TORONTO — P.J. Partington, climate policy analyst at the Pembina Institute, made the following comments today in response to the release of the Summary for Policymakers of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report, Working Group I, in Stockholm.
“Today’s report builds on decades of research to give us a crystal clear message: climate change is happening, we’re causing it and it carries huge risks.
“The world’s scientific community has established beyond a shadow of a doubt that the burning of fossil fuels is changing our world in unprecedented ways. As the report makes clear, the extreme weather events we have seen recently are just a preview of the far larger risks we face. Failing to get our emissions under control is a one-way ticket to a hotter and less stable world.
“As a northern nation with one of the world’s largest carbon footprints, Canada is on the front lines of climate change. Each year of delay commits Canadians to more warming, greater risks and higher costs.
“The good news is that there are solutions available. The science gives us more than enough information to tackle the problem with urgency. Now it’s up to Canada to act.”
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