Getting to 2050: Canada`s transition to a low-emission future

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Climate change is upon us. Scientific studies are increasingly confident in the assessment of the relationship between observed climate warming and impacts on the earth. They are concluding that a large part of this change is directly related to human sources of greenhouse gases (GHG). Reducing the GHG emissions we put into the atmosphere is central to contributing to the global objective to achieve the stabilization of GHG concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous climate change.

Reducing our own GHG emissions means that Canada is facing a transition to a low emissions society – a transition that will be driven by environmental, economic and social factors. We have a substantial national interest in understanding and anticipating the nature and scope of that change and in proactively seeking to manage our response, with respect to both mitigation and adaptation measures, in a way that benefits Canada. This Advisory Report addresses the issue of how to mitigate potential effects of climate change, through deep emission reductions. The National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) is also working on the issue of adaptation to climate change and will report on this research in 2008.

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