Two trends -- increased political interest in ecological tax reform and the increasing urgency of reducing greenhouse gas emissions -- could see ecological tax reform being the next major trend in environmental law in Canada.
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The purpose of these submissions is to respond to the Consultation Document dated May 15, 2000, entitled "Developing a Response to Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation in British Columbia".
Media backgrounder accompanying Torpedoing Kyoto.
The Canadian position on the treatment of sequestration of carbon by forests and under the Kyoto Protocol is scientifically unsound and could lead to massive increases in atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases.
While the Kyoto Protocol is potentially an important first step in averting global climate change a number of potential weaknesses and loopholes could make the difference between it representing a first step and it being largely ineffective.
While greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced dramatically through measures that are worth doing for reasons that include protecting human health, improving competitiveness, saving consumers' money and improving the liveability of cities, delaying action will likely prove expensive.
Credit for Early Action allows firms that take early action to reduce emissions to be rewarded with credit against future regulatory standards or carbon taxes.
These proceedings are the summary of Selling Clean Air: Market Instruments for Climate Protection, a two-day workshop on market instruments for climate change organized by West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation. The workshop was held October 15 and 16, 1998, in Vancouver.
Despite the urgent need for early action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, this brief is in part intended to alert readers to the potential negative implications of developing a credit for early action system.
This paper begins with a brief description of existing international and domestic environmental law relating to climate change.