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Canada pulls out of Kyoto protocol: Queen's University professor

2011-12-05

Queen’s University biology professor John Smol is available to discuss Canada pulling out of the Kyoto Protocol.

“The Kyoto Protocol was adopted in 1997 as a first step toward preventing significant climate disruptions,” Dr. Smol said. “Developed countries agreed to collectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 5.2 per cent below 1990 levels by 2008-2012. Canada’s target was six per cent reduction. By 2009, instead of declining, emissions had risen to 17 per cent above 1990 levels. Our loss of credibility on these issues didn’t happen overnight. It’s partly the result of ongoing neglect of environmental science at the federal level but it also stems from a long history of broken promises, both to Canadians and to our global peers.”

Dr. Smol is the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change and winner of the 2004 NSERC Herzberg Gold Medal as Canada’s top scientist.

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