Monday, February 29, 2016

The Company We Keep

The Grantham Institute on Climate Change and the Environment has released a study on which G20 nations are most likely to meet their Paris climate summit pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions. They rank those nations into three tiers. Canada shares its (our) tier with Argentina, India, China, Indonesia and, gulp, Saudi Arabia.

The study found that in the European Union as a region, and in France, Germany, Italy and the UK nationally, as well as in South Korea, most credibility indicators appeared “largely supportive” for the implementation of the pledges.

Australia, Brazil, South Africa, the US, Japan, Mexico, Russia and Turkey have indicators that are at least “moderately supportive” in terms of credibility, but each displays a significant weakness in one or other indicator.

But Argentina, Canada, China, India, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia showed a need for increasing credibility across most indicators.

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