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So much for promises of ‘early and deep cuts’ to avoid catastrophic climate change

By Gwynne Dyer      

Governments have been making these promises since the early 1990s, and they are never kept because the political pressures are far stronger from those who profit in the present—the fossil fuel industries and the auto, shipping, and aviation industries—than from those who are merely frightened for their children’s future.

A climate protester, pictured on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Sept. 27, 2019. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

LONDON, U.K.—What a surprise! The annual emissions report by the United Nations is now out, and greenhouse gas emissions are still going up 30 years after we first realized there was a problem with the climate. In fact, they have gone up 15 per cent in the past 10 years. So much for the promises of “early and deep cuts” in emissions to avoid catastrophic heating.

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