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(Dec 3) Forty leading climate scientists and experts call for stronger B.C. climate targets

On December 3rd, in advance of the release of the B.C. government’s climate plan (December 5th), forty leading climate scientists and experts wrote a letter asking the province to strengthen climate targets, introduce a binding climate test for energy projects and end subsidies for fracked LNG as part of its climate strategy.

The scientists include Dr. James Hansen, Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon, Dr. Kirsten Zickfeld (SFU) and Dr. Damon Matthews. The letter was sent Sunday to Premier John Horgan, Minister of Energy and Mines Michelle Mungall, and Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy George Heyman. The provincial clean growth strategy is expected to be shared during COP 24, the UN Climate Change Conference which kicked off in Katowice, Poland this week.

The scientists are calling for B.C.’s climate targets to be revised to a fifty per cent reduction by 2030 compared to 2007 and zero emissions by 2050, consistent with the recent Special Report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and establishing five-year interim targets for each sector of the economy. They have requested a binding climate test in environmental impact assessments to ensure new industrial projects do not undermine B.C.’s ability to meet 5 year sectoral targets. In addition, the scientists are calling on the government to stop subsidizing LNG Canada due its significant greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and reject plans that would lock B.C. into more fossil fuel extraction and associated emissions for decades to come.

 

 

 

 

 

For a copy of the letter see here, and for more information on the CleanBC plan see here.

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