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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

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

21st Century Energy—Transitioning to Clean Energy, Alberta's Opportunity

Sep 9 2015 - 1:00am to 2:30am

Doors open at 6:30 pm. Speakers and Dialogue from 7-8:30 pm. 

What might the United States teach Albertans about the ramping up to healthier and climate protective energy? How quickly can coal be phased out and how can Albertans help the energy transition?  Read more about 21st Century Energy—Transitioning to Clean Energy, Alberta's Opportunity

Location

CN Theatre (5-142)
MacEwan University City Centre Campus (105 Street Building)
Edmonton , AB

Government of Alberta launches climate change leadership consultations

Initiative: 
Climate Leadership Discussions
Deadline: 
18 Sep 2015

Updated: Open house times and locations added

On August 14, 2015, the Alberta government introduced their Climate Change Advisory Panel. Watch the announcement:

The panel is tasked with:

"…engaging Albertans, Aboriginal communities, and technical stakeholders on key issues related to climate change. They will facilitate conversations, consider input, and provide advice to Alberta's Minister of Environment and Parks. Input from the Panel will inform a new action plan on climate change for Alberta."

The Government also released the Climate Leadership Discussion Document, and launched the Climate Leadership Discussion survey to gather input from Albertans. The survey will be open until September 18. The Panel will also be hosting public forums in Calgary and Edmonton:

Calgary Tues, Sept 1
5:30-8:30 pm
Courtyard Marriot Calgary Airport
Stampede Ballroom
2500 48 Avenue NE
Edmonton Wed, Sept 2
5:30-8:30 pm
Chateau Louis Hotel & Conference Centre
Grand Ballroom
11727 Kingsway Avenue
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Climate change panel and consultation plan signal a shift in Alberta

Panel's expertise and broad consultation will help inform Alberta's efforts to take meaningful climate action

CALGARY — Ed Whittingham, executive director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to today’s announcement detailing members of the province’s climate change advisory panel and its consultation approach:

“The provincial government and panel chair, Andrew Leach, have put together a well-balanced line up of experts who bring a mix of perspectives and experience to guide its climate change consultation process.

“A broad and transparent consultation process will provide valuable input as the province seeks to develop a credible climate strategy that reflects the priorities and concerns of Albertans.

“Addressing climate change with timely, science-based and effective action is a critical foundation for Alberta’s future health and prosperity. The Pembina Institute welcomes the broad scope of the consultation plan and the clear framing of the challenge outlined by the Minister. There are many solutions available to help Alberta cut carbon pollution and adopt cleaner energy options. We look forward to working with the panel and participating in the consultation sessions.”

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Grassy Mountain Coal Project — Participant Funding Available for Public Comment on the Upcoming Environmental Assessment

Initiative: 
Grassy Mountain Coal Project
Deadline: 
31 Aug 2015

OTTAWA, July 16, 2015 — The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is making funding available through its Participant Funding Program to assist the public and Aboriginal groups in participating in the environmental review of the proposed Grassy Mountain Coal Project, near Blairmore, Alberta. Read more about Grassy Mountain Coal Project — Participant Funding Available for Public Comment on the Upcoming Environmental Assessment

Phasing Out Coal — A Healthy Decision

Sep 30 2014 - 2:30pm to 5:30pm

Coal-fired plants make people sick and die, particularly children and those with chronic illnesses, and they cost society huge amounts of money desperately needed for other purposes.
—Dr Alan Lockwood, MD, The Silent Epidemic, MIT, 2012

The majority of Alberta's electricity is generated by coal fired plants (Alberta Energy, 2012). The research is now clear that burning coal comes with substantial human health costs. In Alberta alone coal contributes to over 100 fatalities and more than 4,000 asthma symptom days every year (Alberta study here). What are the impacts of coal on human health? How can Alberta include health issues related to burning coal in its energy strategy? Read more about Phasing Out Coal — A Healthy Decision

Location

MacHall A (lower level)
MacEwan Student Centre, University of Calgary (2500 University Drive NW)
T2N 1N4 Calgary , AB

Phasing Out Coal — A Healthy Decision

Sep 30 2014 - 1:00am to 2:30am

Coal-fired plants make people sick and die, particularly children and those with chronic illnesses, and they cost society huge amounts of money desperately needed for other purposes.
—Dr Alan Lockwood, MD, The Silent Epidemic, MIT, 2012

The research is now clear that burning coal comes with substantial human health costs. In Alberta alone, coal contributes to over 100 fatalities and more than 4,000 asthma symptom days every year (A Costly Diagnosis, 2013). The majority of Alberta's electricity is generated by coal-fired plants. Read more about Phasing Out Coal — A Healthy Decision

Location

CN Theatre (Room 5-142)
MacEwan University City Centre Campus
Edmonton , AB

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