Suzuki Foundation says Canada must move on clean energy

UN climate science report says limiting environmental impact may require reducing GHG emissions to zero.

VANCOUVER — The UN’s panel on climate science says climate change is happening, and it’s almost entirely man’s fault.

The report released Nov. 2 in Denmark says limiting the impacts of climate change may require reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero this century.

The David Suzuki Foundation says Canadians must respond quickly to ensure that clean energy becomes a national priority in order to prevent the most serious effects of climate change.

Foundation science and policy manager Ian Bruce says the future will be determined by the choices made now to shrink carbon pollution and co-operate with world leaders in prioritizing clean energy.

The UN report findings show that while it is still possible to avoid the worst risks, the window of opportunity is closing.

Bruce notes that climate change solutions offer numerous job creation and innovation opportunities for Canada, but only if Canada works with international leaders to share knowledge and prioritize clean-energy solutions.

“This final report by leading scientists and economists shows that the severity of climate change impacts and extreme weather is not a matter of chance,” Bruce said in a release.

The Auditor General concluded in a report last month that Canada’s plan to shrink carbon pollution and meet its promised international commitment “has been ineffective and the action it has taken has been slow and not well co-ordinated.”

The report noted there was concern that Canada would not meet its 2020 emission reduction target and that “the federal government does not yet have a plan for how it will work toward the greater reductions required beyond 2020.”

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1 Comment » for Suzuki Foundation says Canada must move on clean energy
  1. It’s interesting that the Suzuki Foundation chose to tout the recent statement by the UN Panel on climate change as an excuse to lecture us all that we are not doing enough to reduce greenhouse gas production, at the same time that a University of Guelph professor is stating that the disconnect between GHG production and global temperatures continues to widen. Professor Ross McKitrick noted recently that GHG in the atmosphere has increased by 11 percent since 1995 and yet the average temperature has not increased in the past 15 to 20 years depending on whose statistics you use.
    In the meantime, here in Ontario, we have chosen a policy of supporting renewable energy from windmills and solar panels that requires that ratepayers must subsidize a return on investment by increasing the cost of energy by 6 cents per kilowatt hour across the board, which is killing investment in the province.
    The United Nations would have us all sacrifice our standard of living so that third world countries can continue to reap the benefits of having no regulations on GHG production thereby attracting the jobs and investments that could have been made here. All the while basing their pronouncements on science that is debatable, regardless of what the UN panel says.

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