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Pembina available for comment at Paris climate summit

30 Nov 2015

Paris — Today, 150 Heads of State and Government joined the President of France, His Excellency Mr. François Hollande, in an opening ceremony for the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Four experts from the Pembina Institute will be attending the summit, and are available today and until the summit adjourns on December 11th, to provide commentary on what the conference’s developments mean for climate action in Canada, at the federal and provincial levels.

Our spokespeople include: Read more »

Posted December 2, 2015 by AEN

Phasing out coal is a win for all Albertans

Alberta plan protects health and saves money

23 Nov 2015

CALGARY — Chris Severson-Baker, Alberta Director at the Pembina Institute, adds his comments to the growing support for Alberta’s coal phase-out plan.

“The decision to phase out coal by 2030 makes it clear the government of Alberta is intent on improving Albertans' air quality and tackling one of our highest-emitting fuel sources. Given the international attention on coal as an unnecessary source of pollution, the government of Alberta's decision to phase out coal stands it in good stead to bring a better message and approach to Paris.

“The province's approach will mean significant savings for our health care system. Coal plants are a major source of air contaminants, including mercury, nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide, and particulate matter. This pollution contributes to over 4,000 asthma episodes, over 700 emergency visits for respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses, and around 80 hospital admissions, with chronic exposures resulting in nearly 100 premature deaths every year in Alberta. The cost to the health care system is close to $300-million dollars annually.

 “Alberta is now a leader in the transition away from coal and can proudly stake its territory among the world’s most proactive jurisdictions.”

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Posted November 23, 2015 by AEN

Survey: Albertans want more wilderness protected

19 Nov 2015

(Calgary, Alberta) — A first-ever survey of Albertans' outdoor activities and values toward recreation and wilderness shows that 76% of adult Albertans regularly participate in outdoor recreation, 86% of adult Albertans would prioritize non-motorized recreation in wilderness areas (vs. motorized recreation, such as ATVs, off-highway vehicles, dirt bikes and motorboats) and88% of Albertans want government to set aside more wilderness where human activity is minimal. Read more »

Posted November 19, 2015 by AEN

For health’s sake, it’s time to phase-out coal-fired electricity generation

Health, clean energy and environment groups come together to call for an end to Alberta’s dirty coal problem

9 Nov 2015

CALGARY — World leaders will converge on Paris next month for climate change talks. Alberta is developing a strategy to demonstrate its intention to contribute to the global imperative of tackling climate change. Phasing out coal for producing electricity promises to be a hallmark of this strategy.

The time has come to bring greater attention to the public health benefits that would be realized by accelerating the phase out of coal-fired electricity. Read more »

Posted November 9, 2015 by AEN

Pembina reacts to Keystone XL rejection

6 Nov 2015

EDMONTON — Simon Dyer, Alberta director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to U.S. President Barack Obama's rejection of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline:

“Today's decision by President Obama reiterates that climate change is a key consideration for all energy infrastructure projects going forward. In his statement, the president noted that his decision is motivated in part by a desire to 'lead by example' on the need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate change.

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Posted November 6, 2015 by AEN

Conservation groups in court to defend Jasper National Park from further commercial development

Approval of concept plan to add overnight commercial accommodation at Maligne Lake threatens park protection, groups say

27 Oct 2015

EDMONTON — Conservation groups are in court today to challenge Parks Canada’s approval of a concept plan to build overnight commercial accommodations at Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park, alleging that it would undermine the law and set a dangerous precedent for protection of Canada’s national parks. Read more »

Posted October 28, 2015 by AEN

Poll: Most Albertans want stronger climate change policies

Survey shows public support for climate action and a stronger price on carbon

30 Sep 2015

EDMONTON — New public opinion research shows that 53 per cent of Albertans want the province to adopt stronger policies to cut carbon emissions. This result comes from a survey of more than 1,800 Albertans conducted by EKOS Research Associates and commissioned by the Pembina Institute. Read more »

Posted September 30, 2015 by AEN

Broad-based group of Canadians demands a stop to commercialization of Canada's national parks

16 Sep 2015

BANFF, AB —Today a diverse group of Canadians with a deep concern for the well-being of our national parks gathered in Banff to call for an end to inappropriate commercialization of Canada’s national parks.

Recent commercial projects in Banff and Jasper National Parks have privatized public spaces and threatened the very framework that controls development in our parks. Read more »

Posted September 21, 2015 by AEN

New Alberta air quality report shows need for province-wide pollution reduction

Report points to serious air quality problems that require new management plans from government

9 Sep 2015

EDMONTON — Chris Severson-Baker, Alberta regional director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to today's air quality reporting announcement by the Alberta government:

“This new report adds to the mounting evidence that Alberta needs to reduce air pollution across the province. Measures that will produce more rapid results are also needed in the numerous regional hot spots identified by the report.

“Near-term action is crucial to keep our air from getting worse. Alberta has been too slow to take action on existing pollution sources, and new ones have been added without regard for the cumulative impacts.

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Posted September 9, 2015 by AEN

New Protected Area to Protect Water, Create Jobs

4 Sep 2015

Blairmore, Alberta. Albertans today are celebrating the long-awaited creation of two new protected areas in Alberta. After more than 40 years of pressure from local business, advocates and community members, the remainder of the Castle Special Place has been protected as a Provincial Park and Wildland Provincial Park, completing the protection of ~1000 km2 region. Read more »

Posted September 4, 2015 by AEN

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