Mismatched graph creates confusion in Canada’s UN climate pledge

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The Carbon Brief
May 20, 2015
Sophie Yeo

Canada has submitted its intended contribution to the UN’s forthcoming climate deal, but its new target has done little to remedy its reputation as a climate laggard.

On Friday, prime minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government pledged to cut emissions 30% on 2005 levels by 2030, as part of its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) ahead of the 2015 agreement, which will be signed in Paris.

The document states:

“This target is ambitious …

The Health Benefits of Fighting Climate Change

Project Syndicate
May 21, 2015
Peter Van Den Hazel

LIMA – Governments often see climate change as too costly to address. In fact, it is too costly to ignore. That is why the World Health Organization (WHO), for example, has linked the prevention of disastrous climate change to “immediate health benefits and health cost savings” from the reduction of air pollution.

The statistics are grim. Air pollution caused more than seven million premature deaths – one in eight globally – …

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Canada’s INDC assessment by Climate Action Tracker

inadequate

ClimateActionTracker.org
May 20, 2015

Rating

inadequate

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 *Excl. LULUCF credits and debits, excl. LULUCF base year emissions accounting rules and without application of historical threshold on emissions allowances in 2020 under the Doha decision.

Assessment

On 15 May 2015, Canada submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), communicating its economy-wide target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% below 2005 levels in 2030. After accounting for forestry we estimate this is a reduction of 21% below 2005 levels of industrial GHG …

Rising carbon emissions from oilsands a ‘unique’ challenge, federal cabinet told

CBC News
May 20, 2015
Margo McDiarmid, Environment Reporter

Canada may need international emissions credits to offset increasing emissions from oilsands

Greenhouse gas emissions from increasing oilsands production will rise faster than Canada’s ability to curb them, the federal government was warned before new emissions reduction targets were announced last week.

Cabinet documents obtained by CBC News reveal the thinking behind the scenes as the cabinet members mulled over various proposals for Canada’s target to cut its greenhouse emissions by …