July 1, 2009

Canada Tops List Of Worst Countries For Climate Change

The green group WWF and the German insurance giant Allianz reported on Wednesday that Canada ranks last among the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations for tackling climate change while Germany is at the top of the list, AFP reported.

The assessment criticizes Canada for greenhouse-gas emissions that are surging "far above" its obligations under the UN's Kyoto Protocol.

The group said Canada's per capita emissions are among the highest in the world and its mid- to long-term greenhouse targets are inadequate.

"A plan to curb emissions was developed last year but has not been implemented. The Kyoto target will stay completely out of reach," it said.

Several pro-climate policies launched by President Barack Obama moved the United States up a notch from last year, when it placed last in the 2008 rankings.

The group also blasted Russia for a steady increase in carbon pollution since 1999 and a lack of policies to reverse the trend.

Japan and Italy, which have relatively low emissions per capita, ranked fifth and fourth respectively.

However, both country's failed to initiate programs that would help to peg global warming to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial times, a widely-accepted goal.

Germany currently tops the G8 list, with Britain and France following closely behind.

But the report said these three countries are still two-thirds short of what they could achieve.

The G8 summit takes place in L'Aquila, Italy, from July 8-10.

UN countries are seeking to forge a new agreement in Copenhagen in December that will set targets for emissions curbs and channel help to poor countries beyond 2012.

In 2007, the latest year for which figures are available, Canada's emissions were 26.2 percent higher than in 1990.

Canada agreed to reduce CO2 emissions to 6.0 percent below 1990 levels by 2012 under the Kyoto Protocol.


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