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Adaptive Management of Climate Change Risks

Indur Goklany posits that despite claims that climate change is “the most important environmental problem of this century,” evidence shows there are other more immediate and pressing threats to human and environmental health.
http://www.fraserinstitute.ca/admin/books/files/AdaptiveMana...

Back to Hewers of Wood and Drawers of Water: Energy, Trade, and the Demise of Petrochemicals in Alberta

According to Terisa Turner and Diana Gibson, Canadians question why Canada traded its energy sovereignty with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
http://www.ualberta.ca/PARKLAND/research/studies/PetroChemWe...

Canada’s Energy Future: An Integrated Path

In this report, Jason Churchill, Len Coad, and Maureen Dickson propose that Canada’s energy policy must take into consideration the international obligations to reduce green house gas (GHG) emissions, and environmental protection for present and future generations of Canadians.
http://sso.conferenceboard.ca/e-Library/LayoutAbstract.asp?D...

EnviroCentre: Sense and Sustainability in the National Capital

As Anne Makhoul explains, the EnviroCentre offers a range of programs and information for individuals and businesses seeking to improve their bottom lines while making a positive environmental impact.
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/458ENG%2Epdf

Environmental Indicators (Sixth Edition)

In this paper, Brown, et.al. examine what they view as a disconnect between the perceptions of Canadian students about environmental trends and the reality of the situation.
http://www.fraserinstitute.ca/admin/books/chapterfiles/2EnvI...

EPCOR: A Study of Ownership, Accountability, and the Public Interest

As Diana Gibson explains, EPCOR was founded on Edmonton’s power and water utilities, yet operates in other provinces and in the US.
http://www.ualberta.ca/PARKLAND/research/studies/Epcor2005.p...

Making Kyoto Work: A Transition Strategy for Energy Workers

In Making Kyoto Work: A Transition Strategy for Energy Workers, Dale Marshall, of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, considers how many energy sector jobs could be lost if Canada were to “get serious” about the Kyoto Protocol. Too often, Marshall argues, Kyoto commentators ignore the economic benefits of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/documents/BC_Office_Pubs/ma...

Regulatory Frameworks for Natural Gas DSM in Canada: Exploring Design Options, Influences and Characteristics of Success

In this brief Discussion Paper Judy Simon explores options for natural gas demand-side management (DSM) regulatory frameworks. As Simon explains, DSM requires companies to take steps to help customers reduce their demand for energy through means such as replacing older technologies; improving insulation; exceeding minimum energy efficiency requirements; and, consumer education. Simon expresses her belief that if the definition of DSM is widened from simply reducing natural gas use to a consideration of overall energy use, then conservation would be more efficient.
http://www.conferenceboard.ca/Boardwiseii/Document.asp?DID=1...

Securing our Energy Future? A Review of Nova Scotia's Energy Sector in 2004

In this report Larry Hughes reviews the major events in Nova Scotia’s energy sector in 2004.
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/documents/Nova_Scotia_Pubs/...

Selling the Family Silver: Oil and Gas Royalties, Corporate Profits, and the Disregarded Public

In this paper John W. Warnock explores the development of oil and gas sector, both in Canada and globally, and the geopolitics of oil. Specifically, the author discusses the environmental costs and the fiscal and royalty structures for economic rents to the public that owns the resource.
http://www.ualberta.ca/PARKLAND/research/studies/OilSaskWeb....

Sustainability and Energy Security: The Squeeze on Natural Gas

This briefing, written by Hoover et.al., examines the factors that give rise to increases in natural gas prices. In particular, the authors look at how U.S. air quality standards have heightened the demand for cleaner-burning natural gas at a pace greater than for other primary energy sources. At the same time, Hoover et. al. point out that other concerns, including the environment, are restricting the ability of energy providers to satisfy that demand in the short term.
http://sso.conferenceboard.ca/e-Library/Document.asp?DID=884...

The Energy Accounts of the Nova Scotia Genuine Progress Index

This extensive study analyses and evaluates the sustainability and impact of energy use in Nova Scotia. The report is collaborative and captures the multi-dimensional aspects of sustainable development and energy resources. The study includes descriptions of Genuine Progress Index (GPI) methodology and criteria for selection and framework. This energy account looks specifically at the social economic and environmental impacts of energy use in Nova Scotia and provides real monetary costs of energy systems. The report concludes with recommendations on how to improve and expand on the report in the future, how to identify where more research is needed for more effective energy use in the future and how to use policy to achieve greater energy sustainability.
http://www.gpiatlantic.org/pdf/energy/energy.pdf

The Prince Edward Island Ecological Footprint

In this report Anne Monette, Ronald Colman and Jeffrey Wilson examine sustainable development in a different way, they focus on actions of consumers rather than actions of producers. This report specifically applies to Prince Edward Island but contains information that could easily apply to the rest of Canada. Monette, Colman and Wilson point to consumers who are living beyond their means in terms of producing more than the plant can assimilate and consuming more than the planet can provide. The authors provide specific changes that consumers could make to reduce their ecological footprint on PEI as well as actions government could take to help reduce the footprint also.
http://www.gpiatlantic.org/pdf/ecofoot/pei-ecofoot.pdf

Toward an Energy Security Strategy for Canada

This paper is the result of the collaborative effort of researchers and activists from across Canada. They met to discuss energy sources in Canada and how to keep them secure. The group developed four principles to guide energy security strategies in the future. These principles include conserving non-renewable resources, collecting the maximum practicable royalties for resource extraction, ensuring environmental security and respecting the claims of First Nations to land and resources.
http://www.ualberta.ca/~parkland/research/studies/EnergyPape...

Toward an Energy Security Strategy for Canada

In this paper, David Thompson, Gordon Laxer and Diana Gibson provide a suggested energy security strategy and guiding principles. The authors consider it a “made in Alberta” initiative in partnership with Canadians from energy producing and energy consuming regions.
http://www.ualberta.ca/PARKLAND/research/studies/EnergyPaper...

Why Energy Efficiency?

This publication explores how Canadian business can benefit from energy efficiency, particularly in view of rising energy costs. The authors argue that energy efficiency has assumed a new importance today, and that businesses would be wise to embrace it. They highlight some businesses that are making effective use of energy efficiency strategies. The authors also examine barriers which prevent energy efficiency from receiving the attention it deserves in the business world. The authors expand on the idea of energy efficiency as a cost-saving measure; they point out that it increases energy security, while benefiting climate change and air quality. They conclude by suggesting opportunities for action for both business and government.
http://sso.conferenceboard.ca/e-Library/Document.asp?DID=114...