Canada Reneges on Emissions Targets

Canada has retreated on past promises to fight climate change, setting out lower targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions than any other industrialized country so far ahead of a critical conference in Paris. The announcement was a setback to efforts to reach a deal in the French capital that would limit warming to 2 degrees celsius, the threshold for dangerous climate change. Under the announcement, Canada committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. The target is less ambitious than the one Canada set in 2009 – and which it is unlikely to meet because of the vast expansion of Alberta tar sands production under the prime minister, Stephen Harper.