Paris Agreement: U.N.’s Emissions Gap Report shows Canada, world has four years to avoid catastrophic temperature rise

On the first anniversary of the successful conclusion of COP21 negotiations of the Paris Agreement, the Green Party of Canada is highlighting a dire warning from the United Nations’ latest Emissions Gap Report that shows Canada and other developed nations have only four years to act to avoid a catastrophic 1.5 C temperature rise.

“The Trudeau administration still refuses to update Canada’s Harper-era greenhouse gas emissions targets, which are among the weakest the developed world. This is leading to poor coordination on GHG reduction plans across government departments, and delayed action by industry,” said Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands). “The latest Emissions Gap Report should compel this government to end fossil fuel subsidies, shut down diluted bitumen pipelines, and aggressively pursue clean energy innovation to create long-term, high-paying jobs in Canada. It is a matter of basic math: we have a carbon budget, and we are deeply in deficit.”