Canada's obstruction pushes global warming talks to the brink

    TORONTO, Dec. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The failure of climate change talks in
Bali, Indonesia to produce hard emission reduction targets for greenhouse
gases puts off for tomorrow what could have been done today, says Greenpeace
    The United Nations climate conference ended with an agreement to
negotiate a post-Kyoto accord by 2009, but little substantive change.
Throughout the two-week conference, Canada joined the United States and Japan
in blocking progress to the negotiations and opposing a proposal by the
European Union to reduce greenhouse emissions from industrialized nations by
25 to 40 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020.
    "Environment Minister John Baird pushed international climate
negotiations to the brink of complete failure," said Dave Martin, coordinator
of Greenpeace Canada's climate and energy campaign. "An agreement to talk is a
very slow start to negotiating the next phase of the Kyoto Protocol."
    Greenpeace has called on Canada and other industrialized nations to
support a post-2012 'Kyotoplus' agreement that would reduce greenhouse gas
emissions 30 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020, and 80 per cent by 2050. These
reductions are necessary to prevent global average temperature rising more
than two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Any increase above that
level will result in catastrophic impacts.
    Under the Kyoto Protocol, Canada agreed to reduce its greenhouse gas
emissions by six per cent below 1990 levels by 2008-2012. However, emissions
actually increased 25 per cent by the end of 2005. Canada currently ranks
seventh from the bottom amongst 41 industrialized nations in terms of emission
changes since 1990.
    "We need a strengthened second phase of the Kyoto agreement to save the
planet," said Martin. "Canada should be part of the solution, not part of the

    In addition to a mandate to negotiate a strengthened second phase of the
Kyoto Protocol, the agreement in Bali has also taken the first steps towards
achieving reductions in deforestation emissions, helping people to adapt to
the impacts of climate change, and support in moving to clean energy

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