Recently released data shows that, if adopted, the Canadian position on the treatment of forests and soils under the Kyoto Protocol would obliterate the environmental impact of the Kyoto Protocol.
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In order to assist the consultants undertaking the above review, West Coast Environmental Law (WCEL) has prepared the following submission regarding the liability provisions for mine reclamation and environmental protection as they relate to mining under
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".
At a time when the principles of de-regulation, privatization, and downsizing have captured government agendas across the country, the tragic events taking place in Walkerton serve as important reminders of the human cost of such policies.
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.
Media backgrounder accompanying Torpedoing Kyoto.
Recent proposals to export Canadian water, and an investor-state suit under NAFTA concerning BC's water export control measures, have revived Canadian concerns about the loss of public control over this vital resource.
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.