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Canada should tackle a tougher climate target

By Ben Parr, Don Henry, Matthew Paterson      

Trudeau's embrace of internationalism can help Canada lead a push for more ambitious greenhouse gas reductions.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed the Paris Climate Agreement at the UN headquarters in New York in April, committing Canada to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030. Canada can and should do even better than that, say researchers from Australia and the U.K. Photograph by Amanda Voisard courtesy of the UN
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has reconnected Canada to its most enduring foreign policy tradition: internationalism, which above all demands pursuing multilateral solutions to international problems. But what does this mean for Canadian climate policy and climate diplomacy going forward? In short, it allows Trudeau the licence to take on a more ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction target than the goal under the Paris climate agreement of 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. A 51-to-69-per-cent target would

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