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Canada and climate change beyond Kyoto

In December 2011, Canada withdrew from the Kyoto Accord, citing economic reasons. According to a statement by Environment Minister Peter…


In December 2011, Canada withdrew from the Kyoto Accord, citing economic reasons.

According to a statement by Environment Minister Peter Kent on Environment Canada’s website, the accord “is not the path forward for a global solution to climate change; instead, it is an impediment.”

The world consensus through the International Panel for Climate Change reports that climate change is caused by human activities and is one of the greatest environmental threats we face today.

Canada, meanwhile, is one of the largest producers of greenhouse gas emissions per capita in the world, according to the Conference Board of Canada.

With the government decision to withdraw from Kyoto, what is Canada doing to fight climate change?

[audio:https://thethunderbird.ca/files/2012/03/Tbird-Beyond-Kyoto.mp3|titles=Beyond Kyoto]
A view of the earth from space (Image courtesy of NASA)
A view of the earth from space (Image courtesy of NASA)