By John Drexhage, Deborah Murphy, CIC, 2010. Commentary, copyright: CIC

The government of Canada has decided that its climate change response will be closely linked to that of the United States. However, Canada does not yet have a full elaboration of how it will meet its Copenhagen target of a 17 per cent reduction from 2005 levels by 2020, and is unlikely to develop such a plan until there is clarification on how the United States will meet its target. While Canada may need to wait for the United States before deciding on a carbon pricing system, that should not stop Canada from exploring other initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, concludes a new paper released today by the Canadian International Council (CIC).

Climate Change and Foreign Policy in Canada: Intersection and Influence argues that the Copenhagen Accord has the potential to develop a solid foundation and framework to help countries begin to respond effectively to climate change. Strong action is needed in Canada and other developed countries.

Access the report here.

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