Environment Canada - Statement - Canada's new government takes action to address latest release from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

    OTTAWA, April 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's Minister of the Environment, the
Honourable John Baird, today issued the following statement regarding the
release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Working Group
II Assessment Report, Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and
Vulnerability earlier today in Brussels:
    "Canada's New Government is serious about tackling climate change and
protecting the air we breathe for Canadians today and for the future. The
urgency to act is underscored today with the release of this report. That's
why IN THE COMING WEEKS - for the first time in Canadian history - our
Government will be announcing targets for mandatory reductions of greenhouse
gases and air pollution."
    "The IPCC has presented further scientific evidence on the challenges
Canada and the world is facing and will continue to face with climate change.
But this Government hasn't waited to act. We announced $4.5 billion in new
environmental funding in Budget 2007 and have already implemented a
comprehensive environmental strategy that totals $9 billion and includes the
ecoENERGY Initiatives, the ecoTransport Strategy, the ecoAUTO Program to
encourage Canadians to buy fuel-efficient vehicles, and support for public
transit. We also have committed to a five per cent renewable fuel content for
Canadian motor vehicles and invested $1.5 billion in new funding to help the
provinces and territories address climate change and air pollution to improve
the health of Canadians. Still, more needs to be done."
    "Shortly, we will be introducing world-leading regulations that will
limit the emissions that contribute to climate change and air pollution.
Canada's New Government recognizes that leadership on this issue means real
action must begin at home. We also realize that for the global community to
make real progress on climate change, governments, industries and citizens
from around the world must work together, and we must do so now."

    Background information:

    Linda Mortsch and Dr. Monirul Mirza, both Environment Canada scientists,
were coordinating lead authors in formulating today's report. Over 30 other
Canadian scientists from government and universities collaborated with
scientists from around the world to write the report.
    On February 2, the first of the four volumes of the IPCC's "Climate
Change 2007" was released: The Physical Science Basis. It assessed the current
scientific knowledge of the natural and human drivers of climate change,
observed changes in climate, the ability of science to attribute changes to
different causes, and projections for future climate change.
    On May 4, the IPCC will release a third volume of "Climate Change 2007,"
which will be an assessment of the mitigation of climate change.
    A synthesis of all three volumes - The Physical Science Basis; Impacts,
Adaptation and Vulnerability; and Mitigation of Climate Change - will be
released in November.
    The IPCC was established in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization
(WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Their mandate is to
assess scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant for the
understanding of climate change, its potential impacts, and options for
adaptation and mitigation. The panel is open to government representatives
from all members of the United Nations and the WMO.

    Related document:

    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment

    (Egalement disponible en français)

For further information:

For further information: Eric Richer, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of the Environment,(819) 997-1441; Environment Canada, Media
Relations, (819) 934-8008, 1-888-908-8008

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