Environment

— Oct 20, 2020
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Carbon Pricing in High-Income OECD Countries

Carbon Pricing in High-Income OECD Countries is a new study that finds of the 14 countries in the OECD that have implemented a carbon tax, all have failed with respect to key design aspects of a well-functioning carbon tax, such as using carbon tax revenue to reduce more economically harmful taxes like personal income taxes, removing other emission-related regulations, and ending government subsidies to alternative energy sources.

— Apr 21, 2020
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Environmental Ranking for Canada and the OECD, 2nd Edition ranks 33 comparable high-income countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development on a wide range of environmental indicators that relate both to the protection of human health, such as air pollution, and the preservation of Canada’s ecosystems, such as water quality. It finds that Canada’s environmental record outperforms the majority of OECD countries, despite the fact that Canada is much larger and colder by comparison, and has a large natural resources industry.

— Oct 8, 2019
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The Myths of Local Food Policy: Lessons from the economic and social history of the food system finds that despite common misperceptions, locally-grown food isn’t better for the environment, doesn’t provide a more stable food supply and it isn’t necessarily safer to eat. And locally-grown food often increases prices for consumers since the high cost of land in or near big cities means urban agriculture is expensive.

— Jun 20, 2019
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Apples to Apples: Making Valid Cost-Benefit Comparisons in Climate Policy

Apples to Apples: Making Valid Cost-Benefit Comparisons in Climate Policy finds that cost-benefit analysis is a powerful tool for guiding climate policy, but easily falls prey to common errors. For example, comparing the cost of an additional climate policy in Canada to the benefits of stopping all climate change.

— Nov 27, 2018
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Evaluating the State of Fresh Water in Canada

Evaluating the State of Fresh Water in Canada finds that the quantity and quality of freshwater across the country is generally very good, with four out of five (82 per cent) of the country’s freshwater monitoring sites reporting fair to excellent quality between 2014 and 2016. Notably, Canada has the world’s third-largest renewable supply of freshwater and Canadians only consume a small fraction (about one per cent) of the freshwater available annually.

— May 31, 2018
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Federal Reforms and the Empty Shell of Environmental Assessment

Federal Reforms and the Empty Shell of Environmental Assessment finds that environmental assessments for resource development projects, such as oil and gas pipelines, have always been arbitrary and political, and the federal government’s proposed reforms—contained in Bill C-69—do nothing to change that. If anything, the changes may increase uncertainty in the project approval process.

— Apr 19, 2018
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Environmental Ranking for Canada and the OECD finds that Canada is a world leader in environmental performance and ranks in the top ten among the world’s wealthiest, cleanest and most developed countries on a wide range of environmental indicators.

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