CANADA LIKELY TO MISS TARGET FOR GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
Last Thursday, the Canadian Ministry of the Environment admitted in a report that Canada is likely to fall short of its target for greenhouse gas emissions. In 2009, Canada signed the Copenhagen Accord and committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. A year ago, the government forecasted emissions of greenhouse gases to be at 720 megatons by 2020; now, however, Canada estimates that that number will be 734 megatons, a reduction of only 0.4 percent. While the report indicated that “further effort will be required in order to meet the Copenhagen target,” Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq said that the report also showed significant progress in the reduction of emissions since 2005. Environmentalists, however, believe that the situation is more urgent and advocate greater regulation of the oil and gas sector—something the government has delayed. The report comes at a time when Prime Minister Stephen Harper is pushing forward development of the Keystone XL pipeline. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/10/24/us-canada-environment-idUKBRE99N1K920131024.