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27 Mar 2018

Not ready for the future

Posted by Michael Keating

Canada is ill-prepared for the changing climate we are entering, and is failing to meet its targets to slow climate change. In a stinging report “Canada’s auditors general found that most governments in Canada were not on track to meet their commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and were not ready for the impacts of a changing climate.” Seven of 12 provinces and territories did not even have overall targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. Of those with targets, only two, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, were on track to meet them. The report was prepared by the auditors general for the federal government, which also covered the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon, and the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan. The report said we are already feeling the effects of climate change in the form of floods and forest fires, and the damage will only increase as the world gets warmer. It said most governments did not have plans on how to adapt to the climate change that is already started and will only increase.

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