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Tuesday 16 April 2019

5 things Canada can do to reduce its carbon emissions

A few weks ago, Canadians discovered the inconvenient truth that this country is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world — and that Canada's North is heating up at nearly three times the rate.

Like many of us, Eddy Pérez, international policy analyst at Climate Action Network Canada, found the report "frightening" and "a reminder of the need to increase climate action."

On April 1, the federal government introduced the main plank of its climate plan — the much-contested carbon-pricing backstop — which sets a price of $20 per tonne of carbon, or 4.4 cents per litre of gasoline.

Pérez said the carbon tax is "a good start," but that other measures are necessary. Here, he outlines five measures in the government's Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, which Pérez believes "could be enhanced."

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