The Science of Climate Change

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Warming over the 20th century is indisputable and largely due to human activities. Canada's rate of warming is about twice the global rate: a 2°C increase globally means a 3 to 4ºC increase for Canada. Effects will persist for centuries because greenhouse gases (GHGs) are long-lived and the oceans are warming. Cumulative CO2 emissions largely determine ultimate warming. A 2°C warming target may still be attainable, but we are already 65% of the way to the associated carbon limit or budget and global emissions must peak before mid-century. GHG emissions need to become net zero in order to stabilize climate at any temperature.

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  • Author: Government of Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Language of Document: Separate English/French
  • Document Type: Other
  • Cost (for print version): 0
  • Size: 28.0 x 21.6
  • Pages: 31
  • Year: 2015
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