous levels of pollutants, triggering a rare alert. It was a similar story in the Indian capital, too.

Indigenous leaders, activists in Paris for climate change talks

"I feel like we have a seat at the table," says Assembly of First Nations national chief Perry Bellegarde, who is part of Canada's official delegation to the Paris Climate Change Summit.

Canadian entrepreneurs seek path to fossil-fuel-free future

Right now, politicians from around the globe are meeting in Paris to figure out the next steps in reducing climate change. But a number of Canadian entrepreneurs have spent years sussing out technologies that may help us get to a future of cleaner power.

Brad Wall is dissenting voice in Canada's COP21 delegation

Saskatchewan's premier knows his province can do more to improve its environmental record, but he won't get swept up in the climate change talks in Paris this week.

Paris climate summit opens with offers to help developing nations cope, adapt

World leaders deliver speeches that focus on both optimism and dire warnings at UN summit on fighting climate change being held in Paris.

CO2 and other greenhouse gases: What we can and can't measure

Greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere have reached levels unprecedented in the past two million years. But how exactly do scientists know that? Here's how carbon dioxide and other gases linked to climate change are measured — and what we can and can't learn from that data.
Analysis

Paris climate talks begin with high hopes and lowered expectations

As world leaders gather in Paris for the United Nations climate conference, there is hope these talks will be different from previous international negotiations and signal a fresh start.
CBC in Paris

Paris climate summit faces dilemma of how to set binding targets

The much-anticipated UN climate summit officially starts in Paris today with a growing sense that it may not deliver any kind of hammer to force countries to curb their emissions, other than a moral one.
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Shoes stand in silent protest at Paris climate conference

A long-planned climate march in Paris ahead of this week's UN conference was cancelled due to security fears, but thousands of activists and protesters ignored the ban Sunday, leading to violent clashes with French police.

All countries doing 'fair share' is Canada's goal at Paris climate talks

Although the Paris climate conference that opens Monday will not end with emissions targets enforceable by law, the talks are a chance for all countries to formally commit to reducing their ecological footprint, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said Sunday.

Rachel Notley will sell a 'different' Alberta at climate change talks

Premier Rachel Notley says she's heading to climate change talks in Paris to show the world they're dealing with a new Alberta.

Climate change could have link with terrorism, UN chief Ban Ki-moon tells CBC

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon says the attacks in Paris can’t overshadow efforts to reach a climate change agreement at next week's summit. He also warns in an exclusive CBC interview of a possible link between climate change and terrorism.

California and Canada working toward joint climate change solutions

Ontario will soon join California and Quebec in a massive joint cap-and-trade program. In these jurisdictions, businesses that want to emit more than their quota of greenhouse gases can buy carbon credits from companies that burn less.

Government announces $2.65B to help developing countries fight climate change

Canada will contribute $2.65 billion over the next five years to help developing countries fight climate change.
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COP21 must address the trade cost of carbon pricing: Don Pittis

Adding the price of carbon to everything a country produces is disruptive and expensive. That means countries taking the lead to save the world from climate change could face a serious trade disadvantage.

Justin Trudeau promises 'Canadian approach' to climate change

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems to be heading into the much-anticipated climate change talks in Paris with a lot of goodwill at the provincial and territorial level. The question now is whether he can translate that into a united front.

California's vanishing lakes are a climate change cautionary tale

Because of California's record drought, lakes and rivers across the state are shrinking. And what residents are witnessing at one spot in particular, experts say, could be a glimpse into the future for many cities across a warming planet.
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Paris climate conference: What you need to know

At the end of November, governments from 196 nations will gather at the Paris climate conference to discuss climate change. Here's why an agreement is crucial.

Insurance industry aims to reduce huge losses from climate change extremes

The insurance industry has been hit by mounting claims from extreme weather, prompting it to search for ways to limit the cost of damage resulting from climate change.
Analysis

Cheap oil and climate change spell opportunity for energy giants: Don Pittis

Predictions that the global oil glut will persist, plus a revival of stalled climate change action sounds like bad news for Canada's energy industry. It's just not so, says Don Pittis. Instead, Canadian oil companies must drum out the dinosaurs and turn sophisticated energy technology to their advantage.

G20 countries spend $450B a year on fossil fuel subsidies, study says

It's being called the "fossil fuel bailout." A new report from an environmental advocacy group says G20 countries subsidize the fossil fuel industry to the tune of $450 billion a year, undermining efforts to deal with climate change.
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Canada's climate plan is fractured and inadequate: Don Pittis

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has invited the provinces to Paris for the global climate change summit, but Canada's economic plan to fight warming is dangerously fractured.
Analysis

Canada's sway at Paris climate talks will be modest, despite Trudeau's new vigour

Timing doesn't favour the new Canadian government as it approaches pivotal climate change talks in Paris later this month, hoping to exert more influence than its predecessor.
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From deep freeze to drought: 10 extreme weather events

Some of the extreme weather experienced around the world last year is our fault, according to a report by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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Can Canada avoid the Fossil Award at UN climate talks?

Canada's new government has a chance to polish our damaged reputation at the upcoming UN climate talks in Paris.

Climate change played role in 2014's extreme weather, report says

Human-caused climate change contributed to many extreme weather and climate events in 2014, according to a report by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Exxon Mobil subject of probe regarding climate change research

New York's attorney general is examining statements by Exxon Mobil and Peabody Energy to determine whether they deceived investors about the causes and impacts of climate change, an official familiar with the investigations said Thursday.

Researchers accelerate evolution in attempt to save Hawaii's coral reefs

Scientists at a research centre on Hawaii's Coconut Island have embarked on an experiment to grow "super coral" that they hope can withstand the hotter and more acidic oceans that are expected with global warming.

Catherine McKenna, Ottawa Centre MP, named minister of environment and climate change

Ottawa Centre MP Catherine McKenna told CBC News that Canada needs to play a "significant role" to tackle global climate change following her appointment as minister of environment and climate change on Wednesday.

New environment minister to face uphill battle, says finance study

Catherine McKenna, the federal environment minister sworn in Wednesday, will inherit an uphill battle in the effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions, according to government documents obtained by CBC News.

United Nations finds 'new era' of global ambition on climate change

The world is on track to make a "significant dent" in cutting greenhouse gas emissions without sacrificing economic growth, according to a new report released today from the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat.

TSX launches 3 climate change indexes to track environmental footprint

The Toronto Stock Exchange will create three new subindexes designed to track the environmental impact of companies that trade on the exchange.

Persian Gulf may soon be too hot to support human life

If carbon dioxide emissions continue at their current pace, by the end of century parts of the Persian Gulf will sometimes be just too hot for the human body to tolerate, a new study says.

Canada could slash CO2 emissions with existing technologies, proven policies

If Canada wants to drastically cut its greenhouse gas emissions and meet international climate change commitments, the right tools are already available, a new report says.

Brad Wall headed to Paris climate change summit

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall will attend an upcoming summit in Paris on climate change.

Global warming will hurt most economies, but boost Canada's, study says

With each upward degree, global warming will singe the economies of three-quarters of the world's nations and widen the north-south gap between rich and poor countries, according to a new economic and science study.