Will Canada meet its emissions reduction commitments made in Paris?

The Trudeau government’s first plan to combat climate change is short on measurable targets and meaningful action

On November 18, 2016, federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna released her plan to combat climate change, with a primary goal to stay beneath the scientifically determined limit of 2 degrees Celsius of planetwide warming.

The 91-page plan serves as a high-level road map toward reaching Canada's commitments made in Paris in December 2015 at the United Nations climate change conference (COP21). In essence, it is akin to the kind of strategy a business would implement during a transition period to more evolved business practices. The plan is a guideline that communicates Canada’s intent and direction on sectors including energy, agriculture and waste.

While initially encouraging and seemingly progressive, the document contains much research that appears to be superficial—a grave disappointment considering the multitude of excellent climate scientists Canada has to offer. The plan addresses critical points for achieving our goals, but...

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