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Climate change, existential risk should be at the centre of political debate in Canada

By David Crane       

Climate change represents an unprecedented moral responsibility for one generation to commit to major societal change for the benefit of future generations. Politicians should get on that.

Floods in Gatineau, Que., pictured in the spring 2017. Reflecting the seriousness of the climate risks, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will host a climate action summit in New York on Sept. 23, calling on national leaders to come up with plans to increase their 2015 Paris emission reduction targets to take effect next year, in line with reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent over the next decade and to net zero emissions by 2050. It is clear that the commitments Canada and other countries made in 2015 are not enough. The Hill Times file photograph

TORONTO—Climate change is creeping up on us, year by year. We are now living in the fifth consecutive year of what will be the hottest five-year period humans have ever recorded, with July the hottest month ever recorded. And we can expect even higher temperatures in the future. According to some studies, the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is already the highest for the past 800,000 years and is continuing to grow.

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In Speech from the Throne, a nod to Western alienation, promise to enshrine Indigenous rights

News|By Beatrice Paez
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Feature|By Aidan Chamandy 11:58 AM ET
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News|By Aidan Chamandy 10:58 AM ET
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News|By Palak Mangat
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News|By Beatrice Paez
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News|By Neil Moss
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‘Let’s get on with the contest now’: chorus of prominent Conservatives calling for Scheer’s ouster continues to grow

News|By Mike Lapointe
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