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Mass car use is responsible for air pollution that seriously undermines public health and causes climate change. Quebec's increase in greenhouse gas emissions is mainly due to the 21.9% increase in traffic on our roads (1) . This increased dependency on cars has other negative effects on society. Car payments, insurance, gas, parking, upkeep... Accidents, road maintenance,...
Carbon pricing is an essential step in the fight against climate change; it reduces pollution and spurs economic innovation.   With the recent announcement by the federal government, carbon pricing will be applied in all the provinces that do not already have a system in place. Here’s a Q&A to help you understand the importance of carbon pricing in the...
Actualité - 1 November 2018 - Tag : Advocacy, Carbon tax, Climate change, Greenhouse gases
If you think the gas-powered lawn mower that only leaves your shed once a week during the summer isn’t a threat to air quality, think again. These machines emit significant amounts of polluting gases, including hydrocarbons (HC), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC), which contribute to smog formation (1). In Canada, gas-powered lawn equipment uses...
This Quebec election has huge consequences for the environment.
January 1, 2013 is a historic day for Quebec – the day we launched our cap-and-trade system.
Actualité - 21 January 2013 - Tag : Advocacy, Greenhouse gases
In 2009, Quebec greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 2.5% as compared with 1990, according to the Quebec Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks in its latest inventory of greenhouse gas emissions. * But Quebec still has a long way to go if it is to achieve its goal of a 6% reduction in emissions by 2012 as compared with 1990.
Actualité - 9 November 2011 - Tag : Advocacy, Défi Climat, Greenhouse gases
Montreal, September 19, 2011- Equiterre and the David Suzuki Foundation are delighted that the government of Quebec is going forward with plans to implement a cap-and-trade system as part of the Western Climate Initiative (WCI). If well designed, this bill will be one of the most powerful tools the government has to fight climate change. It will establish the province as a...
Communiqué - 21 September 2011 - Tag : Advocacy, Climate change, David Suzuki Foundation, Greenhouse gases
Team test drives neighbourhood bikeways in Plateau-Manoir-des-Trembles (Gatineau) * Volunteers from Vélo Services joined residents of Plateau-Manoir-des-Trembles and councillor Maxime Tremblay for a test drive of bike routes to pinpoint problems.
A report from the International Energy Agency shows that global greenhouse gas emissions went up by 5% in 2010 to achieve a record high. This increase, which coincides with the economic recovery, is attributed to transportation and power. How does Canada compare with other emitters?  Not well, according to this interactive UNFCCC map. And the bad news gets even worse.
Actualité - 9 June 2011 - Tag : Advocacy, Greenhouse gases, Renewable energy
Everyone has a part to play in the fight against climate change.  Each year, Défi Climat, Quebec's largest awareness-raising and mobilization campaign in the fight against climate change, encourages organizations and individuals to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. In 2011, for example, more than 50,000 people committed to making lifestyle changes to help the...