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Humanity’s turkey is cooked while politicians play hot potato with climate change

By Tim Powers      

Canadians aren’t in rapture over the notion we must immediately and forcefully address a warming planet, so it’s hard to imagine our politicians would be either.

You only need look in Ottawa's backyard to see provincial leaders like Ontario Premier Doug Ford scoring political points by abandoning carbon-pricing schemes, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—Over the Thanksgiving weekend Canadians were reminded again of the perils of unaddressed climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a gloomy report. Effectively the panel argued that limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels means the world can keep “a semblance” of the ecosystems we have; conversely, adding another 0.5 degrees on top of that—which would still be within the realm of the desired target nailed down in the Paris Agreement—means a different and more challenging Earth for people and other species. In a few decades, it may not just be the turkey that is getting cooked if you believe the panel’s findings.

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