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Why are the big emitters supporting the close to impossible 1.5 C warming target? It is about respect
Description: Blog post by Simon Donner, Faculty Associate, Liu Institute for Global Issues; Associate Professor, Geography
Date: 09 December 2015
Author: Simon Donner
Source: Blog

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna stated that Canada backs the idea of eventually limiting global warming to less than 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels. This lower temperature limit is advocated by many developing countries, including low-lying small island states like Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, and Tuvalu. Professor Simon Donner suggests the decision is about respect. In pushing to include reference to a 1.5 °C limit, Canada is saying that the people of small island developing states and vulnerable countries like Bangladesh matter.

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