U.N. report on climate change ‘sobering,’ says Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault

By The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault says a new report from the United Nations’ climate agency shows the oil and gas sector “cannot do business as usual.”

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change urges more aggressive cuts to greenhouse-gas emissions to limit global warming to the 1.5 degrees in the 2015 Paris Accord.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says despite what political leaders have promised, countries are on track to see that warming double. 

The report points to the ongoing investment in fossil fuels as exacerbating the issue. 

Canada revealed last week how it plans to hit its emissions-reductions target for 2030, projecting its oil and gas industry must slash its carbon-related pollution by 42 per cent from current levels. 

Guilbeault calls the U.N. report “sobering,” and says his government knows it must move quickly to put its added emissions-reducing measures into place if it hopes to reach its goal.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 4, 2022.

— With files from The Associated Press

The Canadian Press

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