Climate Change

Global warming, the central feature of global climate change, is really happening.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of 1200 scientists from around the world researching climate change for the United Nations, have made it clear, in exquisite detail, that it is real. http://www.ipcc.ch/index.htm

This means polar ice is shrinking, endangering many animals that depend on it. It means that the oceans are becoming more acidic, which endangers fish and other life forms in them. It means that extreme weather events are becoming more widespread. It means new deserts are emerging. It means the world’s food supply is threatened. It means coastal states will be at increased risk of flooding, and hundreds of millions will be forced to move. It means that struggles for water and food may emerge in many parts of the world.

Today, almost all scientists and authorities agree that climate change is happening, and that humans are causing it. They say that steps must be taken now if we are to avoid the effects of runaway warming. We must also make plans and prepare for the effects of climate change now. One important step that needs to be taken is a massive shift away from fossil fuel use and towards renewable energy.

These recommendations are endorsed by innumerable environmental advocates, such as Bill McKibben, http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/global-warmings-terrifying-new-math-20120719#ixzz21737AiHy but also by leading medical authorities, http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2809%2960922-3/fulltext the World Bank, http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/climatechange the International Monetary Fund, http://www.imf.org/external/np/exr/facts/enviro.htm economists, http://economistsview.typepad.com/economistsview/2014/07/ignoring-climate-change-could-sink-the-us-economy.html investment fund managers, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/20/investors-climate-change_n_2162767.html religious authorities, http://350.org/press-release/world-council-of-churches-endorses-fossil-fuel-divestment/ and even the NHL. http://www.pressprogress.ca/en/post/nhl-just-said-climate-change-threatens-future-hockey

The consensus is clear. So what are Canada’s political parties doing, or prepared to do?

 

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