A report presents 17 steps (most of them no-brainers) for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in all sectors of the economy, in a program that will help Canada meet its international commitments.
Canada can meet its commitments under the Kyoto protocol, ac-cording to the recently published Canadian Solutions, a 17-step action plan for federal and provincial governments. This 100-page report presents a mix of fiscal, regulatory and voluntary initiatives that can be implemented immediately to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in all sectors of the economy through the use of currently available technologies.
Whatever happened to the proposed federal Clean Air Act? After all, this minority government wanted a “made in Canada” solution to climate change and air pollution. And the Kyoto Protocol was going to be really bad for the Canadian economy! So, while the opposition brought in amendments to the proposed Clean Air Act, mainly trying to ensure reductions in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and Canada’s compliance with Kyoto, in April of this year the government came out with its Clean Air Regulatory Agenda (CARA), a plan shrouded in a blanket of secrecy and confidentiality – and essentially killed any possible passing of the amended Clean Air Act.
While governments and industry draft pages of policy to try to clean up the issue of reducing greenhouse gases, the bid for a zero waste approach just got stronger. Stop Trashing the Climate, a report released in June by the US-based Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, reveals that significantly decreasing waste sent to landfills and incinerators will reduce greenhouse gas emissions equal to closing one-fifth of US coal-fired power plants.
Wasting directly impacts climate change because it is directly linked to global resource extraction, transportation, processing and manufacturing.
It’s not the sports, obviously. The Olympics are not a major contributor of greenhouse gases (GHGs) or other pollutants. They are all about human-powered sporting activities, and how dirty can that be?