The G7 and its 85–year carbon pledge

June 10, 2015 at 10:14 am Leave a comment

If you thought it was hard to keep up your New Year’s resolution, try keeping an 85-year pledge.

That’s exactly what Canada and the other G7 countries are committing themselves to as they try to get control of global greenhouse gases. While Canada failed on its Kyoto agreement and won’t meet its 2020 Copenhagen target, that’s not stopping Prime Minister Stephen Harper from making even more long-lived environmental pledges.

“It’s not groundbreaking. It is politically cheap to pledge a non-binding commitment that falls way behind someone’s time in office,” said David Keith, an engineering professor at Harvard University and former University of Calgary professor who was one of Time magazine’s “heroes of the environment” in 2009.

“What we really need is specifics in the next few years or decades.”

Read the full article here on CBC News.

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Entry filed under: Carbon_Emissions, Climate.

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