Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna in Paris last week. Source: The National Observer; photo by Mychaylo Prystupa.

In a surprising turn of events, last night in Paris Canada endorsed a commitment to 1.5 degrees Celcius as the limit for planetary warming. Previously, 2 degrees was the target being discussed.

From the National Observer:

“Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna told a stunned crowd that she wants the Paris agreement to restrict planetary warming to just 1.5 Celsius warming —not two degrees. It was the first time she has made such a statement.

Minister McKenna’s spokesperson confirmed Monday that she supports “including reference in the Paris Agreement to the recognition of the ?need to striving to limit global warming to 1.5, as other parties have said.”

“Canada wants an agreement that is ambitious and that is signed by the greatest number of countries possible.”

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