Thursday, March 17, 2016
Victoria's Green Matters - 17th March 2016
They have also agreed to rally the G20 nations behind the Paris climate change accord in time for the ratification ceremony due to take place on 22 April 2016. This agreement must be ratified by at least 55 countries, representing 55% of global emissions.
Regarding the Arctic, the US and Canada have pledged to convene a high level summit in August to act with regard to highest recorded temperatures, sea ice loss, permafrost thaws and wildfires that are creating a dangerous and irreversible impact on the polar regions leading to sea level rise and changing patterns of weather. This is all well and good but environmentalists have been quick to demand an immediate end to Arctic drilling for oil and have put pressure on Prime Minister Trudeau to call a halt to pipeline projects from the Alberta tar sands.