On April 1, 2020, Carl Meyer began covering federal policy for Vancouver and B.C. thanks to a grant from the Local Journalism Initiative and the Government of Canada.
Carl served as Ottawa Bureau Chief at National Observer, where he covered the science and politics of climate change, carbon pollution, the low-carbon economy and the democratic process. Carl has worked at National Observer since 2017 and was previously National Reporter and Interim Managing Editor. During his 11 years in Ottawa he has covered national economic indicators, international trade and foreign policy. Carl is an advocate of the importance of journalism in a free society.
On Thursday, Erin O’Toole, leader of the official Opposition Conservative Party, released his long-awaited climate plan, complete with its own price on pollution, meaning that all the major national political parties now support some form of carbon pricing.
As nations tackle the climate emergency and markets "drive a low-carbon economic transition, we need to make sure our investments line up with this reality,” said New York State comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the trustee of the US$247-billion fund.
Public health research has shown that climate change is amplifying the health disparities that poorer people already face as a result of social conditions, like substandard housing or jobs with poor working conditions.
Canada added fewer megawatts of renewable energy capacity in 2020 than any of its G7 counterparts, according to new figures from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). However, there's more to this.
“Regardless of (the) ruling, we are stewards of the land and protectors of the waters and we will continue to respect and defend Mother Earth grounded in our Treaties,” says AMC Grand Chief Arlen Dumas.
If Parliament were unable to constitutionally address carbon pollution, the court ruled, the harm "would be felt across the country and would be borne disproportionately by vulnerable communities and regions, with profound effects on Indigenous Peoples, on the Canadian Arctic and on Canada’s coastal regions."