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POLICY - ENVIRONMENT
Chemist and geographer Daniel B. Luten observed that since the late 18th century ‘the question of limits to growth and optimism and pessimism regarding the human prospect [has been] debated without consensus.’ The Hill Times file photograph

Growing global population: burden or boon to the environment?

The following is an excerpt from Population Bombed! Exploding the Link Between Overpopulation and Climate Change, short-listed along with four other books for this year’s Donner Prize, the best public policy book of the year by a Canadian. The winner will be announced on May 1 in Toronto.
Opinion|Phil Russo
The push for emissions reductions and shift to greener fuel sources will boost the cost of doing business for fleets. That’s why government support to industry is important.
The assumption that green infrastructure will be accepted by communities by virtue of being good for the climate may fast be put to the test.
‘It’s just disrupting everything’: MPs representing regions reporting the worst climate change effects speak about the impacts they see in their communities.
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This month, the Energy and Transport committees will hit the road to study bills C-48 and C-69, with a combined budget of $628,732.
By adopting a whole-of-government approach and rolling out a strategy for strong economic and environmental performance, the export potential of Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector can be realized.
The committee has also recently been studying the impact of trade agreements on Canada’s supply-managed sectors.
Farm biodiversity and sustainability techniques have been shown to lower agriculture-related greenhouse gas emissions and sequester more carbon than industrial farming practices.
Opinion|Kate Storey
We need to rebuild Canada’s neglected fruit, vegetable, and processing sectors. This diversification would make good economic and environmental sense.
The status quo is not working and inertia is wiping away Canada’s wildlife. We need to set limits to our activities that do not put our future at risk.
If we don’t start taking financial responsibility for pollution now, the price will continue to rise and we will be left holding the bag.
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna speaks to The Hill Times about selling her government's carbon pricing policy and what she's learned about the politics of climate action.
Meeting Canada’s climate targets in a way that is best for our economic prosperity requires broad policy that creates consistent incentives across all emissions in the economy, from individual households and small businesses to heavy industry. Output-based pricing must be a key part of that mix if Canada is to strike the right balance between pricing emissions and protecting competitiveness.
Canada’s chemistry industry has pledged to have all plastics packaging recyclable or recoverable by 2030.
Experts say the Canadian icebreaking fleet isn't sufficient for current or future needs. As climate change breaks Arctic ice, the ships will become more important for the security of communities and marine shipping routes.
Opinion|Nick Martin
The federal government allowing the pipeline project to collapse would have set an even worse precedent than buying it.
Experts say they are excited about microgrids' potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy resilience.
The most-lobbied staffers last year worked on money files like innovation and finance, as well as the environment, a hot-button issue legislatively.
‘Canadians have been heard on this already,’ say five environmental groups following Bill C-69.
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