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Canada's Ecofiscal Commission
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Practical fiscal solutions to spark the innovation for growing economic and environmental prosperity in Canada.
Practical fiscal solutions to spark the innovation for growing economic and environmental prosperity in Canada.

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By delaying significant carbon emission reductions we risk handing both an impossible financial and technological burden to future generations. If global emissions are reduced by 6% each year – a very challenging but not impossible scenario – then bringing CO₂ concentrations back to 350ppm would cost US$8-18.5 trillion, spread over 80 years at US$100-230 billion a year http://ow.ly/FFfK30dLRsn

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California just extended its #capandtrade program. ICYMI: Dale Beugin's thoughts on linked cap-and-trade systems http://ow.ly/jasD30dJL1d

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How do we reduce the likelihood of future catastrophes like Fort McMurray and Inland British Columbia? And how do we get the most from our forests? Smart climate policy can help with both. But it’s not all about stopping fires. A blog by Brendan Frank. http://ow.ly/m2cP30dKzfm

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“With climate change, we expect more fire, more intense fires, and more smoke.” http://ow.ly/Bmj430dI0aZ

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Wind and solar power don’t pose a significant threat to the reliability of the U.S. power grid, Energy Department staff members said in a draft report, contradicting statements by their leader http://ow.ly/T89W30dF5IT
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The broader problem is that Canadians are burdened by the accumulating financial liability associated with cleaning up the environmental messes made by abandoned oil wells, closed mines and decaying tailings dams http://ow.ly/98nP30dFWsZ
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It doesn't seem likely that a carbon tax could find widespread favor in the current ideological climate, but the ground could be prepared for the time when the political equation in the U.S. changes. http://ow.ly/Hbc130dBFWP

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A new study published in Environmental Research Letters shows how much various actions can reduce GHG emissions http://ow.ly/zQQ530dzkUs

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Some governments in Canada are implementing some relatively high-cost ­policies. Dale Beugin considers the reasons they might be led to do so, and looks at the dynamics of policy interactions, non-pricing policies, linked cap-and-trade systems, and politics. http://ow.ly/VrkP30dzyO8

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Fewer than half of the bottles bought in 2016 were collected for recycling and just 7% of those collected were turned into new bottles. Instead most plastic bottles produced end up in landfill or in the ocean. http://ow.ly/LZfp30dwyoK
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