Many nations, like Britain, Norway, and Germany, tax gasoline at $550 per tonne of CO2 — $400 more than we do. Unsurprisingly, our surging tailpipe emissions are driving Canada's climate failure, writes Barry Saxifrage.
Fossil fuel pollution has been searing the Golden State into a hot, dry tinderbox. The megafires have followed in accelerating fury and frequency, and carbon columnist Barry Saxifrage has the charts to prove it.
Canada's continent-spanning forest used to remove massive amounts of CO2 from the air each year. It was a hugely valuable "carbon sink", slowing the pace of climate change and benefiting our logging industry.
The primary fuel of the climate crisis — CO2 in our atmosphere — continues to accelerate upwards, unchecked by decades of Earth Days, climate summits and even a global pandemic. Barry Saxifrage shows us where we are now, globally and in Canada.
"Seeing" our family car litter 15 plastic straws out its tailpipe every second on the highway completely changed my understanding of our climate pollution emergency. And then I did the math for my flight. Barry Saxifrage details his eye-opening findings.