Canada Boasts Decrease in Greenhouse Gases, Exception of Alberta’s Oilpatch

An annual inventory report submitted by the Harper government to the United Nations reveals that the annual heat-trapping greenhouse gases released by Canada have continued to decrease or reduce in most sectors of the economy, with exception of Alberta’s oilpatch. The report, focusing on the annual emissions across the Canadian economy since 2011, publicized a 0.14 per cent increase in emissions to about 702 million tonnes.

However, the levels of emission have been overall kept almost five per cent below the levels in 2005, majorly due to operational changes in the Canadian economy that is shifting from producing goods to providing services, along with some federal and provincial policies. The report mentioned that “under the previous Liberal government, greenhouse gas emissions actually increased by a staggering 30 per cent.” The Environment Minister of Canada, Peter Kent, acclaimed in an email addressed to media sources, that “we were the first government in Canadian history to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” The statistics and analysis provided to the U.N. were mandatory due to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, i.e. an international treaty signed in 1994, aimed at preventing the emission of greenhouse gases that causes dangerous interference with the atmosphere.

The report, prepared by Environment Canada, pointed out that country’s average temperatures has increased by 1.5 degrees C from average in 2011, which favors likelihood of observing impacts such as rising sea levels and increasing extreme weather events that could intensify in the future. The report alleged that “in some regions, the impacts could be devastating, while other regions could benefit from climate change.”

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