Magazine article Geographical

Oh Canada: Geographical's Regular Look at the World of Climate Change. This Month, Marco Magrini Looks at Canada's Carbon Plan

Magazine article Geographical

Oh Canada: Geographical's Regular Look at the World of Climate Change. This Month, Marco Magrini Looks at Canada's Carbon Plan

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The last few weeks brought plenty of multilateral agreements. ICAO, the UN's aviation arm, has agreed to partially control emissions from international flights after 2020. The Montreal Protocol has been amended to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), refrigerants with a much higher warming potential than carbon dioxide. Last but not least, the Paris Agreement has received the required number of ratifications and will soon enter into force.

Now, it is time for unilateral actions. Individual countries have a duty to put in place the policies required to meet the targets agreed to in Montreal, Kigali and Paris (and possibly to exceed them, as the treaties' prescriptions are not enough to prevent runaway climate change in the future). This is why, instead of applauding the wisdom of the crowd, we should instead salute a single resolution: Justin Trudeau, Canada's young and spirited prime minister, has just announced a plan to discourage greenhouse emissions by putting a price on carbon. Every province may choose which way to go: a cap-and-trade system (as originally suggested by the Kyoto Protocol) or just a plain tax on carbon emissions.

Trudeau--who was born in Quebec and studied in British Columbia--knows that a flat-out tax is the solution. …

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