Thursday, June 22, 2006

Meteorologists Issue Climate Change Caution

At the conclusion of its 40th Annual Congress, the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society issued a statement on climate change:

"Climate change is happening now, both in Canada and around the world. Most of this change is attributable to human activities that release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere... We call on all levels of government to take immediate action. We must both reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and prepare for climate change."

"We urge all governments to work towards a single international agreement to address climate change, as was recognized in the 1992 U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change."

"The Climate Convention's Kyoto Protocol is an important first step towards reducing the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. However, the scientific evidence dictates that in order to stabilize the climate, global reductions in greenhouse gas emissions need to go far beyond those mandated under this Kyoto Protocol. We recognize the challenge of implementing the current agreement; nonetheless we urge Canada to contribute effectively to this global effort."

Check out the 2006 Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society climate change statement

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